Pedro Obiang

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Pedro Obiang
Obiang West Ham 2015.jpg
Obiang with West Ham United in 2015
Personal information
Full name Pedro Mba Obiang Avomo[1]
Date of birth (1992-03-27) 27 March 1992 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 14
Youth career
Atlético Madrid
2008–2010 Sampdoria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Sampdoria 128 (4)
2015– West Ham United 65 (3)
National team
2009 Spain U17 2 (0)
2011 Spain U19 3 (0)
2013–2014 Spain U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:35, 13 January 2018 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 03:30, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Pedro Mba Obiang Avomo (born 27 March 1992) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club West Ham United.

Club career[edit]

Sampdoria[edit]

Born in Alcalá de Henares, in the Community of Madrid,[1] Obiang began his football career playing for various teams from his home city such CD Avance, RSD Alcalá and AD Naya, where he excelled. Due to these participations, he was transferred to the Cadete team of Atlético Madrid. He left Atlético for Sampdoria in 2008 at age 16, the minimum age that international transfer within the European Union is allowed. He was the member of Allievi Nazionali youth team in 2008–09 season, but also call-up to the first team in pre-season.[2] He also appeared as unused bench on 28 January 2009 against Lazio and against Chievo, by the decision of head coach Walter Mazzarri. In 2009–10, he was promoted to senior youth team – Primavera.

Primary a youth team player, Obiang also played seven times in pre-season friendlies in summer 2010, scoring two goals. After the injury crisis of the Genoese team in which the team lost midfielders Stefano Guberti, Fernando Tissone, Andrea Poli and Paolo Sammarco, he received a call-up again from new head coach Domenico Di Carlo,[3] and made his competitive debut on 12 September 2010. He substituted Vladimir Koman in the 58th minute, at that time Sampdoria losing 1–2 to Juventus; eventually, Sampdoria 3–3 draw at Stadio Olimpico di Torino. Obiang signed a new, five-year contract extension with Doria on the morning before the start of the match.[4]

Obiang also named in 2010–11 UEFA Champions League 25-men senior squad (list A) for play-off round and received the call-up against Werder Bremen,[5] however Obiang was not named as one of players on the substitutes' bench. He also received his first call-up for 2010–11 UEFA Europa League on 28 September 2010 as list B players (Under-21 youth product).[6] He made his European debut on 16 December 2010 (matchday 6), with the club already eliminated before the match, a 0–2 defeat to Debreceni.

West Ham United[edit]

On 10 June 2015, West Ham United announced the signing of Obiang for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract.[7] He made his Premier League debut on 15 August as a half-time substitute for Reece Oxford in a 1–2 home defeat to Leicester City.[8] In November 2016, Obiang was announced as West Ham's Player of the Month for October.[9]

On 4 February 2017, Obiang scored his first Premier League goal for the Hammers on his 55th appearance for the club, against Southampton. The ball fell to Obiang from a corner, where he controlled, and then shot finding the bottom corner from 25 yards out.[citation needed] On 20 March 2017, he was ruled out for the remainder of the 2016–17 season, having rolled his ankle during a home defeat by Leicester on 18 March 2017.[10]

International career[edit]

Obiang has been capped for Spain at youth levels. Obiang received a call up for Porto International Tournament in April 2011.[11]

Due to his Fang background, the Gabonese Football Federation tried unsuccessfully to persuade Obiang to play for Gabon, although both his parents and his grandparents are from Equatorial Guinea. In November 2011, they included him in a squad list for a match between the country's under-20 and China, however he ignored the call.[12]

Being eligible to represent Equatorial Guinea, in 2011, the country's federation approached Obiang to enquire if he would be willing to represent the country at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, however Obiang declined.[13] In April 2015, after a meeting with the Equatoguinean Football Federation people, Obiang's stance on representing Equatorial Guinea appeared to have changed after showing a desire to play for the country.[14] On 5 October 2016, Obiang reunited in London with Equatoguinean Football Federation president Andrés Mbomio, and Equatoguinean national team head coach and coordinator Esteban Becker and Juvenal Edjogo-Owono respectively to reach an agreement.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 January 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sampdoria 2010–11[16] Serie A 4 0 0 0 1[b] 0 5 0
2011–12[16] Serie B 29 0 1 0 4[c] 0 34 0
2012–13[16] Serie A 34 1 1 0 35 1
2013–14[16] Serie A 27 0 2 0 29 0
2014–15[16] Serie A 34 3 2 0 36 3
Total 128 4 6 0 5 0 139 4
West Ham United 2015–16[17] Premier League 24 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
2016–17[18] Premier League 22 1 1 0 3 0 4[b] 0 30 1
2017–18[19] Premier League 19 2 1 0 3 0 23 2
Total 65 3 7 0 7 0 4 0 83 3
Career total 193 7 13 0 7 0 9 0 222 7
  1. ^ Appearances in Coppa Italia and FA Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in promotion play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pedro Mba: Pedro Mba Obiang Avomo: Player". BDFutbol. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Fornaroli presente, la Samp segna sei gol al Chiasso". UC Sampdoria (in Italian). 4 September 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ventuno convocati: il Pazzo ce la fa, Guberti resta a casa". UC Sampdoria (in Italian). 11 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Il d.g. Gasparin: "Carattere e alternative di qualità"". UC Sampdoria (in Italian). 12 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Poli non-ce la fa, ventidue i convocati per il Werder". UC Sampdoria (in Italian). 23 August 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Venti convocati per il Debrecen, in lista torna Tissone". UC Sampdoria (in Italian). 29 September 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Hammers obtain Obiang". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Bevan, Chris (16 August 2015). "West Ham 1–2 Leicester". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Payet wins Goal of the Month". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "West Ham's Pedro Obiang ruled out for season". Sporting Life. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Convocatoria para el Torneo Internacional de Oporto". RFEF (in Spanish). 12 April 2011. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Liste des présélectionnés U20 (Gabon vs Chine) du 27 novembre 2011 à Libreville". Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Perico Obiang, el sobrino del dictador que juega en la Sampdoria" (in Spanish). Libertad Digital. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Reunión de la Feguifut con Perico Mba Obiang" (in Spanish). guineaecuatorialpress.com. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Reunión cumbre del Presidente de la FEGUIFUT y Pedro Obiang" (in Spanish). Equatoguinean Football Federation. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  16. ^ a b c d e "Pedro Obiang". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Pedro Obiang in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Pedro Obiang in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Pedro Obiang in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 

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