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Charles-Hubert Itandje Profile

Charles Hubert
Konyaspor ()
Red Star/ Lens/ Liverpool/ Kavala/ Atromitos/ PAOK/ Konyaspor/
193 cm/90 kg
Jul 10, 2013

Charles-Hubert Itandje (born 2 November 1982) is a French-born Cameroonian international footballer who plays for Torku Konyaspor in the Turkish Süper Lig on loan from PAOK Salonika as a goalkeeper.

Born in Bobigny (a suburb of Paris) of Cameroonian descent, Itandje began his professional career at French club RC Lens in 2001, for whom he made 170 league appearances and 21 appearances in European games.

Lens were prepared to allow Itandje to leave for Liverpool after they signed two goalkeepers in the summer of 2007, saying: "The directors of Lens have concluded the definitive sale of Charles Itandje to Liverpool Football Club.

The Lens goalkeeper leaves Lens after six years of good and loyal service. We wish him good luck and best wishes for his future career."

After the memorial service for the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in April 2009, complaints were made by members of the congregation that Itandje had been laughing and behaving inappropriately during the service.

His actions were condemned by the Liverpool hierarchy, who stated that they would be seeking to impose the maximum punishment possible.

Itandje apologised to the grieving families and to Liverpool fans for his behaviour and was suspended by the club for 14 days. He did not play another game, at reserve or first team level, for the club.

Following his move to Atromitos, Itandje apologised emphatically: "I am sorry. I am sorry. I am sorry. A thousand times, I am sorry. To the club, to the fans and especially to the families, I am deeply sorry"

Itandje has represented France on several occasions, making his debut against Yugoslavia in November 2002.

In 2006, he was called up for pre-selection for the French squad after a fine season at RC Lens. He was selected for the équipe de France espoirs (the under-21 team), and became known for his dance to destabilize opponents during the penalty shootout.

In October 2010 he was cleared by FIFA to represent Cameroon after expressing his desire to play for the Cameroon national team