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Nwankwo Kanu
Nípa rẹ̀
OrúkọNwankwo Nwosu Kanu
Ọjọ́ ìbí1 Oṣù Kẹjọ 1976 (1976-08-01) (ọmọ ọdún 47)
Ibùdó ìbíOwerri, Nigeria
Ìga1.97 m (6 ft 5+12 in)
IpòSecond striker
Nípa ẹgbẹ́ agbábọ́ọ̀lùtà
Ẹgbẹ́ agbábọ́ọ̀lùtà lọ́wọ́Portsmouth
1991–1992Fed Works35(20)
1992–1993Iwuanyanwu Nationale25(15)
2004–2006West Bromwich Albion53(7)
Agbábọ́ọ̀lù ọmọorílẹ̀-èdè
1993Nigeria U176(5)
1996Nigeria U236(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:45, 26 December 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:39, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

Nwankwo Christian Nwosu Kanu, OON (ojoibi 1 August 1976 in Owerri, Nigeria), tabi Kanu lasan, je alagbata agbaboolu-elese omo ile Naijiria to un gba iwaju fun egbe alagbata ni Football League Championship, Portsmouth. O tun pile ti je omo egbe agbaboolu omoorile-ede Naijiria fun odun 16 lati 1994 titi di 2010. Kanu wa lati egbe eya eniyan Igbo;[1] oruko re, Nwankwo, tumosi Odo mokunrin ti abi ni ojo oja Nkwo ni ede Igbo.[2].

Kanu gba eso UEFA Champions League kan, eso Ife-eye UEFA kan, Eso Abori Ife-eye FA meta ati ebun Ara Afrika Agbaboolu-Elese Ododun meji. O tun je ikan ninu awon agbaboolu ti won ti gba Premier League, Ife-eye FA, Champions League, Ife-eye UEFA ati Eso Wura Olympiki.[3] Bakanna o tun je alabasoju UNICEF.[4].

Ise boolu[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

Kanu began his career, aged sixteen, at First Division club Federation Works before moving to Iwuanyanwu Nationale in 1992. After a notable performance at the U-17 World Championships he was signed by Dutch Eredivisie AFC Ajax in 1993 for €207,047. He made his Ajax debut the following year and went on to score 25 goals in 54 appearances. Kanu also came on as a sub in Ajax's 1995 Champions League final win over AC Milan. In 1996, Ajax sold Kanu to Serie A side Internazionale for around $4.7 million that summer he captained the Nigerian team that won gold at the Olympics, and scored two late goals in the semi-finals against powerhouses Brazil to overturn a 2–3 scoreline into a 4–3 win in extra time. Kanu was also named African Footballer of the Year for that year.

However, soon after returning from the Olympics, Kanu underwent a medical examination at Inter, which revealed a serious heart defect; he underwent surgery in November 1996 to replace an aortic valve and did not return to his club until April 1997. In interviews, Kanu frequently cites his faith as a Christian,[5] and has often mentioned this trying time of his career as an occasion when he prayed to God. Kanu's experience also led to his founding the Kanu Heart Foundation, an organisation that helps predominantly young African children who suffer heart defects. Kanu is known throughout Africa for his philanthropic work.

Arsenal[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

In February 1999, after just twelve games and one goal for Inter, Kanu was signed by Arsenal for approximately £4.15 million. His debut for Arsenal, against Sheffield United in the FA Cup, was a highly unusual match. With the score 1–1 and ten minutes to go, the United goalkeeper, Alan Kelly, kicked the ball out of touch so that treatment could be given to an injured player. When the ball was thrown back into play by Ray Parlour, although it was intended for Kelly, Kanu was unaware of the circumstances. Thinking it to be an attacking move, he chased the throw-in down the right wing unchallenged, and centred the ball for Marc Overmars, who promptly scored to make the match 2–1. Immediately after the match Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger offered to right the error and replay the match; in the end, Arsenal won that match 2–1 as well.

Despite the events overshadowing his debut, Kanu's career was quickly revived at Arsenal. He scored his first goal for the club in the next round of the cup against Derby County, coming off the bench to net the only goal of the game. He quickly became known for his goalscoring prowess from the bench, scoring important goals against Sheffield Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa as a substitute. He became very popular among the fans for his 2 fingered salute - something that he later explained was based on the team's nickname, The Gunners - which started in 1999 against Middlesbrough.

