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Ransford Osei playing for the Ghana U-17 national football team
|Full name||Ransford Osei|
|Date of birth||5 December 1990|
|Place of birth||Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2008||→ Berekum Chelsea (loan)|
|2009–2010||→ FC Twente (loan)||0||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Granada (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Osei began his career at his homeland club Kessben. On 28 February 2008 Ransford Osei was set to join Polish club Legia Warszawa on a six month loan contract which gave the Polish club the option to buy the player during that time. Due to a work permit issue, the transfer was blocked by FIFA. Osei stayed in Kessben.
A Striker described by FIFA.com as "an opportunistic goal machine" with superb pace and movement, young free-scoring sensation Osei was recognized by World Soccer Magazine as one of the 50 Most Exciting Teenagers on the Planet in their November 2007 Issue.
When it comes to designing the perfect striker, he has one particular model in mind. "I'd love to have Patrick Kluivert's heading ability, the speed and ball control of Samuel Eto'o and the finishing skills of Thierry Henry. I've got a few videos of him that I watch very closely". "Whenever I miss chances I can't sleep at night," Osei, the adidas Silver Shoe winner at the 2007 U-17 World Cup, tells FIFA.com. "I go through them over and over again in my mind, replaying them until I find the exact movement I should have made out on the pitch. When I'm sure I've learned my lesson I relax a little bit, but even then I know I'm not going to sleep that well.".
2007 African Under-17 Championship
Second place, Silver (Golden Boot)
2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup
On August 20 he found the net twice in the 12 and 44th minute against Trinidad and Tobago in Ghana's 4–1 win during their first group game. Osei went on to score two more goals against Germany and Colombia, to take Ghana into the last sixteen of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, where they met and defeated favorites Brazil despite playing the entire second half with only ten men
Osei finished the U-17 World Cup with the Adidas Silver Shoe as the competitions second highest goalscorer, coming second by one goal to Macauley Chrisantus of Nigeria. He scored his sixth and final goal of the Tournament came in the third place play-off in the tournament as Ghana lost 2–1 to Germany.
2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup
Osei scored in his first game against Uzbekistan in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup one goal and played 90 minutes. He scored also another goal in his second game against England national under-20 football team and played 85 minutes.
On November 13, 2007, three weeks before his 17th birthday, he received his first senior International call-up from Ghana coach Claude Le Roy for a FIFA International friendly match against Togo at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra, Ghana, on November 18, 2007 after scoring a superb hat-trick against Togo's U17 team in a Junior International friendly at the same venue on Sunday November 11, 2007. He was selected among the nations 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squad even though he didn't appear in any of the matches. Ghana won silver in that tournament.
- As of match played on 15 December 2013.
|Medeama||2005–06||Ghana Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Maccabi Haifa||2008–09||Israeli Premier League||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||1||0|
|Berekum Chelsea (loan)||2008–09||Ghana Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|FC Twente (loan)||2009–10||Eredivisie||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Granada (loan)||2010–11||Segunda División||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Bloemfontein Celtic||2011–12||ABSA Premiership||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||1||0|
|Asante Kotoko||2012–13||Ghana Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
1Includes the Ghanaian FA Cup and the Ghana Super Cup.
2African competitions include the CAF Champions League, CAF Confederations Cup and the CAF Super Cup.
3Other tournaments include the FIFA Club World Cup.
- 2009 African Youth Championship – (Golden Boot)
- 2007 African Under-17 Championship – (Golden Boot)
- 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup – (Silver Boot)
- FC Twente huurt Talente
- Kickoff Ghana (2008-11-13). "Osei gets Maccabi contract". Kickoff Ghana. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
- "FC Twente sign two Africans". BBC News. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "El Granada CF ficha al joven delantero ghanés Ransford Osei por una temporada". lainformacion.com. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- "Celtic sign top-rated Ghanaian". bloemfonteincelticfc.co.za (Bloemfontein Celtic FC). 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- "Ransford Osei signs six-month deal with Bloem Celtic". Ghanasoccernet. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- FIFA (2007-09-17). "Osei keen to have the last word". FIFA. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- "African Under-17 Hottest Starlets". Goal.com. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- "Ghana shine against T&T". FIFA. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-27.[dead link]
- "Ghana U-17 stun Brazil". BBC. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- "Ghana through to semis". BBC. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- "Shining starlets pocket prizes". FIFA. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- Ghana 2:1 (0:0) Usbekistan
- Ghana 4:0 (1:0) England
- Ghana FA (2007-11-13). "Starlets duo get senior's call". Ghanafa.org. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
- "Starlets re-open stadium with 4–1 win". GhanaFA. 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-11-12.