Taribo West

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Taribo West
Personal information
Full name Taribo West
Date of birth (1974-03-26) 26 March 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Sharks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 Obanta United
1990 Sharks
1991 Enugu Rangers
1992 Julius Berger
1993–1997 Auxerre 73 (1)
1997–1999 Internazionale 44 (1)
2000–2001 Milan 4 (1)
2000–2001 Derby County (loan) 18 (0)
2001–2002 1. FC Kaiserslautern 10 (0)
2003–2004 Partizan 16 (1)
2004–2005 Al-Arabi
2005 Plymouth Argyle 4 (0)
2007 Paykan 0 (0)
Total 169 (4)
National team
1993 Nigeria U21
1996 Nigeria U23 6 (0)
1994–2005 Nigeria 42 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Taribo West (born 26 March 1974) is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a defender. He is best remembered for his various unusual and colourful hairstyles.[1][2]

After winning several major trophies with Auxerre in French football, West went on to play for both Milanese clubs, Internazionale and Milan. He also appeared in the top level leagues of England and Germany.

Internationally, West made 42 caps for Nigeria between 1994 and 2005,[3] being a member of the team in two World Cups and two African Championships. He also represented his country at the 1996 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Port Harcourt, West was discovered by Monday Sinclair,[4] who recruited him to play for Sharks. He started playing professionally with Obanta United in 1989, before returning to Sharks in 1990. West then played for Enugu Rangers in 1991, before joining Julius Berger in 1992.[5]

Auxerre[edit]

Following successful trials in early 1993, West joined French side Auxerre led by Guy Roux. He was on the bench during a 2–2 UEFA Cup draw against Tenerife on 15 September 1993, but failed to make his debut.[6] West eventually played his first competitive game for the club in a 0–0 away league draw at Toulouse on 5 March 1994. He became a first team regular in the following season, making 31 appearances in all competitions. In the 1995–96 season, West helped Auxerre win their first league title in the club's history, alongside such players as Laurent Blanc and Sabri Lamouchi, among others. They also won the national cup, thus collecting the double. West subsequently made seven appearances in the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League, as the club was eliminated in the quarter-finals by the eventual champions Borussia Dortmund.

Internazionale and Milan[edit]

In June 1997, West was transferred to Italian side Internazionale, on a four-year deal.[7] He made his competitive debut for the club in a 1–0 Coppa Italia victory over Foggia on 3 September 1997. Subsequently, West scored his first goal for Internazionale in a 2–1 Serie A win against Atalanta on 9 November 1997. He also scored the extra time winning goal against Schalke 04 in the 1997–98 UEFA Cup quarter-finals.[8] Eventually, Internazionale won the competition led by Ronaldo and Iván Zamorano, with West being sent off in the final against Lazio.[9] In the next season, West made 21 league appearances, as the club missed securing a spot in UEFA competitions. He failed to make any appearance in the 1999–2000 season, being three times an unused substitute.

In the 2000 winter transfer window, West switched to Internazionale's crosstown rivals Milan. He made his debut for the club on 24 March 2000, coming on as an injury time substitute for Andriy Shevchenko in 2–0 win over Juventus. On 14 May 2000, West managed to score his only goal for Milan in a 4–0 victory over Udinese.

England and Germany[edit]

In November 2000, West moved to English club Derby County, on an initial three-month loan.[10] He made his debut for the Rams on 18 November 2000, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 home league win over Bradford City. In January 2001, West signed an extension to stay with the Derbyshire side until the end of the 2000–01 season.[11] He helped the team avoid relegation, making 18 appearances, as Derby won 31 out of their 42 total points with him in the lineup. In May 2001, West eventually left the club because his "international commitments".[12][13]

In November 2001, West joined German club 1. FC Kaiserslautern on a free transfer.[14] He made his debut for the club in a 5–1 home league win over St. Pauli on 17 November 2001, starting the match and earning a yellow card in the process, before being substituted in the 81st minute. In April 2002, West was released by the club due to their "total disagreement".[15] He made a total of 10 league appearances in the 2001–02 season.

