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STFC: Who is Thomas Dossevi?

Thomas Folivi Dossevi was born in Chambray-lès-Tours on March 6, 1979.

A member of a family with much sporting tradition. His father, Pierre-Antoine Dossevi, was a professional footballer who played for Shooting Star Lome in his native Togo before moving to France in 1974 to play for Tours and Paris Saint-Germaine. While his brother Mathieu plays in Ligue 1 with Le Mans.

Also, Dossevi's uncle Othniel played in France during the 1970's while his cousin Damiel is an athlete who has represented France in the Pole Vault.

Thomas Dossevi's first club during his professional career was with the now defunct Association Sportive d'Origine Arménienne de Valence in South-East France. During his one season with Valence he impressed with 4 goals in 26 appearances.

This form earned him a two year deal with Ligue 2 outfit LB Châteauroux where he was very much a squad player scoring only 4 times in 33 outings.

Dossevi dropped down to the 3rd Division of French football in 2003, joining Stade Reims but assisted in getting them promoted in 2004. In all he scored 13 times in 42 appearances over two seasons.

His next stop was with Valenciennes in 2005 and Dossevi experienced more team success with Les Athéniens after they were promoted to the top flight during his first season with the club.

His Valenciennes spell was less than prolific with only 8 strikes in 51 games.

Dossevi dropped back down to Ligue 2 with Nantes and where he helped them bounce straight back into Ligue 1 but couldn't help prevent them from going straight back down the following season.

Despite being born and raised in France, Dossevi opted to play for Togo and received his first call-up in 2001 while playing for Châteauroux.

The pinnacle of his international career came when he was selected by coach Otto Pfister to represent Togo at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany.

Dossevi wasn't selected for the 2-1 opening loss to South Korea but started for their second fixture against Switzerland. He played 69 minutes on the right side of midfield before being replaced by Yao Junior Senaya. Togo lost 2-0.

He was a substitute for their third and final match against France playing the last 15 minutes in another 2-0 loss.

Perhaps the lowest point of his career came earlier this year when Dossevi and his fellow Togo team mates and staff were travelling through the Angolan province of Cabinda for the Africa Cup of Nations when they were attacked by The separatist group the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda, killed three people and injuring nine others.

The national side soon withdrew but the Togo players suggested that they wanted to continue with Dossevi himself stating that he wanted the team to play on 'to show our national colours, our values and that we are men'.

Eventually the national team were ordered to return home by the Togolese government.

Dossevi returned to Nantes where he finished the season and was later released.

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Date:Sunday August 1 2010

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