Timothée Atouba

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Timothée Atouba
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Personal information
Full name Timothée Atouba
Date of birth (1982-02-17) 17 February 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position left back
Youth career
1996–1999 Union Douala
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Mineduc 24 (11)
1999–2000 Union Douala 16 (4)
2000–2002 Neuchâtel Xamax 46 (2)
2002–2004 FC Basel 72 (3)
2004–2005 Tottenham Hotspur 18 (1)
2005–2009 Hamburger SV 83 (1)
2009–2011 Ajax 1 (0)
2012–2014 Las Palmas 8 (1)
National team
2000–2010 Cameroon 42 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 July 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 November 2013

Timothée Atouba (born 17 February 1982 in Douala) is a Cameroonian football player, who is currently a free agent after being released by UD Las Palmas in 2014.


Atouba signed for Tottenham Hotspur in August 2004.[1][2] Although he played promising games in his first few months at the club, scoring the only goal in a win at Newcastle United,[3] he finished the season as an occasional left-back. After only one year in London he was deemed surplus to requirements. Atouba was transferred to Hamburger SV in July 2005.[4] In the summer of 2009, Atouba's contract in Hamburg ended. In July 2009, he moved to Amsterdam, where he was reunited with ex-HSV-coach Martin Jol. He joined AFC Ajax on a two-year deal.[5][6] After injury problems during 2009, Atouba lost his place in the first eleven to Ajax-youngster Vurnon Anita.

In May 2012, Atouba was invited to a trial by the MLS expansion team, the Montreal Impact.[7]

In November 2012, the Spanish team UD Las Palmas confirmed the signing of Atouba until the end of season 2012–13.[8]


In 2006, Atouba caused a stir after several rash challenges led to goals against his German club in the Champions League. After receiving some jeering from a disgruntled crowd he reacted by raising his middle finger to them, and asking to be substituted. Having been substituted he repeated his actions and then received a red card.[9][10]

International career[edit]

He was part of the Cameroonian 2004 African Nations Cup team, who finished top of their group in the first round of competition, before failing to secure qualification for the semi-finals.



FC Basel[11]
Hamburger SV[11]




  1. ^ "Thimothée Atouba zu den Tottenham Hotspurs" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 8 August 2004. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tottenham land Atouba". BBC Sport. 7 August 2004. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Newcastle 0–1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Thimotee Atouba". uefa.com. 
  5. ^ "Ajax contracteert Thimothée Atouba" (in Dutch). nieuwslog.nl. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Atouba completes move to Ajax". BBC Sport. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Un nouveau joueur à l'essai" (in French). canoe.ca. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "La UD Las Palmas ficha al lateral camerunés Atouba" (in Spanish). udlaspalmas.es. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hamburg reprimand Atouba for gesture to jeering fans". Scotsman.com. 8 December 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2006. 
  10. ^ "Hamburg's Atouba punished". BBC Sport. 7 December 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Timothée Atouba - Career Honours". Soccerway.