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Charles Asampong Taylor

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Sefwi, Ghana

Kweku Charles Bismark Taylor is a Ghanian footballer who plays as a striker for Berekum Chelsea. He has also played for the Accra Hearts of Oak S.C. and Asante Kotoko.

He was born on born 14 July 1981 in Sefwi, Western Region. He was nicknamed Taylor after his uncle who was a tailor, helping him. He was also nicknamed "terror" due to his ability to terrorize opponents.

He is a member of the 64 Battalion" squad of Accra Hearts of Oak S.C. that won the African Champions League in 2000 and consecutive Ghanaian league titles.

Cherles Taylor started his career playing for the Great Olympics polishing shoes. He had a bet with the then chairman Ade Coker that he could play. He showed excellent dribbling skills when given the chance and was then signed to the club.

It was suggested in reports on August 31st, 2013 that he was ordained a priest.

In 2000 he was transferred back to the Accra Hearts of Oak. He played and helped them win the Ghana premier national league in the 2000, 2001, and 2002 seasons. He was coached by Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio and Offei-Ansah and formed the deadly trio consisting of Ishmael Addo and Emmanuel Osei Kuffour In addition to the national premier league in 2000, Hearts of Oak won the FA cup and the African champions league for the first time.

They won the African Super Cup Championship in February 2001 where he scored the first goal against Al-Zamalek of Egypt at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.

Charles Taylor alongside Charles Allotey, Amankwaah Mireku, Joseph Ansah, Jacob Nettey, Stephen Tetteh, Ishmael Addo, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, Sammy Adjei, Edmund Copson, and Emmanuel Adjogu were deemed as the best squad ever to be assembled by Accra Hearts of oak and also famously called "64 Battalion" a name after the most feared unit of the Ghana Army during Jerry Rawlings' rule.

For a transfer record fee of GHC 40,000 about US$42,000, he transferred from Accra Hearts of Oak to archrivals Asante Kotoko in 2003. Charles Taylor essentially boycotted training with Hearts of oak and did not play any games way into the season just to force the move.

In his first season with his new club, he won the Ghana Premier League in 2003 but there was a lot of bitterness surrounding his transfer.

In 2004, he joined the Etoile du Sahel from Kotoko 2004 for a fee of US$250,000 and was loaned to Accra Hearts of Oak in October 2006.

Charles Taylor was part of the 2004 Ghanaian Olympic football team that exited in the first round, finishing in third place in Group B.

He was a silver medalist with the Ghana U-20 team at the 2001 Africa youth championship in Ethiopia.

Charles Taylor in 2009 African Championship of Nations represented Ghana in Côte d'Ivoire beaten by Congo and came out second. He currently has forty-one caps for the Ghana national football team, the Black Stars, scoring nineteen goals.