Emmanuel Olisadebe

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Emmanuel Olisadebe
Emanuel Olisadebe.jpg
Olisadebe with Henan Construction in 2009
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-12-22) 22 December 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Warri, Nigeria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Jasper United 40 (20)
1997–2001 Polonia Warsaw 66 (20)
2001–2005 Panathinaikos 74 (24)
2006 Portsmouth 2 (0)
2006–2007 Skoda Xanthi 6 (0)
2007–2008 APOP Kinyras Peyias 17 (6)
2008–2010 Henan Construction 64 (24)
2011–2012 Vyzas Megaron 0 (0)
2012 Veria 9 (1)
Total 278 (95)
National team
2000–2004 Poland 25 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Emmanuel Olisadebe (Polish pronunciation: [ɛmaˈnuɛl olisaˈdɛbɛ]) (born 22 December 1978) is a retired footballer who played as a striker.

He began his career with Jasper United, going on to have a successful career with Polonia Warsaw where in 2000 he won the Ekstraklasa, Ekstraklasa Cup and Polish SuperCup. He also played in Greece, Cyprus, England and China.

Born in Nigeria, he attracted the attention of the Polish national team after he was eligible for Polish citizenship. He scored 11 international goals in 25 caps between 2000 and 2004, and participated in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Polonia Warsaw[edit]

Olisadebe began playing for Polonia Warsaw during the 1997–98 Ekstraklasa season where in his first season he played in 13 league games.[1] During his time in the Polish capital he helped them secure their first championship title in 50 years in the 1999–2000 season, scoring 12 goals in the process. He also won the League Cup and the Super Cup that season.

Panathinaikos[edit]

Olisadebe moved to Panathinaikos where he scored 24 goals in 74 matches.[1] In 2004 he helped the club win the title for the first time in 7 years by scoring all the winning goals in the last three of four games of the championship. He also won the cup that year, making it a double. However during his time at Panathinaikos he suffered an injury that required surgery in Greece.[citation needed]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 4 January 2006, he joined Portsmouth until the end of the 2005–06 season.[2] He made his debut ten days later, replacing Richard Hughes after 61 minutes of an eventual 0–1 Premier League defeat to Everton at Fratton Park.[3] A week later he made his only other appearance for the club, playing the final 37 minutes of a 0–5 defeat at Birmingham City, this time in place of Vincent Péricard.[4]

His contract was terminated after 4 months, at which point he travelled to Skoda Xanthi, where he wasn't given a chance to play.[citation needed]

APOP Kinyras Peyias[edit]

He then featured for APOP Kinyras Peyia FC where he played in the 2007–08 season where he played in 17 games scoring 6 goals.[1]

Henan Construction[edit]

In 2008 he was offered a deal with Chinese Super League club Henan Construction. In his second match with Henan, the third round of 2008 Chinese Super League against Liaoning, he scored 2 goals. In first season at Henan he scored 12 goals in 26 games in the Chinese super league.

On 27 September, Olisadebe scored the opening goal for Henan in a 2–0 win over Shanghai Shenhua to regain lead in the league less than ten minutes before injuring his knee. Initial diagnosis showed that he had torn his cruciate ligament of the left knee, and the injury could end his entire football career.[5] Further results confirmed that he injured his patellar ligament and would only miss the rest of the season.[6] He was nominated for the MVP awards two years consecutively only to be 2nd in both occasions.[citation needed] Due to his performance he has been granted by the government of Henan province citizenship.[citation needed]

Return to Greece[edit]

In 2011–12 season Olisadebe joined Vyzas Megaron, but failed to make any league appearances before moving to Veria.

National team[edit]

Though Nigerian by birth, Olisadebe became a Polish citizen in 2000 and was selected by the Poland national team. He scored eight goals in ten qualification matches as coach Jerzy Engel's team reached the 2002 FIFA World Cup, their first since 1986, gaining one vote for 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year. He netted their second of three goals in a victory over Norway on 1 September which confirmed qualification.[7]

Olisadebe scored Poland's first goal of their 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign in a 3–1 victory against the United States in Daejeon in the last group match,[8] however Poland did not progress to the second round and Olisadebe would not score again for his nation.

Club statistics[edit]

[1]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nigeria League FA Cup League Cup Africa Total
1996 Jasper United 32 17
1997 8 3
Poland League Polish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997/98[9] Polonia Warsaw Ekstraklasa 13 1 - 13 1
1998/99[10] 16 4 - 3 1 19 5
1999/00[11] 24 12 4 1 - 28 13
2000/01[12] 13 3 1 2 - 6 3 20 8
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000/01 Panathinaikos Alpha Ethniki 8 4 2 0
2001/02 18 9 13 2
2002/03 19 8 9 4
2003/04 9 3 2 0
2004/05 13 0 3 1
2005/06 6 0 0 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005/06 Portsmouth Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 0
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006/07 Skoda Xanthi Super League 5 0 1 0
Cyprus League Cypriot Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007/08 APOP Kinyras Peyias First Division 17 6 - -
China PR League FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2008 Henan Construction Super League 27 12 -
2009 18 10 -
2010 19 2 -
Country Nigeria 40 20 -
Poland 66 20 -
Greece 78 24 30 7
England 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 0
Cyprus 17 6 - -
China PR 64 24 - -
Total 267 94

National team statistics[edit]

Poland national team[13]
Year Apps Goals
2000 5 3
2001 8 7
2002 8 1
2003 3 0
2004 1 0
Total 25 11

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first[13]

Honours[edit]

Polonia Warsaw
Panathinaikos

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Emmanuel Olisadebe at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ "Portsmouth seal Olisadebe swoop". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Portsmouth 0-1 Everton". BBC Sport. 14 January 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Birmingham 5-0 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 21 January 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "奥贝初步诊断十字韧带断裂 赛季报销恐将提前退役". sina.com.cn. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "奥贝确诊髌腱韧带脱落 缺席本赛季不危及职业生涯". sina.com.cn. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "The strange case of Emmanuel Olisadebe". When Saturday Comes. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "American dream lives on". BBC Sport. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sezon 1997/98". http://www.90minut.pl/. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sezon 1998/99". http://www.90minut.pl/. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Sezon 1999/00". http://www.90minut.pl/. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "2000/01". http://www.90minut.pl/. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "United States 1-3 Poland". European Football. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 

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