Police have today confirmed that the body found on New Year’s Eve in the Rhine river in eastern Germany is that of former Borussia Monchengladbach, Wigan Athletic, Young Boys and current Regionalliga Südwest club TSV Steinbach player Steve Gohouri (34).
Gohouri attended Steinbach’s Christmas party on December 11 and was due to travel to see his family in Paris, however when he failed turn up his loved ones filed a missing person’s report and a police appeal for his whereabouts was issued. German police confirmed today the news that the body which was found in Krefeld, to the north-west of Düsseldorf was indeed that of Gohouri with police also confirming that an autopsy showed no evidence of violence by third parties.
Gohouri began his career in France, playing in the youth teams at both CS Brétigny and Paris Saint-Germain. Due to a lack of first team opportunities, he moved to Israel and had a brief spell in playing with Bnei Yehuda before moving to Switzerland and joining Yverdon-Sport.
He spent the next seven seasons in the Swiss leagues, later playing for Vaduz, where he made his debut in European competition, and Young Boys, where he won a runners-up medal in the Swiss Cup.
In 2007 Gohouri signed for Borussia Mönchengladbach on a three-and-a-half-year contract for 1.5 million Euros. He made his debut against Energie Cotbus on the 27th January, 27. In total he played 42 games for die Fohlen scoring twice before he was demoted to Borussia’s reserves.
He was released in late December 2009 after a clash between the Club and his representative and best friend Rui Alves, but Gohouri was snapped up by Premier League side Wigan Athletic on 12th January. The Ivory Coast international played from 2010-2012 for the Lactics, making 42 appearances and scoring twice.
Gohouri made his international debut for Ivory Coast side in 2006, scoring three goals during his 13 appearances for the African side and was part of their 2010 World Cup squad.
Tributes have been paid to the player online and on social media, including one from his former UK side. The official Wigan Athletic Twitter feed posted a message earlier today that read: “We are saddened to hear reports of our former defender Steve Gohouri passing away. Our thoughts are with his family.”
A statement from TSV Steinbach read: “TSV Steinbach football club mourns its player Steve Gohouri. “It is this afternoon certain that Steve Gohouri has died at the age of 34 years. This was confirmed by the Düsseldorf Police to TSV Steinbach.
“All managers, players, coaches and assistants at TSV Steinbach are very concerned about the death of Steve Gohouri. Our thoughts in these difficult hours are with his family.
The big defender made his last ever appearance on December 5th in a 4-0 loss to FC Saarbrücken, a game at which I along with some friends was in attendance. It was an honour to have been there to witness his last game. RIP Steve Gohouri.
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