Moussa Latoundji

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Moussa Latoundji
Personal information
Full name Moussa Latoundji
Date of birth (1978-08-13) 13 August 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Porto-Novo, Benin
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cercle Mbéri Sportif (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Dragons de l'Oueme
1997 Julius Berger Lagos
1997–1998 FC Metz B 14 (7)
1998–2005 FC Energie Cottbus 120 (12)
2009–2010 Dragons de l'Oueme 21 (0)
National team
1993–2004 Benin 8 (2)
Teams managed
2009–2015 Dragons de l'Oueme
2015– Cercle Mbéri Sportif
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Moussa Latoundji (born 13 August 1978 in Porto-Novo) is a Beninese former footballer and current manager of Gabonese side Cercle Mbéri Sportif.


Having started his career in his native Benin with amateur side Dragons de l'Oueme, Latoundji earned a move to Nigerian side Julius Berger in 1997. He again impressed, and was signed by professional French team FC Metz,[1] where he spent one season with the club's 'B' team, amassing 14 appearances and 7 goals.

He was then signed by German side FC Energie Cottbus. After over 100 appearances for the club,[2] Latoundji broke his kneecap in 2004, and never played for the club again.[3][4]

He returned to Benin in 2009, coming out of retirement to act as player-manager for the side where he first began his career, Dragons de l'Oueme. After 6 years, he left to manage Gabonese side Cercle Mbéri Sportif.

International career[edit]

Latoundji made his international debut on 17 January 1993 against Tunisia, making him the third youngest ever international male footballer.[5][6][7] He was part of the Beninese 2004 African Nations Cup team,[8] which finished bottom of its group in the first round of competition, thus failing to secure qualification for the quarter-finals. Latoundji achieved the distinction, however, of scoring Benin’s only goal. He did this in the ninetieth minute of his team’s final game in the competition, a 2–1 victory for Nigeria.


  1. ^ "Moussa Latoundji". FC Metz. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Moussa Latoundji" (in German). Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Luisen, Mario (19 July 2004). "Duo Latoundji - Mokhtari gesprengt" (in German). Kicker Online. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Das endgültige "Aus" für Moussa Latoundji". (in German). 10 September 2005. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Oldest and Youngest Players and Goal-scorers in International Football". 4 February 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "On This Day In 1998: Michael Owen Of England Joins Ranks Of Youngest International Debutants". 11 February 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "God Rekord-Ødegaard spilte hele kampen for Norge". 27 August 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Three newcomers full of hope". FIFA. 23 January 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 

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