|Full name||Chinedu Obasi|
|Date of birth||1 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Enugu, Nigeria|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1997–2002||River Lane Youth Club Enugu|
|2007–2012||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||91||(25)|
|2012||→ Schalke 04 (loan)||10||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 February 2015.
Chinedu Obasi (Nigerian Igbo pronunciation: [ˈtɕɪ̙.ne.dʊ̙ ˈɔ̙.ɡ͡ɓʊ̙.ke ˈɔ̙.ɡ͡ɓa.sɪ̙]; born 1 June 1986) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward. He is currently a free agent, having been released from FC Schalke 04.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 Outside football
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Obasi went to Norway at the same time as his countryman John Obi Mikel; both players joining Lyn. On 20 December 2006, a transfer deal was announced with Lokomotiv Moscow, and Obasi was set to move to the Russian side in January. The deal was derailed, however, when the president, sporting director and manager of Lokomotiv were all fired six days later.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
On 2 July 2012, FC Schalke 04 confirmed that Chinedu Obasi signed a permanent three-year professional contract with them until 30 June 2015. The transfer fee is reported as €4,000,000 to €5,000,000 by Schalke's sport and communications manager Horst Heldt. Chinedu Obasi was assigned a number 19 shirt then re-assigned a number 20 shirt for his last season with Schalke 04 in the 2014–15 season.
Norway naturalization persuasion
Obasi was offered the chance to represent the Norway national football team during his club career in Norway and Obasi stated that: "I don’t regret dumping Norway to play for Nigeria, back then at Lyn Oslo with John Obi Mikel, I was encouraged to naturalize to receive a Norwegian passport and become a Norwegian, the Football Association of Norway wanted me to play for the Norway national football team at that time and I must confess I gave it a thought for a long time, I had already played for Nigeria in one of their friendly matches which was one of the deciding factors in my final choice, I love Nigeria and I was well received by the senior players in Super Eagles, I had to walk up to them in Norway's Football Association of Norway and say no".
Obasi was part of the Nigeria national under-20 football team that finished runners-up at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. In 2008, Obasi competed with the Nigeria national under-23 football team that finished runners-up at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. In 2010, Obasi competed with the Nigerian national football team that finished in third-place at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and that competed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Club career statistics
|TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||2. Bundesliga||2007–08||27||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||27||11|
|Last updated: 1 February 2015|
International career statistics
|Nigeria national football team||2005–06||2||0||0|||
|Last updated: 6 September 2011|
|1.||19 August 2008||Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China||Belgium||2–0||4–1||2008 Olympic Games|
|3.||12 January 2010||Ombaka National Stadium, Benguela, Angola||Egypt||1–0||1–3||2010 Africa Cup of Nations|
|4.||6 September 2011||Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh||Argentina||1–2||1–3||Friendly|
- FIFA World Youth Championship: Runner-up 2005
- Olympic Games: Silver Medal: 2008
- African Nations Cup: Bronze Medal 2010
- Norwegian Premier League player of the month: August 2006
- Kniksen award: Young player of the year in 2006
- "Obasi, Chinedu" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
- "Ogbuke set for Russia switch". news.bbc.co.uk. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2007.
- "Edu arrived in Hoffenheim" (in German). tsg-hoffenheim.de. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
- "Schalke take Obasi on loan". schalke04.de. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
- "Schalke signs Chinedu Obasi". mymetrosports.com. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "Obasi: I Dumped Norway To Play For Nigeria". completesportsnigeria.com. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
- "Chinedu Obasi". mtnfootball.com. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
- "Summaries of Nigeria vs Belgium at Olympic men's soccer semifinal". news.xinhuanet.com. Xinhua News Agency. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
- Chinedu Obasi profile at Soccerway
- "Chinedu Obasi". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "Ich kaufe in London meine Klamotten" [Chinedu Obasi: I buy my clothes in London]. bild.de (in German). Bild. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2014.