Franck Tabanou

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Franck Tabanou
Personal information
Full name Franck Tabanou
Date of birth (1989-01-30) 30 January 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Thiais, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 27
Youth career
1998–2002 Choisy-le-Roi
2002–2005 Le Havre
2005–2006 CFF Paris
2006–2009 Toulouse
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Toulouse 138 (15)
2013– Saint-Étienne 36 (3)
National team
2009 France U20 3 (1)
2009–2010 France U21 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 November 2010

Franck Tabanou (born 30 January 1989) is a French football player who currently plays for French club Saint-Étienne in Ligue 1. He plays as a left winger or attacking midfielder.[1] Tabanou is a French youth international having starred at under-20 and under-21 level. He played with the under-20 team at the 2009 Mediterranean Games.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Tabanou began his football career at AS Choisy-le-Roi, a club located in the southeastern suburbs of Paris. Growing up in the greater Paris area, he supported Paris Saint-Germain during his childhood. After four years at the club, in June 2002, he signed with professional club Le Havre.[3] While in the club's youth academy, Tabanou was supervised by club coaches Thierry Uvenard and Luc Bruder.[4] After three years at the club, he departed and returned to Paris joining the Centre de Formation de Paris, a youth sporting club designed to cater only to football players under the age of 19.[5] The center produced the likes of Jérémy Menez, Dylan Duventru, and Sony Mustivar among many others. Tabanou spent a year at the facility before signing an aspirant (youth) contract with Toulouse.


Upon his arrival to the club, Tabanou was inserted onto the club's under-18 team for the 2006–07 season and had a successful campaign. Midway through the season, he was called up to the club's Championnat de France amateur team in the fourth division. Tabanou appeared in five matches with the team.[6] Ahead of the 2007–08 season, he was promoted to the reserve team on a permanent basis and featured in 20 matches.[7] The team finished in the relegation places in its group and were, subsequently, relegated to the Championnat de France amateur 2.

In the ensuing season, Tabanou began training with the senior team under manager Alain Casanova. He appeared in several pre-season matches, but endured criticism for some of his performances as the pre-season wore on. Tabanou, himself, admitted that the criticism was justified stating that he relied too much on his technical skills.[3] As a result, prior to the start of the season, he was demoted back to the reserve team. In January 2009, Tabanou was called back into the senior team by Casanova who was impressed by the player's performance with the reserve team. After appearing on the bench in several matches, he made his professional debut on 2 May 2009 in a league match against Marseille.[8] Tabanou appeared as a substitute in the match, which ended 2–2. Two days later, he signed his first professional contract after agreeing to a one-year deal with the club. Tabanou, subsequently, appeared in the final four matches of the season. One of those matches including his first professional start against Saint-Étienne.[9]

Tabanou was officially promoted to the senior team for the 2009–10 season and assigned the number 27 shirt. He featured as a substitute in the first two matches of the season and, by mid-September, had permanently took over as starter on the left side of midfield. In January 2010, with the player's contract due to expire in June, Toulouse signed Tabanou to a three-year contract extension.[10] On 16 January, Tabanou rewarded the club's decision to extend him by scoring a double in a 3–1 victory over Valenciennes.[11] On 10 April, he repeated this feat by netting another two goals in a 4–0 home win over Grenoble.[12] Tabanou finished the successful individual campaign with 42 total appearances and four goals.

Due to injuries to incumbent left back Cheikh M'Bengue, Casanova tasked Tabanou with the job of deputizing for him for the 2010–11 season. Tabanou started in the position for the majority of the fall campaign and assisted on his first two goals of his career in a 2–0 win over Nancy and a 3–1 loss to Rennes.[13][14]

Saint Etienne[edit]

On 28 July 2013, Tabanou trains with French Ligue 1 club AS Saint Etienne, on the verge of signing a new contract with them following a transfer from Toulouse. He scores his first goal against Esbjerg in Europa league.[15]

International career[edit]

Tabanou has represented France internationally at under-20 and under-21 level. He received his first call up to the under-20 team in June 2009 to participate in the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Italy. Tabanou appeared in three of the four matches the team contested and scored a goal in a 2–1 defeat to Spain in the knockout stage. France eventually finished the competition in 4th place after losing 8–7 on penalties to Libya in the third place match.

Due to his positive form with Toulouse in the 2009–10 season, Tabanou was called up by coach Erick Mombaerts to play with the under-21 team. He made his debut with the team on 9 October 2009 in a 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification match against Malta. Tabanou featured heavily in the team for the rest of the qualifying campaign as France failed to earn a berth in the UEFA-sanctioned tournament.

Career statistics[edit]


(Correct as of 19 April 2012)

Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Toulouse 2008–09 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
2009–10 33 4 0 4 0 0 5 0 0 42 4 0
2010–11 34 4 5 1 0 0 35 4 5
2011–12 30 3 4 2 0 0 32 3 4
Total 102 11 9 7 0 0 5 0 0 114 11 9
Career total 102 11 9 7 0 0 5 0 0 114 11 9


  1. ^ Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des Champions
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Supercup


  1. ^ "Franck Tabanou, sans complexe" (in French). 20 Minutes. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Franck Tabanou en équipe de France" (in French). AS Choisy-le-Roi. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Franck Tabanou: "Je me suis cru arrivé trop vite..."" (in French). Foot 31. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Biographie: Franck Tabanou" (in French). Toulouse FC. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Histoire du CFFP" (in French). Centre de Formation de Paris. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Toulouse Effectif CFA 2006/2007" (in French). Stat 2 Foot. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Toulouse Effectif CFA 2007/2008" (in French). Stat 2 Foot. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Marseille v. Toulouse Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Saint-Étienne v. Toulouse Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Tabanou jusqu'en 2013" (in French). L'Equipe. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Valenciennes v. Toulouse Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Toulouse v. Grenoble Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Nancy v. Toulouse Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rennes v. Toulouse Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Franck Tabanou est arrivé à ses fins" (in French). Le Progrès. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 

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