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Obafemi Martins
Personal information
Full name Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins
Date of birth 23 October 1984 (1984-10-23) (age 23)
Place of birth    Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Newcastle United
Number 9
Youth clubs
2000
2000-2001
2001-2002
F.C. Ebedei
Reggiana
Internazionale
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2002-2006
2006-
Internazionale
Newcastle United
88 (28)
61 (19)   
National team2
2004- Nigeria 21 (13)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17:30, 12 April 2008 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 15:10, 27 January 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals) is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see Lagos (disambiguation). ... Strikers, also known as forwards and attackers, and formerly inside forwards, are the players on a team in football in the row nearest to the opposing teams goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals. ... For the Australian soccer club see Newcastle United (Australia). ... Associazione Calcio Reggiana 1919 is an Italian football club, based in Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna. ... Football Club Internazionale Milano, commonly referred to as simply Internazionale, Inter or Inter Milan[1], is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy, founded in 1908. ... Football Club Internazionale Milano, commonly referred to as simply Internazionale, Inter or Inter Milan[1], is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy, founded in 1908. ... For the Australian club, see Newcastle United Jets. ...

Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins (born 28 October 1984 in Lagos) ([əʊbə'femi ækɪn'wʊnmi 'mɑː(r)tɪnz]) is a Nigerian football player who plays as a striker for the Nigeria national team, and for the English club Newcastle United. is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see Lagos (disambiguation). ... Soccer redirects here. ... Strikers, also known as forwards and attackers, and formerly inside forwards, are the players on a team in football in the row nearest to the opposing teams goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals. ... First international Nigeria 2 - 0 Sierra Leone  (Lagos, Nigeria; 8 October 1949) Biggest win Nigeria 10 - 1 Benin  (Lagos, Nigeria; 28 November 1959) Biggest defeat  Ghana 7 - 0 Nigeria (Accra, Ghana; 1 June 1955) World Cup Appearances 3 (First in 1994) Best result Round 2, 1994 and 1998 African Nations... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For the Australian soccer club see Newcastle United (Australia). ...

Contents

Biography

Martins is known for his exceptional pace, great agility, powerful shots and acrobatic goal celebrations. Although relatively short, Martins has a good leap and it has been reported that he used to be very good at the long jump and high jump. Martins is left footed; however, since joining Newcastle he has shown that he is also more than capable of scoring with both feet, and also his head. He is also a firm favourite with the fans. They even sing his name when he's not playing. Martins has two brothers who also play football. His elder brother, Oladipupo Olarotimi Martins, is on the books of Serbian side FK Partizan, whilst his younger brother John Abiola Martins plays football in Nigeria. In football (soccer), a goal celebration is the practice of celebrating the scoring of a goal. ... For the Australian club, see Newcastle United Jets. ... Not to be confused with Republika Srpska. ... Fudbalski Klub Partizan (Serbian Cyrillic: ФК Партизан, English: Football Club Partizan) is a football club from Belgrade, Serbia. ...


The name 'Obafemi' translates literally to 'the king loves me' in the Yoruba language [1]. Yoruba (native name èdè Yorùbá, the Yoruba language) is a dialect continuum of West Africa with over 22 million speakers. ...


Club career

Internazionale

In 2000, Martins was involved in the youth setup at AC Reggiana, and moved into Inter's youth squad the following season in a 750,000 deal. With the youth squad he scored 23 goals that season, helping them win the Italian Under-18 title. A.C. Reggiana is an Italian soccer club, based in Reggio Emilia. ... For other uses, see Euro (disambiguation). ...


He became a part of the Inter first team in 2002 making his debut against Parma in December of that year. However, he did not fully break into the first team until the following season. It was in 2003 that he fully made his mark with the club in the UEFA Champions League, first scoring a crucial goal against Bayer 04 Leverkusen to secure Inter's place in the quarter finals of the competition. Martins then scored another goal in the semi-final of the competition against Milanese rivals AC Milan, although Inter were eventually defeated on the away goals rule. Parma Football Club (formerly Parma Associazione Calcio) is an Italian football club based in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, nicknamed the Crociati (Crusaders) and the Gialloblu (Yellow-Blues). ... European Cup redirects here. ... Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball is a German football club based in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia. ... AC Milan is an Italian football club. ... The away goals rule is a method of breaking ties in football and other sports when teams play each other twice, once at each teams home ground. ...


Martins signed a long-term contract with Inter in 2005 which ran until 2010 and was worth around 2.5 million annually.[2] His good form for Inter continued and he was called to play in the 2006 African Nations Cup for Nigeria. For other uses, see Euro (disambiguation). ... The 2006 African Nations Cup is the 25th edition of the African Nations Cup, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). ...


