Taribo West

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Taribo West
Personal information
Full name Taribo West
Date of birth (1974-03-26) 26 March 1974 (age 40)[1]
Place of birth Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1991 Port Harcourt Sharks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Julius Berger - (-)
1993–1997 Auxerre 73 (1)
1997–1999 Internazionale 44 (1)
1999–2000 Milan 4 (1)
2000–2001 Derby County 18 (0)
2001–2002 Kaiserslautern 10 (0)
2002–2004 Partizan 16 (1)
2004–2005 Al-Arabi Doha - (-)
2005–2006 Plymouth Argyle 4 (0)
2006–2007 Julius Berger - (-)
2007–2008 Paykan 0 (0)
National team
1994–2002 Nigeria 41 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Taribo West (born 26 March 1974[1]) is a Nigerian retired professional footballer who played as a defender. West represented the Nigerian national team in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. He is also known for the various unusual and colourful hairstyles that he has sported over the years.

Club career[edit]

West moved to France in January 1993, spending four and half years at Auxerre. He was part of a successful team that won the league championship and two French Cups. He then moved on to Internazionale, where he played a vital role in capturing the UEFA Cup in 1998.

West found himself at the centre of heated transfer speculation at the end of the 1998–99 season following clashes with former Internazionale coach Mircea Lucescu. Once Marcello Lippi took over the club, it became apparent that West had to leave. After many months of talks with various clubs, including Newcastle United, Liverpool, Ajax and Juventus, West joined Inter's cross-town rivals A.C. Milan, making just 4 appearances in his sole season there. He helped them to secure a berth in the following season's UEFA Champions League.

Subsequently, West spent brief spells with Derby County where he was a hugely influential performer for The Rams.[2] He also played in Germany for Kaiserslautern.

West was again playing the spotlight of Europe when he was acquired by Partizan from Serbia. With Partizan, West played a crucial role in defence under then manager Lothar Matthäus and helped Partizan get to the Champions League group stage, where they were drawn in a group with Real Madrid, Porto and Marseille. After that, in early August 2004, he signed a one-year contract with Al-Arabi Sports Club.

On 5 July 2005, West was signed by Football League Championship side Plymouth Argyle, but only made four appearances.

In August 2005, Derby County fans sent shirts to West's hometown in Nigeria in a campaign backed by BBC Radio Derby.[3]

On 18 August 2007, West signed a one-year contract with Iranian club Paykan,[4] but failed to make a start with the club, having his contract terminated by mutual consent only three months later.

In February 2008, West reportedly claimed to be joining Spanish Segunda División club Xerez,[5] but the club's president denied any knowledge of his arrival.[6]

In April 2013, Zarko Zecevic, former president of Partizan Belgrade, claimed that when West joined the club, he said he was 28 years old, but was in fact 12 years older. West denied the accusation.[7][8]

International career[edit]

He has been capped 41 times by the Nigerian national team and played in the 1998 (all matches and minutes) and 2002 FIFA World Cup (two appearances).

He was also a member of the Nigerian team that won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1993–94 Auxerre Division 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1994–95 23 0 2 0 5 0 30 0
1995–96 22 0 3 0 4 1 29 1
1996–97 27 1 3 0 7 0 37 1
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1997–98 Internazionale Serie A 23 1 4 0 8 1 35 2
1998–99 21 0 6 0 3 0 30 0
1999–2000 Milan Serie A 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Derby County Premier League 18 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2001–02 Kaiserslautern Bundesliga 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Serbia and Montenegro League Cup Continental Total
2002–03 Partizan First League 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
2003–04 5 0 0 0 7 0 12 0
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup Asia Total
2004–05 Al-Arabi Qatari League
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Plymouth Argyle Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Nigeria League Nigerian FA Cup Africa Total
2006–07 Julius Berger Premier League
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2007–08 Paykan Iranian League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total France 73 1 8 0 16 1 97 2
Italy 48 2 10 0 11 1 69 3
England 22 0 1 0 0 0 23 0
Germany 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Serbia and Montenegro 16 1 0 0 7 0 23 1
Qatar
Nigeria
Iran 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 169 4 21 0 34 2 224 6

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

International[edit]

Other[edit]

There is an amateur football club in Nigeria called 'Taribo West FC', presumably named in honour of West himself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FIFA Player Statistics: Taribo West". FIFA. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Webster, Rupert. "RAMS RIGHT TO GO WEST". Sky Sports. 
  3. ^ "Rams fans send shirts to Nigeria". BBC News. 26 August 2005. Retrieved 11 May 2006. 
  4. ^ "Taribo West moves to Iran". BBC Sport. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  5. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (26 February 2008). "Fresh chance for Nigeria stars". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Minshull, Phil (29 February 2008). "Xerez deny West signing claim". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Drayton, John (4 April 2013). "Taribo West 'was 40 when he said he was 28', claims former Partizan Belgrade chief". Mail Online. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Ogunsola, Dipo (4 April 2013). "Taribo West is 51 not 39 – Club President". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 

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