Joseph Yobo

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Joseph Yobo
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Yobo playing for Fenerbahçe in 2012
Personal information
Full name Joseph Phillip Yobo[1]
Date of birth (1980-09-06) 6 September 1980 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Kano, Nigeria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Fenerbahçe
Number 26
Youth career
1996–1997 Michellin-Harcourt
1997–1998 Standard Liège
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Standard Liège 46 (2)
2001–2003 Marseille 23 (0)
2002–2003 Everton (loan) 24 (0)
2003–2012 Everton 196 (8)
2010–2012 Fenerbahçe (loan) 69 (1)
2012– Fenerbahçe 21 (1)
2014 Norwich City (loan) 8 (0)
National team
2001–2014 Nigeria 101[3] (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2014

Joseph Phillip Yobo (born 6 September 1980) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Fenerbahçe. He was the captain of the Nigerian national team until his international football retirement in June 2014, and he is Nigeria's record appearance holder.

Early years[edit]

Yobo left Nigeria to join Standard Liège in 1998. He made his first team debut in 2000, and went on to appear 46 times. In 2001, he was bought by Marseille.[4]

Club career[edit]

Everton[edit]

Yobo playing for Everton against Arsenal.

Soon after making his debut, Yobo was loaned to Tenerife. After around nine months, Yobo returned to Marseille, before joining Everton, again on loan, in July 2002. A £1 million fee was required to register the player, and he became the first signing of David Moyes.[5] An option to make the move permanent was taken up and completed in 2003 after a dispute between Yobo and Marseille was settled,[6] with Everton agreeing a fixed additional fee of £4 million.[2] [7]

Yobo became one of the most consistent players in the Everton squad, and was one of only seven players in the entire league to play every minute of every game throughout the 2006–07 season; his teammate Joleon Lescott also being an ever-present throughout the season.

The delay, in 2006, in signing a new contract with Everton lead to rumours of a move to Arsenal,[8] but on 22 July, Yobo committed himself to Goodison Park until 2010. On 15 April 2007, Yobo became the record appearance holder for an overseas player at Everton, a record he held until early 2012.[9] For the UEFA Cup match against Larissa of Greece on 25 October 2007, Yobo was named as captain in the absence of Phil Neville and thus became the first African to captain the club. On 6 May 2009, Yobo scored his first goal of the season against West Ham United to seal a 3–1 win.

In the 2009–10 season, Yobo had to adjust to his new defensive partner, Sylvain Distin, after Joleon Lescott left and Phil Jagielka became injured. On 29 November 2009, he scored an own goal in Everton's 2–0 defeat to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. Distin, Jagielka and John Heitinga were increasingly selected over Yobo, confining him to the bench.

Fenerbahçe[edit]

On 31 August 2010, Yobo signed a one-year loan contract with Fenerbahçe. Yobo played in 30 official matches and scored a goal, helping his team win the league title. On 6 September 2011, Fenerbahçe and Everton agreed on another loan deal for €700,000 and Yobo signed a one-year contract worth €2.35 million.[10] On 4 August 2012, he re-signed for Fenerbahçe once again, but this time on a permanent basis on a 3-year contract, after having played for Everton for 10 years. On 17 August Fenerbahçe played against Torku Konyaspor and Yobo scored a goal in this match.[11]

Norwich City[edit]

On 30 January 2014, Yobo returned to England on loan at Norwich City for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer.[12]

He marked his debut for the club with a clean sheet against top-scoring club Manchester City on 8 February.[13]

International career[edit]

Yobo is a former Nigeria international, who has been capped 100 times and represented the Super Eagles at three FIFA World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.[14]

After participating in Nigeria's run to the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship quarter-finals, Yobo made his senior international debut against Zambia in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 24 March 2001.[14] He played in all six of the team's matches in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations[15] and was included in the squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he was again ever-present,[15] assisting Julius Aghahowa's goal in a 2–1 loss to Sweden.[16]

Yobo made his second World Cup appearance at the 2010 tournament in South Africa, after which he assumed the captaincy on the international retirement of Nwankwo Kanu.[14] The veteran defender was no longer a first choice player at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but lifted the trophy after appearing as an 89th minute substitute in Nigeria's 1–0 final defeat of Burkina Faso.[17]

In June 2014, Yobo was included in Stephen Keshi's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[18] He was named in the starting line-up for both the second and third group matches, helping the Super Eagles to clean sheet in a 1–0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.[19] On 30 June, he made his 100th international appearance, captaining Nigeria against France in the round of 16. After scoring an own goal in the 2–0 defeat, Yobo announced his international retirement, saying: "This is it. I can look back on my career with great pride. I wanted to leave on a high for my country. Defeat by France was not the right way to go but I'm happy with all I've done for the national team. It's time to give a chance to other people to come through."[20]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, following a brief courtship, Yobo married former MBGN Adaeze Igwe in a midnight ceremony held in Jos. The couple wedded in a very low key ceremony barely three months after they met in December 2009.[21] However, it is known that they are said to be trying to hide their marital troubles from the press and general public.[22] The couple welcomed a baby boy named Joey Yobo April 2010.