In August 2002, West trained with English side Manchester City for 10 days.[16] He eventually failed to get a contract due to lack of fitness.[17]

Partizan[edit]

On 24 January 2003, it was announced that West will join the reigning FR Yugoslavia champions Partizan.[18] He arrived in Belgrade for the final negotiations with the club five days later.[19] On 30 January 2003, West signed an 18-month contract with Partizan.[20] He made his official debut for the club on 1 March 2003, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–2 home league victory over Radnički Obrenovac.[21] West scored his first goal for Partizan in a 4–0 home league win over Vojvodina on 7 May 2003.[22] Under Lothar Matthäus, the club convincingly won the 2002–03 First League of Serbia and Montenegro.[23] Afterwards, West was one of the most influential players on the way to helping Partizan reach the group stage of the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League, eliminating Newcastle United on penalties in the third qualifying round.[24] He managed to record three appearances in Group F, despite missing numerous games in the first half of the 2003–04 season due to injuries. In February 2004, West left the club by mutual consent.[25][26]

Later years[edit]

In August 2004, West signed a one-year contract with Qatari club Al-Arabi.[27] He scored his only goal for the club in a 1–1 league draw away at Al-Wakrah on 4 November 2004.[28] West subsequently returned to England, penning a one-year deal with Plymouth Argyle in July 2005.[29] He made his debut for the club on 27 August 2005, picking up a yellow card in a 0–1 loss to Hull City. West went on to appear in only five appearances for Plymouth, before his contract was terminated in October 2005.[30]

In January 2007, West was close to signing with Croatian club Rijeka, but failed his medical.[31] He eventually moved to Iran and signed a one-year contract with Paykan in August 2007.[32] West failed to make a start with the club, having his contract terminated by mutual consent only three months later.

In February 2008, West reportedly claimed to be joining Segunda División club Xerez,[33] but the club's president denied any knowledge of his arrival.[34]

International career[edit]

West was a member of the Flying Eagles at the 1993 African Youth Championship. He then went on to earn 42 full international caps for Nigeria, making his debut in a 1–3 loss to Sweden on 5 May 1994. West was also a member of the Olympic squad that won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[35] He played every single minute of the tournament. Two years later, West was named in the 22-man squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, together with Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, and others.[36] They reached the second stage of the tournament, being eliminated by Denmark in the round of 16.[37]

In the 2000 African Cup of Nations, West played the full 90 minutes in all of Nigeria's games in the competition, as they finished runners-up to Cameroon. He also represented his country in the tournament's 2002 edition, finishing in third place. Additionally, West was a member of the team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[38] He made two appearances in the "Group of Death", as Nigeria finished bottom of the table, behind Sweden, England and Argentina. After the tournament, Nigeria coach Festus Onigbinde blamed West for the team's failure, stating that the player "flouted' his instructions.[39]

In January 2004, West suffered an injury during the team's training session that ruled him out of the African Cup of Nations.[40] He returned to the national team on 17 August 2005, making his final appearance for the Super Eagles in a friendly against Libya.[41]

Age controversy[edit]

In 2010, it was reported that West and other Nigerian internationals, such as Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Obafemi Martins, were at least seven years older than they claimed.[42] In April 2013, Žarko Zečević, former general secretary of Partizan, said that West is 12 years older than his claimed age.[43] Shortly afterwards, West denied the accusation.[44]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Auxerre 1993–94 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1994–95 23 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 31 0
1995–96 22 0 3 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 30 1
1996–97 27 1 3 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 38 1
Internazionale 1997–98 23 1 3 0 8 1 0 0 34 2
1998–99 21 0 4 0 3 0 2 0 30 0
1999–2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Milan 1999–2000 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Derby County (loan) 2000–01 18 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
1. FC Kaiserslautern 2001–02 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Partizan 2002–03 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
2003–04 5 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 12 0
Al-Arabi 2004–05
Plymouth Argyle 2005–06 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Paykan 2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 169 4 18 0 5 0 34 2 2 0 228 6

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Nigeria 1994 1 0
1995 1 0
1996 1 0
1997 4 0
1998 7 0
1999 3 0
2000 7 0
2001 7 0
2002 10 0
2003 0 0
2004 0 0
2005 1 0
Total 42 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Auxerre
Internazionale
Partizan

International[edit]

Nigeria

References[edit]

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  46. ^ African Nations Cup 2000 - Final Tournament Details at RSSSF

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