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 29)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Brøndby
Number 16
Youth career
Trosterud
2006–2007 Vålerenga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2014 Strømsgodset 154 (0)
2015–2016 Portland Timbers 40 (0)
2016–2017 Rosenborg 9 (0)
2017– Brøndby 0 (0)
National team
2008 Norway U21 1 (0)
2011–2014 Ghana[3] 22 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:04, 2 November 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:17, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

Adambathia Larsen "Adam" Kwarasey (born 12 December 1987) is a professional footballer who plays for Danish club Brøndby, 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 when Strømsgodset in 2013 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 Major League Soccer club Portland Timbers in December 2014.[10][11] In the knockout round of MLS Cup 2015 against Sporting Kansas City Kwarasey scored a penalty then saved his opposite number Jon Kempin's shot to help his team win the shootout and advance to the next round.[12] 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]

Brøndby[edit]

On 9 January 2017 it was confirmed by Brøndby that Kwarasey Larsen had signed a four-year contract with the club.[16]

International career[edit]

In November 2007, Kwarasey declared that he would play international football for Ghana.[17] However, he played a friendly match for Norway under-21 in 2008.[18]

In October 2010, Kwarasey received his Ghanaian passport and became eligible to play for Ghana.[19] On 30 July 2011, Kwarasey was called up to the Ghana national team for a match against Nigeria.[20] That match was postponed due to security reasons,[21] although Kwarasey confirmed his intention to become Ghana's first-choice goalkeeper.[22]

He made his international debut for Ghana on 2 September 2011 in an 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland,[23] before playing in a friendly match against Brazil at Craven Cottage in London three days later.[24]

Kwarasey was named to Ghana's 23-man squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.[25] He was the team's first choice goalkeeper throughout the tournament, as the Black Stars finished in fourth place.[26]

He made two appearances for the Black Stars during their successful 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, serving as understudy to Fatau Dauda.[27]

On 2 June 2014, Kwarasey was named in Ghana's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[28] He started in goal for the Black Stars in the team's opening match, a 2–1 defeat by the United States in Natal.[29] After his team defeat he planned to quit playing with Black Stars.[30] In August 2014 he was dropped from the national team.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 November 2016[32][33]
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Strømsgodset 2007 Tippeligaen 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2008 4 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
2009 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
2010 29 0 7 1 0 0 36 0
2011 28 0 4 0 2 0 34 0
2012 29 0 3 0 3 0 32 0
2013 30 0 1 0 0 0 31 0
2014 26 0 2 0 2 0 30 0
Total 154 0 23 1 7 0 184 1
Portland Timbers 2015 MLS 33 0 2 0 0 0 35 0
2016 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 40 0 2 0 0 0 42 0
Rosenborg 2016 Tippeligaen 9 0 1 0 4 0 14 0
Total 9 0 1 0 4 0 14 0
Career total 200 0 26 1 11 0 237 1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Strømsgodset
Portland Timbers
Rosenborg

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 17. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Adam Larsen Kwarasey profile at Soccerway
  3. ^ Adam Larsen Kwarasey at National-Football-Teams.com
  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 21 July 2014. 
  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. 
  8. ^ Syversen, Christina Paulos (10 October 2013). "Strømsgodset i et ekslusivt selskap". Nettavisen (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  9. ^ {http://www.dt.no/godset/kwarasey-takker-for-seg-1.8637485
  10. ^ "Kwarasey klar for amerikansk klubb" [Kwarasey signs for American club] (in Norwegian). 1 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  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. 
  14. ^ Frode Søraas (2016-07-18). "Nyheter | Rosenborg". Rbk.no. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  15. ^ "Portland Timbers transfer goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey to Norwegian club Rosenborg BK". Portland Timbers. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Brøndby IF henter målmand i Norge". brondbyif.dk. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Norwegian keeper opts for Ghana". BBC Sport. 6 November 2007. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. 
  18. ^ Adam Larsen Kwarasey on Playerhistory.com Archived 26 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "Godset-keeperen fikk ghanesisk pass" [The Strømsgodset goalkeeper got Ghanaian passport]. Norwegian News Agency (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. 1 October 2010. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  20. ^ Ibrahim Sannie (30 July 2011). "Ex-Norway U21 goalkeeper handed Ghana call-up". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 19 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Ghana versus Nigeria friendly in Watford called off". BBC Sport. 9 August 2011. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. 
  22. ^ Michael Oti Adjei (13 August 2011). "Kwarasey wants to be Ghana's first choice keeper". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Ghana/Swaziland: Gyan, Badu Inspire Black Stars to Home Win". All Africa. 2 September 2011. 
  24. ^ "Brazil 1-0 Ghana". BBC Sport. 5 September 2011. Archived from the original on 8 November 2011. 
  25. ^ "Veteran keeper left out of Ghana's Nations Cup squad". BBC Sport. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  26. ^ "Kwarasey feeling good about form". Fox Sports. 8 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Adam KWARASEY". FIFA. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Ghana World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  29. ^ Mandeep Sanghera (17 June 2014). "Ghana 1-2 USA". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  30. ^ "Ghana World Cup goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey considering quitting Black Stars". Modern Ghana. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  31. ^ "Ghana drop Kwarasey and Essien for Nations Cup qualifiers". BBC Sport. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  32. ^ "Adam Larsen Kwarasey". Altomfotball.no. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  33. ^ a b "Soccerway profile". Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  34. ^ a b "Portland Timbers sign Ghana World Cup goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey". Portland Timbers. 8 December 2014. 
  35. ^ a b "Hyggelig sesongavslutning" (in Norwegian). Strømsgodset Toppfotball. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015. Etter 8 år i klubben er Adam rett og slett en legende i Strømsgodset. Han ble Norgesmester i 2010, vant sølv i 2012 og seriegull i 2013. 
  36. ^ McCauley, Kevin (2015-12-06). "Portland Timbers lift first ever MLS Cup title, beating Columbus Crew 2-1". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  37. ^ "Portland Timbers become first Cascadia club to reach the MLS Cup: "We want to win the big one"". MLSsoccer.com. 2015-11-29. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  38. ^ Chris Thomas Skogli (2016-09-24). "Nyheter | Rosenborg". Rbk.no. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  39. ^ "Spillerprofiler | Rosenborg". Rbk.no. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  40. ^ Isaac Darko (13 November 2013). "Adam Kwarasey voted best Goalkeeper of the Season in Norway". Ghana News. Archived from the original on 16 November 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  41. ^ "Portland Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey takes home 2015 Save of the Year honors". MLSsoccer.com. 2015-11-01. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 

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