Ramon Azeez

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Ramon Azeez
Personal information
Full name Ramon Olamilekan Azeez
Date of birth (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Abuja, Nigeria
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Almería
Number 31
Youth career
Future Pro Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Almería B 59 (5)
2012– Almería 40 (2)
National team
2009 Nigeria U17 7 (1)
2011–2012 Nigeria U20 9 (1)
2014– Nigeria 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2014

Ramon Olamilekan Azeez (born 12 December 1992) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Spanish club UD Almería as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Abuja, Azeez began playing football in the Future Pro Academy. In 2010 he agreed a move to UD Almería in Spain, but had to wait until July 2011 to complete the transfer.[1]

On 17 August 2012, after one full season with the B-side in Segunda División B, Azeez made his debut with the first team: he came on as a substitute for Javier Casquero in the 55th minute of an away fixture against FC Barcelona B for the Segunda División championship (5–4 win), but was himself replaced after just ten minutes after being booked and, according to manager Javi Gracia, risking a subsequent sending off.[2]

On 28 June 2013 Azeez was definitely promoted to the Andalusians' main squad, with the club having just recently promoted to La Liga.[3] He made his debut in the competition on 30 August, playing roughly 20 minutes in a 2–2 home draw against Elche CF.[4]

On 21 December 2013 Azeez scored his first professional goal, netting the game's only in a win at Real Betis.[5] He repeated the feat in the second meeting between the two teams, scoring in the 94th minute for a 3–2 triumph at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos.[6]

International career[edit]

Azeez appeared with the under-17's in 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and was a regular in the team which eventually finished runner-up. Two years later he appeared in another World Cup in the category, also as a starter.

On 3 February 2014 Azeez was called up to the full side for a friendly against Mexico.[7][8] He made his debut on 5 March, playing the entire second-half in a 0–0 draw at Georgia Dome.[9]

On 6 May 2014, Azeez was named in the provisional 30-man squad ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[10] He was included in Stephen Keshi's final list for the tournament,[11] and made his debut on 16 June by starting in a 0–0 draw against Iran.[12]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 9 December 2014[13]
Club Season Competition League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Almería B 2011–12 Segunda División B 28 2 28 2
2012–13 31 3 31 3
Total 59 5 59 5
Almería 2012–13 Segunda División 2 0 2 0 4 0
2013–14 La Liga 30 2 2 0 32 0
2014–15 8 0 0 0 8 0
Total 40 2 4 0 44 2
Career totals 99 7 4 0 103 7

International[edit]

As of 6 September 2014[14]
Nigeria
Year Apps Goals
2014 4 0
Total 4 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramon Azeez sigue mostrando un excelente nivel en el Mundial sub-20 con Nigeria (Ramon Azeez keeps showing excellent level at the under-20 World Cup with Nigeria); Ideal, 12 August 2011 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Festival goleador para abrir la Liga Adelante (Goalscoring party to open Liga Adelante); Marca, 17 August 2012 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Dieciséis jugadores tienen actualmente contrato en vigor con la primera plantilla de la UD Almería (Sixteen players currently on contract with UD Almería's first team); Almería's official website, 28 June 2013 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Almeria denied first win; ESPN FC, 17 August 2013
  5. ^ Azeez effort enough for Almeria; ESPN FC, 21 December 2013
  6. ^ El Almería nunca se rinde (Almería never surrenders); Marca, 4 May 2014 (Spanish)
  7. ^ Azeez, convocado por la selección absoluta de Nigeria (Azeez, called up by Nigeria's full team); Almería's official website, 3 February 2014 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (10 February 2014). "Uncapped trio called up by Nigeria". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nigeria cancel out Mexico again". MTN Football. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (6 May 2014). "World Cup 2014: Peter Odemwingie in provisional Nigeria squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "World Cup 2014: Nosa Igiebor cut from Nigeria squad". BBC Sport. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Goals dry up as Iran, Nigeria draw". FIFA.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ramon Azeez". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ramon Azeez". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 

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