Eric Addo

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Eric Addo
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Personal information
Full name Eric Nii Kpakpo Addo
Date of birth (1978-11-12) 12 November 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Noble Harrics
1996–1999 Club Brugge 65 (5)
1999–2009 PSV Eindhoven 82 (3)
2003Roda JC (loan) 27 (0)
2009Roda JC (loan) 6 (1)
2009–2011 Roda JC 25 (0)
2012 FC Eindhoven 4 (0)
Total 209 (9)
National team
1998–2010 Ghana 45 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2011

Eric Kpakpo Addo (born 12 November 1978 in Accra) is a Ghanaian former footballer.

Once heralded as a potential African great thanks to his combination of strength, pace and poise early on, Addo, a combative central defender who can also play as a defensive midfielder, had his budding career blighted by knee injuries.[2]

Club career[edit]

Born in the Ghanaian capital Accra, Addo began his European career brightly at Club Brugge in 1996 and over three seasons at the Jan Breydelstadion made 65 appearances, scoring five goals. At Brugges, he was viewed as a potential superstar on the European stage, after bursting into the first team ranks and helping them to win the Belgian Championship. He was voted the 1997–98 Young Belgian Footballer of the Year by Belgian journalists and Ghana Player of the Year the same season. He also won the Belgian Ebony Shoe award for being the best African player (or player with African roots) in the Belgian league. The jury was composed of the league clubs' coaches, the Belgian national team coach, sports journalists and an honorary jury.

Addo joined PSV Eindhoven during summer 1999 on a five-year contract, although he spent most of his first three years injured or as a substitute. He played just 24 times during this period, going out on loan[3] at Roda JC for two years – before finally becoming a regular, as PSV retained their Eredivisie title in 2006. "I'm hoping now to show at Roda what I can do," Addo told Dutch magazine Voetbal International. "When I moved to PSV there was a lot of pressure and obviously it got worst when I was injured. They paid a lot of money for me. I still need to show the supporters what I am capable of and the move to Roda is the solution for me."[3]

His last game for PSV in the UEFA Champions League was a 1–0 away loss at Anfield against Liverpool F.C., in the 2006–07 quarterfinal second leg.[4] PSV lost 4–0 on aggregate to the 2005 UEFA Champions League winners, after losing 3–0 at home.

On 29 April 2007, Addo won[5] his fifth Eredivisie Championship with PSV in 2006–2007, with a 5–1, final day home victory against Vitesse Arnhem.[6] Pre-match, PSV, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were tied on 72 points. PSV coach Ronald Koeman started Alex and Addo at the heart of defence in the decider.[7]

Contract extension[edit]

On 3 April 2007, Addo told BBC Sport that "I will not extend my contract with PSV because things are not improving here for me. The African Cup of Nations is getting close and if I have to stay I should be guaranteed more playing time to be fit for the tournament in Ghana." He added, "The club understands my situation and they have agreed to allow me to leave at the end of the season."[8]

Addo warms up at the African Cup of Nations 2008.

On 22 April 2007, Addo was linked with a move to Galatasaray S.K.[9] in the Dutch media. He was also linked with FC Twente, whose manager Fred Rutten knows Addo from his time at PSV.[10] However, on 22 May 2007, Addo changed his mind and signed a new contract extension with PSV.[11]

On 26 October 2007, Addo was charged with 'committing an act of gross unsporting conduct' and received a four match ban from UEFA for spitting at Fenerbahçe player Semih Şentürk during an ill-tempered Champions League match on 23 October. PSV later claimed that he was provoked by the striker who elbowed him moments before the incident occurred; this explanation was rejected by the association.[12]

International career[edit]

Addo was given the chance to represent his adopted country, Belgium, in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but instead opted to play for his homeland. However, after playing in the 1998 African Cup of Nations, he spent six years in the international wilderness.

He was a member of the Ghanaian squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals, playing in all four of Ghana's games including the exit to Brazil in the second round. His last game for Ghana was against Mexico in an international friendly in London, UK on 26 March 2008.

Personal life[edit]

His brother Ransford plays for Shanghai East Asia. Eric Addo attended St Anthony's Preparatory School at South Odorkor in Ghana; even at this early developmental stage, he showed great ability when playing soccer with his peers and student in grades ahead of him.


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Club Brugge



  1. ^ Addo Profile
  2. ^ "Profile of Eric Addo". 1 January 2007. Archived from the original on 14 May 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Addo hopes for career resurrection". 8 March 2003. Retrieved 1 January 2007.
  4. ^ "PSV's Champions League campaign has come to an end". 11 April 2007. Archived from the original on 22 April 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
  5. ^ "African duo in Dutch title win". 29 April 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2007.
  6. ^ "PSV retain the Dutch title on a dramatic afternoon". 29 April 2007. Archived from the original on 1 May 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2007.
  7. ^ "Koeman fields strongest possible team". 29 April 2007. Archived from the original on 1 May 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2007.
  8. ^ "Addo to leave PSV Eindhoven". 3 April 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  9. ^ "'Eric Addo van PSV naar Galatasaray SK'". 22 April 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  10. ^ "FC Twente aast op Eric Addo". 24 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Addo makes PSV U-turn". 23 May 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2007.
  12. ^ "Addo hit with four-match ban" BBC Sport Retrieved on 30 October 2007

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