Osarimen Ebagua

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Osarimen Ebagua
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Personal information
Full name Osarimen Giulio Ebagua
Date of birth (1986-06-06) 6 June 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Benin City, Nigeria
Height 184 cm
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Spezia
Number 21
Youth career
1997–2005 Torino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Casale 48 (11)
2007–2008 Novara 4 (0)
2008 Pescara (loan) 3 (0)
2008–2009 Canavese 28 (11)
2009–2011 Varese 44 (19)
2011–2012 Torino 20 (3)
2012 Catania (loan) 3 (0)
2012–2013 Varese 35 (17)
2013– Spezia 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 February 2012

Osarimen Giulio Ebagua (born 6 June 1986) is a Nigerian-Italian[1] footballer who currently plays as a forward for Italian Serie B club Spezia.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Nigeria, he moved to Italy with his father when he was one month old. He lived in Rome, and then Turin, later becoming an Italian citizen.[1] He started his professional career with Serie C2 side Casale, 60 km from Turin. He also played for Torino Berretti[2] and Primavera Team,[3] before being released in June 2005 after the old Torino went bankrupt. After the relegation of Casale, he joined Serie C2 side Portogruaro Summaga[1] but soon returned to Casale in Serie D. In the 2007–08 season, he left for another Piedmont club, Novara, but failed to play regularly in Serie C1. In January 2008, he left for a short spell with Serie C1 club Pescara. In July 2008, he joined Canavese.[4] He scored 11 goals for Canavese in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

A.S. Varese[edit]

In July 2009, he was signed by Varese along with fellow countrymen Wilfred Osuji and Kingsley Umunegbu. His first season with the club eventually proved to be very successful. Ebagua went on to make 27 league appearances and scoring 12 goals, contributing to the return of Varese to Serie B for this first time in 25 years.[5] Following a successful first season with the club, Ebagua continued his goal scoring displays in the 2010-11 Serie B campaign as he would help guide the club to a promotion play-off spot with his 12 goals in 30 matches. Varese eventually lost in their quest for two-consecutive promotions, and Ebagua was eventually sold to Serie B rivals Torino F.C. in co-ownership deal for €1.2 million cash plus half of Gaetano Carrieri in June 2011.[6]

Torino F.C.[edit]

In his first five months with his new club, Ebagua failed to replicate his form from Varese, and managed just 3 goals in 20 league appearances. He was subsequently loaned out in the 2012 winter transfer window following the arrival of Cristian Pasquato from Juventus.

On 31 January 2012, he officially joined Serie A side Calcio Catania on loan from Torino for the rest of the season. The club was looking to add depth to their front line following the departure of Maxi Lopez to A.C. Milan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Intervista a Giulio Ebagua Osarimen". AS Varese 1910 (in Italian). 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Berretti Torino 2003/2004" (in Italian). Torino Calcio. Archived from the original on 2004-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Primavera 2004-2005" (in Italian). Torino Calcio. Archived from the original on 2004-10-18. 
  4. ^ "NEWS: OSARIMEN EBAGUA". Novara Calcio (in Italian). 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Tre nuovi giocatori al Varese 1910". AS Varese 1910 (in Italian). 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  6. ^ Torino FC SpA Report and Accounts on 31 December 2011 (Italian)

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