Félix Dja Ettien

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Félix Ettien
Personal information
Full name Félix Dja Ettien
Date of birth (1979-09-26) 26 September 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
USC Bassam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2008 Levante 303 (20)
2011 Alzira 5 (0)
Total 308 (20)
National team
1997 Ivory Coast U20 2 (0)
2001–2008 Ivory Coast 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Félix Dja Ettien (born 26 September 1979) is an Ivorian retired professional footballer.

A midfielder with great stamina and strength, he also held a Spanish passport due the years spent in the country,[1] all with Levante, where he played in 324 official games – 81 of those in La Liga.

Club career[edit]

Ettien was born in Abidjan. While representing Ivory Coast in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, he caught the eyes of Spanish club Levante UD, who purchased both him and his compatriot Idrissa Keita. While Keita flopped at Levante, Ettien became one of the team's most important players – despite suffering racist abuse early on in his career in the country;[2] in his first season, however, he only appeared in seven games (308 minutes) as the team was relegated from Segunda División.

As the Valencian Community side were twice promoted and relegated during his 11-year stay, Ettien was an everpresent fixture, appearing in all but four matches in the 2006–07 season and scoring two goals, in a narrow escape from relegation in La Liga. In July 2008, he left.

In September 2009, after more than one year out of football, Ettien was in trial with Romania's FC Astra Ploieşti.[3] However, he left after only a few weeks.

International career[edit]

After the under-20 exploits, Ettien played six times (one goal) for the Ivorian full side, appearing twice against both Congo DR and Madagascar for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.[4]

Club statistics[edit]

Season Club League Apps Goals
1997/98[5] Levante Segunda División 7 0
1998/99[6] Levante Segunda División B 31 3
1999/00[7] Levante Segunda División 38 2
2000/01[8] Levante Segunda División 36 1
2001/02[9] Levante Segunda División 34 3
2002/03[10] Levante Segunda División 33 3
2003/04[11] Levante Segunda División 17 1
2004/05 Levante La Liga 34 2
2005/06[12] Levante Segunda División 31 3
2006/07 Levante La Liga 34 2
2007/08 Levante La Liga 13 1
Total Levante 308 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ettien denuncia una discriminación a los africanos para obtener la nacionalidad" [Ettien denounces discrimination of Africans in order to obtain nationality] (in Spanish). Las Provincias. 20 April 2006. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Felix who?". BBC Sport. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Ziua tratativelor: Astra încearcă 6 transferuri (Talk of the day: Astra tries to sign 6); Astra Ploieşti, September 2009 (in Romanian)
  4. ^ Félix EttienFIFA competition record
  5. ^ "Squad season 1997–1998" (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Levante official profile" (in Spanish). Levante UD. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Squad season 1999–2000" (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Squad season 2000–2001" (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Squad season 2001–2002" (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Squad season 2002–2003" (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Squad season 2003–2004" (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Squad season 2005–2006" (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 

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