Adama Traoré (footballer, born 1996)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Traoré and the second or maternal family name is Diarra.
Adama
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Adama playing for Barcelona B in 2012
Personal information
Full name Adama Traoré Diarra
Date of birth (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 20)[1]
Place of birth L'Hospitalet, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) [1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Number 20
Youth career
Hospitalet
2004–2014 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Barcelona B 63 (8)
2013–2015 Barcelona 1 (0)
2015– Aston Villa 9 (0)
National team
2012 Spain U16 5 (0)
2012–2013 Spain U17 5 (1)
2013–2014 Spain U19 6 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:35, 3 January 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Adama Traoré Diarra (born 25 January 1996), known simply as Adama, is a Spanish footballer who plays for English club Aston Villa as a right winger.

He started his career with Barcelona, appearing mainly for the reserves. In 2015, he signed with Aston Villa.

Adama represented Spain at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia to Malian parents,[2] Adama joined FC Barcelona's youth setup in 2004 at the age of eight, after a brief period with neighbouring CE L'Hospitalet.[3] In 2013 he was promoted to the B-team, and made his professional debut on 6 October in a 0–1 away defeat against SD Ponferradina for the Segunda División championship.[4]

On 23 November 2013, again as a late substitute, Adama played his first La Liga game at the age of only 17, replacing Neymar in the 4–0 home win over Granada CF.[5] Three days later he made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League, coming on for Cesc Fàbregas in the 82nd minute of a 1–2 loss at AFC Ajax for the group stage.[6] Adama also played for Barcelona's Under-19 side in the inaugural UEFA Youth League, playing five times and scoring twice as they won the trophy.[7]

Adama scored his first goal for the Blaugrana's main squad on 16 December 2014, playing 16 minutes and contributing to a 8–1 home demolition of SD Huesca for the Copa del Rey.[8]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 14 August 2015, Adama joined Premier League club Aston Villa on a five-year deal for a reported £7 million (€10 million) that could rise to €12 million, with Barcelona inserting a three-year buy-back clause in his contract.[9] He made his debut eight days later against Crystal Palace, and his cross led to an own goal from Pape Souaré eight minutes after he had entered the game as a substitute for Carlos Sánchez.[10] He scored his first goal three days later, the team's first of a 5–3 home win over Notts County in the League Cup second round.[11]

Adama came on as a second-half substitute for the last-placed Villans away to relegation rivals Sunderland on 2 January 2016, and via a counter-attack he assisted compatriot Carles Gil's aerial volley equalizer. He was later replaced himself through injury, as his team lost 1–3.[12]

International career[edit]

On 17 February 2014, the Mali Football Federation confirmed that Adama and his older brother Mohamed had opted to switch allegiance to Mali.[13]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 9 December 2015[14]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2013–14 26 5 26 5
2014–15 37 3 37 3
Total 63 8 63 8
Barcelona 2013–14 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 0 0 2 0
2014–15 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 1
Aston Villa 2015–16 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 1
Total 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Career totals 65 8 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 69 10
  1. ^ All appearances in UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Barcelona
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Premier League Player Profile Adama Traoré". Barclays Premier League. 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Mis padres llegaron de Mali en los 80. Yo soy de Barcelona..." ("My parents arrived from Mali in the 80s. I am from Barcelona..."); Diario AS, 24 February 2012 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Adama Traore, juvenil de primer año, puede ser la gran novedad del Barça B el sábado (Adama Traore, first-year juvenil, may be Barça B surprise Saturday); Sport, 4 April 2013 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Ponferradina – Barça B: Un penalti condena al filial (1–0) (Ponferradina – Barça B: Penalty condemns reserves (1–0)); Barcelona's official website, 6 October 2013 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Granada pay the penalty; ESPN FC, 23 November 2013
  6. ^ Ajax claim Barcelona scalp to stay in contention; UEFA.com, 26 November 2013
  7. ^ "First Youth League title goes Barcelona's way". UEFA.com. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Los suplentes culés también cuentan" [The culé backups also count] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Adama Traore: Barcelona winger joins Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Crystal Palace 2–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Aston Villa 5–3 Notts County". BBC Sport. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Young, Chris (2 January 2016). "Sunderland 3 Aston Villa 1: Jermain Defoe double secures priceless win". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Barca’s Adama Traore to play for Mali". Super Sport. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Adama Traoré profile at Soccerway
  15. ^ "First Youth League title goes Barcelona's way". UEFA.com. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 

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