Adama Traoré (Ivorian footballer)

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Adama Traoré
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Adama Traoré playing for Melbourne Victory in 2012
Personal information
Full name Adama Traoré
Date of birth (1990-02-03) 3 February 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Bondoukou, Côte d'Ivoire[1]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left back / left midfield / left winger
Club information
Current team
Basel
Number 3
Youth career
2002–2004 Celtic Football Academie
2005–2006 EF Yéo Martial
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 EF Yéo Martial
2009–2012 Gold Coast United 69 (3)
2012–2014 Melbourne Victory 48 (1)
2014–2015 Vitória de Guimarães 15 (0)
2015– Basel 36 (1)
National team
2007 Côte d'Ivoire U17 1 (0)
2006–2007 Côte d'Ivoire U19 1 (0)
2007–2009 Côte d'Ivoire U20 5 (1)
2014– Côte d'Ivoire 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of season 2015/16.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2015

Adama Traoré (born 3 February 1990) is an Ivorian[2] professional footballer, who plays as a left-back for FC Basel in the Swiss Super League. He has also played for Australian clubs Melbourne Victory and Gold Coast United. Traoré has both an Ivorian passport and an Australian Passport.

Club career[edit]

Adama Traoré training with Melbourne Victory FC in 2013.

Traoré began his career in his native Côte d'Ivoire. He played for Ecole de Football Yéo Martial. He later signed a three-year contract with former A-League club Gold Coast United, after impressing in trial matches. Gold Coast United invited him for a trial after having watched highlights of his performances at the 2007 Toulon Tournament.[3][4]

In 2010, Traore stated the move to the former A-League club Gold Coast United was a stepping stone in his ambitions of playing club football internationally. Due to Gold Coast United having its A-League license revoked,[5] it was announced on 15 March 2012 that Traore had signed a two-year contract with A-League club Melbourne Victory.[6] Traore made his debut for the Victory in their Round 1 clash with cross-town rivals Melbourne Heart, an encounter which the Victory lost 2–1. On 9 March 2013, Traore suffered a high grade, high ankle ligament rupture which sidelined him for the rest of the 2012–13 season.[7][8]

After Clive Palmer's club collapsed, and before the hurried inception of the Western Sydney Wanderers as a replacement in the A-League, Adama Traore signed with Melbourne Victory - and stated his desire to play for Australia's national team.[9]

On May 2014, Traoré's contract with Melbourne expired after declining renewals in hopes of pursuit a career in Europe.[10][11]

The most prestigious award given to a Melbourne Victory player, the Victory Medal, was awarded to Adama Traore at the end of season awards ceremony on 10 May 2014.[12]

On 14 June 2014, it was announced that Portuguese club Vitória de Guimarães had signed Traoré on a multi-year deal.[13]

But after spending just six months in Portugal, Traoré joined FC Basel on 10 January 2015 signing a three and a half year contract.[14] He made his team debut on 22 February 2015 in the 2–4 away defeat against Young Boys as he was substituted in during the 67th minute.[15]

The season 2014–15 was a very successful one for Basel. The championship was won for the sixth time in a row that season[16] and in the 2014–15 Swiss Cup they reached the final, but finished as runners-up, losing 0-3 to FC Sion in the final. Basel entered the Champions League in the group stage and reached the knockout phase. But Basel then lost to Porto in the Round of 16. In the second half of the season Basel played a 31 matches (18 Swiss League fixtures, 3 Swiss Cup, 2 Champions League and 8 test matches). Under trainer Paulo Sousa Traoré totaled 17 appearances, 12 League, 2 Cup and 3 in test games.[17]

Traoré scored his first Super League goal in the 3:0 win against FC Sion on 1 August 2015.[18] Under trainer Urs Fischer Traoré won the Swiss Super League championship at the end of the 2015–16 Super League season for the second time. For the club it was the seventh titel in a row and their 19th championship titel in total.[19]

International career[edit]

Traoré has had spells with the Côte d'Ivoire U17, Côte d'Ivoire U19, and Côte d'Ivoire U21, playing a total of seven games for his Country, scoring only one goal. He has played two games in the CAF-organised 2007 African Youth Championship (versus Congo and The Gambia) which doubled as a qualifier for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[20][21] During the same year, Traoré also participated in the Toulon Tournament and the UEMOA Tournament.

