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Charles-Hubert Itandje (born November 2, 1982 in Bobigny) is a Frenchmarker football goalkeeper currently playing for Kavala on season long loan deal from Liverpool FC.

Club career

RC Lens

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."

Liverpool

Itandje signed for Liverpool in August 2007, as cover for Jose Reina thus allowing Scott Carson to join Aston Villa on a season-long loan to play regularly. Itandje said of his move: "At Liverpool there is a very good keeper who has been there three years. I am clearly going to be No.2. But, there are 60 matches a season and it is planned that I will play the League Cup and FA Cup." He made his first team debut for Liverpool in a Carling Cup match against Reading on September 25, which Liverpool won 4-2, and in total, made three League Cup appearances and four FA Cup appearances for Liverpool in the 2007–08 season. He was made available for transfer in the summer of 2008 after Liverpool signed Diego Cavalieri but turned down a move to Galatasaray. He made no further appearances for Liverpool and by January 2009 was seeking to leave the club.

Hillsborough Memorial Incident

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.

Kavala

On 29 August 2009 Itandje moved on loan at Kavala. Liverpool F.C. decided to let him leave on loan following the incident during the rememberance ceremony for the Hillsborough disaster.

International career

Although Itandje's parents are from Cameroonmarker, he elected to play for the French Under-21 side. 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 (under-21 team), and became known for his dance to destabilize opponents during the penalty shootout.

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