Brian Idowu

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Brian Idowu
Brian Idowu.jpg
Idowu with Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Brian Oladapo Idowu[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Lokomotiv Moscow
Number 3
Youth career
1999– Smena-Zenit
0000–2010 Zenit St. Petersburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2018 Amkar Perm 87 (1)
2013–2014Dynamo St. Petersburg (loan) 25 (1)
2018– Lokomotiv Moscow 14 (0)
National team
2017– Nigeria 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Brian Oladapo Idowu (Russian: Брайан Оладапо Идову; born 18 May 1992) is a Russian-Nigerian professional football player who currently plays as a left-back for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow and the Nigeria national team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Saint Petersburg to a Nigerian father and a Russian-Nigerian mother, Idowu moved to Owerri, Nigeria at early age, and later moved back to Russia.

He made his Russian Premier League debut for FC Amkar Perm on 6 May 2012 in a game against FC Terek Grozny.[2]

After a loan spell with Dynamo St Petersburg during the 2013–14 season, Idowu signed a new 3-year deal with Amkar on 30 June 2014,[3] extending his contract again in February 2017 until the summer of 2020.[4]

Lokomotiv Moscow[edit]

On 10 July 2018, he signed a 3-year contract with FC Lokomotiv Moscow.[5]

International career[edit]

In November 2017, Idowu was called up to the Nigerian national team for their friendly against Argentina in Krasnodar on 14 November 2017.[6] Idowu made his debut against Argentina on 14 November, coming on as a half-time substitute for Ola Aina, and scoring Nigeria's third goal in a 4-2 win.[7]

In May 2018 he was named in Nigeria's preliminary 30-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Idowu's father is Nigerian and his mother is half-Russian, half-Nigerian. He was born and raised in St. Petersburg, except for a period when he was aged 3 to 6 when he lived in Owerri, Nigeria.[9] Idowu speaks perfect Russian and acted as a makeshift translator of the Nigerian national team at news conference ahead of a fixture in Krasnodar in November 2017.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 6 July 2018[11]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Amkar Perm 2011–12 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 0 0 1 0 1 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 11 0 1 0 12 0
2015–16 22 0 3 1 25 1
2016–17 26 1 2 0 28 1
2017–18 27 0 3 1 2[a] 0 32 1
Total 87 1 10 2 0 0 2 0 99 3
Dynamo St. Petersburg (loan) 2013–14 25 1 1 0 26 1
Lokomotiv Moscow 2018–19 13 0 3 0 3 0 1[b] 0 20 0
2019–20 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
Total 13 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 21 0
Career total 125 2 14 2 3 0 4 0 146 4
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Relegation play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Russian Super Cup

International[edit]

Idowu in a friendly match with Nigeria against Argentina, in 2017
As of 20 November 2019[12]
Nigeria
Year Apps Goals
2017 1 1
2018 9 0
Total 10 1

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 14 November 2017 Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia  Argentina
3–2
4–2
Friendly [7]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lokomotiv Moscow

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Terek v Amkar game report by RPL". Russian Premier League. 6 May 2012.
  3. ^ "БРАЙАН ИДОВУ: НОВЫЙ КОНТРАКТ С АМКАРОМ". fc-amkar.org (in Russian). FC Amkar Perm. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  4. ^ "АМКАР ПРОДЛИЛ КОНТРАКТ С ИДОВУ ДО 2020 ГОДА". sport-express.ru (in Russian). Sport Express. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Идову подписал контракт с "Локомотивом"" (in Russian). FC Lokomotiv Moscow. 10 July 2018.
  6. ^ "World Cup Qualification: Brian Idowu Joins Team". thenationonlineng.net. The Nation. 12 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Argentina 2-3 Nigeria". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  8. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  9. ^ "Разговор по пятницам". Выпуск №15 (in Russian). FC Amkar Perm.
  10. ^ Yokhin, Michael (16 November 2017). "Brian Idowu's journey from St Petersburg to Nigeria may end at World Cup". ESPN FC. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  11. ^ "B. Idowu". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Brian Idowu". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  13. ^ ""Локомотив" - обладатель Олимп-Кубка России по футболу" [Lokomotiv is the winner of the Olimp-Russian Cup] (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 22 May 2019.

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