Sam Adekugbe

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Sam Adekugbe
Personal information
Full name Samuel Ayomide Adekugbe[1]
Date of birth (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth London, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vålerenga
Number 25
Youth career
2000–2004 AFC Clayton
2004–2009 Calgary Foothills Saints
2009–2011 Calgary Foothills Rapids
2011–2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 3 (0)
2015–2016 Whitecaps FC 2 6 (0)
2013–2017 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 16 (0)
2016–2017Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 1 (0)
2017IFK Göteborg (loan) 9 (0)
2018 Vålerenga 2 1 (0)
2018– Vålerenga 51 (0)
National team
2013 Canada U18 1 (0)
2014–2015 Canada U20 6 (0)
2015– Canada 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 1, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 11, 2019

Samuel Ayomide Adekugbe (born January 16, 1995) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a left back for Vålerenga in the Norwegian Eliteserien. He has represented Canada at the under-18, under-20, and senior levels.

Club career[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC[edit]

On August 28, 2013, Adekugbe signed a Generation Adidas homegrown contract with MLS club Vancouver Whitecaps FC, making him the seventh homegrown signing in club history.[2] He made his professional debut on October 27 in the final game of the 2013 season which ended in a 3–0 victory over Colorado Rapids.[3]

Brighton & Hove Albion loan[edit]

During Winter 2015, Adekugbe was invited to train at English Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion.[4] On July 15, 2016, Adekugbe transferred to Brighton on a season-long loan deal agreement, initially linking up with the club's development squad.[5] On August 9, 2016, Adekugbe started in the 4–0 victory over Colchester United in the 2016–17 EFL Cup.[6] On August 23, 2016, Adekugbe scored his first professional goal in a 4-2 victory over Oxford United in the second round of the 2016–17 EFL Cup.[7]

On January 14, 2017 Adekugbe started his first Championship game in a 2–0 defeat against Preston North End.[8]

IFK Göteborg loan[edit]

Adekugbe joined Allsvenskan club IFK Göteborg on loan on July 25, 2017 for the remainder of the season, with an option to buy for the club.[9] He made his debut against IFK Norrköping in a 4-1 win on July 30.

Vålerenga[edit]

On January 8, 2018, Eliteserien club Vålerenga announced they had signed Adekugbe to a four-year deal.[10] He made his debut against Kristiansund on March 12, 2018[11]

International career[edit]

Adekugbe was eligible to represent England, Nigeria or Canada internationally. In 2012, he was quoted saying he dreamed of playing for England at Wembley.[12] However, he has represented Canada at youth and senior level.

Youth[edit]

Adekugbe was part of Canada's U-18 squad for the 2013 COTIF U-20 tournament from August 11 to 21.[2] After a successful 2014 campaign with Vancouver, Adekugbe was called up to the U20 squad by coach Rob Gale on November 7, 2014.[13] He made his debut for the side against England on November 12 in a 1-1 draw. In January 2015 he would participate with Canada in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.[14]

Senior[edit]

Adekugbe received his first call up to the Canada senior national team for friendlies against Mauritania on September 8 and 10. However, he did not feature in either match. Sam was played as a sub in the second leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Canada and Belize, cap-tying him to the Canadian senior team.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Adekugbe was born in London to parents with Nigerian heritage and lived in England until 10, when his family moved to Canada.[16] He is a fan of Manchester City.[12]

Adekugbe received his Canadian permanent residency status on August 23, 2013, which qualifies him as a domestic player on Canadian clubs for MLS roster purposes.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of December 1, 2019[18]
Club Season League Playoffs[a] Domestic Cup[b] League Cup[c] Continental[d] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 2013 PDL 3 0 1 0 4 0
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2013 MLS 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2015 9 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 14 0
2016 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 16 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 23 0
Whitecaps FC 2 2015 USL 2 0 2 0
2016 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2016-17 Championship 1 0 2 0 2 1 5 1
IFK Göteborg (loan) 2017 Allsvenskan 9 0 1 0 10 0
Vålerenga 2 2018 2. divisjon 1 0 1 0
Vålerenga 2018 Eliteserien 27 0 2 0 29 0
2019 24 0 1 0 25 0
Total 51 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 54 0
Career total 87 0 1 0 9 0 2 1 4 0 104 1
  1. ^ Appearance in the PDL playoffs
  2. ^ Includes the Canadian Championship, FA Cup, Svenska Cupen, and Norwegian Football Cup
  3. ^ All appearances in the EFL Cup
  4. ^ All appearances in the CONCACAF Champions League

International[edit]

As of September 11, 2019[19]
Canada
Year Apps Goals
2015 2 0
2016 1 0
2017 3 0
2018 1 0
2019 2 0
Total 9 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "40-Player National Team Roster: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup: Canada" (PDF). CONCACAF. p. 2. Retrieved May 20, 2019 – via Bernews.
  2. ^ a b "Whitecaps FC add Homegrown defender Sam Adekugbe to MLS roster". WhitecapsFC.com. Vancouver Whitecaps FC. August 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Devji, Farhan (October 27, 2013). "Camilo hat-trick carries Vancouver Whitecaps FC to 3-0 win over Colorado Rapids in 2013 season finale". WhitecapsFC.com. Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Whitecaps FC defender Sam Adekugbe training with Brighton". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. November 26, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Canadian International arrives on loan". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. July 15, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Match Report". Brighton & Hove Albion Official Website. August 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "Match Report". Brighton & Hove Albion Official Website. August 23, 2016. Archived from the original on September 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Mixed feelings for Adekugbe after defeat on league debut". The Argus. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "SAM ADEKUGBEKLAR FÖRIFK GÖTEBORG". July 25, 2017. Archived from the original on August 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Kanadisk landslagsspiller klar for Vålerenga". Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "JOHNSON MATCHVINNER I ELITESERIEDEBUTEN". March 12, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Weber, Marc (April 12, 2012). "GOAL!: Q&A with Whitecaps residency player Sam Adekugbe". canada.com. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  13. ^ "Canada M20 to face England, Russia and USA on road to 2015 CONCACAF Championship". Canada Soccer. November 7, 2014.
  14. ^ Rowaan, Dave (January 5, 2014). "Canada names squad for CONCACAF U20 Championships".
  15. ^ "Canada names large squad for first camp under Floro". Canada Soccer. August 27, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  16. ^ "Michael Petrasso profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  17. ^ "Whitecaps FC add Homegrown defender Sam Adekugbe to MLS roster". Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
  18. ^ Sam Adekugbe at Soccerway. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  19. ^ Sam Adekugbe at National-Football-Teams.com

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