Alex Nyarko

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Alex Nyarko
Personal information
Full name Alexander Nyarko
Date of birth (1973-10-15) 15 October 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Asante Kotoko
1994 Dawu Youngstars
1994–1995 Sportul Studenţesc 0 (0)
1995–1997 FC Basel 55 (8)
1997–1998 Karlsruher SC 22 (1)
1998–2000 RC Lens 45 (3)
2000–2004 Everton 33 (1)
2001–2002 AS Monaco FC (loan) 26 (2)
2002–2003 PSG (loan) 18 (0)
2005 IK Start 3 (0)
2006–2007 Yverdon-Sport FC 35 (1)
Total 237+ (16+)
National team
1998–2000 Ghana 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alexander Nyarko (born 15 October 1973) is a former Ghanaian football player.

Football career[edit]

Nyarko started his career at Ghana, and in 1995 he joined FC Basel from Sportul Studenţesc, followed by Karlsruher SC in Germany; then RC Lens for two seasons, and in 2000 joined Everton FC for £4.5M, signing a contract until June 2005. He scored his first and only goal for Everton against Tottenham Hotspur in September 2000.[1] He is infamous for an incident during the 2000–01 season where during a game against Arsenal a fan came on the pitch and offered him his own royal blue Everton shirt, signalling that Nyarko wasn't good enough to wear the colours of Everton. After the fan was escorted away by police, Nyarko requested to be substituted and transferred.[2] Eventually, he went on loan to French giants AS Monaco FC just days later for the rest of the season, and then had a loan spell at Paris Saint-Germain for the entire 2002–03 season. Nyarko returned to Everton for the 2003–04 season and made another 11 appearances for the Merseyside club, but was released after the season because his work permit expired and could not be renewed. He then spent six months out of football, before joining IK Start early in 2005. He was, however, released by the club after an unauthorized trip to his family in Switzerland.[3] Nyarko then joined Swiss team Yverdon-Sport FC in June 2006. He was released again in December 2007 and retired.

International career[edit]

Nyarko was capped for Ghanaian Olympic team at 1992 Summer Olympics, and won a bronze medal. He also played for Ghana in 1998 and 2000 African Cup of Nations.


  1. ^ "Les curse strikes Everton". BBC. 5 September 2000. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Arsenal crush Everton". BBC. 21 April 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nyarko ferdig i Start". (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 

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