Balogun playing for Nigeria in 2017
|Full name||Leon Aderemi Balogun|
|Date of birth||28 June 1988|
|Place of birth||West Berlin, West Germany|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Brighton & Hove Albion|
|2008–2010||Hannover 96 II||34||(1)|
|2010–2012||Werder Bremen II||49||(4)|
|2012–2014||Fortuna Düsseldorf II||4||(1)|
|2017||Mainz 05 II||1||(0)|
|2018–||Brighton & Hove Albion||2||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 August 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2018
After his contract with 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf had been expired in summer 2014, he was without a club for three months until he joined fellow leaguer Darmstadt 98. He signed a contract until the end of the 2014–15 season.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Born to a Nigerian father and German mother, Balogun was called up by Nigeria for a March 2014 friendly against Mexico as a replacement for Joseph Yobo. Balogun entered at the half, but was injured after 20 minutes in a collision with signage on the touchline. He fractured his foot and was to miss 2–3 months after surgery. However, he later confirmed to news media that his injury did not require surgery.
On 25 March 2015, he played his second game for Nigeria in a 1–0 loss against Uganda. He played his third game for the country on 13 June 2015 when he featured in a 2–0 win over Chad in the opening game of qualifying for the 2017 African Nations Cup.
- As of 25 August 2018
|Hannover 96 II||2008–09||Regionalliga Nord||21||1||—||—||—||21||1|
|Werder Bremen II||2010–11||3. Liga||29||1||—||—||—||29||1|
|Fortuna Düsseldorf II||2012–13||Regionalliga West||2||1||—||—||—||2||1|
|Darmstadt 98||2014–15||2. Bundesliga||21||4||0||0||—||0||0||21||4|
|Mainz 05 II||2016–17||3. Liga||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2018–19||Premier League||2||0||0||0||0||0||—||2||0|
- 2 appearances, 0 goals in UEFA Europa League
- Statistics accurate as of match played 8 September 2018.
Balogun was born to a Nigerian-Yoruba father and a German mother. Balogun was raised Roman Catholic and sent to Catholic school from a young age, but he resent his strict upbringing and became an Atheist in his formative years. However during the hardships of early footballing career Balogun started believing in God again and is now a devout Christian. Balogun speaks fluent English and German, but does not speak Yoruba, the language of his father as his parents tried to assimilate him in German culture.
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