Although he had some success with Inter, scoring 28 goals for the club in 88 league games as well as 11 goals in European competitions, the young Nigerian was sold in August 2006. This was due to Inter bringing in two new strikers; first Argentinian Hernán Crespo was brought in on loan from Chelsea and then the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimović was bought by Inter from recently relegated Juventus.[3] Hernán Jorge Crespo (born July 5, 1975 in Florida, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine international football player currently playing in the Italian Serie A for Internazionale, having signed from English Premier League champions Chelsea on a 2 year loan deal on 7 August 2006. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... Zlatan Ibrahimović (IPA: [], pronunciation; born October 3, 1981) is a Swedish football player of Bosniak and Croatian descent. ... Juventus Football Club (Latin for Youth, pronounced yoo-VEHN-toos) is one of Italys oldest and most successful football clubs, based in Turin. ...


Newcastle United

With Martins handing in a transfer request in August 2006, a number of English clubs were alerted to his availability. From the onset, Newcastle were thought to be the front runners and it was no surprise when on August 24, 2006, Martins completed his move to Newcastle United from Inter for £10.1 million (€15 million), signing a five year deal. He was paraded in front of the Geordie fans before their UEFA cup tie against FK Ventspils, it was later confirmed he would be taking the famous number 9 shirt, replacing club-record goalscorer Alan Shearer who had occupied it for the previous 10 years. is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... FK Ventspils is a Latvian Virsliga football team. ... Alan Shearer OBE (born 13 August 1970 in Gosforth) is a retired professional English footballer who played as a striker for the England national team and Premiership clubs, Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. ...


Martins made his debut on August 27, in the 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa, in which he was stretchered off with a knee injury. It turned out that Martins suffered a severe dead leg and internal bleeding. His unremarkable first few appearances for Newcastle caused manager Glenn Roeder to speak out in his defence.[4] is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Aston Villa redirects here. ... Glenn Victor Roeder (born December 13, 1955 in Woodford, Essex) is the current manager of Norwich City Football Club. ...

Martins with teammate Nicky Butt in 2007

However, on Sunday September 17, 2006, Martins scored his first goal for Newcastle. It was the second goal in a 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Upton Park, and from there his goalscoring form began to improve steadily. Nicholas Nicky Butt (born 21 January 1975 in Gorton, Manchester, England) is an English footballer who currently plays for Newcastle United. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Current season West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, and have played their home matches at the 35,303 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904. ... For the football team see Upton Park FC The Boleyn Ground is the official name of Upton Park, the football stadium of West Ham United. ...


Reports on January 11, 2007 indicated that Chelsea were considering making an offer for Martins services after his impressive form. These reports were later rubbished by Glenn Roeder and Martins himself.[5] is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... Glenn Victor Roeder (born December 13, 1955 in Woodford, Essex) is the current manager of Norwich City Football Club. ...


On January 14, 2007 in a 2-3 away win against Tottenham Hotspur, Martins' 20 yard shot flew into the net. This strike was clocked by Sky Sports at a speed of 84 mph (135 km/h), making it unofficially the ninth hardest shot ever recorded in football according to the Guardian website.[6] This was his tenth goal for Newcastle. Martins ended his first season on Tyneside with 17 goals in 46 games. is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Current season Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is an English professional football club which currently plays in the Premier League. ... Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ...


International career

Martins has scored 13 goals in 21 appearances for Nigeria. He was a part of the Nigerian team that finished third in the 2006 African Cup of Nations. Martins scored two goals in the competition, both coming against Senegal in the first round. The 2006 African Cup of Nations was the 25th edition of the African Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). ...


His future for the national team has been placed in doubt on numerous occasions after separate incidents of controversy. In August, 2006 the Nigerian FA website mistakenly had his date of birth down as May 1, 1978. This would have made him twenty-eight years of age, rather than twenty-one. The Nigerian FA soon confirmed that it had been an administrative error and apologised for the confusion it had caused. However Martins threatened to quit playing for the national team after the blunder had initially put his move to Newcastle in doubt.[7] The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) organises domestic and international soccer in Nigeria. ...


On February 6, 2007, he did not turn up for the 4-1 friendly defeat against Ghana, despite being ordered to play. He later explained his absence was due to the fact he had travelled to Lagos in order to visit his sick mother.[8] The Nigerian caretaker coach Augustine Eguavoen was furious with Martins and threatened to ban him from the national team.[9] On February 14, 2007, Martins apologised for missing the game but said he believed his mother's health was more important. He also said that he will be available to play for Nigeria in the future.[10] He made his return to the national side on March 24, 2007, playing the full match against Uganda in an African Cup of Nations Qualifying match and won. is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Augustine Eguavoen (born August 19, 1965 in Benin City) is the current coach of the Nigerian national football team (the Super Eagles). ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The African Cup of Nations, also referred to as the African Nations Cup (ANC) is the main international football competition in Africa. ...


