Daniel Opare

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Daniel Opare
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Tawiah Opare[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-18) 18 October 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana[2]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
FC Augsburg
Number 4
Youth career
2001 Volta Academy
2001–2004 Ajax Football Academy
2004–2007 Ashanti Gold
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Ashanti Gold 14 (4)
2007–2008 Sfax 21 (6)
2008–2010 Real Madrid Castilla 6 (0)
2010–2014 Standard Liège 88 (0)
2014–2015 Porto 0 (0)
2014 Porto B 2 (0)
2015Beşiktaş (loan) 6 (1)
2015– FC Augsburg 22 (0)
2017Lens (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2007 Ghana U17 7 (0)
2009 Ghana U20[3] 2 (0)
2007– Ghana 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 July 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Daniel Tawiah Opare (/ɒˈpæˈr/; born 18 October 1990) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for FC Augsburg and the Ghana national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In November 2007, Opare was recognized by World Soccer as one of the "50 Most Exciting Teenagers on the Planet". He received rave reviews for using his incredible footspeed and precision crossing to great effect for the Ghana national under-17 team, the Black Starlets,[4] at the 2007 U-17 World Cup.[5]

On 3 July 2010, Opare left Real Madrid Castilla to sign for Belgian club Standard Liège,[6] negotiated by his agents NVA Entertainment Group.[7]

On 20 May 2014, just before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it was announced Opare had signed for Portuguese club Porto after a successful four-year stint with Standard Liège.

Augsburg[edit]

On 13 August 2015, Opare signed a three-year contract with German club FC Augsburg for an undisclosed transfer fee.[8]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup

A converted midfielder and skillful lateral defender, Opare initiated the Black Starlets attacking moves with surging runs and was responsible for supplying the forwards Ransford Osei and Sadick Adams with precise crosses from wide areas.[9] At the back, he looks equally comfortable and composed. He assisted[10] on many of Ghana's goals at the 2007 African Under-17 Championship in Togo in March 2007, as well as in the U-17 World Cup, where he was a standout in all seven matches he played in.[11]

2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup

In September 2009, Opare was included in the Ghana national under-20 team (the Black Satellites) for the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt, in which Opare had helped the Ghana team win for the first time by defeating Brazil in the finals at the Cairo International Stadium on 16 October 2009.[12]

Senior[edit]

On 13 November 2007, three weeks after his 17th birthday, he received his first senior International call-up from Ghana's coach, Claude Le Roy for a FIFA international friendly match against Togo at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra, Ghana, on 18 November 2007,[13] after another excellent display, assisting twice on a superb hat-trick by Ransford Osei against Togo's U-17 team[14] in a junior international friendly at the same venue on Sunday, 11 November 2007.

2008 African Cup of Nations

The U-17 World Cup star was part of Ghana's squad for the 2008 African Cup of Nations.[15] However, on 10 January 2008, Ghana's team doctor, Martin Engmann, told the media Opare had not recovered from an ankle injury[16] he sustained in the Pre-Tournament Training Camp at the Jebel Ali Hotel Resort and Spa in Dubai,[17] and was excluded from the squad together alongside injured teammates Matthew Amoah and captain Stephen Appiah.[18]

2012 African Cup of Nations

In December 2011, Opare was named to the Ghana's provisional 25-man squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.[19] In January 2012, he was selected for the tournament's 23-man squad.[20]

Opare was never given an opportunity by the then head coach of Ghana, Goran Stevanović, to feature in any of the six matches the Ghana national team played at the 2012 African Cup of Nations.[20]

2014 FIFA World Cup

On 2 June 2014, Opare was named in Ghana's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[21] In the team's opening match, he started at right-back against the United States in a 2–1 defeat,[22] however he did not appear in their other two matches as Ghana failed to advance past the group stage.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played on 18 May 2014.[23]
Club Season Ghana
Premier League
Ghanaian
FA Cup
CAF
Champions League
Ghana
Super Cup
CAF
Confederation Cup
Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
Ashanti Gold 2006–2007 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 4 0 0
Total 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 4 0 0
Club Season Tunisia
CLP-1
Tunisian
President Cup
CAF
Champions League
CAF
Confederation Cup
Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
Sfax 2007–2008 21 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 6 0 0
Total 21 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 6 0 0
Club Season Spain
Segunda División
Spain
Copa del Rey
UEFA
Champions League
UEFA
Europa League
Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
Real Madrid Castilla 2008–2009 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
2009–2010 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Club Season Belgian
Pro League
Belgian
Cup
UEFA
Champions League
Belgian
Super Cup
UEFA
Europa League
Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
Standard Liège 2010–2011 33 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 39 1 9 1
2011–2012 16 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 27 0 6 0
2012–2013 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 2 0
2013–2014 28 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 37 0 7 1
Total 88 0 10 1 2 0 1 0 14 0 0 0 116 1 24 2
Club Season Portuguesa
Primeira Liga
Taça
de Portugal
UEFA
Champions League
Portuguese
Super Cup
UEFA
Europa League
Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
Porto 2014–2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Beşiktaş (loan) 2014–2015 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0
Total 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0
1Includes other competitive competitions, including the CAF Super Cup: 2008, and the Taça da Liga.

International[edit]

As of match played on 5 March 2014.[24]
National team Year Apps Goals
Ghana 2011 7 0
2012 3 0
2013 5 0
2014 1 0
Total 16 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

CS Sfaxien
Standard Liège

International[edit]

Opare was widely regarded as the best defender at the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup.[25]

Ghana U-20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 9. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Daniel Tawiah Opare – Playerhistory Profile
  3. ^ "Opare, Daniel". nationalfootballteams.com. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Goal.com (17 September 2007). "African Under-17 Hottest Starlets". Goal.com. Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Informe: Mundial sub17 2007" (in Spanish). Perlas del futbol. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Opare va signer au Standard". L'Equipe. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Young Ghanaians rule the world through NVA". modernghana.com. 10 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Augsburg sign defender Daniel Opare from Porto". ESPN FC. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Daniel OpareFIFA competition record
  10. ^ "Stars Dazzle – Roar Against T&T". ModernGhana. 27 August 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  11. ^ "Ghana sub17, todo para ganar" (in Spanish). ElMundo. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  12. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Daniel OPARE". fifa.com. FIFA. 
  13. ^ Ghana FA (13 November 2007). "Starlets duo get senior's call". Ghanafa.org. Retrieved 13 November 2007. 
  14. ^ "Starlets re-open stadium with 4–1 win". GhanaFA. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  15. ^ "Le Roy names Black Stars roster". Ghana FA. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2008. 
  16. ^ "Injuries rock Ghana camp in Abu Dhabi". modernghana.com. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2008. 
  17. ^ "Ghana doctor allays injury fears". GhanaSoccernet. 10 January 2008. Archived from the original on 10 February 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2008. 
  18. ^ Ibrahim, Sannie (11 January 2008). "Owusu-Abeyie in Ghana squad". BBC News. BBC Sports. Retrieved 11 January 2008. 
  19. ^ Mensah, Kent (15 December 2011). "Ghana announce 25-man squad for 2012 Africa Cup of Nations". Goal.com. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Daniel Opare – 2012 Africa Cup of Nations profile". mtnfootball.com. MTN Group. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Ghana World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ghana 1-2 USA". BBC. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Daniel Opare – Statistics". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "Daniel Opare". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "REDS LINKED WITH OPARE MOVE". Sky Sports. 7 January 2008. 

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