Dennis Aogo

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Dennis Aogo
Dennis Aogo, Germany national football team (05).jpg
Aogo before a match with Germany in 2011.
Personal information
Full name Dennis Aogo[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-14) 14 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Karlsruhe, BW, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Left back, Left wing-back, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 15
Youth career
1991–1993 FV Grünwinkel
1993–1994 Bulacher SC
1994–2000 Karlsruher SC
2000–2002 Waldhof Mannheim
2002–2004 SC Freiburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 SC Freiburg 94 (11)
2008–2014 Hamburger SV 133 (2)
2013–2014 Schalke 04 (loan) 10 (0)
2014– Schalke 04 3 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Germany U16 14 (2)
2007–2009 Germany U21 25 (4)
2010– Germany 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2013

Dennis Aogo (German pronunciation: [ˈdɛ.nɪz ˈaʊ.ɡøː]; born 14 January 1987) is a German professional footballer who plays as a left back and left wing-back or midfielder for Schalke 04.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born to a German mother and a Nigerian father, Aogo grew up in Oberreut, a suburb in the south-west of Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg. In 2000, when his parents split up, he moved with his father to Bruchsal and left Karlsruher SC to join Waldhof Mannheim. In 2002, aged 15, he joined SC Freiburg and attended their youth academy while graduating with Mittlere Reife at Max-Weber-Schule in Freiburg.[3][4]

Club career[edit]

Aogo played with the Karlsruher SC academy and has played at several youth levels including the U15s and U16s. Since 2004, he was a part of the SC Freiburg academy, and celebrated his debut in the Bundesliga at seventeen years of age and he immediately won himself a place in the centre of midfield.[5]

Aogo joined signed at Bundesliga club Hamburger SV in 2008 and was part of the regular starting lineup, mostly as a left back.[6] On 29 August 2013, Aogo was loaned to Schalke 04. S04 then agreed transfer fee terms in June 2014 for a permanent €2,000,000 move,[7] and Aogo signed a contract with Schalke 04 running until 30 June 2017.[8]

International career[edit]

Dennis Aogo with the Germany national football team

Aogo was a member of the German U21 squad. Due to FIFA regulations at the time he was prevented from representing the Nigeria national team having earlier represented Germany at youth and at age group levels.[9] But in a recent development football's world governing body FIFA have removed the age limit for switching of nationalities, meaning that Aogo could have represented Nigeria.[10] However, after turning down several invitations by the Nigerian Football Association he declared his desire to continue representing Germany as he sees a good chance to earn a place in the German senior squad in the future.[11] However, the homeland of his father Nigeria wanted to call him up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as Shaibu Amodu watched him for a considerable time[12] but on 5 January 2010 Aogo announced that he will only play for the Germany national football team. He made his national team debut for Germany in their first preparation game against Malta in a 3–0 victory on 13 May 2010, playing 79 minutes, before being replaced by fellow full-back and then Hamburg club mate Jérôme Boateng.

Playing style[edit]

Aogo is deployed as a defensive left full-back and attacking left wing-back or as a more advanced defensive midfielder.[13] He uses the ball proficiently at his feet with his high work rate; he is fast, skillful, and tactically disciplined.[13] Germany national youth football team coach Horst Hrubesch said about Aogo that he has "a very good left foot, is clever with or without the ball at his feet, tactically flexible on the football pitch, and can cross and pass trough good diagonal balls to forwards".[14] He is regarded as player who makes the transition from defensive stances and attacking stances with fineness on the football pitch for fun at the same time during matches.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Dennis Aogo at Hamburg Airport

Aogo was previously engaged to German, Alessia Walch; the bass player for German Country-Pop band Mayor's Destiny.[16]

Dennis Aogo received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt; the highest sports award of Germany from the President of Germany, Christian Wulff and the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.[17][18]

Honour[edit]

International[edit]

Germany U-21
Germany

Individual[edit]

Decorations

Career statistics[edit]

Professional career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
SC Freiburg Bundesliga 2004–05 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1 [19]
2. Bundesliga 2005–06 27 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 6
2006–07 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2007–08 33 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 4
Hamburger SV Bundesliga 2008–09 23 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 34 0
2009–10 31 0 2 0 15 0 0 0 48 0
2010–11 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
2011–12 30 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 33 1
2012–13 27 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 28 2
2013–14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Schalke 04 2013–14 10 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 16 0
2014–15 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 240 13 7 1 22 0 0 0 279 14
Last updated: 20 August 2014

International career statistics[edit]

National team Year App. Goals Ref.
Germany national team
2010 3 0 [20]
2011 6 0
2012 1 0
2013 2 0
Total 12 0
Last updated: 2 June 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 12 June 2010. p. 11. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Aogo erteilt Nigeria Absage" (in German). handelsblatt.com. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dennis Aogo: "Bin schon ein bisschen ein Chaot"". Fudder. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bericht Freiburger Fußballschule". SC Freiburg. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Dennis Aogo set to join Schalke on loan". Gazprom-football.com. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Vereine" (in German). Dennis Aogo. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Vertrag bis 2017: Dennis Aogo bleibt ein Schalker". schalke04.de (in German). 12 February 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Schalke to sign Hamburg defender Aogo on loan". Reuters UK. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Nigeria in another call-up clanger". bbc.co.uk. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  10. ^ "Dennis Aogo: "Ich bin bekehrt und lebe nach Gottes Gesetz"" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Hamburg's Dennis Aogo Picks Germany Ahead Of Nigeria". goal.com. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "HSV-Star Dennis Aogo Nigeria will ihn für die WM" (in German). Sportbild. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "FC Schalke 04 >> Dennis Aogo". goal.com (in German). Goal.com. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Ron Ulrich (2 June 2010). "Chance für Dennis Aogo Der Casting-Gewinner" [Chance for Dennis Aogo The Audition Winner]. 11freunde.de (in German). 11 Freunde. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Transfer Perfekt!: Schalke leiht Aogo vom HSV aus" [Transfer Perfectly!: Schalke Aogo borrows from the HSV]. bild.de (in German). Bild. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "WM-Splitter: Sicherheitsbedenken bleiben – Blatter dementiert" (in German). freenet.de. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "Silbernes Lorbeerblatt für HSV-Profis" [Silver Laurel Leaf for HSV-professionals]. hsv.de (in German). Hamburger SV. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  18. ^ a b Martin Rose (5 October 2010). "Silbernes Lorbeerblatt Award". gettyimages.co.uk (Getty Images). Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  19. ^ Dennis Aogo profile at Soccerway
  20. ^ "Dennis Aogo". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 

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