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Ibrahima Traoré - The player who makes the 2. Bundesliga worth watching

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Ibrahima Traoré


Name: Ibrahima Traoré (Traore on the DB)

Date of Birth: Apr. 21 1988 (Age: 21)

Current Club: FC Augsburg

Position: Left Winger / Attacking Midfielder

Height: 1.72 m

Nationality: French/Lebanese

Rating: 76

Prediction: 80-82


Usually I'd wait a bit longer before praising a 2nd division player, but Ibrahima Traore has been an absolute revelation this season so far.

Only been a sub in the cup first round and the first match in the league, he impressed Augsburg coach Luhukay enough to become a starter in the second match of the season. He managed to keep Tobias Werner, a player rated very highly by staff and fans, out of the team.


He started the match against Rot-Weiss Oberhausen, and definitely was the best man for Augsburg, maybe even on the pitch.

He first gave an assist to the 1-1 equalizer, and later on scored the 2-1 lead with a wonderful shot himself. Augsburg were unlucky as the match ended in a 2-2 draw. His impressive performance also earned him a starting place in the next 2 matches, where he managed to score again against Bielefeld and again was the best man on the pitch for Augsburg against high-flyers Union Berlin.


jump forward to around 5:40 to see his goal; also listen to the fans chearing his name afterwards although it was just his third game for the club


He arrived in Augsburg at the beginning of the season, when he was signed from Hertha for an undisclosed fee rumpoured to be somewhere around 200k-500k. He grew up in France and was scouted by Hertha BSC Berlin while playing for a 5th division team in France, and moved to Germany when he was 19. He couldn't break into the first team there and only had one short sub appearance in the Bundesliga, but was a regular and usually one of the best for their reserve team in Germany's 4th division, including being top-scorer for his team last season.


His greatest strength is his pace, he's incredibly fast and has been compared to Odonkor on German TV, but he has better technique than him. He's great at dribbling, but always has an eye for his team-mates as well. He's also calm in front of goal and a good finisher.

However, he lacks defensive skills, and should still work a bit on his physical attributes.

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Re: Ibrahima Traoré - The player who makes the 2. Bundesliga worth watching

Was rested in turn 5, but played again against Hansa Rostock, where he again played extra-ordinary well, scoring one goal and giving 2 assists in a 5-2 win.

Also played today in the DFB-Pokal, the German cup, and gave the assist for the 1-0 winner, and was subbed out after 88 minutes getting standing ovations from Augsburg's fans.

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Re: Ibrahima Traoré - The player who makes the 2. Bundesliga worth watching

Didn't play last week (squad rotation), and played 86 minutes today against Paderborn. It was an exciting game, however he was invisible most of the day, and maybe only one or two good scenes. Maybe I should add lack of consistency to his weaknesses ;) Still a player worth purchasing, I'm just being honest in my threads rather than over-hyping my players.

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Re: Ibrahima Traoré - The player who makes the 2. Bundesliga worth watching

And an update on him as well.

After 2 smaller rises within the last year, and a bit of a cursed season with Augsburg (quite a few niggling injuries for example), his long-rumoured move to Stuttgart finally materialized. And while they had a big gap there last season (which Traore could have filled), Harnik and Okazaki seem to be safe starters on the wings now, and Timo Gebhart definitely can fill out the position quite ok as well, making it quite hard for Traore to push for a 1st team spot instantly. But he's got the talent, definitely worth holding on to in a competitive setup, but I'm pretty sure that a sale wouldn't be something you'll regret either though.

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