Victor Anichebe

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Victor Anichebe
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Personal information
Full name Victor Chinedu Anichebe
Date of birth (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
West Bromwich Albion
Number 10
Youth career
2003–2006 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2013 Everton 131 (18)
2013– West Bromwich Albion 16 (3)
National team
2008 Nigeria U23 5 (2)
2008– Nigeria 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:31, 25 February 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 September 2011

Victor Chinedu Anichebe (born 23 April 1988) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for West Bromwich Albion. He has been described as a fast and powerful player, in the mould of a "traditional" centre forward, although he has played on the right of midfield.

Early life[edit]

Anichebe was born in Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria but moved to Liverpool aged one, his family originally living in Toxteth before settling in Crosby. He is a cousin of former professional football player Iffy Onuora,[2] Olympian Anyika Onuora and professional basketball player Chiz Onuora. He is also an Olympic silver medallist, competing for Nigeria in the 2008 Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Everton[edit]

Anichebe made his reserve team debut as a 15-year-old and his first team debut less than two years later on 27 February 2006, as a substitute in the 89th minute of Everton's FA Cup 4th round tie against Chelsea, replacing Simon Davies. He signed his first professional contract with Everton, a two-year deal, in April 2006.[citation needed] On 7 May 2006, he scored his first Premier League goal against West Bromwich Albion.[3] He was awarded Everton's Reserve Player of the Season for the 2005–06 season.

Anichebe scored his first two Premier League goals of the 2006–07 campaign in a 3–0 win against Newcastle United on 30 December 2006. His contract was extended by four years towards the end of the season as Everton qualified for the UEFA Cup. In the UEFA Cup Anichebe scored four times, against Metalist Kharkiv, Larissa, FC Nuremberg and SK Brann of Norway after coming on as a late second half substitute in many of the games.[citation needed] At the end of the season he was voted by Everton fans as their Young Player of the Season.[4]

On 22 February 2009, in a game against Newcastle United, a tackle from Kevin Nolan left Anichebe injured and unable to play for 11 months.[5] Nolan, who received a straight red card for the foul, later settled out of court when Anichebe sued for loss of earnings.[5] He returned to first team action in January 2010, in a 2–0 victory over Sunderland. His first goal on rejoining the squad came two months later in a 2–2 draw with Birmingham City. In January 2011, he signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Everton along with teammate Seamus Coleman.

Anichebe suffered a groin injury while on international duty in September and did not play for the rest of 2011.[6] He made his return as a second half substitute on 1 January 2012, against West Bromwich Albion and scored in the 87th minute to give Everton a 1–0 away win.[7] He continued his comeback by coming off the bench to score the equaliser in a 1–1 with Aston Villa on 14 January.[8] Anichebe continued his goalscoring form by scoring his 3rd goal of the season as a substitute in a 1–1 with Wigan Athletic on 4 February.[9] His appearance also meant he became Everton's most used substitute in the history of the club, breaking Duncan Ferguson's old record of 82.[10]

In his first Premier League start of the 2012–13 season, Anichebe scored the opening goal in a 3–0 win over Swansea with a left footed effort from close in.[11] He then missed a number of games due to an hamstring injury, but returned in December to score a header to level the game against West Ham United at 1–1.[12] Everton went on to win 2–1.[13] He provided two assists during the festive season before scoring the winner against Newcastle on 2 January 2013.[14]

In February, Anichebe scored his first goal in the FA Cup of his Everton career against Oldham Athletic in a match which ended 2–2.[15] In the second half of the season he was used as Everton's main striker due to his impressive displays and the drop in form of Nikica Jelavić.[16] In late March Anichebe stated that he wanted to finish the season with a goal tally in double figures, but he finished with eight goals from 32 games, which is still the most he has scored in a single season in his career.[17]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

On 2 September 2013, Anichebe moved to West Bromwich Albion in a deal which could rise to £6 million.[18] He thanked Everton and declared "I love Everton", stating he will always be an Everton supporter. On the 2nd of February Anichebe scored his second league goal against Liverpool to earn West Brom a point. On 11th February he came on as a substitute and scored against Chelsea to earn West Brom a point. [19]

International career[edit]

Anichebe made his debut for Nigeria on 26 March 2008 in an Olympic games qualifying match against South Africa. Anichebe came off the bench to score the final goal in a 3–0 victory for Nigeria. He made his first start for Nigeria alongside fellow Everton player Yakubu in a friendly against Austria on 27 May 2008 being replaced at half time.

He was selected to represent Nigeria at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and on 10 August 2008 he scored Nigeria's second goal in their match against Japan. Nigeria eventually reached the final, which they lost 1–0 to Argentina, with Anichebe receiving a silver medal.

He was not selected on the final 23-man roster for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa despite a good performance[citation needed] during a friendly against Saudi Arabia. He scored his first senior team goal in the March 2011 friendly against Kenya. Anichebe suffered a groin injury during a 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Madagascar in September 2011, with Nigeria's coach Samson Siasia blaming the poor pitch.[6] The Super Eagles won the match 2–0, but would miss out on qualification for the tournament a month later, with the injured Anichebe unable to take part in the deciding group game against Guinea.[20]

In October 2012, Anichebe announced he was focusing on his form for club side Everton, rather than on earning a return to the Nigerian team. He was subsequently left out of the squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament which Nigeria won. In May 2013, Anichebe has temporarily retired from international football to concentrate on his club career. However, he stated that he will return to international football in the future.[21]


Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 February 2014.
Club Division Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Everton Premier League 2005–06 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2006–07 19 3 1 0 3 1 0 0 23 4
2007–08 27 1 1 0 4 0 9 4 41 5
2008–09 17 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 22 1
2009–10 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
2010–11 16 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2011–12 12 5 3 0 1 1 0 0 16 6
2012–13 26 6 4 1 2 1 0 0 32 8
2013–14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Everton total 131 18 16 1 10 3 11 4 168 26
West Bromwich Albion Premier League 2013–14 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 3
Career total 147 21 16 1 10 3 11 4 184 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ "V. Anichebe". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "kalu exposes Ethiopia's Iffy Onuora". All Nigeria Sports. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Victor Anichebe's first Everton goal[dead link] Everton FC
  4. ^ Young Player of the Season Everton FC
  5. ^ a b "Victor Anichebe settles after suing Newcastle over Kevin Nolan tackle". Daily Mail (London). 3 March 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Everton FC facing a potential striker crisis after learning that Victor Anichebe will be out until Christmas with a groin tear". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "West Brom 0 – 1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Aston Villa 1 – 1 Everton". BBC Sport. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Wigan 1 – 1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Most Substitute Appearances for Everton – All Competitions". Everton Results. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Swansea 0–3 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Everton trio Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe miss Sunderland clash". London: The Independent. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "West Ham 1–2 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Newcastle 1–2 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Nigerians Abroad: Ighalo scores against Barcelona, Anichebe scores against Oldham and Nwofor helps Venlo to a rare away win". Goal.com. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Moyes believes Anichebe is gradually repaying Everton’s faith on him". Allsports.com. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Everton FC striker Victor Anichebe wants double figures". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "West Brom sign Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Martinez Explains Anichebe Exit". Everton FC. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Nigeria fail to qualify for Africa Cup of Nations". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Anichebe quits Super Eagles". ESPN (UK). Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
    "Nigeria's Anichebe retires from international football". Yahoo. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

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