Charles Asampong Taylor
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|Full name||Kweku Charles Bismark Taylor Asampong|
|Date of birth||14 July 1981|
|Place of birth||Sefwi Asanwinso, Ghana|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2000-2003||Accra Hearts of Oak|
|2004-2008||Etoile du Sahel|
|2008-2010||Accra Hearts of Oak|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kweku Charles Bismark Taylor Asampong (born 14 July 1981 in Sefwi, Western Region) is a Ghanaian football striker who currently plays for Berekum Chelsea. He was often called tailor, after his uncle who was a tailor, he used to help his uncle with work, he adopted the name Charles Taylor after the former Liberian president.
His playing career started off at Great Olympics, where he used to polish the shoes of their management, he had a bet with the then chairman Ade Coker that he could play better than the team players, he was asked to play and showed excellent dribbling skills, he later signed for the club.
Accra Hearts of Oak
He transferred to Accra Hearts of Oak in 2000 where he helped them win the Ghana premier national league in 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons. Then coached by Cecil Jones Attuquayefio and Offei-Ansah, Taylor formed a fantastic partnership with Ishmael Addo and Emmanuel Osei Kuffour affectionately called the deadly trio. In addition to the national premier league in 2000, Hearts of oak won the FA cup and the African champions league for the first time. In February 2001, They won the African Super Cup Championship where he scored the first goal against Al-Zamalek of Egypt at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. Charles Taylor alongside Charles Allotey, Amankwaah Mireku, Joseph Ansah, Jacob Nettey, Stephen Tetteh, Ishmael Addo, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, Sammy Adjei, Edmund Copson, and Emmanuel Adjogu were deemed as the best squad ever to be assembled by Accra Hearts of oak.
He controversially transferred from Accra Hearts of Oak to arch rivals Asante Kotoko in 2003 for the then domestic transfer record fee of GH₵ 40,000 cedis (roughly US$42,000). Charles Taylor essentially boycotted training with Hearts of oak and did not play any games way into the season just to force the move. His first season with Kotoko was a success and he won the Ghana Premier league with Kotoko in 2003. However, this transfer caused a lot of bitter local sentiment towards Taylor, from which his popularity has never recovered... Taylor joined Etoile du Sahel from Kotoko in 2004 for a fee of US$250,000 After an unsuccessful spell in Tunisia he was loaned to Accra Hearts of Oak in October 2006.
He was part of the Ghanaian 2004 Olympic football team that exited in the first round, having finished in third place in group B. He was a silver medallist with Ghana U-20 team at 2001 Africa youth championship in Ethiopia. He currently has forty one caps for the Ghana national football team, known as the Black Stars scoring nineteen goals. Taylor represented the Black Stars at 2009 African Championship of Nations in Côte d'Ivoire.
- 2000 - 2003 Hearts of Oak
- 2003 - 2005 Asante Kotoko
- 2005 - 2008 Étoile du Sahel
- 2008 - 2009 Hearts of Oak
- Charles Asampong Taylor at National-Football-Teams.com