Kevin Akpoguma

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Kevin Akpoguma
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Personal information
Full name Kevin John Ufuoma Akpoguma
Date of birth (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
1899 Hoffenheim
Number 25
Youth career
Rot-Weiß Speyer
Schwarz-Weiß Speyer
FC Bavaria Wörth
0000–2007 FC Neureut 08
2007–2012 Karlsruher SC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Karlsruher SC 8 (1)
2013–2015 1899 Hoffenheim II 55 (3)
2015– 1899 Hoffenheim 1 (0)
2015–2017Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 45 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Germany U16 5 (0)
2011–2012 Germany U17 15 (0)
2012–2013 Germany U18 5 (3)
2013–2014 Germany U19 18 (0)
2014– Germany U20 14 (1)
2015– Germany U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:24, 26 October 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:24, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

Kevin John Ufuoma Akpoguma (born 19 April 1995) is a German footballer who plays as a centre back for 1899 Hoffenheim.[1] Internationally, he has represented Germany at various youth levels.

Club career[edit]

Akpoguma spent the 2016–17 season on loan at 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf. On 21 April 2017, towards the end of the season, he collided with FC St. Pauli's Bernd Nehrig in a league match. Both players were hospitalised with Akpoguma suffering a broken neck.[2]

Akpoguma made his first appearance in the Bundesliga the following season on 22 October 2017, replacing Stefan Posch at half-time in 1899 Hoffenheim's 1–1 draw with VfL Wolfsburg.[3] Four days later, he made his first start for the club, in a 1–0 away to Werder bremen in the second round of the DFB-Pokal.[4]

International career[edit]

Born to a German mother and a Nigerian father, Kevin Akpoguma is eligible to play for Germany and Nigeria. He has represented Germany at youth level, playing for the U16, U17, U18, U19, U20, and U21 teams.

He was the captain of the German U-20 National, helping the team reach the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Akpoguma, Kevin" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Rees, James (21 April 2017). "Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-3 FC St. Pauli: Injuries overshadow dramatic comeback". VAVEL. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Wolfsburg snatch late draw at home to Hoffenheim". Bundesliga. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Demirbay: "Ich bin sehr wütend"". kicker Online (in German). 26 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Adewuyi, Lolade (23 May 2015). "Meet Nigerian-German Kevin Akpoguma, captain of the Germany U20 side". Goal.com. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 30 May 2015. p. 6. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 

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