|Full name||Kalu Uche|
|Date of birth||15 November 1982|
|Place of birth||Aba, Nigeria|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Forward / Midfielder|
|Current club||Al Rayyan
(on loan from El Jaish)
|2004–2005||→ Bordeaux (loan)||24||(1)|
|2013–||→ Al Rayyan (loan)||4||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in an Aba, Abia, Uche's career began in Nigeria with Enyimba International and Iwuanyanwu Nationale. In the 2000–01 season he joined RCD Espanyol B in Spain, failing to receive any first-team opportunities and competing with the reserves in the third division.
Uche then transferred to Wisła Kraków, playing there until 2005 – winning the Polish League three times and Polish Cup twice – except for the 2004–05 campaign when he represented FC Girondins de Bordeaux, on loan.
For 2005–06 Uche moved to UD Almería, and was instrumental in helping the Andalusia outfit to its first ever La Liga promotion in his second year, scoring eight league goals (with three in the last five matches). He made his debut in the competition on 26 August 2007, coming from the bench in a 3–0 away win against Deportivo de La Coruña.
On 11 January 2009, profiting from the absence of first-choice Álvaro Negredo, Uche netted both goals in a 2–2 draw at Espanyol. On 5 December he scored the side's second goal at Real Madrid for the 2–1, but the hosts eventually rallied back to 4–2.
In the following summer Negredo was sold to Sevilla FC – via Real Madrid – and Uche became Almería's most important offensive reference. He finished the 2009–10 season with a career-best nine goals, namely a brace on 4 May 2010 against Villarreal CF in a 4–2 home win, which all but certified the club's permanence in the top level for another year.
Uche spent the first month of 2010–11 on the sidelines, due to injury. In the second match upon his return, on 26 September 2010, he scored twice at Deportivo (2–0) for Almería's first win of the campaign, going on to net seven in 32 games as the team was finally relegated after a four-year stay.
Neuchâtel / Espanyol
On 4 August 2011, Uche joined Swiss Super League side Neuchâtel Xamax on a two-year deal. He left the club in the following transfer window, however, and returned to Espanyol, immerse in a deep injury crisis to its offensive line, signing until June 2013.
On 20 July 2012 Uche moved to Turkish side Kasımpaşa SK, signing a three-year contract. On 1 October of the following year he switched clubs and countries again, penning a deal with El Jaish SC in Qatar.
Uche made his debut for Nigeria on 21 June 2003, in an African Nations Cup qualifier against Angola, scoring in the process. He represented the nation at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, going scoreless for the eventual third-placed team.
After a solid club season Uche was picked for that year's FIFA World Cup, in South Africa: on 17 June, against Greece, he opened the score from a free kick, but the Africans soon were reduced to ten men and lost 1–2. In the third and last game he also scored the opener, eventually earning Nigeria's only point in the competition in a 2–2 draw against South Korea.
Updated as of 21 November 2011
|1.||21 June 2003||Benin City, Nigeria||Angola||
||2004 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|2.||27 May 2008||Graz, Austria||Austria||
|3.||17 June 2010||Bloemfontein, South Africa||Greece||
||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|4.||22 June 2010||Durban, South Africa||South Korea||
||2010 FIFA World Cup|
|5.||15 November 2011||Kaduna, Nigeria||Zambia||
Uche's younger brother, Ikechukwu Uche, is also a footballer. Also a forward, he too spent most of his senior career in Spain (they are not related to two other players, Uche Okechukwu and Ikechukwu Kalu).
- "2010 African Cup of Nations Player Profile". MTN Football. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- Uche gives Bordeaux a go; UEFA.com, 30 August 2004
- "Espanyol 2–2 Almeria". ESPN Soccernet. 11 January 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "Ronaldo endures eventful night". ESPN Soccernet. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "Almeria boost survival hopes". ESPN Soccernet. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "Uche breaks Almeria duck". ESPN Soccernet. 26 September 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
- "Les rouge et noir passent à l'offensive" [The rouge et noir go offensive] (in French). Neuchâtel Xamax. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- "Kalu Uche ficha por el Espanyol" [Kalu Uche ficha por el Espanyol] (in Spanish). Sport. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- "Levante claim last-gasp win". ESPN Soccernet. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- "Uche shoots down Rayo". ESPN Soccernet. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- "Uche arrives in the QSL". Qatar Stars League. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "2003 matches Africa". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 August 2009.
- Fletcher, Paul (17 June 2010). "Greece 2–1 Nigeria". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
- Vesty, Marc (22 June 2010). "Nigeria 2–2 South Korea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- "La liga de los hermanos Uche" [The league of Uche brothers] (in Spanish). Marca. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- NigerianPlayers profile
- Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Kalu Uche at National-Football-Teams.com
- Transfermarkt profile