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Taribo West

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Taribo West
Personal information
Full name Taribo West
Date of birth (1974-03-26) 26 March 1974 (age 50)
Place of birth Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Obanta United 39 (2)
1990–1991 Sharks 66 (1)
1991–1992 Enugu Rangers 51 (3)
1992–1993 Julius Berger 42 (0)
1993–1997 Auxerre 173 (1)
1997–1999 Inter Milan 44 (1)
2000–2001 AC Milan 14 (1)
2000–2001Derby County (loan) 18 (0)
2001–2002 1. FC Kaiserslautern 10 (0)
2002–2004 Partizan 16 (1)
2004–2006 Al-Arabi 44 (5)
2006–2007 Plymouth Argyle 24 (0)
2007–2008 Paykan 10 (0)
Total 551 (15)
National team
1993 Nigeria U21
1996 Nigeria U23 6 (0)
1994–2005 Nigeria 42 (0)
Gold medal – first place Olympic Games 1996
Silver medal – second place Africa Cup of Nations 2000
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Taribo West (born 26 March 1974) is a Nigerian pastor and former professional footballer who played as a defender. He is best remembered for his various unusual and colourful hairstyles.[1][2] Primarily a centre-back, West was a physically commanding and powerful defender. Although he lacked significant pace, West was known for his ball-winning abilities, commitment, and hard-tackling style of play, as well as his forward surging runs.[3][4][5][6][7][8] Considered as one of the greatest Nigerian centre-backs ever.

Club career

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The central defender Taribo West began his professional career in 1989 with the club Obanta United. He made a move to Europe in 1993 and joined AJ Auxerre under the coach Guy Roux. During this time he quickly developed into one of the team's key players and Nigeria's international player. His most successful time was between 1997 and 1999, when he moved from Auxerre to Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A. In his first year he won the UEFA Cup in the final against Lazio.

As Italian runner-up, he took part in the UEFA Champions League the following year and failed in the quarter-finals against eventual winners Manchester United. After the conclusion of the season he moved to local rivals AC Milan. However, he was never really happy at Milan. He moved to Derby County in the English Premier League in November 2000. Now Taribo West's wandering years began. He played for almost six months, from November 2001 until the end of the season, for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the Bundesliga. He was then without a club for six months before he was under contract with Partizan Belgrade from January 2003 to April 2004. After joining Al-Arabi in Qatar in 2004/05, he moved to England to Plymouth Argyle in the First Division at the beginning of the 2005/06 season, where he only stayed until the beginning of October 2005.

In 2007 he signed a contract with Paykan Teheran, which he canceled after just one game due to unpunctual salary payments.

International career

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In 1994, West was part of the Nigeria national team for the first time. Two years later he took part with her in the Summer Olympics, where she managed to win the gold medal. In the preliminary round they only had to admit defeat to Brazil, but they still made it to the next round as three teams in Group D had six points. In the final they met another South American team. But they kept the upper hand against Argentina and won 3-2. He then took part in the 1998 World Cup in France with the national team. He then played at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

International career statistics

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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


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  1. "Dedicated followers of fashion". fifa.com. 17 April 2009. Archived from the original on 12 January 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  2. "Football's hair-raising icons". fifa.com. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2016.[dead link]
  3. "Nigeria: Player penpix". BBC Sport. 12 February 2000. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  4. Spinella, Vanni (19 June 2017). "Kanchelskis, il vento dell'Est spazzato da West" (in Italian). sport.sky.it. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  5. "DON'T GO TARIBO". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  6. "Whatever happened to Taribo West? The ageless defender with the best hair". www.goal.com. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  7. Rathborn, Jack Alexandros (1 October 2013). "Ranking the 20 Most Intimidating Defenders in Serie A History". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  8. Wilson, Jonathan (12 May 2002). "Taribo West: man with a mission". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2021.

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