Taye Taïwo with Marseille in 2008
|Full name||Taye Ismaila Taïwo|
|Date of birth||16 April 1985|
|Place of birth||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2012||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||15||(1)|
|2012–2013||→ Dynamo Kyiv (loan)||20||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Taye Ismaila Taïwo (born 16 April 1985) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Ekstraklasa side Legia Warsaw. He is well known for his powerful and accurate long shots, and is a dead-ball expert. Taiwo's primary position is left back (number 3 position)
In 2005, at the age of 20, Taiwo was signed by French club, Olympique de Marseille. Taiwo was brought in to fill the void Bixente Lizarazu had left when he departed for Bayern Munich. The Nigerian left back scored Marseille's winning goal against Olympique Lyonnais on 21 March 2010, with a trademark left-footed strike from long range. He also scored Marseilles's winning goal against US Boulogne on 17 April 2010. On 23 April 2011, Taiwo scored the only goal at the Stade de France against Montpellier HSC to win the 2011 Coupe de la Ligue. After the match, Taiwo grabbed a microphone and joined fans in singing an expletive-laden chant aimed at the club's rivals PSG, narrowly escaping a ban from the LFP. However, Taiwo received a one-match ban for his action, missing out on the last games of the season, which could have been his last match and since apologised. Though keen to sign a contract with the club, Taiwo announced that he will leave Marseille at the end of the 2010-11 season, to seek new challenge elsewhere.
On 9 May 2011, A.C. Milan coach, Massimiliano Allegri, confirmed the signing of Taiwo along with French defender Philippe Mexès. The two were to play for Milan for the 2011–12 season. He made his debut with the club on 24 September 2011 in the home league match won 1–0 against Cesena where he was eventually replaced by Luca Antonini. In December 2011, Taiwo made an interview for the French sports newspaper L'Équipe where he said that he was disappointed with his current experience at A.C. Milan, commenting on problems with Massimiliano Allegri and on the fact that he wasn't playing. Despite the player spending much time on the substitutes bench, Taiwo iterated that he remained committed to the Italian club.
Queens Park Rangers
On 24 January 2012, Queens Park Rangers secured the signing of Taiwo from AC Milan on a loan deal until the end of the season, with the option to buy for a fee of around £3.5 million. After making a move to QPR, Taiwo says he's expecting to make an impact at the club, rather than sitting on the bench. He made his debut on 1 February against Aston Villa in Birmingham, which ended 2–2. After making two appearance at Queens Park Rangers so far, Taiwo made allegations that he would stay in QPR. He scored his first goal for QPR through a fantastic executed curling effort from a free kick 27 yards out in a 3–1 defeat against Sunderland on 24 March 2012.
On 5 July 2013, Taiwo signed a three year deal with Turkish side Bursaspor. He was linked with a move to the Premier League by joining newly promoted club Cardiff City, but opted to move to Turkey. On 1 August 2013, Taiwo scored his Bursaspor debut, in a 2-2 draw Vojvodina in the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie.
- As of 25 November 2012
|Queens Park Rangers||2011–12||15||1||0||0||0||0||15||1|
- 1 Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des champions
- 2 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup
- 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship Bronze Ball
- Confederation of African Football Young Player of the Year: 2006
- Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2011
- Italy take note of Taye Taiwo. MTN. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Taye Taiwo elu joueur ICM du match. (in French). new.lfp.fr. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Taiwo facing ban for taking mic out of PSG. soccernet.espn.go.com (ESPN). Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- "Taiwo banned for chant". Sky Sports. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- "Taiwo keen for new deal". Sky Sports. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- "Taiwo knows next destination". Sky Sports. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- AC Milan confirm deals for Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo. soccernet.espn.go.com (ESPN). Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- "Football - Taiwo "breaks", Milan is on Maxwell" [Calciomercato - Taiwo "rompe", il Milan è su Maxwell] (in Italian). Yahoo! Eurosport. 12 December 2011.
- Taye Taiwo wants AC Milan stay. eyefootball.com. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- "QPR seal loan deal for Taiwo". ESPN Soccernet. 24 January 2012.
- "Taye Taiwo targets immediate impact at QPR as loan move from AC Milan nears completion". Goal.com. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- Taiwo: "I tifosi del Milan non credono in me, resto al QPR"
- "Sunderland A.F.C. 3 - 1 Queens Park Rangers". BBC Sport. 24 March 2012.
- "A.C. Milan comunicato ufficiale". acmilan.com (in Italian) (Associazione Calcio Milan). 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Nigeria's Taye Taiwo seals Bursaspor switch from Milan". BBC Sport. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
- "Taiwo snubbed Cardiff to join Bursaspor". Goal.com. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- "Vojvodina 2 - 7 Bursaspor". UEFA.com. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.