Joel Obi

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Joel Obi
Joel Chukwuma Obi FC Internazionale.jpg
Obi with Inter in 2009
Personal information
Full name Joel Chukwuma Obi
Date of birth (1991-05-22) 22 May 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Torino
Number
Youth career
2005–2010 Internazionale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Internazionale 71 (2)
2013–2014 Parma (loan) 8 (0)
2015– Torino 0 (0)
National team
2011– Nigeria 16 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 July 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 June 2013

Joel Chukwuma Obi (born 22 May 1991) known as Joel Obi, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Torino and the Nigerian national team.

Club career[edit]

Inter[edit]

In 2005, Obi was signed by Inter.[citation needed]

In 2008, with the youth team, he won the title of Italian champion with the "Allievi Nazionali", with Daniele Bernazzani as coach.

In 2009, he had been noticed by José Mourinho and led occasionally to the first-team of Inter. In 2010, even if without playing, he is in the List of players of Inter who won the Champions League in final against Bayern Munich. His agent is Idroo Badoo.

In the summer 2010, Rafael Benítez definitively move him with the first-team of Inter. Obi made his debut for Inter on 29 September 2010 in a UEFA Champions League group stage game against Werder Bremen.[1] He played the final 10 minutes of the match after coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute for fellow midfielder Dejan Stanković. Inter went on to defeat Werder Bremen in a 4–0 shutout.[2]

Obi made his Serie A debut on 17 October 2010 against Cagliari when he replaced Philippe Coutinho in the 66th minute.[3] Inter won the match 1–0 thanks to a goal from Samuel Eto'o.

Obi started the "Milan Derby" at Beijing for the Supercoppa Italiana on 14 November but had to be substituted after only 35 minutes because of injury, he was replaced by Coutinho. In January 2011, half of him was sold to Parma for €750,[4] along with Nwankwo Obiora for €300,000.[4] However, Obi had stayed to play in Inter for the rest of the season. In January 2012, Inter acquired back the half of Obi from Parma for €3.2 million (€1.7 million cash plus Lorenzo Crisetig[4]), Obi scored his first Serie A goal on 29 April 2012 against Cesena. The 2011–2012 season his a really good season for Obi, who collects 27 presences in Serie A, 2 in Coppa Italia and 7 in Champions League, other than the one in the final of Supercoppa Italiana. However, his season was cut short by a bad injury that forced him to a long period of rest.

Obi came back in the next season, 2012–2013, on 4 October, in the victory for 1–3 against the Neftchi Baku in Europa League scoring the goal of 0–2,[5] which happens to be the 500th goal in UEFA[6] competitions for Inter. That is the first goal of Obi in the first-team.

On 2 September 2013, transfer deadline day, Obi moved to Parma on loan for the 2013–14 Serie A season.[7]

On 23 November 2014, Obi started the match and scored against Milan, an equalizer in a 1–1 draw at San Siro,[8] becoming the first Nigerian player to score in Derby della Madonnina since Obafemi Martins, who scored on 11 December 2005.[9] This was Roberto Mancini's first match in his second spell at Inter.[10]

Torino[edit]

Joel Obi joined Torino on 2 July 2015 from Internazionale for €2.2 million

International career[edit]

Obi made his international debut for Nigeria on 9 February 2011 in a friendly game with Sierra Leone in Lagos. He started the next 11 games in a row for the Eagles before getting injured near the end of 2012. He was named in the preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup.[11]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 26 June 2015[12][13]

Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Inter Milan 2010–11 10 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2011–12 27 0 2 0 7 0 1 0 37 0
2012–13 2 0 1 0 1 1 4 1
Parma (Loan) 2013–14 8 0 0 0 8 0
Inter Milan 2014–15 11 1 0 0 3 0 14 1
Total 50 1 5 0 12 1 1 0 68 2
Torino 2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Career 58 1 5 0 12 1 1 0 76 2

International[edit]

As of 24 November 2014[14]
Nigeria national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 11 0
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 1 0
Total 12 0

Honours[edit]

Internazionale

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joel Chukwuma Obi – Profile". UEFA. 
  2. ^ "Eto'o hat-trick eases Inter past Bremen". UEFA.com. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "2010 Serie A, Round 7". Fox Soccer. 
  4. ^ a b c Parma FC SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  5. ^ "La baby Inter convince a Baku". Uefa.com. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Il tacco di Coutinho". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 
  7. ^ "Joel Obi moves to Parma". FC Internazionale Milano. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Joel Obi's strike earns Inter derby point over rival AC Milan". Fox Sports. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Internazionale vs. Milan 3–2". Soccerway. 11 December 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Homewood, Brian; Meadows, Mark (24 November 2014). "Milan derby ends all square on Mancini's Inter return". Yahoo Sport. Reuters. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (3 June 2014). "World Cup 2014: Nosa Igiebor cut from Nigeria squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Joel obi Inter Profile". 
  13. ^ Joel Obi profile at Soccerway
  14. ^ Joel Obi at National-Football-Teams.com

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