Monday, January 8, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 91: Titi Camara


Voted in at number 91 in our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown is the enigmatic but spectacular Guinean striker Titi Camara.
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Name: Titi Camara

Years at Liverpool: 1999 to 2000

Position: Forward

Birthplace: Conakry, Guinea
Date-of-birth: 11/7/1972

Signed from: Marseille (June 1999)

Games: 37
Goals: 10

Honours won: none

Titi who? Asked bemused Liverpool fans when it was announced that Marseille's Guinean striker was to be the club's next signing during the summer of 1999. Formerly of St Etienne and RC Lens, little was known of the enigmatic African, who Gerard Houllier paid £2.5 million for, but it didn't take him long to make an impact at Anfield. Camara quickly won a place in Liverpudlian hearts, scoring on his debut away to Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the 1999/2000 campaign and then following that up with a series of spectacular strikes. His dedication to the Red cause also won him respect and those present at Anfield on the night of 27 October 1999 will never forget the emotional scenes that accompanied Camara's winning strike, just hours after his father had sadly passed away. A pacy and skilful forward player who constantly had the crowd on the edge of their seats, Camara loved to entertain and, when on song, was a real menace to opposing defences. Unfortunately, his unpredictable style meant he struggled to hold down a regular place in the Liverpool starting eleven and when selected he was often deployed on the left-wing rather than his favoured striking role. The acquisition of Emile Heskey in March 2000 was to signal the beginning of the end for the popular Camara on Merseyside and after a sustained spell in the reserves he was eventually sold to West Ham as part of the deal that saw Rigobert Song arrive at Anfield. Although he scored just ten goals in a Liverpool shirt, almost everyone was a cracker and for this reason alone Liverpudlians will always have fond memories of the first footballer from Guinea to play in England.

Sold to: West Ham (December 2000)

Where is he now? Went to play in Saudi Arabia after leaving West Ham and was last know to be playing for French outfit Amiens SC

Did you know? His full name is Aboubacar Sidiki Camara

Jamie Carragher on Titi Camara: "When he first come, the first three or four months, we all thought what have we got here – Pele? Everytime you gave him the ball he was flicking it over someone's head or scoring some great goals. Unfortunately it went a bit pear shaped for him towards the end."

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