Adebowale Ogungbure

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Adebowale Ogungbure
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-07-13) 13 July 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vissai Ninh Bình
Youth career
Nigerdock Lagos
NEPA Lagos
ASACO Cotonou
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 1. FC Nuremberg II
2000–2001 1. FC Nürnberg 12 (0)
2002–2003 SSV Reutlingen 32 (3)
2003–2005 FC Energie Cottbus 36 (0)
2005–2007 FC Sachsen Leipzig 43 (0)
2007–2008 Kickers Offenbach 15 (0)
2010–2011 SG Auheim
2011– Vissai Ninh Bình
National team
Nigeria 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:07, 5 February 2009 (UTC).

Adebowale Ogungbure (born 13 July 1981) is a Nigerian footballer. Ogungbure last played for Vissai Ninh Bình of the Vietnamese V-League. He previously played for one season in the Bundesliga with 1. FC Nuremberg.

On 25 March 2006, in a match between FC Sachsen Leipzig and Hallescher FC, Ogungbure was the subject of monkey noises from Hallescher FC Fans. In retaliation he placed two fingers above his mouth and saluted at the crowd – a reference to Adolf Hitler. First, Ogungbure was accused and reported by German police, as it is illegal to make Nazi gestures for political or abusive purposes, but criminal proceedings were dropped 24 hours later.[1]

The team and especially a group of the supporters of FC Sachsen came up with a campaign to show their solidarity with Ogungbure. The fans' campaign "Wir sind Ade" (We are Ade-bowale) managed to raise attention for Ogungbure's situation and against racism in Germany. The initiative still exists as "Bunte Kurve" (colourful fan stand).[2]


  1. ^ Lodde, Eva; Mike Glindmeier; Jens Todt (3 April 2006). "Player Silences German Racists With Hitler Salute". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Bunte Kurve Für Fußball- Gegen Rassismus und Diskriminierung" (in German). Retrieved 9 October 2012. 

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