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Chris Obodo
Personal information
Full name Christian Udubuesi Obodo
Date of birth 11 May 1984 (1984-05-11) (age 25)
Place of birth    Warri, Nigeria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Udinese
Number 5
Youth career
Plateau United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2001–2004
2004–2005
2005–
Perugia
Fiorentina
Udinese
062 0(1)
033 0(2)
077 0(6)   
National team
2004– Nigeria 011 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 28 July 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Christian Obodo (born 11 May 1984 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a football defensive midfielder from Nigeria, currently plays for Italian Serie A side Udinese Calcio.

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Football career

He was plucked from relative obscurity in the Nigerian league, playing for Plateau United before he became one of the hottest properties in the Italian Serie A where he had a brilliant season at Perugia. He scored his first ever Serie A goal in a 2-2 draw against Inter at the end of the season 2003.

Fiorentina signed him as a key part of their renovation as the team came back to Serie A in 2004. They only bought half the registration rights and in 2005 La Viola and Perugia were forced to make a blind auction to decide his future. Perugia won the auction but immediately sold him to Udinese.[1]

Obodo played his first UEFA Champions League with Le zebrette in 2005-06 season. Partnered with Sulley Muntari, they formed a strong midfielder role up until Muntari's exit for Portsmouth F.C. in 2007.

International career

He made his long-awaited debut for the Super Eagles in the LG Cup tournament featuring in the games versus Ghana and Cameroon. He also made a substitute appearance in the prestigious Brazil friendly, playing as a striker. He has also appeared in Nigeria's 4-1 win over Malawi in an ANC 2004 qualifier. Obodo scored his first goal in an 4-1 win over Sierra Leone.

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Goals for Senior National Team

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
11 October 2008 Abuja, Nigeria  Sierra Leone 4-1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

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Chris Obodo
Personal information
Full name Christian Udubuesi Obodo
Date of birth 11 May 1984 (1984-05-11) (age 26)
Place of birth    Warri, Nigeria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Udinese
Number 5
Senior clubs
Years Club
2001-2004
2004-2005
2005-
Perugia
Fiorentina
Udinese
National team
2003-2008 Nigeria

Christian Obodo (born 11 May 1984) is a Nigerian football player. He plays for Udinese.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2001/02PerugiaSerie A1000-10
2002/033015000351
2003/0431051100461
2004/05FiorentinaSerie A33260-392
2005/06UdineseSerie A28111120412
2006/0730531-336
2007/081030-40
2008/091800081261
2009/10
CountryItaly 172923230122512
Total 172923230122512

International career statistics

[1]

Nigeria national team
YearAppsGoals
200330
200450
200531
200652
200720
200831
Total214

References


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