Angelo Ogbonna

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Angelo Ogbonna
Angelo Ogbonna BGR-ITA 2012.jpg
Ogbonna with Italy in 2012
Personal information
Full name Angelo Obinze Ogbonna[1]
Date of birth (1988-05-23) 23 May 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Cassino, Italy
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 21
Youth career
2002–2006 Torino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2013 Torino 147 (1)
2007–2008 Crotone (loan) 22 (0)
2013–2015 Juventus 41 (0)
2015– West Ham United 4 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Italy U21 10 (0)
2011– Italy 10 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:27, 30 August 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2014

Angelo Obinze Ogbonna (born 23 May 1988) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for West Ham United and the Italian national team.

He began his career at Torino, with whom he made his debut in Serie A at age 18 under Alberto Zaccheroni. After a loan spell at Crotone in Serie C1, he returned to Torino, with whom he played for a further five seasons. In July 2013 he transferred to city rivals, Juventus, winning the Scudetto in 2013–14 and 2014–15, the 2013 Supercoppa Italiana and the 2014–15 Coppa Italia.

At an international level he was a member of the Italy side which finished runners-up at the 2012 UEFA European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Torino[edit]

He began his football career in a youth team of Cassino, where he played as central defender. In 2002 he was noticed by Torino, which, on the recommendation of Antonio Comi,[2] bought him for €3,000 and aggregated him to their youth team.[3] In the 2006–07 season he was regularly called up to the first team and on 11 February 2007 he made his debut in Serie A at age 18, against Reggina (1–2), as a starter under the coach Alberto Zaccheroni.[4] At the end of season he totalled 4 league appearances.

The following August he moved on loan to Crotone in Serie C1,[5] making 22 league appearances in the league and narrowly earning promotion to Serie B, lost in the semi-final play-offs.

In the 2008–09 Serie A season he returned to Torino, collecting 19 league appearances and four in Coppa Italia. Torino, however, were relegated to Serie B at the end of the season. Starting from 2009, after the relegation of the club to Serie B, he earned his place as a starter for the Granata. On 17 April 2010, Ogbonna scored his first goal for Torino in the match against Cesena, finishing 1–1.[6] On 15 August 2010, in the second round of Coppa Italia against Cosenza (won 3–1 in extra time), he wore the captain's armband for the first time. In three Serie B seasons with Torino, Ogbonna made 105 appearances, helping the club return to Serie A after finishing second to Pescara during the 2011–12 season.

On 2 February 2012, he renewed his contract with Torino until 30 June 2016.[7]

Juventus[edit]

On 11 July 2013 Ogbonna underwent a medical at Turin's Fornaca, Isokinetic and the Istituto di Medicina dello Sport ahead of his proposed cross-town move to Juventus.[8] After passing the medical, he officially signed for Juventus for a transfer fee of €13 million, with an additional €2 million to be paid in future bonuses.[9] He became the first player to become captain of the Granata and transfer to rivals Juventus,[10] sparking much dislike with his old supporters of Torino.[11]

He made his Champions League debut in on 17 September 2013, against F.C. Copenhagen.[1] In his first season, despite being behind Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini in the pecking order at centre back, Ogbonna managed 25 appearances in all competitions, mostly starting in matches in the latter half of the season as the team was heavily rotated for league, Coppa Italia and Champions League matches. Ogbonna played 16 league games for Juventus in season 2013-14 as they won Serie A.[1] He was also a member of the side which won the 2013 Supercoppa Italiana[1] In season 2014-15 they again won the title. with Ogbonna playing 25 league games, and the 2014–15 Coppa Italia.[1] In June 2015 he was an unused substitute as Juventus lost the Champions League Final to Barcelona in Berlin.[1]

West Ham United[edit]

On 10 July 2015, Ogbonna joined West Ham United, on a four-year contract, for €11 million to be spread over the next three financial years.[12][13] He made his debut 20 days later in the Europa League third qualifying round, starting against Astra Giurgiu; in the 82nd minute he netted an own goal equaliser as West Ham drew 2–2 at the Boleyn Ground.[14]

