Lacina Traoré

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Lacina Traoré
Lacina Traoré 19.jpg
Traoré training with Anzhi Makhachkala in 2012
Personal information
Full name Lacina Traoré[1]
Date of birth (1990-08-20) 20 August 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Monaco
Number 19
Youth career
2006–2007 ASEC Mimosas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Stade d'Abidjan 27 (19)
2008–2011 CFR Cluj 44 (14)
2011–2012 Kuban Krasnodar 38 (18)
2012–2014 Anzhi Makhachkala 29 (13)
2014– Monaco 0 (0)
2014 Everton (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2011 Côte d'Ivoire U23 5 (3)
2012– Côte d'Ivoire 8 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:10, 30 July 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:28, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Lacina Traoré (born 20 August 1990) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a striker for AS Monaco. He is nicknamed the “Gentle Giant”, due to his 6 ft 8in frame,[2] Traoré is among the tallest professional footballers.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Traoré playing for Kuban Krasnodar.

Traoré began his career with Jean-Marc Guillou's football school ASEC Mimosas, before joining Stade d'Abidjan in 2006.[3] He played in Abidjan until January 2008, when he joined the Romanian club CFR Cluj.[4]

CFR Cluj[edit]

Traoré made his European debut with CFR, scoring a second goal in the first match of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League group stage, against Copenhagen. He then scored another goal in the 3–2 loss home against Sparta Prague.[5]

The following season for Traoré as he continued to be in the first team regular. Lacina Traoré scored his first league goal of the season and set up Cristian Bud in a Astra Giurgiu on 13 August 2010. Traoré received his first red card of his career after a brutal foul in the second half as Cluj lose 3–0 against CSMS Iași on 20 August 2010. On 15 November 2010, he scored his first brace of his career in a 3–0 win over Gloria Bistrița. In the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League group stage, Traoré scored one goal in the 2–1 win against Basel and one goal in the 1–1 draw against Roma (after hitting the post twice in Italy against the same team in the first match), both matches in group phase and home.[5]

Kuban Krasnodar[edit]

Traoré playing for Anzhi in 2012.

In February 2011, Traoré transferred to Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League for a reported fee of €6 million.[6] In the opening game of the season on 13 March 2011, Traoré made his debut, coming on as a substitute, in a 2–0 loss against Rubin Kazan. On 2 April 2011, Traoré scored his first league goal of the season and set up a goal for Vladislav Kulik in a 3–1 win over Spartak Moscow. On 10 June 2011, he scored his first brace in Russian Football and set up a goal for Gheorghe Bucur in a 3–2 win over Amkar Perm. By May, Traoré was voted player of the month by the club over his recent good performance.[7]

Anzhi Makhachkala[edit]

Traoré training for the national team before his debut.

On 29 June 2012, Anzhi reported that they had signed Lacina Traoré for an undisclosed fee.[8] Media reports estimated the transfer fee to be around €18 million.[9]

Traoré scored his first goal for the club against former club Kuban Krasnodar on 22 July, scoring the winner for Anzhi in the 43rd minute.[10] In Anzhi's first European campaign in nine years, the club played its first match in the qualification round against AZ and scored in a 1–0. He would score another in the second leg and the club would eventually advanced to the Group Stage after a 5–0 win. He scored another goal, in Anzhi's 1–0 defeat of Liverpool on 8 November in a Europa League group stage game.[11]

Monaco[edit]

On 4 January 2014, Traoré signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Monaco.[12][13] The fee is said to be around $14 million.

Everton[edit]

He joined Everton on loan on 24 January 2014 until the end of the 2013–14 Premier League season.[14] He scored his first Everton goal on his debut on 16 February, the opener in a 3-1 FA Cup win over Swansea City.[15] Traoré injured his hamstring in the warm-up for the game against Chelsea on 22 February 2014,[16] and was ruled out until the final game of the season where he made his only league appearance as a second half substitute against Hull City.

International career[edit]

2011 CAF U-23 Championship[edit]

Traoré was involved in Ivory Coast's successful 2011 CAF U-23 Championship qualification campaign. Traoré scored against Liberia U23 in a 4-0 win. He was also named in the Ivory Coast squad for the final stage of the tournament, which acted as CAF's qualification for the Summer Olympics football tournament. Ivory Coast did not fair too well in the competition finishing third in the Group stage behind Egypt and Gabon. Traoré scored a consolation goal against Gabon in a 3-1 loss.[17]

2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Traoré was selected in the final squad for the Ivorians, playing in two games. He played for 68 minutes versus Tunisia before he was replaced by Didier Drogba and he had a 7 minute cameo versus Nigeria in the quarter final stage which ended the Ivorians' campaign following a 2-1 loss.[18] [19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 May 2014.[20]
Club performance League Cup Other[21] Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008–09 Cluj Liga I 6 1 - - 6 1
2009–10 25 6 3 2 - 8 2 36 10
2010–11 13 7 1 0 1 0 6 2 21 9
2011–12 Kuban Krasnodar RFPL 38 18 1 0 - - 39 18
2012–13 Anzhi Makhachkala 24 12 3 0 - 12 6 39 18
2013–14 5 1 0 0 - 2 0 7 1
2013–14 AS Monaco Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Everton (loan) Premier League 1 0 1 1 - - 2 1
Career total 112 45 10 4 1 0 28 10 150 58

Honours[edit]

CFR Cluj

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players" (PDF). Confederation of African Football (CAF). Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  2. ^ http://talksport.com/magazine/features/121113/free-scoring-striker-solve-liverpools-attacking-crisis-185209
  3. ^ International Football Management. Ifm-ci.com. Retrieved on 12 July 2012.
  4. ^ Romanian Soccer Profile. Romaniansoccer.ro (20 May 1990). Retrieved on 12 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b matches of Lacina Traoré on. Soccerway.com. Retrieved on 12 July 2012.
  6. ^ CFR Cluj and Kuban Krasnodar agreed for the transfer of Lacina Traoré (Romanian). Cfr1907.ro (11 August 2011). Retrieved on 12 July 2012.
  7. ^ "ЛУЧШИМ В МАЕ СТАЛ ЛАСИНА ТРАОРЕ" (in Russian). Official site of FC Kuban. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  8. ^ ""Анжи" и "Кубань" договорились о переходе Траоре" (in Russian). fc-anji.ru. 29 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "2-meter striker Anzhi'ye". Haber Monitor. 30 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Anzhi Makhac 2 – 1 Kuban Krasnodar". EPSNFC. 22 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Anzhi blanks Liverpool to top Group A". ESPNFC. 8 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lacina Traoré nouvelle recrue de l'AS Monaco FC" (in French). http://www.asm-fc.com/. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lacina Traore to Monaco FC". http://fc-anji.ru/news/en/. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Clark, Adam. "Everton Seal Traore Loan". evertonfc.com. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Harris, Daniel (16 February 2014). "Everton v Swansea City – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Everton striker Lacina Traore set for spell on sidelines with hamstring injury". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "L'Egypte et le Gabon passent". footafrica365.fr. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "CÔTE D'IVOIRE VS. TUNISIA 3 - 0". soccerway. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "CÔTE D'IVOIRE VS. NIGERIA 2 - 1". soccerway. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "L. Traoré". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  21. ^ includes League Cup & Supercup matches
  22. ^ "Announcement" (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  23. ^ "Announcement" (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 

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