Patrick Owomoyela

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Patrick Owomoyela
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Owomoyela in 2019
Personal information
Full name Patrick Olaiya Olukayode Owomoyela[1]
Date of birth (1979-11-05) 5 November 1979 (age 41)
Place of birth Hamburg, West Germany
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Right back / Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Lüneburger SK 34 (3)
2001–2002 VfL Osnabrück 33 (1)
2002–2003 SC Paderborn 07 23 (4)
2003–2005 Arminia Bielefeld 63 (8)
2005–2008 Werder Bremen 50 (0)
2008–2013 Borussia Dortmund 76 (3)
2014 Hamburger SV II 12 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Germany 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 August 2014

Patrick Olaiya Olukayode Owomoyela (German pronunciation: [ˈpatʁɪk ʔovomoˈjɛlaː]; born 5 November 1979) is a German footballer who played as a defender or midfielder. He previously played for Lüneburger SK, VfL Osnabrück, SC Paderborn 07, Arminia Bielefeld, SV Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV II. He has been capped by Germany at international level and was a member of the squad at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Club career[edit]

Owomoyela, a right-sided defender/midfielder, began his career in lower league German football. In 2003, he made the step up to Arminia Bielefeld, then in the 2. Bundesliga.[2]

Great performances for Bielefeld in the 2004–05 season earned Owomoyela interest from German top clubs, and in 2005, he joined SV Werder Bremen.[3] In his first season, Owomoyela was the undisputed starter at right back and helped Bremen reach second in the league. With the arrival of Clemens Fritz the following season, however, he lost his starting position due to injuries and bad displays. Owomoyela was finally transferred to Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of the 2008–09 season,[3] where he looked to reestablish himself in German top-flight football.

International career[edit]

Owomoyela debuted for Jürgen Klinsmann's national side in an Asian tour, playing 90 minutes in a 3–0 win over Japan, on 16 December 2004, in Yokohama.[4] He later was selected in the Bundestrainer's team for the Confederations Cup in 2005, but was unused there and was finally overlooked for Germany's World Cup final squad. In total he collected eleven caps.[5]


Following his retirement, Owomoyela became an English-language commentator for Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal international broadcasts. He received international attention and criticism in August 2019 following an incident in which he used a racial slur and Hitler parody to describe players from Italian club Udinese.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to his football skills, Owomoyela is also a basketball player, having played in the German regional league before switching to football full-time.[7] He was born to a German mother and a Nigerian father.[8][9] His name "Olukayode" stems from the Yoruba words "Olu", a diminutive form of "Oluwa" or Olorun meaning "God" and "Kayode" meaning "to bring joy",[10] which translates to "God brings me joy and happiness".[11]


Werder Bremen[12]

Borussia Dortmund[12]


  1. ^ "Patrick Olaiya Olukayode Owomoyela". ran. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  2. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (15 June 2017). "Patrick Owomoyela - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Patrick Owomoyela". Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Players Info Owomoyela". Retrieved 26 June 2009.
  5. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (15 June 2017). "Patrick Owomoyela - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Patrick Owomoyela again apologises for Hitler-Parody". Bundesliga Lounge. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Fussball oder Basketball?". Retrieved 26 June 2009.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Know a player of African origin?". BBC sport. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  9. ^ "World Cup Racism: Neo-Nazi Party's Legal Problems Grow". Spiegel Online. Hamburg, Germany. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Kayode Meaning". Our Baby Namer. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "Olukayode". Behind the Name. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "P. Owomoyela". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 February 2020.

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