Tanko in 2011
|Full name||Ibrahim Tanko|
|Date of birth||25 July 1977|
|Place of birth||Kumasi, Ghana|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|King Faisal Babes|
|1993–1994||King Faisal Babes|
|1998–2000||Borussia Dortmund II||24||(2)|
|2007–2008||SC Freiburg (assistant)|
|2009–2010||Urawa Red Diamonds (assistant)|
|2011–2012||1. FC Köln (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Kumasi, Tanko signed with German side Borussia Dortmund from King Faisal Babes F.C. at age 17, making him the third youngest player to appear professionally for them behind Nuri Şahin and Lars Ricken. He made his Bundesliga debut on 24 September 1994 in a 5–0 home win against VfB Stuttgart, and finished his first season with 14 games and one goal.
Injuries and loss of form led to an eventual release from the club (he did participate in three matches, all as a late substitute, in Borussia's 1996–97 UEFA Champions League victorious run) as Tanko amassed no more than three league appearances in three different seasons, also being suspended and eventually released after testing positive for cannabis. In January 2001 he joined SC Freiburg, scoring in his fourth game to help to a 3–1 success at VfL Bochum, but also missed a great part of the following campaign due to a severe knee injury, as the Black Forest team dropped down to the 2. Bundesliga.
At Freiburg, Tanko's output improved slightly, and he played a career-high 27 matches (with two goals) in 2005–06's second division. However, he only appeared once the following season, and retired at 30.
On 1 July 2007, Tanko was named assistant coach for Freiburg's reserves, leaving after 18 months together with Karsten Neitzel to J1 League's Urawa Red Diamonds, and re-uniting with former Freiburg boss Volker Finke in the same capacity. In the 2011 summer, he began working under Ståle Solbakken at 1. FC Köln.
Tanko earned nine caps for Ghana, the last coming on 10 October 2004 – after an absence of eight years – in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Democratic Republic of Congo. In January 2012 he was appointed as the country's head scout, prior to that year's Africa Cup of Nations.
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- "BVB löst Vertrag mit Tanko" [BVB release Tanko from contract]. Rheinische Post (in German). 3 January 2001. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- "Africans abroad". BBC Sport. 28 May 2001. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
- "Injury setback hits Freiburg". UEFA.com. 12 March 2002. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
- "Assistenz-Trainer Tanko wird beim FC vom "Ohr" zum "Auge"" [Assistant coach Tanko will be from „years“ to „eyes“ at FC]. Express (in German). 18 September 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- "Ghana Fa to announce scouts for Nations Cup". News Ghana. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- "Meet Tanko, Finke's new assistant". Star Africa. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013.