Adam Larsen Kwarasey

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Adam Larsen Kwarasey
Personal information
Full name Adambathia Larsen Kwarasey[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers
Youth career
Trosterud
2006–2007 Vålerenga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2014 Strømsgodset 154 (0)
2015– Portland Timbers 0 (0)
National team
2008 Norway U21 1 (0)
2011– Ghana[3] 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2014

Adambathia Larsen Kwarasey (born 12 December 1987) is a Ghanaian international footballer who plays professionally for MLS club Portland Timbers, as a goalkeeper.

Kwarasey was born and grew up in Norway, and he chose to represent his father's country, Ghana at international level.

Early and personal life[edit]

Kwarasey was born in Oslo, Norway to a father from Ghana and a mother from Norway.[4] He holds both Ghanaian and Norwegian passports.[5]

Club career[edit]

Strømsgodset[edit]

Kwarasey played youth football with Trosterud and Vålerenga.[6] After moving to Strømsgodset, he made his debut on 6 May 2007.[6] Kwarasey was the captain of the club when Strømsgodset in 2013 won Tippeligaen for the first time since 1970.[7] He also won the Kniksen Award as the best goalkeeper in the 2013 season.[8]

Kwarasey annouced on 31 October 2014 that he will leave Strømsgodset after the 2014 season, when his contract expired.[9]

Portland Timbers[edit]

Kwarasey signed for Major League Soccer club Portland Timbers in December 2014.[10][11]

International career[edit]

In November 2007, Kwarasey declared that he would play international football for Ghana.[12] However, he played a friendly match for Norway under-21 in 2008.[13]

In October 2010, Kwarasey received his Ghanaian passport and became eligible to play for Ghana.[14] On 30 July 2011, Kwarasey was called up to the Ghana national team for a match against Nigeria.[15] That match was postponed due to security reasons,[16] although Kwarasey confirmed his intention to become Ghana's first-choice goalkeeper.[17]

He made his international debut for Ghana on 2 September 2011 in an 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland,[18] before playing in a friendly match against Brazil at Craven Cottage in London three days later.[19]

Kwarasey was named to Ghana's 23-man squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.[20] He was the team's first choice goalkeeper throughout the tournament, as the Black Stars finished in fourth place.[21]

He made two appearances for the Black Stars during their successful 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, serving as understudy to Fatau Dauda.[22]

On 2 June 2014, Kwarasey was named in Ghana's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[23] He started in goal for the Black Stars in the team's opening match, a 2–1 defeat by the United States in Natal.[24] After his team defeat he planned to quit playing with Black Stars.[25] In August 2014 he was dropped from the national team.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 November 2014[27]
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Strømsgodset 2007 Tippeligaen 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2008 4 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
2009 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
2010 29 0 7 1 0 0 36 0
2011 28 0 4 0 2 0 34 0
2012 29 0 3 0 3 0 32 0
2013 30 0 1 0 0 0 31 0
2014 26 0 2 0 2 0 30 0
Total 154 0 23 1 7 0 184 1
Portland Timbers 2015 MLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 154 0 23 1 7 0 184 1


Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Strømsgodset

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 17. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Adam Larsen Kwarasey profile at Soccerway
  3. ^ Adam Larsen Kwarasey at National-Football-Teams.com
  4. ^ Sannie, Ibrahim (6 November 2007). "Norwegian keeper opts for Ghana". BBC Sport. BBC. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Jacobsen, Kristin Estil (19 January 2012). "Mener Kwarasey er mer attraktiv med EU-pass". vg.no (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Profile" (in Norwegian). Strømsgodset IF. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Hoel, Yasmin Sunde; Bentsen, Anders Rove (10 October 2013). "Deila gråt i bilen på vei til gullkampen". NRK (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Syversen, Christina Paulos (10 October 2013). "Strømsgodset i et ekslusivt selskap". Nettavisen (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kwarasey takker for seg" [Kwarasey says goodbye]. http://www.dt.no. Edda Media. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Kwarasey klar for amerikansk klubb" [Kwarasey signs for american club] (in Norwegian). 1 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30386368
  12. ^ "Norwegian keeper opts for Ghana". BBC Sport. 6 November 2007. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Adam Larsen Kwarasey on Playerhistory.com[dead link]
  14. ^ "Godset-keeperen fikk ghanesisk pass" [The Strømsgodset goalkeeper got Ghanaian passport]. Norwegian News Agency (in Norwegian) (Dagbladet). 1 October 2010. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  15. ^ Ibrahim Sannie (30 July 2011). "Ex-Norway U21 goalkeeper handed Ghana call-up". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 19 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Ghana versus Nigeria friendly in Watford called off". BBC Sport. 9 August 2011. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Michael Oti Adjei (13 August 2011). "Kwarasey wants to be Ghana's first choice keeper". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Ghana/Swaziland: Gyan, Badu Inspire Black Stars to Home Win". All Africa. 2 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Brazil 1-0 Ghana". BBC Sport. 5 September 2011. Archived from the original on 8 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "Veteran keeper left out of Ghana's Nations Cup squad". BBC Sport. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  21. ^ "Kwarasey feeling good about form". Fox Sports. 8 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Adam KWARASEY". FIFA. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Ghana World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Ghana 1-2 USA". BBC. 17 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Ghana World Cup goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey considering quitting Black Stars". Modern Ghana. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "Ghana drop Kwarasey and Essien for Nations Cup qualifiers". BBC Sport. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  27. ^ "Adam Larsen Kwarasey". http://www.altomfotball.no. TV2 (Norway). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  28. ^ Isaac Darko (13 November 2013). "Adam Kwarasey voted best Goalkeeper of the Season in Norway". Ghana News. Archived from the original on 16 November 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

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