International career[edit]

On 12 August 2009, he made his debut with the Italian under-21 team in a friendly game against Russia.[15]

He made his senior debut on 11 November 2011 in a friendly won 2–0 against Poland, where he came on as substitute for Domenico Criscito in the 77th minute.[15]

Ogbonna was included in the Italian 23-man final squad for UEFA Euro 2012, but did not play during the competition.[15]

Style of play[edit]

A strong and powerful defender, he is primarily known for his outstanding physical attributes.[16] Ogbonna is also capable of playing as a left-back on occasion, due to his pace, technique, ball skills, vision, and distribution with his left foot.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Ogbonna was born to Nigerian parents who emigrated to Italy from Nigeria in 1983, settling in the city of Cassino in the central part of the country, but managed to obtain Italian citizenship only after his 18th birthday.[17]

On 22 December 2008, Ogbonna survived a car accident near Turin after he lost control of his Smart car and drove off a bridge into a torrent at around 5:00 AM.[18]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Updated 30 August 2015.[19]

Club Season League Cup [nb 1] League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Torino 2006–07 4 0 0 0  –  –  – 4 0
2008–09 19 0 4 0  –  –  – 23 0
2009–10 28 1 1 0  –  – 3[a] 0 32 1
2010–11 35 0 2 0  –  –  – 37 0
2011–12 39 0 2 0  –  –  – 41 0
2012–13 22 0 1 0  –  –  – 23 0
Total 147 1 10 0  –  – 3 0 160 1
Crotone (loan) 2007–08 22 0 1 0  –  – 2[b] 0 25 0
Juventus 2013–14 16 0 2 0  – 6[c] 0 1[d] 0 25 0
2014–15 25 0 4 0  – 1[e] 0 0 0 30 0
Total 41 0 6 0  – 7 0 1 0 55 0
West Ham United 2015–16 4 0 0 0 0 0 1[f] 0  – 5 0
Career Total 214 1 17 0 0 0 8 0 6 0 245 1
  1. ^ All appearances in Promotion B
  2. ^ All appearances in Promotion Serie C1
  3. ^ Three appearances UEFA Champions League,Three appearances in Europa League
  4. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  5. ^ All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  6. ^ All appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of 13 October 2014[20]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 1 0
2012 4 0
2013 4 0
2014 1 0
Total 10 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Juventus

International[edit]

Italy

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes cup competitions such as Coppa Italia and FA Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "A. Ogbonna". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Marina Beccuti (30 August 2011). "Comi "consiglia" la Roma ad Ogbonna". torinogranata.it. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Pietro Ivaldi (5 February 2011). "Ogbonna, questione di testa". La Stampa. p. 43. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Roberto Condio (12 February 2006). "Il Toro ai raggi X". La Stampa. p. 53. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cioffi all'Ascoli, Ogbonna al Crotone". torinofc.it. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.torinofc.it/content/view/6268/61/
  7. ^ "OGBONNA RINNOVA FINO AL 2016". Torino FC (in Italian). 2 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ogbonna completes Juventus medical". Juventus.com. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ogbonna signs for Juventus". Juventus.com. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ogbonna, capitano granata che volle farsi juventino". Archivio — la Repubblica.it. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  11. ^ ""Gobbonna"? No, grazie". Panorama. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  12. ^ http://www.juventus.com/en/news/news/2015/thanks-angelo-ogbonna.php
  13. ^ "Angelo Ogbonna: West Ham sign Juventus defender". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "West Ham 2-2 Astra Giurgiu". BBC Sport. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c "Nazionale in cifre: Ogbonna Obinze, Angelo" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Torino: Fenomeno Ogbonna, gioiello per l'estate". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "All Black Italians". Italia-Razzismo. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "Che paura per Ogbonna! Giù da un ponte con l'auto" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2008-12-22. Archived from the original on 23 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  19. ^ Angelo Ogbonna profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  20. ^ Angelo Ogbonna at National-Football-Teams.com

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