Savio Nsereko

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Savio Nsereko
Savio Nsereko.jpg
Savio at Juve Stabia in 2011
Personal information
Full name Savio Magala Nsereko[1]
Date of birth (1989-07-27) 27 July 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Kampala, Uganda
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Youth career
2004–2005 1860 Munich
2005–2007 Brescia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Brescia 22 (3)
2009 West Ham United 10 (0)
2009–2012 Fiorentina 0 (0)
2010 Bologna (loan) 2 (0)
2010 1860 München (loan) 2 (0)
2011 Chernomorets Burgas (loan) 11 (0)
2011 Juve Stabia (loan) 2 (0)
2012 Vaslui (loan) 2 (0)
2012 SpVgg Unterhaching (loan) 2 (0)
2013 Viktoria Köln 6 (0)
2013–2014 Atyrau 10 (1)
2015 Beroe Stara Zagora 11 (0)
2016 Lietava Jonava 13 (0)
2017– Pipinsried 0 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Germany U19 11 (4)
2008–2010 Germany U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 October 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2010

Savio Magala Nsereko (born 27 July 1989), more commonly known as Savio,[2] is a German footballer of Ugandan origin who currently plays for German amateurs Pipinsried. He can play as a striker, or a winger.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Nsereko was born in Kampala and started his career at 1860 Munich. He was signed by Brescia in the summer of 2005, aged 16, the minimum age limit allowed by FIFA for international transfer among European Union nations.

He made his first team debut during 2005–06 Serie B season against Crotone, the last match of the season. He made 23 appearances for Brescia in all competitions, scoring three goals, before signing for West Ham.[3]

West Ham United[edit]

On 26 January 2009, Nsereko signed for West Ham United for an undisclosed fee, thought to have been in the region of £9 million dependent on appearances and other factors,[4] [5] on a four and a half year contract.[6] He was given the number 10 shirt, following the departure of Craig Bellamy to Manchester City, which bore the name "Savio".[7] His English football, Premier League and West Ham debut came on 28 January 2009 in West Ham's 2–0 home win against Hull City.[8] He played an important part in West Ham's win against Manchester City on 1 March 2009 by providing the assist for Jack Collison's 71st-minute goal.[9]

Fiorentina and loans[edit]

He failed to settle at West Ham, making just one start and failing to score in any of his ten appearances. He was sold to Fiorentina for €2.7 million cash, with Manuel da Costa going the other way as part of the deal for free.[10][11] West Ham retain the rights to 50 percent of the player's sell-on fee.[12]

Nsereko never broke into the first team and in January 2010 was loaned out to Bologna, in what proved to be another disappointing experience, with only two appearances with the Rossoblu. On July 2010, he was sent back to Germany, joining 2. Bundesliga side TSV 1860 München on a season loan; the loan agreement was however cancelled unilaterally on 23 October 2010, after the player was reported missing for a week before being found at his sister's place.[13][14][15] In January 2011, Nsereko joined Bulgarian A PFG side Chernomorets Burgas on loan until the end of the season.[16] After this loan spell, he was loaned again this time to Serie B side Juve Stabia.[17] After only one game with the club, Savio was reported missing once again in September 2011, leading his club to ask for unilateral rescission of the contract. He was successively reported being in London,[18] and, after returning to Italy with a medical certificate only two weeks later, he was allowed to leave to Germany to deal with unspecified personal problems.[19] In January 2012, Nsereko joined Romanian Liga I side FC Vaslui on loan until 31 December 2012.[20][21][22] In July 2012, it was reported in Germany that Nsereko joined 3. Liga side SpVgg Unterhaching on loan for a season.[23]

SpVgg Unterhaching[edit]

After months of speculation, Nsereko finally moved SpVgg Unterhaching of the third division in Germany on 3 September 2012 for free. In an interview on the club's website, Nsereko cited his desire to play in his home town of Munich as one of the motivating factors for his move.[24] He was released by Unterhaching after 2 months with the club.[25] Fiorentina also stated in its financial report ending on 31 December 2012, that Savio was released due to breach of contract on Savio's side. Fiorentina had rights to claim damages for Savio's residual contract which ending on 30 June 2016. It was reported that Savio faked his own kidnapping in Thailand.[26]

FC Atyrau[edit]

On 24 December 2013, Savio signed an 18-month contract with Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Atyrau.[27] On 15 March 2014, he made his Kazakhstan Premier League debut and scored the winning goal for his team in the 1:0 away victory over FC Kairat.[28] In June 2014 after 10 appearances for the club, Savio executed a clause in his contract allowing him to leave Atyrau [29][30] going on to have a trial with Anzhi Makhachkala at the end of the month.[31] At the end of the 2014 season, Savio's only goal for Atyrau was voted as Goal of the Season by the clubs fans.[32]

Savio returned to Kazakhstan in December 2014, joining FC Irtysh Pavlodar on trial,[33] but failed to win a contract,[34] going on trial with Beroe of the Bulgarian A Group in late January 2015.[35]

In February 2016, Savio went on trial with Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Shakhter Karagandy,[36] but wasn't offered a contract.[37]

Lietava Jonava[edit]

On 17 March 2016, Lietava announced the signing of Savio.[38] Five months later, 18 July 2016, Savio's contract with Lietava was terminated by mutual consent.[39]

Later years[edit]

In May 2017 it was unveiled Nsereko had been signed by German amateurs FC Pipinsried for the new season.[40]

International career[edit]

At international level, Nsereko won the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship with Germany. He made his U19 debut on 7 September 2007, beating the Netherlands. He has also featured for the Under-20 Germany youth team at 2008–09 and 2009–10 Four Nations Tournaments.

