Joel Obi

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Joel Obi
Joel Chukwuma Obi - Inter Mailand (2).jpg
Obi with Inter in 2009
Personal information
Full name Joel Chukwuma Obi
Date of birth (1991-05-22) 22 May 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
2005–2010 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010– Internazionale 38 (1)
2013–2014 Parma (loan) 8 (0)
National team
2011– Nigeria 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 June 2013

Joel Chukwuma Obi (born 22 May 1991 in Lagos) or simply known as Joel Obi, is a Nigerian midfielder who currently plays for Internazionale and for Nigeria national football team.


In 2005 Obi was signed by Inter.[citation needed]

In 2008, with the youth team, he won the title of Italian champion with the "Allievi Nazionali", with Daniele Bernazzani as coach.

In 2009, he had been noticed by José Mourinho and led occasionally to the first-team of Inter. In 2010, even if without playing, he is in the List of players of Inter who won the Champions League in final against Bayern Munich. His agent is Idroo Badoo.

In the summer 2010, Rafael Benítez definitively move him with the first-team of Inter. Obi made his debut for Inter on 29 September 2010 in a UEFA Champions League group stage game against Werder Bremen.[1] He played the final 10 minutes of the match after coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute for fellow midfielder Dejan Stanković. Inter went on to defeat Werder Bremen in a 4–0 shutout.

Obi made his Serie A debut on 17 October 2010 against Cagliari when he replaced Philippe Coutinho in the 66th minute.[2] Inter won the match 1–0 thanks to a goal from Samuel Eto'o.

Obi started the "Milan Derby" at Beijing for the Supercoppa Italiana on 14 November but had to be substituted after only 35 minutes because of injury, he was replaced by Coutinho. In January 2011, half of him was sold to Parma for €750,[3] along with Nwankwo Obiora for €300,000.[3] However, Obi had stayed to play in Inter for the rest of the season. In January 2012, Inter acquired back the half of Obi from Parma for €3.2 million (€1.7 million cash plus Lorenzo Crisetig[3]), Obi scored his first Serie A goal on 29 April 2012 against AC Cesena. The 2011–2012 season his a really good season for Obi, who collects 27 presences in Serie A, 2 in Coppa Italia and 7 in Champions League, other than the one in the final of Supercoppa Italiana. However, his season was cut short by a bad injury that forced him to a long period of rest.

Obi came back in the next season, 2012–2013, on 4 October, in the victory for 1–3 against the Neftçi Baku in Europa League scoring the goal of 0–2,[4] which happens to be the 500th goal in UEFA[5] competitions for Inter. That is the first goal of Obi in the first-team.

On 2 September 2013, the last day of transfer windows, Obi moved to Parma on-loan for 1 season.[6]

International career[edit]

Obi made his international debut for Nigeria on 9 February 2011 in a friendly game with Sierra Leone in Lagos. He started the next 11 games in a row for the Eagles before getting injured near the end of 2012. He was named in the preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup.[7]

Club statistics[edit]


Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internazionale 2010–11 10 0 2 0 1 0 13 0
2011–12 27 1 3 0 7 0 41 1
2012–13 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
Career total 38 1 5 0 9 1 56 2

Last updated: 15 October 2012




  1. ^ "Joel Chukwuma Obi – Profile". UEFA. 
  2. ^ "2010 Serie A, Round 7". Fox Soccer. 
  3. ^ a b c Parma FC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  4. ^ "La baby Inter convince a Baku". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Il tacco di Coutinho". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 
  6. ^ "Joel Obi moves to Parma". FC Internazionale Milano. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Internazionale: Joel obi career total". 

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