Laurent Ciman

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Laurent Ciman
Laurent Ciman.jpg
Ciman with Belgium in 2011
Personal information
Full name Laurent Franco Ciman[1]
Date of birth (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Farciennes, Belgium
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 26
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Charleroi 85 (3)
2008–2010 Club Brugge 16 (0)
2009–2010Kortrijk (loan) 34 (2)
2010–2015 Standard Liège 152 (6)
2015–2017 Montreal Impact 85 (3)
2018 Los Angeles FC 22 (3)
2018 Dijon 9 (0)
2019– Toronto FC 17 (0)
National team
2004–2008 Belgium U21 6 (0)
2010– Belgium 20 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2017

Laurent Franco Ciman (born 5 August 1985) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a defender. He is currently a defender for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer and the Belgium national football team.

Club career[edit]

Ciman began his career in the youth system of Charleroi and made his first team debut in 2004. His play with Charleroi attracted the interest of the top Belgian clubs. Ciman was transferred from Charleroi to Club Brugge in June 2008 and signed a three-year contract for the Belgian team, he was loaned to Kortrijk for the 2009–10 season. On 16 June 2010, he joined Standard Liège on a four-year contract.[3] Upon joining Standard, Ciman established him as a starter and helped the club capture the 2010–11 Belgian Cup. He made 194 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals, before leaving the club in the winter of 2015.

Ciman signed a three-year deal with Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact on 22 January 2015.[4] In his first season with the team, he was named MLS Defender of the Year.[5] In July 2016, he was included in the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game.[6]

On 12 December 2017, Ciman was traded to MLS expansion side Los Angeles FC in exchange for Raheem Edwards and Jukka Raitala.[7]

On 28 August 2018, Ciman joined Ligue 1 club Dijon FCO on a two-year contract. The transfer fee paid to LAFC was reported as $500,000.[8] Just 4 months later, Ciman had his contract at Dijon terminated by mutual consent.[9] On 27 December 2018, he returned to MLS, signing with Toronto FC.[10]

International career[edit]

Ciman was a member of the Belgian squad which came fourth at the 2008 Olympics.

Ciman also played for the National U21 side and was called up by national coach Georges Leekens for the friendly match against Bulgaria on 19 May 2010, during which he made his debut.

On 13 May 2014, Ciman was named in Belgium's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[11] He was unused in the tournament, in which Belgium reached the quarter-finals. In the next major tournament, UEFA Euro 2016 he was also part of the squad. This time, he played in the opening game of the competition, a 2–0 defeat to Italy.[12]

In May 2018, he was named as an alternate for Belgium’s squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[13]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 15 October 2016[14]
Belgium national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 2 0
2011 6 0
2014 1 0
2016 5 1
Total 14 1


As of match played 5 June 2016. Belgium score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ciman goal.[15]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 June 2016 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium 11  Norway 3–2 3–2 Friendly



Club Brugge

Standard Liège

Montreal Impact

Toronto FC

  • MLS Eastern Conference Champion 2019



  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of players: Belgium" (PDF). FIFA. 14 July 2014. p. 4. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Marcos au FC Bruges Ciman au Standard (in French)
  4. ^ "Impact signs centre back Laurent Ciman to multi-year deal". Montreal Impact. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Villa, Pirlo and Kaka headline MLS All-Star squad to face Arsenal". FourFourTwo. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Impact acquires Jukka Raitala and Raheem Edwards". Impact Montreal. 12 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Belgium international Laurent Ciman exits LAFC for move to Dijon". ESPN FC. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Ciman verbreekt al na een paar maanden zijn contract bij Dijon" [Ciman terminates contract with Dijon after just a few a months]. 24 December 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Toronto FC Select Ciman with Top Allocation Ranking". Toronto FC. 27 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Adnan Januzaj included in Belgium's World Cup squad". BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  12. ^ Andy Hunter (13 June 2016). "Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pellè seal Italy win over Belgium". Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Vincent Kompany included in Belgium's World Cup squad despite injury". The Guardian. 4 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Laurent Ciman". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  15. ^ Laurent Ciman at Soccerway
  16. ^ "Doelpunt Sonck bezorgt Club zege op Brugse Metten". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). 19 July 2009.
  17. ^ "Impact's CONCACAF Champions League trophy chances dashed after home defeat". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Seattle Sounders are 2019 MLS Cup champions: Rave Green win second MLS title". Major League Soccer. 10 November 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  19. ^ "2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Roster". Major League Soccer. 13 July 2015.

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