After the departure of Nicolas Anelka in the summer of 1999. This prompted a new chant amongst Arsenal supporters: "Chim chiminy, chim chiminy, chim-chim chiroo, who needs Anelka when we've got Kanu?" (to the tune of the song from Mary Poppins). Kanu became known for scoring extravagant goals; against Tottenham Hotspur, with his back to goal he lobbed the ball over Luke Young's head, before turning the young defender and scoring. Other memorable goals included a back-heel flick against Middelsborough, and a hat-trick against Chelsea to win a derby match 3–2 after being 2–0 down after 75 minutes. Following his amazing performance at Stamford Bridge the headline pun after the game was "Kanu believe it". He was named African Footballer of the Year for the second time in 1999, and in 1999-2000 he scored 17 times in 50 matches for the Gunners. The fans often chanted 'Kanuuuu' (extending the syllable 'nu') whenever he scored or announced during matches; some mistook that he was being 'booed' rather than being cheered.

However, Kanu's appearances for Arsenal gradually became less frequent, particularly after the emergence of Thierry Henry as Arsenal's first choice striker, when Kanu was mainly used as a substitute. Despite this, Kanu won the Double with Arsenal in 2002, an FA Cup in 2003 (as an unused sub) and the Premier League title in 2004. In all he played 197 games for Arsenal (nearly half of them as a substitute), scoring 44 goals. In the summer of 2004, after his contract with Arsenal ended, he moved to West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer.

In 2008 Kanu was voted 13th in the "Gunners' Greatest 50 Players" poll

West Bromwich Albion[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

West Brom had just been promoted to the FA Premier League for the second time in the space of two years. Kanu started as a regular for the club, making his debut in a 1–1 draw away at Blackburn Rovers on 14 August 2004. He scored his first goal for Albion on 18 September 2004, an 88th-minute equalizer in a 1–1 home draw against Fulham. In a match against Middlesbrough on 14 November 2004, Kanu was guilty of an incredible miss in injury time, with Albion 2–1 down. Kanu had sent a low cross over the bar from a yard away from the goal line. Manager Bryan Robson was seen in TV footage mouthing the words "How did he miss that?", and Kanu's howler was crowned 'Miss of the Season' by many television stations in the end-of-season reviews. Nevertheless, the 2004–05 season was ultimately a memorable one for West Brom, as they became the first club to avoid relegation from the Premier League after being bottom of the table at Christmas.

One of the most memorable games of the 2005-2006 in English football|2005–06]] season for Kanu came with the visit of his former club Arsenal to The Hawthorns on 15 October 2005. Philippe Senderos put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute, but Kanu equalised shortly before half time. West Brom went on to win the match 2–1 with a spectacular strike from Darren Carter. It was their first home win over Arsenal since 1973,[6] and the first time that they had come from behind to win a Premier League game.[7] But such highlights were rare for Albion that season, and the club was relegated at the end of 2005–06. Kanu's contract had expired, and he chose not to renew it. In his two years at The Hawthorns he made a total of 58 appearances – 16 of them as a substitute – and scored nine goals.

In the summer of 2006, Kanu played as a guest for Arsenal in Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial game, the first match to be played in Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium. The game was tied 1–1 when Kanu scored the winning goal, making him the third person to score in the stadium. At the end of the match, Kanu joined the rest of the Arsenal side in hoisting the retired Dutchman on their shoulders as fans gave him a standing ovation. He remains a popular figure at Arsenal, being applauded when he appears at the Emirates Stadium.

Portsmouth[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

Nwankwo Kanu playing for Portsmouth at Fulham in March 2007

Kanu was a free agent following his departure from West Brom, and he signed for Portsmouth F.C. on a one-year deal shortly before the start of the 2006–07 season.[8] Pompey had undergone a revival in the second half of the previous campaign, following the return of Harry Redknapp as manager, avoiding relegation by four points after being in serious danger at the turn of the year. At the start of the 2006–07 season, they were undefeated in their first five games, during which they did not concede a single goal.

Kanu made his debut for Portsmouth as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers on 19 August 2006, the opening day of the 2006–2007 Premier League season. He scored twice and missed a penalty. Though Kanu led the top scorers chart early in the season, he had a goal drought for the rest of the season, but still finished as the top goalscorer for Portsmouth, with 12 goals.

In his second season at Portsmouth, Kanu scored in both the FA Cup 1–0 semi-final win against West Bromwich Albion and the 1–0 win in the final against Cardiff City, earning him a third FA Cup winner's medal.

His first goal of the 2008–09 season put Portsmouth 2–0 up in their eventual 2–2 UEFA Cup draw with Italian club Milan. He later scored the winning goal against Bolton Wanderers which ensured Pompey's mathematical safety. It was his only Premier League goal of 2008–2009. He re-signed with Pompey in August 2010 with an eye on becoming a coach when he retired.[9] Kanu signed a three-year deal and will keep the number 27 shirt.[10]

Iṣẹ́ boolu kariaye[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

Kanu was a member of the Nigerian national team from 1994 until 2010, making his debut in friendly against Sweden. Earlier on at the start of his career, Kanu was instrumental in Nigeria's overall success at the 1993 FIFA U-17 tournament in Japan and their subsequent 2–1 victory over Ghana in the final. With five goals, he was joint-top scorer in the tournament with Peter Anosike and Manuel Neira.

