Odonkor warming up with Germany in 2006
|Full name||David Odonkor|
|Date of birth||21 February 1984|
|Place of birth||Bünde, West Germany|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|2001–2005||Borussia Dortmund II||49||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
He started playing professionally not yet in his 20s, with Borussia Dortmund, appearing in nearly 100 official matches. In the later part of his career, spent with Real Betis, he was plagued by constant injuries.
Odonkor was born in Bünde to a German mother and a Ghanaian father. A product of Borussia Dortmund's youth ranks, he made his first-team debut on 3 March 2002, having recently turned 18, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–1 home draw against FC St. Pauli. After splitting the following season with the first and second teams he was definitely promoted for 2003–04, helping Borussia to a final sixth place in the Bundesliga.
In the 2005–06 season Odonkor was everpresent, only missing one league game. On 26 November 2005, he scored and assisted alike in a 2–1 success at 1. FC Nürnberg and, subsequently, he attracted attention from Real Betis, eventually signing for a €6 million fee.
Odonkor's first season at Betis was nothing short of a disaster, appearing in only 13 La Liga matches due to a serious knee injury. The second year began promisingly, but another knee ailment forced him out for another three months.
Upon his return Odonkor appeared regularly for Betis, mainly from the bench. On 4 May 2008, as a starter, he scored his first goal for the Andalusians, in a 1–1 away draw against UD Almería; in July, after returning to Germany for surgery, he was forced to sign a document by club owner Manuel Ruiz de Lopera by which the club could inclusively unilaterally rescind his contract if he returned later than expected.
Having made his way back into the German squad and the Betis starting lineup, Odonkor would however undergo surgery on his knee for a third time in his Betis career, only being reinstated during the 2008–09 winter transfer window. Late into 2009, with the Andalusians now in the second division, he relapsed again and missed the remainder of the season.
On 28 July 2011, Odonkor arrived at Scottish Premier League side Rangers for a week-long trial, after his contract at Betis came to an end. However, he was ultimately not given a contract, and returned to his country after five years, signing with Alemannia Aachen in the second level.
In September 2013, Odonkor, after being injured for several months, ended his professional career as player.
Odonkor was involved in two UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship editions: 2000 and 2001, managing to net against Romania in the latter, an 8–2 win. On both occasions Germany were downed in the quarterfinals, on penalty shootouts.
After appearing at U-19 level, Odonkor would nonetheless be left out of the under-21 squad that appeared at Euro 2006 in Portugal, due to having received a surprise call-up by Jürgen Klinsmann for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Odonkor made his full debut on 30 May 2006 in a friendly match against Japan, going on to appear as a substitute in four World Cup games, most notably against Poland in the group stage, where he displayed an excellent performance and assisted Oliver Neuville's winning goal in stoppage time.
- Borussia Dortmund
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- BDFutbol profile
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