Sunny in action for Spain U20s
|Full name||Stephen Obayan Sunday|
|Date of birth||17 September 1988|
|Place of birth||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Current club||CSKA Sofia|
|2008–2009||→ Osasuna (loan)||4||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Betis (loan)||7||(0)|
|2011||→ Numancia (loan)||14||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Lagos, Sunny began his career in Nigeria with FC Ebedei and Jegede Babes. In 2003, he participated in two youth championships in Sweden and Spain: in the latter he appeared in Madrid's third edition of the Annual Immigrants World Cup, where he impressed so much he was given a five-year-contract with Polideportivo Ejido, in the second division.
Sunny became a regular player for the Andalusia side, making 63 league appearances between 2005 and 2007 and signing for Valencia CF in the summer, but after one season where he was scarcely used, he was loaned to fellow La Liga outfit CA Osasuna. In late January 2009 he was linked with a move to England's Portsmouth, but the deal eventually collapsed due to financial complications.
On 30 June 2009, after a season which was marred by injury, Sunny was loaned to Real Betis in a season-long deal, with a view to a four-year permanent move. He also appeared rarely during the second level campaign as the Verdiblancos failed to return to the top division (seven matches out of 42).
In July 2010 Sunny had a trial in England with newly promoted Premier League side Blackpool, playing in a pre-season friendly against Crewe Alexandra on 27 July, and then four days later, against Bristol City, but nothing came of it.
Sunny spent the first months of the new campaign training on his own, having been deemed surplus to requirements by Valencia manager Unai Emery. On 19 January 2011 he was again loaned, moving to CD Numancia in the second level.
In the following two years, still in the category and already as a permanent signing, Sunny was first-choice for the Soria side. On 11 May 2011 he scored his first goal as a senior, netting the 2–1 winner away against Albacete Balompié.
Bnei Sakhnin / CSKA Sofia
On 30 July 2013, Sunny signed a two-year contract with Israeli club Bnei Sakhnin FC. On 3 January of the following year he moved teams and countries again, joining Bulgaria's PFC CSKA Sofia after penning a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Although born in Nigeria, Sunday was eligible to play for Spain under FIFA rules, which allowed players with dual nationality to change their international allegiance before the age of 21, had they still not won their first full cap. After first appearing for the under-19 side, he was called up by his adopted nation to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, playing in four games as Spain exited in the quarterfinals.
- Oluwashina Okeleji (20 March 2007). "Stephen's Latin love". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 April 2009.
- "Sunny no-go for Pompey". Sky Sports. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2009.
- "Valencia star joins Blackpool for trial". Blackpool Gazette. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
- "El Numancia se refuerza con los cedidos Ion Vélez y Sunny" [Numancia bolsters with loaned Ion Vélez and Sunny] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "Mercado: Sunny se desvincula del Valencia y el Numancia le ficha como agente libre" [Market: Sunny cuts ties with Valencia and Numancia signs him as a free agent] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "Sunny, titular para la 'vendetta' de Alcorcón" [Sunny, starter for Alcorcón 'vendetta'] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "1–2. El Albacete desciende tras caer ante el Numancia" [1–2. Albacete relegated after falling to Numancia] (in Spanish). ABC. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- Presenting: the 2013/14 Israeli Premier League; Maccabi's official website, 19 August 2013
- "Съни вече е футболист на ЦСКА, подписа за 2,5 години" (in Bulgarian). Gong.bg. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- Taye Taiwo gets Nigeria recall, Danny Shittu dropped; Kickoff, 29 September 2010
- BDFutbol profile
- Stephen Sunday at National-Football-Teams.com
- Stephen Sunday – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile