Ogbonna with Italy in 2012
|Full name||Angelo Obinze Ogbonna|
|Date of birth||23 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Cassino, Italy|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|West Ham United|
|2007–2008||→ Crotone (loan)||22||(0)|
|2015–||West Ham United||28||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
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.
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, bought him for €3,000 and aggregated him to their youth team. 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. At the end of season he totalled 4 league appearances.
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. 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.
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. 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. He became the first player to become captain of the Granata and transfer to rivals Juventus, sparking much dislike with his old supporters of Torino.
He made his Champions League debut in on 17 September 2013, against F.C. Copenhagen. 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 the 2013–14 season, as they won Serie A title. He was also a member of the side which won the 2013 Supercoppa Italiana In the 2014–15 season, Juventus defended the Serie A title once again, with Ogbonna making 25 league appearances, and the 2014–15 Coppa Italia. On 6 June 2015, he was an unused substitute as Juventus lost the Champions League Final 3–1 to Barcelona in Berlin.
West Ham United
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. 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. On 9 February 2016, he scored his first goal for the club, netting an injury-time match-winning header in the 121st minute of a 2–1 home win over Liverpool, in the fourth round FA Cup replay.
In May 2016, Ogbonna was included in the provisional 30-man Italy squad for Euro 2016; On 31 May 2016, he was named to Conte's final 23-man squad for the tournament. He made his only appearance of the tournament on 22 June, in Italy's final group match, which ended in a 1–0 defeat to Ireland.
Style of play
A strong and powerful central defender, Ogbonna is primarily known for his outstanding physical attributes. He 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.
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.
Updated 15 May 2016.
|Club||Season||League||Cup [nb 1]||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|West Ham United||2015–16||28||0||5||1||0||0||1[f]||0||–||34||1|
- As of 22 June 2016
|Italy national team|
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