Yohann Thuram-Ulien

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Yohann Thuram-Ulien
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Thuram in 2019.
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Courcouronnes, France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 16
Youth career
1997–1998 Bourdons Esnouveaux
1998–2003 Phare du Canal
2003–2008 Monaco
Senior career*
2008–2011 Monaco 4 (0)
2010–2011Tours (loan) 18 (0)
2011–2013 Troyes 59 (0)
2013–2016 Standard Liège 44 (0)
2014Charlton Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
2016–2019 Le Havre 67 (0)
2019–2020 Le Mans 8 (0)
2020– Amiens 0 (0)
National team
2010 France U20 3 (0)
2009 France U21 2 (0)
2016 Guadeloupe 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 17 July 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 June 2016

Yohann Thuram-Ulien (born 31 October 1988) is a Guadeloupean professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Ligue 2 side Amiens SC.


Club career

Although Thuram-Ulien was born in Courcouronnes, France, he spent most of his childhood in Guadeloupe. He arrived at Monaco in 2003. He was a part of Monaco's 2007–08 CFA squad that won the reserve's professional title. During the summer of 2008, he signed his first professional contract, keeping him with Monaco until 2011. [1] He was given squad number 1 and designated as third keeper.

He unexpectedly made his professional debut on 29 November 2008 in a 1–0 victory over Auxerre coming on as a substitute in the 37th minute for the injured Flavio Roma who was starting in place of the injured first-choice keeper Stéphane Ruffier. Thuram kept a clean sheet for the rest of the match. [2] Due to the severity of Roma's injury and Ruffier being out indefinitely as well, Yohann started the following week against Sochaux. Yohann performed well enough for Monaco to earn a 1–1 draw. [3] Before signing his professional contract with Monaco, Barcelona showed interest in the young keeper. [4] On 26 June 2010, Thuram signed a contract extension with Monaco until 2012. Four days later, he was loaned to second division club Tours in order to get some consistent playing time. In the summer of 2013, he signed a contract with Standard Liège.

On 13 January 2014, Thuram-Ulien joined English club Charlton Athletic on loan until the end of the season; [5] he made four first-team appearances and kept one clean sheet. According to an article in the Evening Standard , manager Chris Powell was ordered to play Thuram-Ulien over Ben Hamer by the club's owner Roland Duchâtelet. [6]

On 2 August 2016, Thuram signed a three-year contract for French club Le Havre. [7] He signed for Le Mans, newly promoted to Ligue 2, in July 2019. [8]

On 17 July 2020, Amiens announced the signing of Thuram-Ulien on a two-year deal. [9]

International career

Thuram-Ulien did not receive any distinct call-ups to any of the youth national squads, but has received call-ups to France's under-21 futsal team. [10] On 5 February 2009, he earned his first call-up to the France under-21 team. On 24 March 2009, he was called up to the Guadeloupe national team for a friendly match. [11] His call up to Guadeloupe, who were preparing for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, would not have hinder future selections from France for Thuram as they are not a member of FIFA. He made his debut for the Guadeloupean national team in a Caribbean Cup 0–0 (3–2) win on penalties against Suriname. [12]

Personal life

Thuram-Ulien was born in France to parents of Guadeloupean descent. He is the cousin of former French international defender and 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, who also began his senior career at Monaco. [13]

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  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Monaco v. Auxerre Match Report Archived 12 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Monaco v. Sochaux Match Report Archived 21 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Le cousin de Thuram dans les papiers du Barça! Archived 7 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Charlton snap up Thuram-Ulien". Charlton Athletic FC. 13 January 2014.
  6. Muro, Giuseppe (27 February 2015). "'I am extremely proud what I did there'". Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  7. "Yohann Thuram (Standard) pour 3 ans au Havre" [Yohann Thuram (Standard Liège) signed 3-year deal for Le Havre]. La Libre (in French). Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  8. Lastennet, Yann (8 July 2019). "Football: le gardien Yohann Thuram Ulien rejoint Le Mans FC" [Football: goalkeeper Yohann Thuram Ulien joins Le Mans FC]. France Bleu (in French). Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  9. "Amiens : Yohann Thuram en renfort" . Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  10. France boasts a second Thuram Archived 26 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  11. Ronald Zubar en sélection...de Guadeloupe Archived 28 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  12. http://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/guadeloupe/football-guadeloupe-surinam-les-gwada-boys-en-piste-pour-le-1er-tour-de-la-carribean-cup-343469.html
  13. Young keeper continues Thuram tradition