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 5 (1)
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 14:49, 04 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:49, 04 December 2014 (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.

Growing up in Abidjan, Ivory Coast,[3] Traoré began his career with Jean-Marc Guillou's football school ASEC Mimosas, before joining Stade d'Abidjan in 2006.[4] He played in Abidjan until January 2008, when he joined the Romanian club CFR Cluj.[5]

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 home loss against Sparta Prague.[6]

The following season for Traoré continued smoothly for him at CFR Cluj while he was constantly in the first squad as a full time regular. Lacina Traoré scored his first league goal of the season and set up Cristian Bud in a match against 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 lost 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 the group phase and home.[6]

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.[7] 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, followed up by setting up a goal for Vladislav Kulik in a 3–1 win over Spartak Moscow. After the match, Traoré says he dedicated his first goal to the club's supporters.[8] Traoré then scored his first brace in Russian Football and set up a goal for Gheorghe Bucur in a 3–2 win over Amkar Perm.[9]

By May, Traoré was voted player of the month by the club over his recent good performance.[10] His further good performance earned him player of month in September[11] and November.[12] In his first season at Kuban Krasnodar, Traoré would went on to make thirty nine appearance and scoring eighteen times in all competitions.

At the start of his football career in Russia, Traoré was compared to his compatriot striker, Seydou Doumbia.[13]

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.[14] Media reports estimated the transfer fee to be around €18 million.[15] Upon joining the club, Traoré was given number 19 shirt[16] and aims to make the club very successful in the near future.[17]

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.[18] 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 then 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.[19] In his first season at Anzhi, Traoré would score seventeen goals in thirty-eight appearance in all competitions. Russian's newspaper Sport Express named Traoré as the most outstanding player at Anzhi in his first season.[20]

In his second season at Anzhi, Traoré started his season very well when he scored in a 1-1 draw against Lokomotiv Moscow.[21] However, the announcement was marred with restructuring at business level, which lead Anzhi chose to transfer list their whole squad, including recent signing Traoré.[22] To add an insult to an injury, Traoré have his own concern when he suffered injuries.[23][24]

Monaco[edit]

On 4 January 2014, Traoré signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Ligue 1 side Monaco.[25][26] The fee is said to be around $14 million. Traoré also have previous interests with the club in the last summer transfer window.[27] Monaco was planning to sign Traoré and then loaned him back to Anzhi.[28]

After joining Monaco, West Ham United battled it out from other clubs to sign Traoré.[29] Instead, Traoré joined Everton on loan on 24 January 2014 until the end of the 2013–14 Premier League season[30] after his work permit was granted[31] and given number 28 shirt.[32] He scored his first Everton goal on his debut on 16 February, the opener in a 3-1 FA Cup win over Swansea City.[33] Traoré injured his hamstring in the warm-up for the game against Chelsea on 22 February 2014,[34] 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.[35]

After a disastrous spell at Everton, Traoré was given a chance to the first team by newly manager Leonardo Jardim after being recalled ahead of the new season.[36] However, Traoré received a set back when he suffered a hamstring injury that cause miss the first nine matches at the start of the season.[37] Manager Jardim made comment about Traoré quoting: "He was wounded. He will return. I trust him."[38] Following his recovery, Traoré made his Monaco debut, where he came on as a substitute for Anthony Martial in the 64th minutes, in a 2-0 win over Evian on 17 October 2014.[39] Traoré scored his first Monaco goal on 9 November 2014, in a 1-1 draw against Saint-Étienne.[40]

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.[41] 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.[42]

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.[43][44]

At the end of the 2013-14 season, Traoré was initially featured as part of the country's World Cup squad, but was then left out after the national team's manager made his decision to include the final squad.[45]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 May 2014.[46]
Club performance League Cup Other[47] 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 Everton (loan) Premier League 1 0 1 1 - - 2 1
2014–15 AS Monaco Ligue 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 114 45 10 4 1 0 28 10 152 58

Personal life[edit]

Traoré revealed he got his high growth from his mother, which explains his height. In his spare time, Traoré plays boxing video games to get motivate when he was on the pitch.[3] Traoré is a Muslim.[48]

Traoré also known for having different hairstyle[49] and dismissed rumors from Wikipedia that he came from Burkina Faso. He speaks Russian and French. At age seventeen, Traoré started driving and passed his driving twice that when he was eighteen, he doesn't need a car instructor to help him drive.[50]

Traoré revealed he doesn't eat soup and dumpling.[51]

Honours[edit]

CFR Cluj

References[edit]

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