The Ugandan authorities wanted Savio to play for the Uganda national football team after a new law allowed dual citizenship for Ugandans.[41]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2012, Nsereko was arrested by the police in the Thai resort of Pattaya on a false kidnap claim. He had reportedly attempted to extort €25,000 from his family by telling them he had been kidnapped and demanding a ransom.[42]


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  2. ^ Barlow, Matt (28 January 2009). "Upton Park chief Duxbury: West Ham will never sell to local rivals Tottenham". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Savio Nsereko". Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "West Ham complete signing of Savio Nsereko from Brescia". The Telegraph. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2009–2010. London: Headline Publishing Group. 2009. p. 407. ISBN 978-0-7553-1947-3. 
  6. ^ Austin, Simon (26 January 2009). "West Ham complete Nsereko signing". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Savio signs". West Ham United F.C. 27 January 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  8. ^ Ashenden, Mark (28 January 2009). "West Ham 2–0 Hull". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  9. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (1 March 2009). "West Ham 1–0 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  10. ^ ACF Fiorentina SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2009 (in Italian)
  11. ^ "Acquisito Savio". Viola Channel (in Italian). ACF Fiorentina. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Da Costa in for Savio". 31 August 2009. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Allarme a Monaco Savio è sparito" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Nsereko riappare Era dalla sorella" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Vertrag von Savio fristlos gekündigt" (in German). TSV 1860 München. 23 October 2010. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Serie A – West Ham flop Savio moves to Bulgaria – Yahoo! Eurosport". Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "Savio alla S.S. Juve Stabia" (in Italian). 8 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Va dove ti portano i debiti: ecco dove è Savio. La nuova gatta da pelare di Corvino" (in Italian). Fiorentina News. 16 September 2011. Archived from the original on 25 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Savio ricompare con un certificato medico: La Juve Stabia lo perdona" (in Italian). Fiorentina News. 29 September 2011. Archived from the original on 1 November 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "SAVIO AL VASLUI". Viola Channel (in Italian). ACF Fiorentina. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  21. ^ Uricec, Cezar (20 January 2012). "FC Vaslui a transferat o "fantomă"". Click! (in Romanian). Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Perfekt: Nsereko findet neuen Klub". Fussball Transfers (in German). 23 January 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Nsereko soll kommen" (in German). Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Savio Nsereko erhält Spielgenehmigung – Ein Kurzinterview mit dem 23-jährigen" (in German). 4 September 2012. [dead link]
  25. ^ "Vertragsauflösung mit Savio Nsereko" (in German). SpVgg Unterhaching. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  26. ^ L'ex Fiorentina Savio Nsereko ne combina un'altra delle sue
  27. ^ "ESCLUSIVA TMW - Savio Nsereko riparte in Kazakistan: ha firmato con l'Atyrau" (in Italian). Retrieved 2 January 2014.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  28. ^ "Savio Nsereko player profile and match log". Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  29. ^ Савио Нсереко покидает ФК «Атырау». (in Russian). 19 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  30. ^ Голкипер Антон Цирин остается в «Атырау», а Савио Нсереко отзаявили.. (in Russian). FC Atyrau. Retrieved 14 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  31. ^ "Савио Нсереко на просмотре в "Анжи"". (in Russian). 28 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.  External link in |title= (help)
  32. ^ Гол Савио признан лучшим. (in Russian). FC Atyrau. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  33. ^ Савио Нсереко на просмотре в Иртыше. (in Russian). FC Irtysh Pavlodar. 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  34. ^ Нсереко не подошёл Иртышу. (in Russian). 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  35. ^ Савио Нсереко прибыл на просмотр в болгарский клуб. (in Russian). 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  36. ^ "ШАХТЕР ПРОСМАТРИВАЕТ ИНОСТРАННЫХ ФУТБОЛИСТОВ". (in Russian). FC Shakhter Karagandy. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  37. ^ "Савио Нсереко покинул УТС Шахтера". (in Russian). 6 February 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  38. ^ "FK "Lietava" komandos sudėtyje – naujokas iš Vokietijos". (in Lithuanian). FK Lietava Jonava. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  39. ^ "Išsiskyrė "Lietavos" ir Savio Magala Nsereko keliai". (in Lithuanian). FK Lietava Jonava. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  40. ^ "Transfercoup in bayerischer Provinz: Pipinsried holt Nsereko" (in German). tz. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  41. ^ Jadwong, Louis (24 May 2009). "Uganda: Dual Citizenship – Savio Can Still Play for Cranes". Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  42. ^ "Former Hammer Nsereko arrested in Thailand". 27 October 2012. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 

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