He is the younger brother of former Nigeria international Albert Yobo. In July 2008, his younger brother Norum[23] was kidnapped in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria and held for ransom. He was eventually released after 12 days on 17 July 2008.[24]

It was widely reported in the Nigerian media that Yobo went to T.B. Joshua for prayers after suffering a hamstring injury in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.[25]

Charity work[edit]

In 2007, Yobo set up the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation,[26] to help under-privileged children in Nigeria. As of 18 July 2007, he has handed out over 300 scholarship awards ranging from primary to university level. Yobo has started a football academy in the Ogoni region of Nigeria. He also runs football camps in Lagos.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 June 2014.[27][28]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Standard Liège Jupiler League 30 2 30 2
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2001–02 Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 23 0 23 0
England League FA Cup Carling Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Everton Premier League 24 0 2 0 26 0
2003–04 28 2 1 0 2 0 31 2
2004–05 27 0 3 0 3 0 33 0
2005–06 29 1 1 0 4 1 34 2
2006–07 38 2 1 0 1 0 40 2
2007–08 30 1 2 0 7 0 39 1
2008–09 27 1 1 0 2 0 33 1
2009–10 17 1 0 0 6 1 23 2
2013–14 Norwich City premier League 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Fenerbahçe Super Lig 30 1 3 0 33 1
2011–12 39 1 3 0 42 1
2012–13 20 0 2 0 0 0 12 0 34 0
2013–14 1 1 1 0 3 0 5 1
Total Belgium 30 2 30 2
France 23 0 23 0
England 228 8 5 0 12 0 19 2 267 10
Turkey 90 3 9 0 0 0 15 0 114 3
Career total 371 13 14 0 12 0 34 2 434 15

[29]

Nigeria national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 7 0
2002 12 0
2003 3 1
2004 10 2
2005 6 0
2006 8 0
2007 4 0
2008 10 2
2009 5 0
2010 10 0
2011 11 2
2012 2 0
2013 6 0
2014 6 0
Total 101 7[30]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 June 2003 Lagos National Stadium, Lagos, Nigeria  Cameroon 1–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 31 January 2004 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir, Tunisia  South Africa 1–0 4–0 2004 African Cup of Nations
3. 3 July 2004 Abuja Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria  Algeria 1–0 1–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 7 June 2008 National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone  Sierra Leone 0–1 0–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 15 June 2008 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea  Equatorial Guinea 0–1 0–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 5 June 2011 Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  Ethiopia 2–2 2–2 2012 African Cup of Nations qualification
7. 4 September 2011 Mahamasina Stadium, Antananarivo, Madagascar  Madagascar 0–1 0–2 2012 African Cup of Nations qualification
Correct as of 4 September 2011

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Fenerbahce

International[edit]

Nigeria

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 448. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ a b Jackson, Jamie (7 September 2003). "Yobo in power play". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  3. ^ http://eaglecity.blogspot.com/2014/06/joseph-yobo-questions-and-yet-four.html?spref=tw
  4. ^ "European Preview: Belgium Transfers". BBC. 15 August 2001. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Everton complete Yobo chase". BBC. 9 July 2002. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Joseph Yobo – Everton F.C. Player Profile". 
  7. ^ Fifield, Dominic (28 November 2002). "Everton close in on Yobo's signature". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  8. ^ "Everton face Yobo contract delay". BBC. 3 April 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  9. ^ Joseph Yobo on NigeriaNews
  10. ^ "Everton kulübü oyuncusu Joseph YOBO nun 2011–2012 sezonunda kiralık olarak transferi konusunda oyuncu ve kulübü ile anlaşmaya varılmıştır. Anlaşma karşılığında Everton Kulübüne 700.000.avro kiralama bedeli, Joseph YOBO ya ise 2011–2012 sezonu için 2.350.000.avro garanti ücret ödenecektir.". Fenerbahçe SK (in Turkish) (Turkish Public Disclosure System (KAP)). 6 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Joseph Yobo completes move from Everton to Fenerbahce". 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Transfer window 2014: Norwich City sign Joseph Yobo on loan". BBC Sport. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Barclays Premier League: Norwich City 0-0 Manchester City". BBC Sport. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "Joseph Yobo". FIFA. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Joseph Phillip Yobo - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Swedes knock out Nigeria". BBC. 7 June 2002. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations final as it happened". 10 February 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "World Cup 2014: Nosa Igiebor cut from Nigeria squad". BBC. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Nigeria 1-0 Bosnia-Herce". BBC. 22 June 2014. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Keshi steps down, Yobo retires". FIFA. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Joseph Yobo’s Complicated Family Life of www.collegemarket.com.ng (21 of July, 2013
  22. ^ Yobo weds Igwe
  23. ^ "Everton offer Yobo assistance". 
  24. ^ "Yobo's Brother Released". 
  25. ^ Auf der Heyde, Peter (27 January 2010). "Sports Medicine – African Style". Monsters And Critics. 
  26. ^ Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation
  27. ^ "Joseph Yobo : Biography". 
  28. ^ Joseph Yobo career stats at Soccerbase
  29. ^ Joseph Yobo at National-Football-Teams.com
  30. ^ http://www.supersport.com/football/nigeria/news/110406/Yobos_caps_putting_the_records_straight
  31. ^ "Egypt dominates glo-caf awards". CAFonline.com. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kanu
Nigeria national football team captain
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Vincent Enyeama