Taye Taiwo

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Taye Taïwo
Olympique de Marseille - Girondins de Bordeaux 2007 2008 Taye Taiwo.jpg
Taye Taïwo with Marseille in 2008
Personal information
Full name Taye Ismaila Taïwo
Date of birth (1985-04-16) 16 April 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Bursaspor
Number 3
Youth career
Gabros
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Gabros
2004 Lobi Stars
2005–2011 Marseille 192 (17)
2011–2013 Milan 4 (0)
2012 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 15 (1)
2012–2013 Dynamo Kyiv (loan) 20 (0)
2013– Bursaspor 27 (2)
National team
2004–2011 Nigeria 53 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 December 2013

Taye Ismaila Taïwo (born 16 April 1985) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Süper Lig side Bursaspor. He is well known for his powerful and accurate long shots, and is a dead-ball expert.[1] Taiwo's primary position is left back (number 3 position)

Club career[edit]

Lobi Stars[edit]

After spending a year at Nigeria Division 1 club Gabros International, Taiwo was bought by Nigeria Premier League side, Lobi Stars. He spent one season at Lobi Stars.[1]

Marseille[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] Though keen to sign a contract with the club,[5] Taiwo announced that he will leave Marseille at the end of the 2010-11 season, to seek new challenge elsewhere.[6]

Milan[edit]

Taiwo with Mexès (match Milan-Siena, December 17, 2011)

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.[7] 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.[8] Despite the player spending much time on the substitutes bench, Taiwo iterated that he remained committed to the Italian club.[9]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

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.[10] After making a move to QPR, Taiwo says he's expecting to make an impact at the club, rather than sitting on the bench.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Dynamo Kyiv[edit]

On 31 July 2012, Taiwo joined Dynamo Kyiv on a one-year loan deal with the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season.[14]

Bursaspor[edit]

On 5 July 2013, Taiwo signed a three year deal with Turkish side Bursaspor.[15] He was linked with a move to the Premier League by joining newly promoted club Cardiff City, but opted to move to Turkey.[16] 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.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 25 November 2012
Club Season League Cup1 Europe2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Marseille 2004–05 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2005–06 30 1 0 0 9 1 39 2
2006–07 38 3 0 0 2 1 40 4
2007–08 28 3 0 0 10 2 38 5
2008–09 35 3 3 1 14 0 52 4
2009–10 27 3 2 0 8 0 37 3
2010–11 30 4 6 1 5 0 41 5
Total 192 17 11 2 48 4 251 23
Milan 2011–12 4 0 0 0 4 0 8 0
Total 4 0 0 0 4 0 8 0
Queens Park Rangers 2011–12 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Dynamo Kyiv 2012–13 11 0 1 1 7 0 19 1
Total 11 0 1 1 7 0 19 1
Bursaspor 2013–14 27 2 8 0 2 1 37 3
Total 27 2 8 0 2 1 37 3
Career total 249 20 20 3 61 5 330 28
1 Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des champions
2 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Marseille

AC Milan

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Italy take note of Taye Taiwo. MTN. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  2. ^ Taye Taiwo elu joueur ICM du match. (in French). new.lfp.fr. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  3. ^ Taiwo facing ban for taking mic out of PSG. soccernet.espn.go.com (ESPN). Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Taiwo banned for chant". Sky Sports. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Taiwo keen for new deal". Sky Sports. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Taiwo knows next destination". Sky Sports. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  7. ^ AC Milan confirm deals for Philippe Mexes and Taye Taiwo. soccernet.espn.go.com (ESPN). Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Football - Taiwo "breaks", Milan is on Maxwell" [Calciomercato - Taiwo "rompe", il Milan è su Maxwell] (in Italian). Yahoo! Eurosport. 12 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Taye Taiwo wants AC Milan stay. eyefootball.com. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  10. ^ "QPR seal loan deal for Taiwo". ESPN Soccernet. 24 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Taye Taiwo targets immediate impact at QPR as loan move from AC Milan nears completion". Goal.com. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Taiwo: "I tifosi del Milan non credono in me, resto al QPR"
  13. ^ "Sunderland A.F.C. 3 - 1 Queens Park Rangers". BBC Sport. 24 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "A.C. Milan comunicato ufficiale". acmilan.com (in Italian) (Associazione Calcio Milan). 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nigeria's Taye Taiwo seals Bursaspor switch from Milan". BBC Sport. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Taiwo snubbed Cardiff to join Bursaspor". Goal.com. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Vojvodina 2 - 7 Bursaspor". UEFA.com. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 

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