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 32)
Place of birth Farciennes, Belgium
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Los Angeles FC
Number 23
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 16 (3)
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 7 July 2018
‡ 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 for Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC 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 a total of 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]

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.[8] 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.[9]

In May 2018, he was named as an alternate for Belgium’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of 15 October 2016[11]
Belgium national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 2 0
2011 6 0
2014 1 0
2016 5 1
Total 14 1

Goals[edit]

As of match played 5 June 2016. Belgium score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ciman goal.[12]
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

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

MLS All-Star (2)
2015,[13] 2016
MLS Defender of the Year (1)
2015

Club[edit]

Club Brugge
Standard Liège

Montréal Impact

References[edit]

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