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Complete Football Edition 4

  • Text
  • Moses
  • Bundesliga
  • December
  • Nigerian
  • Nigeria
  • Naija
  • Kaiserslautern
  • Borussia
  • Esented
  • Akpoborie
  • Agali

NAIJA STARS OF THE

NAIJA STARS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESLIGA Profile Full name: Jonathan Akpoborie DOB: 20 October 1968 POB: Lagos, Nigeria Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Position: Striker Chelsea's Frank Lebouf stops Stuttgart's Akpoborie in the UEFA Winner's Cup final on May 11, 1998 Akpoborie on duty for Hansa Rostock against Bayern Munich Wolfsburg's Akpoborie tussle with Laszlo Bodnar of Hungarian club Debreceni in the UEFA Winners' Cup on September 14, 1999. AKPOBORIE AKPOBORIE 10 COMPLETE FOOTBALL | December kpoborie played his entire Aprofessional football career in Germany, working his way up from the lower rungs of FC Saarbrucken in the second division through the maze of smaller teams like Carl Zeiss Jena, Stuttgart Kickers and Waldof Mannheim to the top-flight with Hansa Rostock. P r esented b y Though he had a better than average goalscoring record in the lower division, his 20 goals 47 games for Rostock over two seasons compelled Stuttgart to snap him up and he promptly helped The Reds to a runners-up spot in the EUFA Winners Cup. He was also joint second highest goalscorer with 6 goals. The following season, after Stuttgart had dropped to 11th place after their 4th place finish in his first season with them, Akpoborie was on the move again and teamed up with VfL Wolfsburg. He became a fans’ favourite and is still in the top 10 record goalscorers for the team. Akpoborie ended his career in fairytale storybook fashion by going back to Saarbrucken, where it all started 12 years earlier, to play one final season before hanging his boot. Akpoborie, a schoolboy international, first burst into national consciousness as a member of the Nigerian U-17 team to win the FIFA cadet championship in 1985 in China. In the final game, he scored the first goal in a 2-0 defeat of West Germany and was also a member of the Flying Eagles team to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile in 1987. At the senior level, he was selected for the 1992 and 2000 Africa Cup of Nations where he won bronze and silver respectively. He also palyed at the 1995 US Gold Cup and five of the six 1998 World Cup qualifying games but was surprisingly dropped from the final squad. In all, he played a total of 13 games for the Super Eagles and scored four goals. Unlike most of his contemporaries who took to coaching, Akpoborie now resides in Lagos and works with a Satelite television station as pundit and also works as player agent. BUNDESLIGA TEAMS 01/02 1.FC Saarbrücken 4 0 00/01 VfL Wolfsburg 20 8 99/00 VfL Wolfsburg 19 12 98/99 VfB Stuttgart 28 11 97/98 VfB Stuttgart 30 10 96/97 Hansa Rostock 31 14 95/96 Hansa Rostock 16 6 95/96 Waldhof Mannheim 18 9 94/95 Stuttgarter Kickers 32 37 92/94 Carl Zeiss Jena 74 26 90/92 1.FC Saarbrücken 53 9 OTHER CLUBS: 1987 Julius Berger F.C. 1987–1990 Brooklyn College COMPLETE FOOTBALL | December 11

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