Following the end of Nigeria's 2008 African Cup of Nations (qualification) campaign, Nigeria faced Mexico in Juarez for a friendly match. Martins scored two goals in a 2-2 draw. On November 17, 2007, Martins captained Nigeria for the first time, in a friendly match against Australia for his nineteenth appearance. Nigeria lost the game 1-0. This page details the process of qualifying for the 2008 African Cup of Nations. ... Misión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Ciudad Juárez (2000 population 1,142,354) is a city in Chihuahua, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, USA. It is the major port of entry and transportation center of north central Mexico and the fifth largest city... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Trivia

Martins features in T2 ft Addictive's music video "Gonna Be Mine"


Career statistics

(correct as of 6 April 2008)

Club Season League Cup[11] Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Inter Milan 2002-03 4 1 - 2 0 - 4 2 - 10 3 -
2003-04 25 7 - 3 1 - 9 3 - 37 11 -
2004-05 31 11 - 6 6 - 8 5 - 45 22 -
2005-06 28 9 - 6 2 - 8 2 - 42 13 -
Newcastle United 2006-07 33 11 4 4 0 1 9 6 0 46 17 5
2007-08 27 8 1 2 1 - 0 0 0 29 9 1
Career totals 190 74 6

The Union Européenne de Football Association or Union of European Football Associations in English, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh) or ), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... Football Club Internazionale Milano (commonly, but incorrectly, known as Inter Milan) is an Italian football club, playing in the Serie A (first division). ... In the 2002-03 season, the Serie A, the major football (soccer) Italian professional league, was composed by 18 teams, for the 15th consecutive time from season 1988-89. ... Celebrations for the 17th scudetto of AC Milan. ... Serie A 2004-05 teams distribution In the 2004-05 season, the Serie A, the major football Italian professional league, was composed by 20 teams, for the first time in several years. ... In the 2005-06 season, Serie A, the major football (soccer) Italian professional league, was contested by 20 teams. ... For the Australian soccer club see Newcastle United (Australia). ... The new Wembley Stadium was completed in time for the 2006-07 seasons FA Cup Final. ... The 2007–08 season is the 128th season of competitive football in England. ...

Honours

Individual:

With Internazionale: The 53 member CAF (Confederation of African Football) , (French : Confédération Africaine de Football) , (Arabic : الإتحاد الأفريقى لكرة القدم) represents international football in Africa, and organises the African Cup of Nations, CAF Confederation Cup and the African Champions League. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 53 member CAF (Confederation of African Football) , (French : Confédération Africaine de Football) , (Arabic : الإتحاد الأفريقى لكرة القدم) represents international football in Africa, and organises the African Cup of Nations, CAF Confederation Cup and the African Champions League. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Football Club Internazionale Milano, commonly referred to as simply Internazionale, Inter or Inter Milan[1], is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy, founded in 1908. ...

With Newcastle United: This article is about the Italian football league. ... The Coppa Italia Trophy - Coppa in Italian meaning Cup representing the Tournaments title. ... The Coppa Italia Trophy - Coppa in Italian meaning Cup representing the Tournaments title. ... It has been suggested that Italian_Super_Cup be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Italian_Super_Cup be merged into this article or section. ... For the Australian soccer club see Newcastle United (Australia). ...

The UEFA Intertoto Cup is a summer football competition for European clubs that have not qualified for one of the main UEFA competitions (the Champions League and the UEFA Cup). ...

Notes

  1. ^ Meaning of Obafemi in Nigerian.name
  2. ^ "Martins Signs New Inter Deal", Sky Sports, 2005-12-19. Retrieved on 2007-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Martins asks to leave", Sky Sports, 2006-08-07. Retrieved on 2007-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Be patient with Martins - Roeder", BBC Sport, 2006-09-11. Retrieved on 2007-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Martins slams Chelsea links", Sky Sports, 2007-01-11. Retrieved on 2007-03-04. 
  6. ^ "The hardest recorded shot in football - ever", The Guardian, 2007-02-14. Retrieved on 2007-03-04. 
  7. ^ "NFA embarrasses Obafemi Martins, ridicules Nigeria", Vanguard, 2006-08-04. Retrieved on 2007-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Martins no-show for sick mother", BBC Sport, 2007-02-07. Retrieved on 2007-03-04. 
  9. ^ "Nigeria get tough on Martins", BBC Sport, 2007-02-09. Retrieved on 2007-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Martins sorry for Nigeria no-show", BBC Sport, 2007-02-14. Retrieved on 2007-03-04. 
  11. ^ Includes Coppa Italia, Italian Super Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield

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It became a fully dedicated division of the BBC in 2000. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Guardian. ... 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It became a fully dedicated division of the BBC in 2000. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Coppa Italia Trophy - Coppa in Italian meaning Cup representing the Tournaments title. ... The Italian Super Cup or the SuperCoppa Italiana is a pre-season football (soccer) competition held the week before the season begins in Italy every year, in August. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... For the rugby league competition, see Charity Shield (rugby league) The Football Association Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) is an English association football trophy contested in an annual match between the champions of the FA Premier League and the winners of the FA Cup. ...

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Awards
Preceded by
Mido
CAF Young Player of the Year
2003, 2004
Succeeded by
John Obi Mikel
Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid, also known as Mido, (Arabic: أحمد حسام ميدو) (born February 23, 1983 in Cairo, Egypt)[1] is an Egyptian footballer, who is currently playing for Premier League club Middlesbrough as a striker. ... John Obi Mikel, (born April 22, 1987), is a Nigerian footballer. ...

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