Samuel Chukwueze

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Samuel Chukwueze
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Chukwueze with Villarreal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Samuel Chimerenka Chukwueze
Date of birth (1999-05-22) 22 May 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Umuahia, Nigeria
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 30
Youth career
Future Hope
New Generation Academy
2012–2017 Diamond Football Academy
2017–2018 Villarreal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018 Villarreal B 20 (4)
2018– Villarreal 26 (5)
National team
2015 Nigeria U17 7 (3)
2018– Nigeria 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:56, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:18, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Samuel Chimerenka Chukwueze (born 22 May 1999) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Villarreal CF and the Nigeria national team as a winger.

Early life and education[edit]

Chukwueze was born in Umuahia Abia state. He is of Igbo descent and was brought up in a Christian family with a younger brother and a younger sister. He attended Government College Umuahia and Evangel Secondary School. He started playing football at the age of 8 and he admired Jay-Jay Okocha as his football idol growing up. He has been mentored by Hon. Victor Apugo whom he saw as a father, as stated in his earlier interview.[1][2]

Samuel Chukwueze with Nwakali U17 World Cup MVP award with Hon. Victor Apugo and Kelechi Nwakali with Samuel's U17 World 2015 Chile Most Valuable Player Award

Club career[edit]

Born in Amaokwe Ugba Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State,[3] Chukwueze joined Villarreal CF's prolific youth setup in 2017, from local side Diamond Football Academy.[4] After being initially assigned to the club's Juvenil A squad, he made his senior debut with the reserves on 15 April 2018, coming on as a second-half substitute for Sergio Lozano in a 1–1 Segunda División B away draw against CE Sabadell FC.

Chukwueze scored his first senior goal on 20 May 2018, netting his team's second in a 3–1 away defeat of Bilbao Athletic. He contributed with two goals in 11 appearances during his first season, as his side missed out promotion in the play-offs.

Chukwueze made his first-team debut on 20 September 2018, replacing Nicola Sansone in a 2–2 home draw against Rangers, for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.[5] He also made his league debut on 5 November 2018, playing a 90-minute full play in a 1–1 home draw against Levante, for the 2018–19 La Liga.

In April 2019 he won the Nigeria Football Federation's 2018 Young Player of the Year award.[6]

International career[edit]

After playing for Nigeria at under-17 level, he received his first call-up to the senior team in October 2018.[7] He made his debut for the Nigerian senior team on 20 November 2018 as a starter in a 0–0 friendly draw against Uganda.[8][9]

In May 2019, Chukwueze was invited to represent Nigeria's senior team at the Africa Cup of Nations and the Under-20 team at the Under-20 World Cup. However, club side Villarreal said he could only play in one of the tournaments.[10] He was part of the Nigerian squad for Africa Cup of Nations hosted in Egypt.[11] He he scored his first senior goal in Nigeria's 2–1 win over South Africa in the quarter finals.[12]

Playing style[edit]

He has been compared to Arjen Robben because of his skillset.[13]

Career statistics[edit]


As of matches played on 16 July 2019[14]
Nigeria national team
Year Apps Goals
2018 1 0
2019 7 1
Total 8 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[14]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 July 2019 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  South Africa 1–0 2–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations





  1. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze Biography (Exclusive Interview)". Diamond Football Academy Official Website. 2016-09-03. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  2. ^ Naijagood TV (2016-09-14), Samuel Chukwueze Interview, retrieved 2018-11-07
  3. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze Biography (Exclusive Interview)". Diamond Football Academy. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze signs 5 years Contract with Villarreal FC". Diamond Football Academy. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze makes Villarreal debut in Rangers stalemate". 20 September 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ "'Motivated' Samuel Chukwueze wins award ahead of Osimhen and Onyekuru". 2 April 2019 – via
  7. ^ "Injury forces Francis Uzoho to withdraw from Nigeria squad". 6 November 2018 – via
  8. ^ "Nigeria v Uganda game report". ESPN. 20 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze: Youngster says Nigeria debut fulfils a dream". 22 November 2018 – via
  10. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze: Villarreal winger facing Nigeria dilemma". 7 May 2019 – via
  11. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations: Iheanacho left out of Nigeria squad". 2019-06-09. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  12. ^ Benson, Max (10 July 2019). "Nigeria 2-1 Bafana - last-gasp goal as South Africa crash out of Afcon 2019". The South African. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze: The Nigerian who wants to be like Arjen Robben". 15 November 2018 – via
  14. ^ a b Samuel Chukwueze at
  15. ^ a b "FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 - Matches - Mali - Nigeria -". Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  16. ^ "Awardees at DFA End of Year Party". Diamond Football Academy Official Website. 2016-12-19. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  17. ^ "Samuel Chukwueze Turns 18 today". Diamond Football Academy Official Website. 2017-05-22. Retrieved 2018-11-01.

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