Babajide Ogunbiyi

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Babajide Ogunbiyi
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Personal information
Full name Babajide Ogunbiyi
Date of birth (1986-10-30) October 30, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Rochester, New York, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Hobro IK
Number 23
Youth career
2005–2008 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Viborg FF 49 (6)
2012 New York Red Bulls 0 (0)
2013 Vendsyssel FF 12 (1)
2013–2016 Viborg FF 59 (2)
2016– Hobro IK 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 12, 2016.

Babajide "Jide" Ogunbiyi (born October 30, 1986) is an American soccer player who plays as a defender for Hobro IK in the Danish 1st Division.

Early life[edit]

Ogunbiyi was born in Rochester, New York to Lai, a pharmacologist from Nigeria, and Elaine Ogunbiyi, a biochemist from Jamaica. He is one of three children in his family; his younger brother Ayotunde played soccer at University of New Hampshire and Ocean City Barons in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) while his elder sister Temitayo, is an artist. Ogunbiyi attended Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania. While at high school he played basketball as a forward as well as soccer as a defender. In soccer he lettered three years and was team captain in his senior year. He attended the Pepsi Football Academy as a youth and was a three-time most valuable player.[1][2][3]



Ogunbiyi attended Santa Clara University. During his time with the Broncos, he also played as a forward and scored 11 goals in 77 total appearances with the team. He played the Broncos' West Coast Conference championship-winning teams in 2006 and 2007.[4][5]

Ogunbiyi while with Viborg FF


Ogunbiyi was drafted by the New York Red Bulls in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. When he was drafted, New York officials cited his size - six foot, four inches and 212 pounds - as a potential asset. After refusing a developmental contract he and the club were unable agree to a deal.[6][7][8][9] He chose to continue his senior year at college.[10]

In April 2009 Ogunbiyi had an unsuccessful trial with English club Leeds United, later trialing with Oldham Athletic in July 2009.[11][12]

In 2010, Ogunbiyi signed for Viborg FF of the Danish 1st Division. Babajide was spotted by Viborg great Steffen Højer while he was on trial with Odense Boldklub in a match against FC Fredericia.[13] Højer was impressed by Babajide and offered him a trial with Viborg, this resulted in the defender signing his first professional contract with the club in August 2010. In June 2011 Babajide went on a three-day trial with German club Karlsruher SC, however the clubs were unable to agree on a transfer fee and he returned to Viborg.[14] In two and a half seasons with Viborg Babajide appeared in 53 matches for the team in total, 52 league and one cup, scoring six goals.[6] He had his best season for Viborg during the 2010–11 campaign in which he managed to score 5 goals in 28 league matches for the Danish side and was named as the clubs player of the year. He was also named in the 1st Division team of the year for the 2010–11 season.[15] While in Denmark, Ogunbiyi wrote a regular column for focusing on his observations of living in Denmark as a foreigner.[16]

On July 31, 2012 it was announced that Ogunbiyi signed a contract for the New York Red Bulls following a trial with the club.[6][17][18] However, on August 17, 2012 it was announced that he would be released for health reasons.[19]

After playing in the Danish 1st Division with Vendsyssel FF for the latter part of the 2012-13 season, Ogunbiyi was re-acquired by Viborg in advance of the 2013-14 season.[20]

On 12 December 2015 Viborg FF announced that they would not prolong Ogunbiyi's contract and he would leave the club at the end of the year.[21] He signed an 18-month deal with Danish Superliga club Hobro IK on January 4, 2016.[22]


Being born in Rochester, New York in the United States and having a Nigerian father, he was eligible for the United States and Nigeria.[23] Although Ogunbiyi has been part of the Nigerian national team youth setup since 2001 and senior national team since 2008 he has never appeared in a match for Nigeria at any level.[6][24]


  1. ^ Konopki, Dave (March 3, 2005). "AREA CHAMPS OPEN THEIR RUNS". The Times Leader. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: 12 Impressions Media. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jensen, Mike (July 20, 2008). "Philly-area brothers on cusp of Olympics Wissahickon grads may make the Nigerian soccer team.". The Inquirer. Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jide Ogunbiyi". Santa Clara Broncos. Santa Clara University. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Akpayen, George (October 3, 2010). "Ogunbiyi aims high with Viborg". SuperSport. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "WCC CHAMPIONS". West Coast Conference. p. 12. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Red Bulls Sign Defender Babajide Ogunbiyi". New York Red Bulls. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ Udoh, Colin (October 3, 2011). "Viborg's Ogunbiyi aims high". Kick Off. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Lewis, Brian (July 31, 2012). "Ogunbiyi happy to (finally) be a Red Bull". New York Post. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ Lewis, Michael (January 19, 2009). "Red Bulls feel selection Babajide Ogunbiyi can intimidate". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Red Bulls Pack Up and Head to Florida". New York Times. January 31, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2012. Babajide Ogunbiyi, a 6-foot-4 defender from Santa Clara University, has decided to finish his senior semester and will not be available until May. 
  11. ^ "Leeds United: Whites take Nigerian defender on trial". Yorkshire Evening Post. April 2, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  12. ^ Lewis, Brian (July 15, 2009). "Babajide Ogunbiyi trialing at Oldham". New York Post. Retrieved August 18, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Babajide Ogunbiyi: "Dette er en kæmpe oplevelse for mig!" (in Danish). May 4, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "VFF's forsvarskrumtap prøvetræner i Tyskland" (in Danish). Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  15. ^ Seltzer, Greg (June 14, 2011). "American Exports: Ogunbiyi drawing interest from Germany". Major League Soccer. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ Ogunbiyi, Babajide (November 9, 2011). "Jide Ogunbiyi's Journal Vol. 2: If the New York Red Bulls are interested in me, I'll listen". Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ Lewis, Brian (July 31, 2012). "Red Bulls (finally!) sign Babajide Ogunbiyi". New York Post. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  18. ^ "New York signs defender Ogunbiyi". Fox News. July 31, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Red Bulls, Ogunbiyi Part Ways". New York Red Bulls. August 17, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
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  21. ^ "Viborg bryder med forsvarsklippe". December 12, 2015. 
  22. ^ Christensen, Ole Kirchert (January 4, 2016). "Babajide Ogunbiyi til Hobro IK" [Babajide Ogunbiyi to Hobro IK] (in Danish). Hobro IK. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  23. ^ Labidou, Alex (November 12, 2010). "New York Native Babajide Ogunbiyi Considering International, Club Futures". Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Ogunbiyi Rises To The Occasion". West Coast Conference. September 15, 2005. Retrieved August 1, 2012. a member of the Nigerian Youth National Team Program since 2001