Adam Larsen Kwarasey

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Adam Larsen Kwarasey
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Larsen Kwarasey playing for the Portland Timbers
Personal information
Full name Adambathia Larsen Kwarasey[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Vålerenga
Number 21
Youth career
Trosterud
2006–2007 Vålerenga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2014 Strømsgodset 154 (0)
2009 Strømsgodset 2 1 (0)
2015–2016 Portland Timbers 40 (0)
2016–2017 Rosenborg 9 (0)
2017 Brøndby 2 (0)
2017– Vålerenga 38 (0)
2017– Vålerenga 2 1 (0)
National team
2008 Norway U21 1 (0)
2011– Ghana[3] 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2016

Adambathia Larsen "Adam" Kwarasey (born 12 December 1987) is a professional footballer who plays for Norwegian club Vålerenga as a goalkeeper.

Born in Norway, Kwarasey represents Ghana at international level.

Early and personal life[edit]

Kwarasey was born in Oslo, Norway to a father from Ghana and a mother from Norway.[4] He holds both Ghanaian and Norwegian passports.[5]

Club career[edit]

Strømsgodset[edit]

Kwarasey played youth football with Trosterud and Vålerenga.[6] After moving to Strømsgodset, he made his debut on 6 May 2007.[6] Kwarasey was the captain of the club in 2013 when Strømsgodset won Tippeligaen for the first time since 1970.[7] He also won the Kniksen Award as the best goalkeeper in the 2013 season.[8]

Kwarasey announced on 31 October 2014 that he would leave Strømsgodset after the 2014 season, when his contract expired.[9]

Portland Timbers[edit]

Kwarasey signed for the Major League Soccer club Portland Timbers in December 2014.[10][11] In the one-game knockout round of the MLS Cup 2015 playoffs against Sporting Kansas City, the game went to a penalty-kick shootout. The shootout was tied after all 10 field players had taken their shots, so the goalkeepers went next; Kwarasey scored his shot, then saved his opposite number Jon Kempin's shot, winning his team the shootout and enabling it to advance to the next round.[12] The Timbers won the next two rounds and then the 2015 MLS Cup, the league championship.

During the match against San Jose Earthquakes on April 16, 2016, Kwarasey suffered a finger injury, which turned out to be a torn ligament that would rule him out for a month.[13]

Rosenborg[edit]

Kwarasey returned to Norwegian football in July 2016 after signing a three-and-a-half year contract with Rosenborg.[14] The Timbers stated that this move "helps free up cap space" and "made sense for Kwarasey and his family."[15] The lanky Ghanaian international won the Tippeligaen and the Norwegian Football Cup [16] in his only season with the Norwegian football giants. This was his fourth time of winning a medal in the Norway, after captaining Strømsgodset to their first league title since 1970. He left Rosenborg in 2017 for Brøndby in Denmark.

Brøndby[edit]

On 9 January 2017, it was confirmed by Brøndby that Kwarasey had signed a four-year contract with the club.[17]

Vålerenga[edit]

On 6 June 2017 Kwarasey Larsen agreed a three-year contract with former youth club Vålerenga.[18] Due to the Norwegian transfer window which opens on 21 July, he will not be available to play competitively for Vålerenga until that date, although he will be able to train with the team.[19]

International career[edit]

In November 2007, Kwarasey declared that he would play international football for Ghana.[20] However, he played a friendly match for Norway under-21 in 2008.[21] In October 2010, Kwarasey received his Ghanaian passport and became eligible to play for Ghana.[22] On 30 July 2011, Kwarasey was called up to the Ghana national team for a match against Nigeria.[23] That match was postponed due to security reasons,[24] although Kwarasey confirmed his intention to become Ghana's first-choice goalkeeper.[25] He made his international debut for Ghana on 2 September 2011 in an 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland,[26] before playing in a friendly match against Brazil at Craven Cottage in London three days later.[27] Kwarasey was named to Ghana's 23-man squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.[28] He was the team's first choice goalkeeper throughout the tournament, as the Black Stars finished in fourth place.[29]

Kwarasey made two appearances for the Black Stars during their successful 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, serving as understudy to Fatau Dauda.[30] On 2 June 2014, Kwarasey was named in Ghana's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[31] He started in goal for the Black Stars in the team's opening match, a 2–1 defeat against the United States in Natal.[32] After his team defeat, he planned to quit playing with Black Stars.[33] In August 2014, he was dropped from the national team.[34] In January 2017 he was called back into the Black stars team ahead of the 2017 African Cup of Nations but dropped out of the team due to injury and was replaced by experienced Enyimba FC goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 September 2018[35][16]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Strømsgodset 2007 Tippeligaen 4 0 1 0 5 0
2008 Tippeligaen 4 0 3 0 7 0
2009 Tippeligaen 4 0 2 0 6 0
2010 Tippeligaen 29 0 7 1 36 0
2011 Tippeligaen 28 0 4 0 2[c] 0 34 0
2012 Tippeligaen 29 0 3 0 32 0
2013 Tippeligaen 30 0 1 0 3[c] 0 34 0
2014 Tippeligaen 26 0 1 0 2[d] 0 29 0
Total 154 0 22 1 7 0 0 0 183 1
Strømsgodset 2 2009 2. divisjon 1 0 1 0
Portland Timbers 2015 MLS 33 0 2 0 5 0 40 0
2016 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 40 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 47 0
Rosenborg 2016 Tippeligaen 9 0 1 0 4[e] 0 14 0
Brøndby 2016–17 Danish Superliga 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Vålerenga 2017 Eliteserien 14 0 3 0 17 0
2018 Eliteserien 24 0 1 0 25 0
Total 38 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 42 0
Vålerenga 2 2017 2. divisjon 1 0 1 0
Career total 245 0 31 1 11 0 5 0 292 1
  1. ^ Includes the Norwegian Football Cup, U.S. Open Cup, and Danish Cup
  2. ^ All appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in the Champions League
  5. ^ Two appearances in the Champions League, two appearances in the Europa League

International[edit]

As of 11 October 2016[3]
Ghana
Year Apps Goals
2011 5 0
2012 12 0
2013 2 0
2014 3 0
2015 0 0
2016 2 0
Total 24 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Strømsgodset
Portland Timbers
Rosenborg

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Adam Larsen Kwarasey at Soccerway
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  4. ^ Sannie, Ibrahim (6 November 2007). "Norwegian keeper opts for Ghana". BBC Sport. BBC. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  5. ^ Jacobsen, Kristin Estil (19 January 2012). "Mener Kwarasey er mer attraktiv med EU-pass". vg.no (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Profile" (in Norwegian). Strømsgodset IF. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012.
  7. ^ Hoel, Yasmin Sunde; Bentsen, Anders Rove (10 October 2013). "Deila gråt i bilen på vei til gullkampen". NRK (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
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  11. ^ "Ghanaian goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey joins Portland Timbers". BBC Sport. 2014-12-08. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  12. ^ "Portland Timbers beat Sporting Kansas in MLS Cup shootout". BBC. 30 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Portland Timbers' Adam Kwarasey out at least a month due to finger injury". MLS. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
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  24. ^ "Ghana versus Nigeria friendly in Watford called off". BBC Sport. 9 August 2011. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014.
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