Moussa Latoundji (born 13 August 1978) is a Beninese former footballer and current manager of Gabonese side Cercle Mbéri Sportif.

Moussa Latoundji
Personal information
Full name Moussa Latoundji
Date of birth (1978-08-13) 13 August 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Porto-Novo, Benin
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cercle Mbéri Sportif (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Dragons de l'Oueme
1997 Julius Berger Lagos
1997–1998 Metz B 14 (7)
1998–2005 Energie Cottbus 120 (12)
2009–2010 Dragons de l'Oueme 21 (0)
National team
1993–2004 Benin 8 (2)
Teams managed
2009–2015 Dragons de l'Oueme
2015– Cercle Mbéri Sportif
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Born in Porto-Novo, Latoudji started his career in his native Benin with amateur side Dragons de l'Oueme. He earned a move to Nigerian side Julius Berger in 1997. He again impressed, and was signed by professional French team FC Metz,[1] where he spent one season with the club's 'B' team, amassing 14 appearances and 7 goals.

He was then signed by German side FC Energie Cottbus. After over 100 appearances for the club,[2] Latoundji broke his kneecap in 2004, and never played for the club again.[3][4]

He returned to Benin in 2009, coming out of retirement to act as player-manager for the side where he first began his career, Dragons de l'Oueme. After six years, he left to manage Gabonese side Cercle Mbéri Sportif.

International careerEdit

Latoundji made his international debut on 17 January 1993 against Tunisia, making him the third youngest ever international male footballer.[5][6][7] He was part of the Beninese 2004 African Nations Cup team,[8] which finished bottom of its group in the first round of competition, thus failing to secure qualification for the quarter-finals. Latoundji achieved the distinction, however, of scoring Benin’s only goal. He did this in the ninetieth minute of his team’s final game in the competition, a 2–1 victory for Nigeria.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Moussa Latoundji". FC Metz. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Moussa Latoundji" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  3. ^ Luisen, Mario (19 July 2004). "Duo Latoundji - Mokhtari gesprengt" (in German). Kicker Online. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Das endgültige "Aus" für Moussa Latoundji". lr-online.de (in German). 10 September 2005. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Oldest and Youngest Players and Goal-scorers in International Football". rsssf.com. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. ^ "On This Day In 1998: Michael Owen Of England Joins Ranks Of Youngest International Debutants". hoateallthepies.tv. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  7. ^ "God Rekord-Ødegaard spilte hele kampen for Norge". tv2.no. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Three newcomers full of hope". FIFA. 23 January 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2009.

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