Takyi during practice with St. Pauli in 2008.
|Full name||Charles Kwame Takyi|
|Date of birth||12 November 1984|
|Place of birth||Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|–1999||Tennis Borussia Berlin|
|2000–2003||FC Schalke 04|
|2003–2004||Schalke 04 II||20||(3)|
|2004–2006||Hamburger SV II||54||(1)|
|2006–2008||FC St. Pauli||57||(13)|
|2008–2009||SpVgg Greuther Fürth||29||(3)|
|2009–2012||FC St. Pauli||59||(12)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 August 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 February 2012
Takyi was born in Accra, but moved with his parents to Berlin when he was five years old. He started playing for Tennis Borussia Berlin and joined the FC Schalke 04 youth-squad when he was 15 years old.
Takyis first senior season was with FC Schalke 04 II, the reserve team of FC Schalke 04, in 2003. Although making 21 appearances for the team and scoring three goals, Takyi never managed to get into the professional squad. After one year at Schalke, he left the Gelsenkirchen team and joined Hamburger SV.
Like in Schalke, Takyi was a member of Hamburgs second team, known as Hamburger SV II. Takyi became a key member in his first season with the team, appearing in 28 of 36 possible games, 27 times as a starter. For the 2005–06 season, Takyi became a member of the senior besides playing for HSV II. He made his Bundesliga debut on 10 December 2005 against Hertha BSC Berlin, coming in as a substitute for Guy Demel in the 71st minute. It was the only first league game Takyi made during his time at Hamburg. With HSV II, he finished in 13th place at the end of the 2005–06 season and avoided relegation with the club.
After six months without a contract, Takyi joined the Danish Superliga side AC Horsens. He has signed a six-month contract with the Danish side. Takyi made his Superliga debut on 3 March 2013 against FC Nordsjælland, receiving a yellow card in the 38th minute. Furthermore, AC Horsens lost by 1–0.
While playing for Germany at youth levels, Takyi expressed his favor to play for his birth country. The Ghana Football Association applied to FIFA for a nationality switch of Takyi in November 2011. In October 2011, it was reported that Takyi was giving permission to play for Ghana. He was first called up for the national team in November 2011 for the friendlies against Gabon and Sierra Leone. Takyi made his debut for the Black Stars in the friendly against Gabon on 14 November 2011.
Takyi was included in the Ghana national team's 23 man squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in January 2012 and he made his tournament debut, coming on as a substitute for Sulley Muntari in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Group D match against Mali on 28 January 2012.
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