Alain Traoré

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Alain Traoré
FC Lorient - June 27th 2013 training - Alain Traoré 3.JPG
Personal information
Full name Sibiri Alain Traoré[1][2]
Date of birth (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Lorient
Number 21
Youth career
0000–2004 Planète Champion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Planète Champion 19 (7)
2005–2012 Auxerre 56 (14)
2009 Brest (loan) 14 (3)
2012– Lorient 34 (8)
National team
2006– Burkina Faso 31 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 January 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 January 2013

Sibiri Alain Traoré (born 1 January 1988 in Bobo Dioulasso) commonly known as Alain Traoré, is a Burkinabé footballer who mainly plays as a striker for FC Lorient and the Burkina Faso national team. Traoré started his career with local side Planète Champion before moving to France as a 17-year-old.

Club career[edit]

Traoré began his career with Planète Champion in his homeland. He came to prominence whilst playing for Burkina Faso in the 2005 African U-17 Championship, with his performances earning him a one-month trial with English Premier League side Manchester United. He impressed in his trials but was not able to sign for them due to work permit issues. Although he had the option of going on loan to a Belgian club first but also had interest from French Ligue 1 side AJ Auxerre. With the decision of his mother, he joined the French side instead.[3][4]

On 4 January 2009, he was loaned out to Stade Brest 29 for six months. He returned to AJ Auxerre on 31 June 2009.[5]

Traoré became a central figure in the Auxerre team, with his performances attracting interest from Newcastle United in October 2011. In July 2012, he joined Ligue 1 side FC Lorient after Auxerre were relegated to Ligue 2.

International career[edit]

Traoré first represented Burkina Faso at under-17 level where they qualified for the 2005 African U-17 Championship. He scored one goal in the 3–1 defeat to Mali.[6] Traoré scored one goal in the 2012 African Cup of Nations, versus Angola. He scored the goal (in the sixth minute of injury time) which took Burkina Faso through to the 2013 African Cup of Nations at the expense of the Central African Republic and then scored three goals in the 2013 final tournament itself.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 17 May 2014[7]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Auxerre 2006–07 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2007–08 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Brest (loan) 2008–09 14 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
Total 14 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
Auxerre 2009–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 20 5 1 0 1 0 3 0 25 5
2011–12 27 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 9
Total 48 14 1 0 1 0 3 0 53 14
Lorient 2012–13 14 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 6
2013–14 20 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 21 2
Total 34 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 35 8
Club total 104 25 3 0 1 0 3 0 111 25

Personal life[edit]

His youngest brother, Bertrand Traoré plays for English football club Chelsea.[8] The two were part of the Burkina Faso squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Africa Cup of Nations – Group B rosters". CAF Online. Confederation of African Football. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alain Traoré profile". Foot Mercato. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Traoré driven by Fergie promise". Ligue1.com. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Traore: Auxerre was the right choice". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Alain Traoré French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
  6. ^ Julián Díaz Rubio; Kalumiana Kalumiana. "African U-17 Championship 2005". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Alain Traoré". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chelsea : Bertrand Traoré a signé" (in French). Football Africa 365. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 

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