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Taye Taiwo
Olympique de Marseille - Girondins de Bordeaux 2007 2008 Taye Taiwo.jpg
Personal information
Full name Taye Ismaila Taïwo
Date of birth April 16, 1985 (1985-04-16) (age 24)
Place of birth    Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current club Marseille
Number 3
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Gabros International
Lobi Stars
011 0(1)
037 0(8)
154 (11)   
National team2
2004– Nigeria 026 0(7)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of March 15, 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of August 28, 2006.
* Appearances (Goals)

Taye Ismaila Taïwo (born April 16, 1985 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian football defender who currently plays for Olympique de Marseille. Taiwo's primary position is left back.


Club career


Olympique de Marseille

Taiwo was brought in to fill the void Bixente Lizarazu had left when he departed for Bayern Munich.

National career

Taiwo was part of the Nigerian team during the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. He scored two goals during the competition which enabled Nigeria to reach the final (lost 2-1 against Argentina). He was designated as the third best player of the tournament behind Nigeria's John Obi Mikel and Argentina's Lionel Messi.

Taiwo played in the 2006 African Cup of Nations in Egypt, as well as the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana.


Taiwo was the 2006 Young African Player of the Year. [1]


  1. ^ "Drogba wins African player award". BBC News. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 

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Preceded by
John Obi Mikel
CAF Young Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Clifford Mulenga


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