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Taribo West
Personal information
Full name Taribo West
Date of birth 26 March 1974 (1974-03-26) (age 35)
Place of birth Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Auxerre 73 (1)
1997–1999 Internazionale 65 (2)
1999–2000 Milan 4 (1)
2000–2001 Derby County 18 (0)
2001–2002 Kaiserslautern 10 (0)
2002–2004 Partizan 16 (1)
2004–2005 Al-Arabi - (-)
2005–2006 Plymouth Argyle 4 (0)
2006–2007 Julius Berger - (-)
2007–2008 Paykan 0 (0)
National team
1994–2005 Nigeria 41 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Taribo West (born 26 March 1974) is a former Nigerian professional footballer. West was a member of the Nigerian national team in two World Cups. He is also known for the various unusual and colourful hairstyles that he has sported over the years. He is also a preacher.

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Early Life

West moved from Port Harcourt at the age of ten to the tough Lagos neighborhood of Shomolu, where he joing a gang of area boys. He moved back to Port Harcourt after witnessing a murder. [1]

Club career

Taribo 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.

Clearly the exposure helped Taribo, as he moved on to Internazionale, where he played a vital role in capturing the UEFA Cup title in 1998.

Taribo found himself at the centre of heated transfer speculation at then 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 Taribo had to move on. After many months of talks with various clubs, including Newcastle United, Liverpool, Ajax and Juventus, Taribo joined Inter's cross-town rivals, AC Milan. He has helped them to secure a berth in next season's UEFA Champions League.

Subsequently, West had unassuming brief spells with Derby County and Kaiserslautern.

Taribo was again playing the spotlight of Europe when he was acquired by Partizan from Serbia. With Partizan, Taribo played a crucial role in defence under then manager Lothar Matthäus and helped Partizan get to the UEFA Champions League group stages where they were drawn in a group with Real Madrid, Porto and Olympique de Marseille.

After that, in early August 2004, he signed a one-year contract with Al-Arabi Sports Club.

On 5 July 2005, West was signed by then Championship side Plymouth Argyle, but only made 4 appearances and scored no goals.

In August 2005, Derby County fans sent shirts to West's hometown in Nigeria in a campaign backed by BBC Radio Derby.[2]

On 18 August 2007, West signed a one-year contract with Iranian club Paykan,[3] but failed to make a start with the club, having his contract terminated by mutual consent only three months later.

It was widely believed that West had returned to football in February 2008, when he signed for the Spanish Segunda División side Xerez CD.[4] However, it was revealed by the BBC three days later that the president of the club flatly refuted these allegations, leaving many puzzled as to why West made this bizarre claim.[5]

International career

He has been capped 41 times by the Nigerian national team and played in the 1998 and (all matches and minutes) and 2002 FIFA World Cup (two appearances).

He was also a member of the Nigerian team that won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1993–94 Auxerre Division 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1994–95 23 0 2 0 5 0 30 0
1995–96 22 0 3 0 4 1 29 1
1996–97 27 1 3 0 7 0 37 1
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1997–98 Internazionale Serie A 23 1 4 0 8 1 35 2
1998–99 21 0 6 0 3 0 30 0
1999–00 Milan Serie A 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Derby County Premier League 18 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2001–02 Kaiserslautern Bundesliga 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Serbia and Montenegro League Cup Continental Total
2002–03 Partizan First League 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
2003–04 5 0 0 0 7 0 12 0
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup Asia Total
2004–05 Al-Arabi Qatari League
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Plymouth Argyle Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Nigeria League Nigerian FA Cup Africa Total
2006–07 Julius Berger Premier League
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2007–08 Paykan Iranian League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total France 73 1 8 0 16 1 97 2
Italy 48 2 10 0 11 1 69 3
England 22 0 1 0 0 0 23 0
Germany 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Serbia and Montenegro 16 1 0 0 7 0 23 1
Qatar
Nigeria
Iran 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 169 4 21 0 34 2 224 6

Honours

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Auxerre

Internazionale

Partizan

International

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