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Midfielder

Phone: (805) ***-****  HQ Phone
University of California , Santa Barbara
5221 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara , California 93106
United States

Company Description: The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is one of 10 universities in the University of California system, and is one of only 62 research-intensive...   more
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Education

  • degree
  • Bachelor's degree , Sociology
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Dunn School: Fifi Baiden '10 Named to "Top 100 College Player Rankings"
www.dunnschool.org, 31 May 2014 [cached]
Fifi Baiden '10 Named to "Top 100 College Player Rankings" | Read More Dunn School: Fifi Baiden '10 Named to "Top 100 College Player Rankings"
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Fifi Baiden '10 Named to "Top 100 College Player Rankings"
Top Drawer Soccer announced their picks for the "Top 100 Men's College Soccer Player Rankings. Currently a midfielder for the University of California, Santa Barbara, Fifi Baiden '10 made the list with a ranking of 38. Earlier this year, Top Drawer Soccer also named him one of the top ten midfielders in the country.
For more about the rankings, visit Top Drawer Soccer. For more about Fifi Baiden, visit his player page at UCSB Gauchos or read this article from the UCSB website.
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Fifi Baiden '10 ranked among the Top 100 Men's College Soccer Players.
UCSB sophomore midfielder Fifi ...
www.dailynexus.com, 31 Oct 2011 [cached]
UCSB sophomore midfielder Fifi Baiden earned his first career goal less than 10 minutes later on a shot from 22 yards outside the box to give the Gauchos a 4-2 lead.
Right To Dream - News
academy.righttodream.com, 29 Jan 2014 [cached]
From Ajumako to the Major League Soccer: the inspiring story of Fifi Baiden | Read More Right To Dream - News
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From Ajumako to the Major League Soccer: the inspiring story of Fifi Baiden 1/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
'When Right to Dream graduate, Fifi Baiden, was drafted by Columbus Crew in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Draft on 22nd January 2014, it was a crowning moment after years of hard work and determination.
Baiden becomes the second RtD graduate to sign for a MLS side, following in the footsteps of fellow RtD graduate, Michael Tetteh, who signed with the Seattle Sounders three years ago.
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Baiden was selected with the fourth pick of the Third Round, taking a significant step to fulfilling a long held ambition to play professional football.
Born in Ajumako, in the Central Region of Ghana, Baiden is one of four children in his family. Just like many Ghanaian youngsters, he grew up loving football and honed his skills on the streets of Ajumako, with a dream of making the professional ranks later in life.
Opportunities were few and far between for Fifi, who had to help his parents to make ends meet from a very early age.
"My parents were poor and sometimes they were not able to pay for my school fees. I helped my parents to sell kerosene and other petty stuff to help them make it," he reflects.
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After spending five years at RtD, Fifi earned a scholarship to study and play football at Dunn School, a private boarding school in California in the US.
He made an immediate impact at his new school with his dedication to his studies, alongside winning MVP for three consecutive seasons in the school football team.
It was while playing for Santa Barbara Soccer Club that he caught the attention of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), who offered him a scholarship.
His career grew in leaps in bounds as he made 18 appearances in his first year at UCSB before making a further 23 starts in the subsequent season.
During his time at UCSB, he earned many accolades, including his selection to the All-Big West First Team, as well as a spot on the Big West Academic All-Conference Team.
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From his humble beginning to his rise in the USA, Fifi recognises that Right to Dream gave him the foundation to be where he is.
"In terms of the philosophy and the football skills I learnt, RtD has always been with me."
And now he has a chance to put that approach and skills to the test as he begins his professional football career in the MLS.
As Fifi puts it: "A dream is worth the chance to make it happen.
There were five yellow cards handed ...
www.sanluisobispo.com, 26 Oct 2013 [cached]
There were five yellow cards handed out, including one to Cal Poly's Steve Palacios for drop-kicking a ball into the gut of UC Santa Barbara's Fifi Baiden to close out the first half.
UC Davis' Ramon Martin del Campo ...
www.davisenterprise.com, 14 Oct 2012 [cached]
UC Davis' Ramon Martin del Campo slides in to stop a pass by UCSB's Fifi Baiden on Saturday. Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise
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