Djimi Traoré

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Djimi Traoré
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-03-01) 1 March 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Saint-Ouen, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Left back, centre back
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Laval 5 (0)
1999–2006 Liverpool 88 (0)
2001–2002 Lens (loan) 19 (0)
2006–2007 Charlton Athletic 11 (0)
2007–2009 Portsmouth 13 (0)
2008 Rennes (loan) 15 (0)
2009 Birmingham City (loan) 3 (0)
2009–2011 AS Monaco 36 (0)
2011–2012 Marseille 11 (0)
2013– Seattle Sounders FC 30 (1)
National team
2004–2006 Mali 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:59, 24 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:21, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

Djimi Traoré (born 1 March 1980) is a footballer who currently plays for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer. A left back or centre back, he is also a member of the Malian national team. At club level, he previously played for Laval, Liverpool – with whom he won honours including the 2005 Champions League – Lens, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth, Rennes, Birmingham City, Monaco and Marseille.

Club career[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

Traoré started his career at home club Laval before moving on to Liverpool.

He spent the 2003–04 season, Houllier's last at the club, in the reserve team, of which he was captain, and almost left Liverpool for their Merseyside neighbours Everton on the 2004 transfer deadline day but remained at Liverpool. He scored his first and what turned out to be only Liverpool goal during this season, in the UEFA Cup against FC Steaua Bucureşti.[1] Traoré's career appeared to have been revitalised by Rafael Benítez. While the defender had appeared poor positionally, and seemed reluctant to attack, particularly during the 2004–05 season, he showed more willingness to support the left winger, as well as improving his positional play.[citation needed]

Traoré scored an own-goal in the third round of the 2004–05 FA Cup against then Championship side Burnley, as he attempted a turn and drag-back within his own six-yard box. It turned out to be the only goal of the game and handed Burnley a 1–0 victory over their Premiership opponents.[2]

Traoré remained a regular at Liverpool, and eventually made the starting line-up as Liverpool qualified for the Champions League Final that season, against AC Milan. After conceding the free kick that led to Paolo Maldini's goal in the opening minute,[3][4] In the second half his play improved, and "a goalline clearance to deny Shevchenko a likely winner"[5] contributed to his winning a Champions League medal as Liverpool fought back from 3–0 down to draw 3–3 and beat Milan on penalties.[3]

In the 2005–06 season, Traoré found his first team appearances limited, with John Arne Riise and Stephen Warnock also starting regularly at left back. It was to be his last season with Liverpool, and, although he had played some part in Liverpool's pre-season in 2006, he was sold to Charlton Athletic for £2 million on 8 August 2006.[6]

Charlton[edit]

Traoré was sent off on his Addicks debut on 19 August, after receiving two yellow cards, the latter of which was for preventing a free kick being taken. This was the fifth time in eight seasons a Charlton player had been sent off on the first game of the season. On 16 December he conceded a penalty against Liverpool, his former club, for a tackle on Jermaine Pennant. He was soon deemed surplus to requirements at Charlton. After only half a season at the Valley, Traoré was allowed to leave the club by new manager Alan Pardew, joining Portsmouth.[7]

Birmingham City[edit]

On 10 February 2009 Traoré joined Birmingham City, then of the Football League Championship, on a three-month emergency loan.[8] He sustained a hamstring injury later the same month,[9] and finally made his debut for the club in April as a late substitute against Watford.[10]

AS Monaco[edit]

On 18 June 2009 Traore signed a two-year deal with AS Monaco, moving from Portsmouth after his loan period at Birmingham expired.[11][12]

Olympique Marseille[edit]

On 18 August 2011 Traoré signed a one-year contract with Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille. He was an unused substitute as Marseille won the 2012 Coupe de la Ligue Final,[13] and left the club at the end of the season.[14]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

On 23 February 2013 Traoré signed with MLS club Seattle Sounders FC after a successful preseason trial.[15] He scored his first goal for the club in spectacular fashion, a 30 yard volley off the underside of the crossbar, during a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match against Tigres.[16] Traore's goal equalized their Champions League match with Tigres 2–2 on aggregate, and preceded Eddie Johnson's 75th minute game-winning goal, allowing the Sounders to become the first MLS club to eliminate a Mexican side in the history of the CONCACAF Champions League.[17] Traore's first ever league goal came on May 8, 2013 as the Sounders beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in Kansas City. The goal was a game winning volley in the 94th minute to give the Sounders just their second win of the 2013 season in their first 8 games.[18]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 11 September 2013.[19][20][21]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1997–98 Stade Lavallois Division 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1998–99 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–2000 Liverpool Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2000–01 8 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 12 0
2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2001–02 Lens Division 1 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Liverpool Premier League 32 0 2 0 3 0 11 0 48 0
2003–04 7 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 11 1
2004–05 26 0 1 0 5 0 10 0 42 0
2005–06 15 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 23 0
2006–07 Charlton Athletic Premier League 11 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2006–07 Portsmouth Premier League 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2007–08 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2007–08 Stade Rennais Ligue 1 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Portsmouth Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Birmingham City Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2009–10 Monaco Ligue 1 29 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 35 1
2010–11 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2011–12 Marseille Ligue 1 11 0 3 0 3 0 3 0 20 0
USA League U.S. Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2013 Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer 24 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 28 2
Total France 86 0 9 1 5 0 3 0 103 1
England 115 0 6 0 15 0 32 1 168 1
USA 24 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 28 2
Career total 225 1 15 1 20 0 39 2 299 4

Honours[edit]

Liverpool

Monaco

Marseille

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steaua hold Liverpool". BBC. 6 November 2003. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Fifield, Dominic (19 January 2005). "Traoré blunder sinks Liverpool". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Winter, Henry (26 May 2005). "Gerrard leads glorious fightback". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "AC Milan/Liverpool player ratings". BBC Sport. 26 May 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Paul; Oliver, Brian; Mochlinski, Kaz (29 May 2005). "The miracle of Istanbul". The Observer (London). Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Charlton snap up Faye and Traore BBC News
  7. ^ "Traore seals Pompey switch". Sky Sports. 
  8. ^ "Birmingham snap up Traore on loan". BBC Sport. 10 February 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Traore suffers injury blow". Sky Sports. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  10. ^ "Watford 0–1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  11. ^ "Djimi Traoré à l'AS Monaco FC" (in French). asm-fc.com. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Portsmouth's Traore joins Monaco". BBC Sport. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "Coupe de la Ligue – Saison 2011/2012 – Finale". Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Les fins de contrats, les retours de prêts" [Ends of contracts, returns from loan] (in French). Olympique de Marseille. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Sounders FC Signs Djimi Traore". Seattle Sounders FC. Sounders FC Public Relations. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "CCL Match Recap: Seattle Sounders 3, Tigres UANL 1". MLS Soccer. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Clark, Dave. "Sounders advance 3–2 aggregate past Tigres – Highlights, Stats, Quotes". Sounder at Heart. SBNation. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "2013 Sounders FC at Sporting Kansas City". Seattle Sounders FC. Sounders FC Public Relations. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  19. ^ Djimi Traoré career stats at Soccerbase
  20. ^ Djimi Traoré profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  21. ^ Djimi Traoré at ESPN FC

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