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 26 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Taye Ismaila Taïwo (born 16 April 1985 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian professional footballer who last played as a defender for the Ukrainian Premier League side Dynamo Kyiv. He is well known for his powerful and accurate long shots, and is a dead-ball expert. Taiwo's primary position is left back.
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.
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. He made his debut on 1 February against Aston Villa in Birmingham, which ended 2–2. After 2 games at Queens Park Rangers F.C., 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 A.F.C. on 24 March 2012.
- 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 One 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.
- AC Milan confirm deals for Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo. soccernet.espn.go.com (ESPN). Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Taye Taiwo wants AC Milan stay. eyefootball.com. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Taiwo: "I tifosi del Milan non credono in me, resto al QPR"
- "A.C. Milan comunicato ufficiale". acmilan.com (in Italian) (Associazione Calcio Milan). 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
John Obi Mikel
|CAF Young Player of the Year