Taribo West

Date of birth26 March 1974
Place of birthPort Harcourt
NationalityNigerian
Weight80 kg
Height1.86 m
PositionDefender/Centre back

West began his long career at domestic clubs Sharks Port Harcourt, Engugu Rangers and Julius Berger before moving to France to play for Auxerre in 1994. He had played for the Nigerian team in the African Youth Championship in 1993 and made his international debut soon afterwards in May 1994 against Sweden. Soon a regular in the squad, he was a member of the team that won gold at the 1996 Olympics and also appeared in all four of his country's games in the 1998 World Cup finals. At club level, he moved to Auxerre from Julius Berger and helped his club to a double of the French League and Cup in 1995-96. A move to Serie A followed in 1997 and he won a UEFA Cup winners' medal with Inter Milan in 1998. He subsequently joined AC Milan, then helped Derby County escape relegation from the Premiership in 2000-01 before moving to Kaiserslautern soon after the start of the 2001-02 campaign.

West joined Plymouth Argyle in July 2005 with a one-year contract but it was cancelled after four months.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Auxerre 01 Jan 1994 01 Jul 1997
Internazionale 01 Jul 1997 04 Jan 2000
AC Milan 04 Jan 2000 30 Jun 2001
Derby County 13 Nov 2000 20 May 2001 L
1.FC Kaiserslautern 09 Nov 2001 30 Jun 2002
Partizan Belgrade 01 Jul 2002 30 Jun 2004
Al Arabi 01 Jul 2004 30 Jun 2005
Plymouth Argyle 05 Jul 2005 06 Oct 2005

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Africa Representative 1
1998-99 FIFA International Friendly 1
1998-99 Internazionale UEFA Champions League 1
1999-00 World XI International Friendly
1
2000-01 Derby County FA Cup 1
1
2000-01 Derby County League Cup 1
2000-01 Derby County Premier League 18
3
2000-01 World XI Childrens Charity 1
2001-02 1.FC Kaiserslautern Bundesliga 10
2
2003-04 Partizan Belgrade UEFA Champions League 4
1
2005-06 Plymouth Argyle League Championship 4
1
2005-06 Plymouth Argyle League Cup 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
29 Jan 1997 EUROPE v AFRICA W 1-2 REPRESENTATIVE


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1993-94 Nigeria International Friendly
1
1995-96 Nigeria Olympics 1
1996-97 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 4
1996-97 Nigeria Olympics 6
1997-98 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 5
1997-98 Nigeria International Friendly 3
1998-99 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 2
1999-00 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 6
1999-00 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
1999-00 Nigeria International Friendly 1
2000-01 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 4
2001-02 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 5
2001-02 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 4
2
2001-02 Nigeria International Friendly 3


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
05 May 1994 Sweden v Nigeria L 3-1 International Friendly
17 Mar 1996 Nigeria v Zimbabwe W 1-0 Olympics Africa 3rd round
21 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Hungary W 1-0 Olympics Finals Group D
23 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Japan W 2-0 Olympics Finals Group D
25 Jul 1996 Brazil v Nigeria L 1-0 Olympics Finals Group D
28 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Mexico W 2-0 Olympics Quarter-final
31 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Brazil W 4-3 Olympics Semi-final
03 Aug 1996 Nigeria v Argentina W 3-2 Olympics Final
09 Nov 1996 Nigeria v Burkina Faso W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
12 Jan 1997 Kenya v Nigeria D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
05 Apr 1997 Nigeria v Guinea W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
07 Jun 1997 Nigeria v Kenya W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
17 Aug 1997 Guinea v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
22 Apr 1998 Germany v Nigeria L 1-0 International Friendly
29 May 1998 Yugoslavia v Nigeria L 3-0 International Friendly
05 Jun 1998 Netherlands v Nigeria L 5-1 International Friendly
13 Jun 1998 Spain v Nigeria W 2-3 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
19 Jun 1998 Nigeria v Bulgaria W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
24 Jun 1998 Nigeria v Paraguay L 1-3 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
28 Jun 1998 Nigeria v Denmark L 1-4 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
24 Jan 1999 Nigeria v Burundi W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 5
28 Feb 1999 Senegal v Nigeria D 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group 5
13 Nov 1999 Greece v Nigeria L 2-0 International Friendly
23 Jan 2000 Nigeria v Tunisia W 4-2 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
28 Jan 2000 Nigeria v Congo D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
03 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Morocco W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
07 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Senegal W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
10 Feb 2000 Nigeria v South Africa W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final
13 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Cameroon L 2-2 (3-4) Africa Cup of Nations Final
22 Apr 2000 Nigeria v Eritrea W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round
27 Jan 2001 Nigeria v Sudan W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
10 Mar 2001 Ghana v Nigeria D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
21 Apr 2001 Sierra Leone v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
05 May 2001 Nigeria v Liberia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
01 Jul 2001 Sudan v Nigeria W 0-4 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
28 Jul 2001 Nigeria v Ghana W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
12 Jan 2002 Ivory Coast v Nigeria D 1-1 International Friendly
21 Jan 2002 Algeria v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group A
24 Jan 2002 Mali v Nigeria D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group A
28 Jan 2002 Liberia v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group A
03 Feb 2002 Nigeria v Ghana W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals quarter-final
07 Feb 2002 Nigeria v Senegal W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals semi-final
16 May 2002 Republic of Ireland v Nigeria W 1-2 International Friendly
18 May 2002 Nigeria v Jamaica W 1-0 International Friendly
02 Jun 2002 Argentina v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
07 Jun 2002 Sweden v Nigeria L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.