Bertrand Traoré

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Bertrand Traoré
Personal information
Full name Bertrand Isidore Traoré[1]
Date of birth (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso[2]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vitesse
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 27
Youth career
Auxerre
2013–2014 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Chelsea 0 (0)
2014– Vitesse (loan) 18 (3)
National team
2009–2011 Burkina Faso U17 8 (4)
2011– Burkina Faso 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2013

Bertrand Isidore Traoré (born 6 September 1995) is a Burkinabé footballer who plays for Eredivisie club Vitesse on loan from Chelsea and the Burkina Faso national team as an attacking midfielder.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

In August 2010, it was reported that Traoré had joined the Chelsea Academy from French club Auxerre in August 2010, rejecting Manchester United in the process.[3][4][5]

However, in January 2011, Traoré had still to sign for the club,[6] and in January 2012 the club confirmed that Traoré was not and had never been a Chelsea player, but had appeared once for the club's youth team in a friendly as part of a six-week trial earlier in the season.[7] However, on 17 July 2013 he made his debut, as a trialist, in a pre-season friendly against the Singha All Stars.[8]

On 31 October 2013, Traore officially signed a four-and-half year contract with Chelsea.[9][10] He signed a contract for Chelsea's senior team in December 2013, and completed the transfer on the 1 January 2014.[11][12]

On 2 January 2014, Traoré signed on loan for Eredivisie side, Vitesse.[13] On 26 January 2014, he made his debut, coming on in the 67th minute for Chelsea's team mate, Lucas Piazon. On 7 July 2014, it was confirmed that Traoré would stay at Vitesse on loan for the 2014-15 season.[14]

International career[edit]

Traoré participated at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup[15] and 2011 African U-17 Championship,[16] and helped Burkina Faso beat Rwanda 2–1 in the continental final.[17]

Traoré made his debut for the senior national team on 3 September 2011, in a friendly match against Equatorial Guinea.[18][19] He made his first appearance at an Africa Cup of Nations finals in the 2012 edition, becoming one of the youngest players to do so. He came on as a 65th minute substitute in the 2–1 loss to Sudan in their final group stage match.[20]

Traoré scored his first goal for the main side on 14 August 2013, the first of a 2–1 away win over Morocco.[21]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Burkina Faso's goal tally first.
Goal # Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 August 2013 Grand Stade de Tanger, Tanger, Morocco  Morocco 1–0 2–1 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29th April 2014.[22]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitesse (loan) 2013–14 15 3 0 0 15 3
2014–15 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 3

Personal life[edit]

Traoré's father, Feu Traoré Isaï, was also a footballer. He played for RC Bobo and also represented Burkina Faso at international level.[2] Bertrand is the youngest of four children. The second-eldest, Alain, is also a footballer.[2][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 FIFA U17 World Cup Squad lists". FIFA.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bertrand Isodore Traoré, milieu offensif Etalons Cadets: La nouvelle perle du foot burkinabè" (in French). MaliWeb. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bert chooses Blues over Utd". The Sun. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Chelsea told they have signed future superstar in Bertrand Traore". Tribal Football. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chelsea beat Manchester United to Cameroon starlet Bertrand Traore - report". Goal.com. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Matthew Kenyon (22 January 2011). "Burkina youngster hopes to star for Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Words on: African Cup of Nations". Chelsea F.C. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  8. ^ FINAL WHISTLE VERDICT: GOOD START | Pre-Season | Matches | Official Site | Chelsea Football Club
  9. ^ TRAORE CONTRACT AGREED | News Article | News | Official Site | Chelsea Football Club
  10. ^ "Bertrand Traore: Chelsea to sign teenage Burkina Faso international". BBC Sport. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Traore Move Completed". Chelsea F.C. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bertrand Traore: Chelsea sign teenage Burkina Faso midfielder". BBC Sport. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bertrand Traore comes, Kakuta and Hutchinson Leave at Vitesse". Vitesse Arnhem. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Traore continues Dutch loan". chelseafc.com. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Bertrand TraoréFIFA competition record
  16. ^ "Team sheet vs. Rwanda U17" (pdf). Confederation of African Football. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Stallions trample Wasps to win U17 Cup". Confederation of African Football. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Bertrand Traoré: "Drogba et Kalou m’ont bien accueilli lorsque je suis arrivé à Chelsea"" [Bertrand Traoré: "Drogba and Kalou have welcomed me when I arrived at Chelsea"] (in French). 17 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Alain et Bertrand Traoré, le foot au coeur" [Alain and Bertrand Traoré, football at heart] (in French). lyonne.fr. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Sudan vs. Burkina Faso". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "African friendly round-up report: Burkina Faso stun Morocco, as Egypt, Tunisia knock off opponents". Goal.com. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  22. ^ Bertrand Traore career stats at Soccerbase

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