Adama Traoré (Ivorian footballer)
Adama Traoré playing for Melbourne Victory in 2012
|Full name||Adama Traoré|
|Date of birth||3 February 1990|
|Place of birth||Bondoukou, Côte d'Ivoire|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Left back / left midfield / left winger|
|2002–2004||Celtic Football Academie|
|2005–2006||EF Yéo Martial|
|2006–2008||EF Yéo Martial|
|2009–2012||Gold Coast United||69||(3)|
|2014–2015||Vitória de Guimarães||15||(0)|
|2007||Côte d'Ivoire U17||1||(0)|
|2006–2007||Côte d'Ivoire U19||1||(0)|
|2007–2009||Côte d'Ivoire U20||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 November 2016
Adama Traoré (born 3 February 1990) is an Ivorian professional footballer, who plays as a left-back for Göztepe. He has also played for Australian clubs Melbourne Victory and Gold Coast United. Traoré has both an Ivorian passport and an Australian Passport.
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.
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, it was announced on 15 March 2012 that Traore had signed a two-year contract with A-League club Melbourne Victory. 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.
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.
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.
But after spending just six months in Portugal, Traoré joined FC Basel on 10 January 2015 signing a three and a half year contract. 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.
The season 2014–15 was a very successful one for Basel. The championship was won for the sixth time in a row that season 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.
Traoré scored his first Super League goal in a 3–0 win against FC Sion on 1 August 2015. Under trainer Urs Fischer Traoré won the Swiss Super League championship at the end of the 2015–16 Super League season and at the end of the 2016–17 Super League season for the third time. For the club this was the eighth title in a row and their 20th championship title in total. They also won the Swiss Cup for the twelfth time, which meant they had won the double for the sixth time in the clubs history.
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. 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. However it later became clear that this was impossible as he had represented Côte d'Ivoire at youth level. 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.
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. 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.
- As of match played 27 November 2016
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Gold Coast United||2009–10||A-League||11||0||-||-||-||0||0||11||0|
|Vitória de Guimarães||2014–15||Primeira Liga||15||0||1||0||1||0||–||–||17||0|
|Basel||2014–15||Swiss Super League||12||0||2||0||-||0||0||-||14||0|
Statistics accurate as of match played 15 November 2016
|Ivory Coast national team|
- Swiss Super League: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Swiss Cup winner: 2016–17
- Swiss Cup runner up: 2014–15
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