Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu

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Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
Emmanuel Badu.jpg
Badu with Udinese in 2011
Personal information
Full name Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu[1]
Date of birth (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Berekum, Brong-Ahafo, Ghana
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Udinese
Number 7
Youth career
–2006 Berlin
2006–2007 Berekum Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Berekum Arsenal 19 (7)
2008–2009 Asante Kotoko (loan) 18 (2)
2009 Recreativo (loan) 0 (0)
2010– Udinese 61 (2)
National team
2009 Ghana U-20 (–)
2011 Ghana U-23 (–)
2008– Ghana 49 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2014

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (born 2 December 1990 in Berekum), known mononymously as Badu (/bɑːˈd/ bah-DOO), is a Ghanaian international footballer, who plays for Serie A club Udinese in Italy.

Club career[edit]

Badu began his career at Berlin F.C. Berekum, Brong-Ahafo, before later signing for Berekum Arsenal.[3] Badu was announced in the Ghana Premier League All Star Team[3] on 21 May 2007.

Berekum Arsenal and Recreativo de Huelva[edit]

On 11 July 2008, Badu left Berekum Arsenal, signing a one year loan contract with Asante Kotoko.[4]

Badu had trials in England with Middlesbrough in August 2008[5] and at Wolverhampton Wanderers three months later.[6][7]

Badu then signed on 16 April 2009 a six months loan contract with Recreativo de Huelva, on loan from Berlin FC.[8][9] Reuters quoted a source from a Berlin FC official, that the loan cost Recreativo about €30,000 (US$40,000),[10] while Associated Press reported his new club holds an option for a contract between 30 June 2012 and the loan will effective until the opening of 2009 summer transfer window.[11] His contract with the Spanish club Recreativo de Huelva was dissolved in September 2009 and he moved back to Asante Kotoko.[12]

Udinese[edit]

In November 2009, BBC and Sky Sports announced the Italian Serie A side Udinese Calcio would sign Badu in January 2010[13][14] and on 28 January 2010, the Udine club announced on its official site the permanent signing of the player from Berlin FC.[15] Badu received his first first team call-up against A.C. Milan on 12 February, but did not play. After a successive "appearances" as unused sub, he replaced Paolo Sammarco on 28 March 2010 against Fiorentina, which Udinese lost 1–4.

Badu became a regular in 2011–12 season, replacing departed Gökhan İnler in new 4–1–4–1 or 4–4–1–1 formation against Arsenal. Badu was one of the cover of attacking midfielder Giampiero Pinzi along with countryman Kwadwo Asamoah.

International career[edit]

Badu in action with the squad number 8, for the Ghana national team against England national team.

Badu has represented Ghana at under-20, under-23 and senior level. On 22 May 2008, he received his first call-up to the Black Stars.[16] Badu's first senior international appearance came on 8 June 2008 against Lesotho[17] and his first goal against Congo in June 2011.

Youth career[edit]

On 1 January 2009, he was named in the Black Satellites squad for the 2009 African Youth Championship in Rwanda.[18][19] Badu played for the Black Stars' domestic based team at the 2009 African Championship of Nations in Côte d'Ivoire[20] and represented his team at 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.[21]

Badu scored the winning sudden death penalty on 16 October 2009 in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final against Brazil. The penalty made Ghana the first African nation to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup.[22]

Senior career[edit]

In 2010, Badu was selected for his first Africa Cup of Nations as the Black Stars finished runners-up to Egypt, and went on to appear in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the tournament, with the team twice recording fourth placed finishes.[22]

During the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, in a group match between Ghana and Guinea, Badu flipped up a teammate's pass from just outside the penalty area and launched a mid-air volley to score a goal that was later nominated for the 2012 FIFA Puskás Award (FIFA's global Goal of the Year award).

After missing the 2010 FIFA World Cup through injury,[22] Badu was selected in Ghana's squad for the 2014 tournament.[23]

Personal life[edit]

His brother Nana Agyemang-Badu plays currently for Asante Kotoko.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 17. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ http://asia.eurosport.com/football/emmanuel-agyemang-badu_prs184409/person.shtml
  3. ^ a b OnoneTouch Premier League – shownewsstory. onetouch.com.gh (Ghana Premier League). 21 May 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  4. ^ PLAYER PROFILE Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu – Ghanaweb
  5. ^ "Middlesbrough invite Agyemang Badu for trial". ghanaweb.com. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Team For Lunchtime Friendly". Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Salmon Smokes Out Victory". wolves.co.uk (Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.). 2 February 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "El Decano se hace con el ghanés de diecinueve años, Enmanuelle" (in Spanish). Recreativo de Huelva. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Agyemang-Badu seals Recre move". ghanafa.org/. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Rogers, Iain (16 April 2009). "Brief-Soccer-Recreativo sign Ghanaian teenager Badu on loan". Reuters. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Recreativo signs Agyemang-Badu". cbssports.com. Associated Press. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Badu Doubts Kotoko Stay". allafrica.com. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Agyemang-Badu signs for Udinese". BBC. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Udinese sign Ghanaian star". Sky Sports. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Badu all'Udinese a titolo definitivo" (in Italian). Udinese Calcio. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  16. ^ Tomarchio, Cameron (22 May 2008). "Ghana expecting to surprise Socceroos". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  17. ^ Worldcup preliminaries, Africa matches round 2. fifa.com (FIFA).
  18. ^ Seven Kotoko Players Among 23 Man GFA Squad. asantekotokofc.org (Asante Kotoko). Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  19. ^ Local Stars Step Up For CAN Youth Championship. asantekotokofc.org (Asante Kotoko). Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  20. ^ CHAN 2009: Squad List. cafonline.com (Confederation of African Football). 22 March 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
  21. ^ FIFA.com – FIFA Player Statistics: Emmanuel AGYEMANG-BADU
  22. ^ a b c "Emmanuel AGYEMANG-BADU". FIFA. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Ghana World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  24. ^ Daniel Agbaviade (20 August 2007). "Nana Agyemang Badu declares war on the kotoko family". Asante Kotoko. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 

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