Yohann Thuram-Ulien

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Yohann Thuram-Ulien
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Courcouronnes, France
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Le Havre
Number 16
Youth career
1997–1998 Bourdons Esnouveaux
1998–2003 Phare du Canal
2003–2008 Monaco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Monaco 4 (0)
2010–2011Tours (loan) 18 (0)
2011–2013 Troyes 56 (0)
2013–2016 Standard Liège 44 (0)
2014Charlton Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
2016– Le Havre 28 (0)
National team
2010 France U20 3 (0)
2009–2010 France U21 2 (0)
2016– Guadeloupe 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 April 2016

Yohann Thuram-Ulien (born 31 October 1988) is a Guadeloupean football player who plays as a goalkeeper for Le Havre. He is the cousin of former French international defender Lilian Thuram, who also began his career at Monaco.[1]

Club career[edit]

Although Thuram-Ulien was born in Courcouronnes, France, he spent most of his childhood in Guadeloupe. He arrived in Monaco in 2003. He was a part of Monaco's 2007–08 CFA squad that won the reserve's professional title. During the summer of 2008, he signed his first professional contract, keeping him with Monaco until 2011.[2] He was given squad number 1 and designated as third keeper.

He unexpectedly made his professional debut on 29 November 2008 in a 1–0 victory over Auxerre coming on as a substitute in the 37th minute for the injured Flavio Roma who was starting in place of the injured first-choice keeper Stéphane Ruffier. Thuram kept a clean sheet for the rest of the match.[3] Due to the severity of Roma's injury and Ruffier being out indefinitely as well, Yohann started the following week against Sochaux. Yohann performed well enough for Monaco to earn a 1–1 draw.[4] Before signing his professional contract with Monaco, Barcelona showed interest in the young keeper.[5] On 26 June 2010, Thuram signed a contract extension with Monaco until 2012. Four days later, he was loaned to second division club Tours in order to get some consistent playing time. In the summer of 2013, he signed a contract with Standard Liège.

On 13 January 2014, Thuram-Ulien joined English side Charlton Athletic on loan until 30 June 2014[6] where he went on to make a total of four first team appearances keeping one clean sheet. According to an article in Evening Standard, Charlton then-manager Chris Powell was ordered to play Thuram-Ulien over (now Premier League goalkeeper) Ben Hamer by the club's owner Roland Duchâtelet.[7]

On 2 August 2016, Thuram signed a three-year contract for French club Le Havre.[8]

International career[edit]

Thuram-Ulien was born in France to parents of Guadeloupean descent. Yohann did not receive any distinct call-ups to any of the youth national squads, but has received call-ups to France's under-21 futsal team.[9] On 5 February 2009, he earned his first call-up to the France under-21 team. On 24 March 2009, he was called up to the Guadeloupe national team for a friendly match.[10] His call up to Guadeloupe, who were preparing for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, would not have hinder future selections from France for Thuram as they are not a member of FIFA. He made his debut for the Guadeloupean national team in a Caribbean Cup 0-0 (3-2) win on penalties against Suriname.[11]


  1. ^ Young keeper continues Thuram tradition
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Monaco v. Auxerre Match Report Archived 12 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Monaco v. Sochaux Match Report Archived 21 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Le cousin de Thuram dans les papiers du Barça! Archived 7 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Charlton snap up Thuram-Ulien". Charlton Athletic FC. 13 January 2014.
  7. ^ "I'am extremely proud what I did there". Evening Standard. 27 Feb 2015.
  8. ^ "Yohann Thuram (Standard) pour 3 ans au Havre" [Yohann Thuram (Standard Liège) signed 3-year deal for Le Havre]. La Libre (in French). Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  9. ^ France boasts a second Thuram Archived 26 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Ronald Zubar en sélection...de Guadeloupe Archived 28 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ http://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/guadeloupe/football-guadeloupe-surinam-les-gwada-boys-en-piste-pour-le-1er-tour-de-la-carribean-cup-343469.html

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