Stefano Okaka

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Stefano Okaka
Okaka Spezia.jpg
Okaka in 2012
Personal information
Full name Stefano Okaka Chuka
Date of birth (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Castiglione del Lago, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sampdoria
Number 9
Youth career
1994–0000 Castiglionese
0000–2001 Sanfatucchio
2001 Centro Italia Parma
2002–2004 Cittadella
2004–2005 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2012 Roma 34 (2)
2007–2008 Modena (loan) 33 (7)
2009–2010 Brescia (loan) 16 (2)
2010–2011 Fulham (loan) 11 (2)
2011 Bari (loan) 10 (2)
2012 Parma (loan) 14 (3)
2012–2014 Parma 2 (0)
2012–2013 Spezia (loan) 38 (7)
2014– Sampdoria 13 (4)
National team
2007–2008 Italy U19 3 (0)
2008 Italy U20[1] 2 (2)
2009–2010 Italy U21 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2010

Stefano Okaka Chuka (born 9 August 1989) is an Italian footballer who currently plays as a striker for Serie A club Sampdoria.

Club career[edit]

Born in Castiglione del Lago, Umbria, Italy to Nigerian parents who later obtained Italian citizenship, Okaka joined the Roma youth system in 2004. He was part of the team that won the U-20 national title in 2005 and scored goals against Juventus in the semi-final and Atalanta in the final.

On 29 September 2005, he made his debut with the first team in the UEFA Cup, playing against Aris. He thus became the youngest footballer to debut in an international competition for an Italian team.[2] Okaka scored with a powerful run from midfield and a precise shot to the left of the goalkeeper his first official goal for Roma in a Coppa Italia match against Napoli on 8 December 2005. He has since appeared a number of times for the senior squad, scoring his first Serie A goal on 17 September 2006, the last of three Roma goals in a 3–1 win over Siena.

He was subsequently loaned to Serie B side Modena for the 2007–08 season in order to gain some first team experience. After returning to Roma, he signed a new contract which lasted until 30 June 2012. As a part of it, he earned a gross annual salary of €0.6M in the first 2 seasons, which then increased to €0.7M and €0.9M.[3] He also spent a six-month loan period at Brescia from January to June 2009.

On August 2009, he scored his first goal with Roma in a continental competition, the final goal in a 7–1 result defeat of Gent in the second leg of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round. He scored again in the Europa League in Roma's 2–0 win over CSKA Sofia and in Roma's 2–1 win over Fulham. His last goal with Roma was an 88th minute winner against Siena.

On 1 February 2010, he joined Fulham on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut for Fulham in the 1–0 win over Portsmouth on 3 February 2010. He scored his first goal for the club on 14 February 2010 in a 5th round FA Cup tie at home to Notts County.[4] He scored his first league goal for the club against Wigan Athletic on 4 April 2010.[5]

In January 2011, he scored his first goal for A.S. Bari against US Lecce for 1–0 win. In this game he and Kamil Glik marking their debuts for Bari.

During August 2011, Stefano was attacked by Roma fans after a training session for not wishing to sign autographs.[6]

On 22 January 2012, he joined Parma F.C. on loan until the end of the season.[7] Parma have the option to make the move permanent to Ennio Tardini if he impresses during his initial stint. He scored his first Parma goal on 7 March 2012, the opener in a 2–2 against Fiorentina. He scored his second goal on 21 April from the spot against Cesena. He scored his 3rd against Palermo 4 days later. On 1 July he returned to Roma and on 20 August, signed a permanent deal with Parma. Next day he was loaned to the newly promoted Serie B club Spezia Calcio. After his loan spell, he returned to Parma for the 2013–14 season, making only two Serie A matches as a substitute.

On 31 January 2014, Okaka was transferred to the fellow Serie A outfit Sampdoria on a permanent deal.[8]

International career[edit]

After gaining Italian citizenship in 2007, Okaka was selected for the Italian Under-19 side. He made his debut for the Italy U-20 team in 2008, scoring two goals.[1] On 17 November 2009, he made his debut with the Italy U-21 squad in a match against Luxembourg.

In April 2014, Okaka revealed he was in talks with the Nigerian football federation about the possibility of him switching allegiance to his parents' country and play with the Nigeria national football team already at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Okaka has a twin sister named Stefania who plays for Parma Volley Girls.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "OKAPA CHUKA STEFANO – Convocazioni e presenze in campo" (in Italian). FIGC.it. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Roma in scioltezza" (in Italian). UEFA.com. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 15 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Prolungato il contratto economico per le prestazioni sportive di Stefano Okapa". AS Roma (in Italian). 16 October 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Fulham 4 – 0 Notts County". BBC. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Fulham 2 – 1 Wigan". BBC. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  6. ^ [1]; Goal.com, 10 August 2011
  7. ^ Okaka loaned to Parma
  8. ^ "Okaka è un calciatore blucerchiato, Pozzi va al Parma". U.C. Sampdoria (in Italian). 31 January 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Okaka gioca per la Nigeria? "Ci penso, ma sono italiano"" [Okaka playing for Nigeria? "I am thinking, but I am Italian"] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 

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