After arriving in Australia, Traoré stated that he would like to play for the Socceroos.[22] However it later became clear that this was impossible as he had represented Côte d'Ivoire at youth level.[23][24] Under the regulations of FIFA, a player's national allegiance cannot change after they have represented their country of origin at national youth level unless the player held dual nationality upon their original call-up.[24]

Traoré has also previously been selected for the senior national team to play against Senegal. However, having not yet played a game he has not received a full international cap, he turned down the opportunity to play this game as he had the ambition to play for the Socceroos.

Traore was called up by Ivory Coast for the first time on 7 November 2014 for their matches against Sierra Leone and Cameroon but did not play.[25][26] He was again called up for the match on 6 September 2015 against Sierra Leone in the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt (Nigeria) for a Africa Cup of Nations qualification game. Traoré made his national team debut in the starting eleven, but was substituted out after he injured himself. The match ended in a goalless draw.

A-League career statistics[edit]

As of 10 October 2014
Club Season League Finals Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Gold Coast United 2009–10 11 0 0 0 11 0
2010–11 29 2 2 0 31 2
2011–12 27 1 27 1
Total 67 3 2 0 0 0 69 3
Melbourne Victory 2012–13 22 0 0 0 22 0
2013–14 24 1 2 0 4 0 30 1
Total 46 1 2 0 4 0 52 1
Career total 113 4 4 0 0 0 4 0 121 4

Honours[edit]

Basel
International with Côte d'Ivoire
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iain Strachan (28 September 2013). "Top 15 A-League players: No. 12 Adama Traore". Goal.com. 
  2. ^ http://citizen.co.za/661629/toure-left-out-of-ivory-coast-squad/
  3. ^ "35ème Festival Foot "Espoirs"" (in French). Festival Foot Esports. 
  4. ^ "Sport". goldcoast.com.au. 
  5. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/archive/sport-old/clive-palmer-says-gold-coast-united-a-league-licence-revoked/story-e6frepmf-1226285120538
  6. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news-display/Victory-confirm-Traore-signing/46171
  7. ^ Melbourne Victory. "Melbourne Victory Home". Melbourne Victory. 
  8. ^ "FourFourTwo". FourFourTwo. 
  9. ^ "Soon-to-be Aussie Adama Traore ready to solve Socceroos' left-back conundrum". NewsComAu. 
  10. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/sport/soccer/melbourne-victory-loses-adama-traore-to-european-dream-20140505-zr53d.html
  11. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/melbourne-victory-suffers-a-blow-with-gun-leftback-adama-traore-quitting-the-aleague-club/story-fnk6pqhd-1226906327621
  12. ^ Melbourne Victory. "Melbourne Victory Home". Melbourne Victory. 
  13. ^ "Adama Traoré reforça defesa". Vitória S.C. (in Portuguese). 14 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  14. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2015). "FCB verpflichtet Linksverteidiger Adama Traore" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2015-01-10. 
  15. ^ Marti, Caspar (2015). "Zu harmloser FCB verliert in Bern 2:4". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  16. ^ Marti, Caspar (2015). "Der Meisterfreitag im bunten Zeitraffer". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2015-05-29.  (German)
  17. ^ Zindel, Josef (2015). Rotblau: Jahrbuch Saison 2015/2016. FC Basel Marketing AG. ISBN 978-3-7245-2050-4. 
  18. ^ Meister, Remo (2015). "Toller Sieg, schöne Tore – der FCB schlägt Sion 3:0". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  19. ^ Marti, Casper (2016). "Es ist vollbracht ! Der FCB ist zum 19. Mal Meister". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  20. ^ "Technical Details – Congo – Cote d'Ivoire". CAFU20.com. Confederation of African Football. Archived from the original on 29 May 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Technical Details – Cote d'Ivoire – Gambia". CAFU20.com. Confederation of African Football. Archived from the original on 29 May 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  22. ^ http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2010/07/31/243755_gold-coast-soccer.html
  23. ^ "Adama Traore not an option for Socceroos". Goal.com. 
  24. ^ a b "FourFourTwo". FourFourTwo. 
  25. ^ http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/247/235/6/
  26. ^ "This page has been removed - News - The Guardian". the Guardian. 
  27. ^ "http://tournoiuemoa.fr/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=230&Itemid=149". UEMOA. 15 November 2007.  External link in |title= (help)

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