Sammy Ameobi

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Sammy Ameobi
Sammy Ameobi.jpg
Ameobi playing for Cardiff City in 2015
Personal information
Full name Samuel Oluwaseyi Ameobi[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-01) 1 May 1992 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)[2][3]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
(on loan from Newcastle United)
Number 38
Youth career
2008–2010 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010– Newcastle United 53 (2)
2013 Middlesbrough (loan) 9 (1)
2015– Cardiff City (loan) 2 (1)
National team
2011 Nigeria U20 2 (0)
2011–2013 England U21 5 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:57, 26 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:50, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Samuel Oluwaseyi "Sammy" Ameobi (born 1 May 1992) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Cardiff City, on loan from Newcastle United. He is the younger brother of fellow players Shola and Tomi Ameobi.

Born in England, Ameobi was capped by England at under-21 level before switching his allegiance to Nigeria in August 2014.

Club career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear,[2] Ameobi joined the Newcastle United Academy in July 2008 after finishing school[4] and made his reserve team debut on 29 September 2008 against Blackburn Rovers.[4] He made his first-team debut on 15 May 2011 as a second-half substitute against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a 2–2 draw, alongside his brother Shola, coming on for Peter Løvenkrands just before Chelsea made the game 2–1. This prompted Newcastle fans to change a chant from "There's only one Ameobi" to "There's only two Ameobis". They became the first pair of brothers to play for Newcastle in a league match since George and Ted Robledo in 1952.[5][6]

Ameobi scored his first senior goal on 15 July 2011, in a pre-season friendly against Darlington. Prior to the goal, supporters chanted, "If Sammy scores we're on the pitch" and thus the goal was followed by a pitch invasion which caused the game to be delayed for 10 minutes.[7] He scored his first competitive goal on 25 August 2011, scoring the winner in extra time against Scunthorpe United in the second round of the Football League Cup.[8]

On 17 November 2011, Ameobi signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract extension with Newcastle United, keeping him at the club until 2015.[9] On 19 November 2011, he started his first-ever Premier League match, away to Manchester City.

Ameobi scored his first senior league goal for Newcastle on 26 October 2014, within seven seconds of the second half against Tottenham. [10]

Middlesbrough (loan)[edit]

Ameobi joined Middlesbrough on 25 February 2013 on loan until the end of the 2012–13 season. On 2 March, Ameobi scored on his debut for the club in a 2–1 victory over Cardiff City.[11]

Cardiff City (loan)[edit]

On 7 July 2015, Ameobi joined Championship team Cardiff City on a season long loan.[12]

International career[edit]

Ameobi joined the Nigeria U-20 squad training in Turkey ahead of the 2011 African Youth Championship.[13] He appeared in two friendly games for the Nigeria U20s against Saudi Arabia and Egypt.[14] However, in November 2011, he was called up to the England U-21 squad for matches against Iceland and Belgium by Stuart Pearce. He met up with his team mates for the first day of training on 7 November. On 10 November Ameobi made his England Under-21 debut against Iceland in a 5–0 win to maintain England's perfect start to their Euro 2013 Under-21 Qualifying group. On 14 November Ameobi made his first start against Belgium Under-21s. England were winning 1–0 when Ameobi was subbed off after 67 minutes, the game eventually ended 2–1 to Belgium.

On 6 August 2014, Ameobi confirmed that he has chosen to follow elder brother Shola in declaring for Nigeria.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Ameobi has two older brothers who are also footballers: Shola, his former teammate at Newcastle, and Tomi, who plays for FC Edmonton in Canada.[4] He attended Heaton Manor School in Newcastle and Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland, and finished school with 11 GCSEs prior to joining the Newcastle academy on a scholarship.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 August 2015[16]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 2010–11[17] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[18] Premier League 9 0 0 0 3 1 12 1
2012–13[19] Premier League 8 0 1 0 0 0 5[a] 0 14 0
Newcastle United 2013–14[20] Premier League 10 0 0 0 2 1 12 1
2014–15[21] Premier League 25 2 0 0 2 0 27 2
Newcastle United total 53 2 1 0 7 2 5 0 66 4
Middlesbrough (loan) 2012–13[19] Championship 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Cardiff City (loan) 2015–16[22] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 62 3 1 0 7 2 5 0 75 5
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sammy Ameobi". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Sammy Ameobi". Newcastle United F.C. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ameobi, SOJ (Sammy)", English National Football Archive 
  4. ^ a b c "Sam Ameobi". Newcastle United F.C. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Ryder, Lee (16 May 2011). "Shola and Sammy Ameobi tell of NUFC pride". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Newcastle United's Shola and Sammy Ameobi revel in shared ambition". The Guardian. 20 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Marshall, Anthony (15 July 2011). "Darlington 0 Newcastle 2". Newcastle United F.C. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Scunthorpe 1–2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sammy Signs Up!". Newcastle United F.C. 17 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Tottenham 1–2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Middlesbrough 2–1 Cardiff" BBC Sport. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  12. ^ Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi joins Cardiff City on loan BBC Sport. 7 July 2015.
  13. ^ Adewuyi, Lolade (8 March 2011). "Newcastle's Sam Ameobi Joins Nigeria U-20's". Goal.com. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  14. ^ Ryder, Lee (24 September 2011). "Stuart Pearce keeping tabs on Sammy Ameobi". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  15. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (6 August 2014). "Sammy Ameobi: Newcastle United striker opts to play for Nigeria". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Sammy Ameobi career statistics at Soccerbase
  17. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

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