Stephen Ademolu

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Stephen Ademolu
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Personal information
Date of birth (1982-11-20) November 20, 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Windsor FC Nationals
2001 University of North Carolina at Pembroke
2002–2003 Cleveland State Vikings
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Trelleborgs FF 30 (12)
2005–2007 Tromsø IL 42 (7)
2008 Løv-Ham 23 (12)
2008–2011 FK Ekranas 48 (13)
2011 Windsor Stars 7 (8)
2012 Atlanta Silverbacks 0 (0)
2012–2015 Windsor Stars 12 (10)
2015 Detroit City
National team
2004 Canada U23 2 (0)
2005–2010 Canada 5 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 19, 2015.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 29, 2015

Stephen Ademolu (born November 20, 1982) is a retired Canadian soccer player.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Ademolu played college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke during his first year and at Cleveland State University during his second and third.[citation needed]

At The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, he became the school's top scorer with 12 goals and six assists. Ademolu was also named 2001 Schools Top Male Athlete and Peachbelt Conference Player of the Year for the first time in the School's history.[citation needed]

At Cleveland State University, during his sophomore year, Ademolu was named Newcomer of the Year, first team All-Horizon League, first team NSCAA All-Ohio and third team All-Great Lakes Region. He was also top scorer with 11 goals and six assists. In his Junior year, he was named Horizon League Player of the Year, third-team All-Ohio, 16th in the nation in goals per game, 28th in the country in points per game, he led his CSU Team and the Horizon League with 12 goals and six assists and tied a school record with eight points on three goals and two assists against UIC in one game.[citation needed]

During his youth ages, Ademolu played for the Windsor FC Nationals scoring a total of 120 goals in the Ontario Youth Soccer League, also winning Top Goal Scorer of the Year and MVP in 1996–97. Ademolu led the Windsor FC Nationals to back to back Ontario Cups.[citation needed]

Europe[edit]

In 2005 Ademolu, signed for Trelleborgs FF in Sweden, he came in halfway through the season before getting relegated but the highlight for Ademolu was scoring his first goal in a derby game against Malmö FF. He was named team MVP for the 2005 season. In 2006, He played in the Swedish 2nd Division and scored seven goals before being sold to Tromso IL. He spent two-and-a-half seasons in at Tromso playing in UEFA Cup games against, A.S. Roma, Strasbourg, Elsborg, FC Basel and Galatasaray. He made history when he scored a crucial goal against Galatasaray sending Tromso into the group stages of the UEFA Cup.[citation needed]

After two-and-a-half seasons at Tromso IL, Ademolu left to get more playing time in 2008 with Lov-Ham in the Norwegian First Division. Ademolu scored 12 goals and had seven assists in 23 games, before moving on to Lithuania where he signed for FK Ekranas for two-years.[citation needed]

He joined Ekranas in 2009 and was a key performer for his club. Ademolu was named in his first year playing one of the top five players in the country. Ekranas went on to win the 2009 A Lyga Championship. He then went on to help his team win 2010 A Lyga Championship, League Cup and SuperCup. During his time at Ekranas, Ademolu played in the Champions League in 2009 where they lost in the Qualifying rounds against FK Baku and the following year lost to finish side Helsinki.[citation needed]

North America[edit]

Ademolu returned to Canada in 2011 during a brief stint with Windsor Stars before signing in January 2012 with Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League.[2]

International career[edit]

During his junior years, he was called up to the Canadian Olympic Qualifying team.

He made his senior debut for Canada in November 2005 against Luxembourg. In January 2010, he was called for a friendly match against Jamaica in which he started. Ademolu was called up to play against Argentina on May 24, 2010 before playing Venezuela a few days later.

Personal life[edit]

Ademolu is of Jamaican and Nigerian descent. Ademolu has six brothers and one sister. His twin brother O'Nicholas also played for the CSU Vikings. His cousin Michael Carter plays football for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. Stephen is engaged to Meghan Whittaker and resides in Tecumseh, Ontario with their two children.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FK Ekranas

References[edit]

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