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, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club 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– Hamburger SV 131 (2)
2013– Schalke 04 (loan) 10 (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 23 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Dennis Aogo (born 14 January 1987) is a German footballer of Nigerian descent.[2] who plays as a left back for Schalke 04 with a contract running until 2017, after being purchased following a loan deal from Hamburger SV

Early life[edit]

Born to a Nigerian father and a German mother, Aogo grew up in Oberreut, a suburb in the south-west of Karlsruhe. 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. He immediately won himself a place in the centre of midfield.

Aogo joined signed at Bundesliga club Hamburger SV in 2008 and was part of the regular starting lineup, mostly as a left back.[5] In August 2013, he was loaned to FC Schalke 04 The Gelsenkirchen based club then agreed terms for a permanent move and Aogo signed a contract with FC Schalke 04 running until 2017.[6]

International career[edit]

Aogo was a member of the German U-21 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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[10] 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.[11]

Honour[edit]

Germany U-21
Germany

Personal life[edit]

Aogo is engaged to Alessia Walch, the bass player for German Country-Pop band Mayor's Destiny.[12]

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. ^ "Vereine" (in German). Dennis Aogo. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Schalke to sign Hamburg defender Aogo on loan". Reuters UK. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nigeria in another call-up clanger". bbc.co.uk. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Dennis Aogo: "Ich bin bekehrt und lebe nach Gottes Gesetz"" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Hamburg's Dennis Aogo Picks Germany Ahead Of Nigeria". goal.com. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "HSV-Star Dennis Aogo Nigeria will ihn für die WM" (in German). Sportbild. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "HSV-Profi Aogo spielt "lieber" für Deutschland" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "WM-Splitter: Sicherheitsbedenken bleiben – Blatter dementiert" (in German). freenet.de. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 

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