Peter Utaka

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Peter Maduabuchi Utaka
Peter Utaka 2011.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Enugu, Nigeria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Number 9
Youth career
1997 UNTH Nigeria[citation needed]
1999–2000 Dinamo Zagreb
2000–2004 UNTH Nigeria[citation needed]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Maasmechelen 35 (17)
2004–2007 Westerlo 73 (12)
2007–2008 Royal Antwerp 46 (26)
2008–2012 OB 108 (52)
2012–2013 Dalian Aerbin 43 (27)
2013–2014 Beijing Guoan 25 (8)
2014 Shanghai Shenxin (loan) 12 (2)
2015– Shimizu S-Pulse 28 (9)
2016– Sanfrecce Hiroshima (loan) 10 (9)
National team
2010–2011 Nigeria 7 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:33, 1 April 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Peter Maduabuchi Utaka (born 12 February 1984 in Enugu) is a Nigerian footballer with a Belgian passport currently playing for Sanfrecce Hiroshima on loan from Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse. He is the younger brother of John Utaka.

Club career[edit]

Utaka moved to Croatia as a 16-year-old to play in Dinamo Zagreb after trying his luck at Ismaily where his older brother John was a cult figure and in the United Arab Emirates. In 2003 he moved to Belgium from Dinamo and signed for K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen of the 2nd division. KVC Westerlo moved to sign him the following season, and in his first season in the top flight and the transfer was worth 250 000 euro.

He joined Royal Antwerp FC in January 2007 where he became a first team regular, and he helped Antwerp qualify for the playoffs, finishing second. He also emerged top scorer with 22 goals and capped hs glorious season, winning the Best Striker's Award. He also put more gloss on his breath-taking performance that season, claiming the Most Valuable Player's award over eight times, making him one of the most feared strikers in Belgium. On 30 August 2008, it was announced that Utaka would join Danish club OB.[1] for an undisclosed fee.

Utaka joined Danish side OB in 2008. In his first season he finished joint fourth place on the scorers list, while he led all scorers in his second season. He finished with 18 goals in 33 matches, the first time in five years an OB player was top scorer in the league (last was Steffen Højer in 2004–05 with 20 goals). His Danish team- OB included also two former Manchester United players- Roy Carroll and Eric Djemba-Djemba and another former French international player- Bernard Mendy.

In January 2012, Utaka moved to Chinese Super League club Dalian Aerbin. He scored 20 goals in 28 games in his first season, playing alongside former Barcelona players such as Fabio Rochemback and Seydou Keita, as well as former Australian International player Mille Sterjovski and former PSG player Guillaume Hoarau. He also scored 11 consecutive fixtures to establish a new C-league record.He transferred to Beijing Guoan on 9 July 2013 in 2M Euro transfer. That made him the most expensive international signing in the history of the club. He also played with former Sevilla and Mali captain- Freddy Kanoute.[2] Utaka made 15 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for the club, before he was loaned to Shanghai Shenxin during summer transfers in 2014, managing to score only four times in thirteen appearances in all competition for the Shanghai outfit.

In January 2015, Utaka transferred to J1 League-club Shimizu S-Pulse.[3] The club faced a difficult season that year as they were battling relegation. At the end of the season, Utaka scored nine goals in 28 appearances, and the club ended up being seventeenth-placed, thus relegated into the J2 League.

The next year he was loaned to J1 League defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima.[4] He scored his first goal for the club in the Japanese Super Cup final, in a 3-1 win against Gamba Osaka. Utaka bagged his first goal in the J1 League on 12 March, scoring a 67th-minute penalty against Shonan Bellmare in a 2-2 draw at home. He scored his next in a 1-5 away thrashing against Omiya Ardija, scoring the opening in the 22nd minute.

International career[edit]

On 21 September 2009, national coach Shaibu Amodu selected Peter for the Nigerian national football team. Utaka made his debut for Nigeria months later in a 5–2 home win over Congo DR on 3 March 2010, despite only getting his call up late after the NFF called his mother looking for him.[5][6] He scored the first goal and assisted on the second.[citation needed] He scored twice against in a Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia. His first goal was the fastest goal in the qualifications-29secs.

Career Statistics[edit]

As of 8 May 2016
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Denmark League Danish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008-09 Odense BK D Superliga 27 12 0 0 27 12
2009-10 33 18 3 4 3 2 39 24
2010-11 32 14 1 0 10 6 43 20
2011-12 16 8 0 0 9 1 25 9
China PR League FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2012 Dalian Aerbin CSL 28 20 1 0 29 20
2013 15 7 0 0 15 7
2013 Beijing Guoan 12 7 3 4 0 0 15 11
2014 13 1 0 0 7 3 20 4
2014 Shanghai Shenxin (loan) 12 2 1 2 13 4
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Japanese Super Cup Total
2015 Shimizu S-Pulse J1 League 28 9 1 0 29 9
2016 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (loan) 10 9 - - - - 2 0 1 1 13 10
Total Denmark 108 52 4 4 0 0 22 9 0 0 134 65
China PR 80 37 5 6 0 0 7 3 0 0 92 46
Japan 38 18 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 42 19
Career Total 226 107 9 10 1 0 31 12 1 1 268 130

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