Albert Yobo

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Albert Yobo
Personal information
Full name Michael Albert Yobo
Date of birth (1979-05-05) May 5, 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Rangers International
1998–2000 AJ Auxerre
2001 VfL Osnabrück
2002 Grazer AK
2003–2004 FC Zwolle[1] 21 (0)
2004–2005 Pontevedra CF[2] 19 (1)
National team
1995 Nigeria U-17[3] 3 (0)
2003 Nigeria 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:13, 10 April 2007 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 July 2005

Michael Albert Yobo (born May, 1979 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria) is a retired Nigerian football defender. He is the older brother of Nigeria international captain Joseph Yobo. In July 2008, their younger brother Norum Yobo[4] was kidnapped in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria and held for ransom. He was eventually released after 12 days on July 17, 2008.[5]

His brothers charity, the Joseph Yobo Foundation, run a youth football tournament in Nigeria which bears his name, the Albert Yobo Soccer Championship.[6]


Yobo made his debut for Nigeria aged 18 against Zambia in a friendly in December 1997.

Charity work[edit]

In 2007, his brother Joseph Yobo set up the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation, to help under-privileged children in Nigeria. As of July 18, 2007, together they have handed out over 300 scholarship awards ranging from primary to university level. Yobo has started a football academy in the Ogoni region of Nigeria. He also runs football camps in Lagos. See the Everton Lagos project for more information.


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