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Taye Taiwo

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 3
  • Date of birth: 16 April, 1985 (25 years old)
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
2 Taye Taiwo
3|2 Taye Taiwo
0 As substitute
8|22 Total Nigeria
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
3 Total Nigeria
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Taye Taiwo
0 Taye Taiwo
3 Total Nigeria
2 Total Nigeria
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
1|0 Taye Taiwo
0|0 Taye Taiwo
36|28 Total Nigeria
5|1 Total Nigeria
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Nigeria games played

  1. Argentina 1-0 Nigeria
    Saturday, 12 June Match report
  2. Greece 2-1 Nigeria
    Thursday, 17 June Match report
  3. Nigeria 2-2 South Korea
    Tuesday, 22 June Match report

Player profile

Taiwo is a full-back with a reputation for thunderous free-kicks. He helped Marseille win the French league and league cup in 2009/10. He will compete with Elderson Echiejile for the left-back spot in South Africa. He lost his place to Echiejile after the opening defeat to Egypt at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

Taiwo impressed at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in 2005, where Nigeria lost in the final to Argentina. He was voted the third-best player at the tournament behind John Mikel Obi and winner Lionel Messi.

The defender had already made his senior debut by that point, having played in a friendly defeat in South Africa in 2004. Later that year he joined Marseille, having previously had trials in Belgium.

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