As well as winning the Olympics gold in the football event at 1996 Olympics,[11] Kanu participated in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. On 24 June 2010, Kanu ended his international career following Nigeria's exit from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Nigeria lost their group matches against Argentina and Greece, before a 2-2 draw with South Korea ended their stay in the tournament.[12] He won 84 caps and scored 13 goals for his country and is the second-most capped Nigerian player of all-time after Muda Lawal.

Àwọn statistiki ise boolu[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

Club performance League Cup League CupContinental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoalsAppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Nigeria LeagueNigerian FA Cup League Cup Africa Total
1991–92 Fed Works 30 9
1992–93 Iwuanyanwu Nationale Premier League 30 6
Netherlands LeagueKNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993–94 Ajax Eredivisie 6 2
1994–95 18 10 7 1 25 11
1995–96 30 13 9 0 39 13
Italy LeagueCoppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Internazionale Milano Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98 11 1 5 0 16 1
1998–99 1 0
England LeagueFA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Arsenal Premier League 12 6 5 1 - - - - 17 7
1999-00 31 12 2 0 1 1 15 3 49 16
2000–01 27 3 1 0 - - 14 2 42 5
2001–02 23 3 5 2 2 1 9 0 39 6
2002–03 16 5 1 0 1 0 8 1 26 6
2003–04 10 1 3 0 4 2 7 0 24 3
2004–05 West Bromwich Albion 28 2 2 1 - - - - 30 3
2005–06 25 5 1 0 2 1 - - 28 6
2006–07 Portsmouth 36 10 2 2 - - - - 38 12
2007–08 25 4 5 2 1 1 - - 31 7
2008–09 17 1 2 0 1 0 5 1 25 2
2009–10 23 2 1 0 4 2 - - 28 4
2010–11 Championship 12 0 0 0 1 0 - - 13 0
Total Nigeria 60 15
Netherlands 54 25
Italy 12 1
England 285 54 30 8 17 8 58 7 390 77
Career total 411 95
  • Stats accurate as at 21:48, 27 November 2010.
    • Not including 1999/00 Community Shield Appearance and Goal


Nigeria national team
1994 3 0
1995 2 1
1996 0 0
1997 1 0
1998 5 1
1999 0 0
2000 10 2
2001 6 2
2002 11 0
2003 4 3
2004 7 0
2005 6 2
2006 8 0
2007 6 2
2008 6 0
2009 5 0
Total 80 13

Àwọn ẹ̀yẹ[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

Ẹgbẹ́ agbábọ́ọ̀lùtà[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

Nàìjíríà Iwuanyanwu Nationale

Nẹ́dálándì Ajax

Itálíà Internazionale

Ilẹ̀gẹ̀ẹ́sì Arsenal

Ilẹ̀gẹ̀ẹ́sì Portsmouth

Orile-ede[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

Nàìjíríà Nigeria

Fun ra re[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

Ayé ara rẹ̀[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

His younger brother, Christopher Kanu, is also a professional footballer and his stepbrothers are Anderson "Anders" Gabolalmo Kanu and Henry Isaac[14].

Àwọn Ìtọ́kasí[àtúnṣe | àtúnṣe àmìọ̀rọ̀]

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  2. Meaning of Nwankwo in Nigerian.name
  3. "Olympic Football Tournaments Seoul 1988 – Men". FIFA. 1996-08-03. 
  4. "Kanu to tackle homeless problem". BBC Sport. 2008-07-02. 
  5. Wilson, Jeremy (2006-10-30). "Portsmouth thrive on power of prayer and goals from born-again Kanu". The Guardian. http://football.guardian.co.uk/Match_Report/0,,1934705,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  6. P.bacon, Chris (2005-10-17). "Injury-ravaged Arsenal losing sight of leaders". The Independent 
  7. "WBA vs Arsenal". Official Albion website. 2005-10-15. Archived from the original on 2009-01-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20090113092533/http://www.wba.premiumtv.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10366~30224,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  8. "Portsmouth complete Kanu signing". BBC Sport. 2006-08-17. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/portsmouth/5261642.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  9. "Kanu to be coach (MTNfootball.com)". Archived from the original on 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  10. "Pompey sign Kanu and Rocha". Archived from the original on 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  11. Report
  12. "World Cup 2010: Kanu calls time on Nigeria career". BBC Sport. 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  13. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/kanu-intl.html
  14. Wenczel und Nwosu zum SVW?

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