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Taye Taiwo

Published: Thursday 6 January 2011, 15.26CET
Olympique de Marseille
Published: Thursday 6 January 2011, 15.26CET

Taye Taiwo

Olympique de Marseille

Clubs: Gabros IFC, Lobi Stars FC, Olympique de Marseille

• Born in the Nigerian capital of Lagos, Taiwo joined Marseille at 19 and made his Ligue 1 debut at home to RC Lens (2-1) on 12 March 2005.

• Starred for Nigeria at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring two goals and taking the Bronze Ball (behind Lionel Messi and compatriot John Obi Mikel) as his team finished runners-up to Argentina.

• Established himself as OM's first-choice left-back – and free-kick expert − during 2005/06 in both Ligue 1 and the UEFA Cup; ever-present in the UEFA Champions League in 2007/08 and 2008/09 and also voted as left-back in the Ligue 1 team of the season at the end of both campaigns.

• Twice a runner-up in the Coupe de France and Ligue 1 before helping Marseille end their long trophy drought with victories in the League Cup and Ligue 1 in 2010; made 27 appearances in the title-winning campaign, scoring three goals.

• Represented Nigeria at three successive Africa Cup of Nations tournaments (2006, 2008, 2010) before making his FIFA World Cup finals debut in South Africa, where he made two appearances.

Last updated: 04/02/11 17.29CET

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