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|Date of birth||26 March 1974|
|Place of birth||Port Harcourt, Nigeria|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1991||Port Harcourt Sharks|
|2000–2001||→ Derby County (loan)||18||(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. West represented the Nigerian national team in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. He is also known for the various unusual and colourful hairstyles that he has sported over the years.
West moved to France in January 1993, spending four and half years at Auxerre. He was part of a successful team that won the league championship and two French Cups. He then moved on to Internazionale, where he played a vital role in capturing the UEFA Cup in 1998.
West found himself at the centre of heated transfer speculation at the end of the 1998–99 season following clashes with former Internazionale coach Mircea Lucescu. Once Marcello Lippi took over the club, it became apparent that West had to leave. After many months of talks with various clubs, including Newcastle United, Liverpool, Ajax and Juventus, West joined Inter's cross-town rivals A.C. Milan, making just 4 appearances in his sole season there. He helped them to secure a berth in the following season's UEFA Champions League.
West was again playing the spotlight of Europe when he was acquired by Partizan from Serbia. With Partizan, West played a crucial role in defence under then manager Lothar Matthäus and helped Partizan get to the Champions League group stage, where they were drawn in a group with Real Madrid, Porto and Marseille. After that, in early August 2004, he signed a one-year contract with Al-Arabi Sports Club.
In April 2013, Zarko Zecevic, former president of Partizan Belgrade, claimed that when West joined the club, he said he was 28 years old, but was in fact 12 years older. West denied the accusation.
|France||League||Coupe de France||Europe||Total|
|2000–01||Derby County||Premier League||18||0||1||0||0||0||19||0|
|Serbia and Montenegro||League||Cup||Continental||Total|
|Qatar||League||Emir of Qatar Cup||Asia||Total|
|Nigeria||League||Nigerian FA Cup||Africa||Total|
|2006–07||Julius Berger||Premier League|
|Serbia and Montenegro||16||1||0||0||7||0||23||1|
There is an amateur football club in Nigeria called 'Taribo West FC', presumably named in honour of West himself.
Taribo West who is now a Christian pastor recently disclosed that he used to make use of charms to enhance his performance in football matches.
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- Mamrud, Roberto (15 May 2014). "Taribo West - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- Courtney, Barrie (9 August 2006). "African Nations Cup 2000 – Final Tournament Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- "I Used Charms To Play Matches – Taribo West". Wazobians. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
- Taribo West at National-Football-Teams.com
- AJ Auxerre profile
- Taribo West career statistics at Soccerbase