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Dominic Adiyiah
Personal information
Full name Dominic Adiyiah
Date of birth 29 November 1989 (1989-11-29) (age 20)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Milan
Number 40 [1]
Youth career
2000–2007 Feyenoord Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Feyenoord Academy 0 (0)
2007–2008 Heart of Lions 24 (13)
2008–2010 Fredrikstad 8 (0)
2010– Milan 0 (0)
Total 32 (13)
National team
2008–2009 Ghana U-20 16 (17)
2009– Ghana 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 February 2010

Dominic Adiyiah (born 29 November 1989) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a striker for A.C. Milan.


Club career


Early career

Adiyiah began his career in the Feyenoord Academy, which he joined when he was only 10 years old.[2] He spent seven years in Gomoa Fetteh, where the Academy is based, before transferring to Heart of Lions in January 2007. After making his debut in the Ghana Premier League, he went on to score 13 goals in 24 appearances for the club based in Kpandu, finishing second in the scoring list.[3] At the end of the 2007–08 season he was named Most Exciting Player of the league.[4]

Fredrikstad (2008–2010)

In August 2008, Adiyiah made the move to Europe, being signed by Norwegian top flight club Fredrikstad for a fee of only £100k (approx. €125k as of that date).[2] He made his debut for the club in an away match against Aalesunds, on 30 August.[5] Despite going scoreless in four appearances during the 2008 season, he did impress Fredrikstad’s coaching staff, as the team finished second in the league.[3]

The following season he scored twice during the training camp, but has not scored in the four league matches he appeared.[6] He also made his debut in the Europa League, in the second leg of the third qualifying round against Lech Poznań.[7]

Milan (2010–present)

In late October 2009, after impressing in the U-20 World Cup, Adiyiah was reported to be close to joining Serie A club Milan. Speculation increased as Fredrikstad announced they had received a bid €500k for the young striker from a big European club.[8] The rumor was eventually confirmed by Milan CEO Adriano Galliani on 1 November,[9] and six day later the Ghanaian signed his new contract, as he had passed routine medical examinations.[10]

The move was ratified on 2 January 2010, the first day of the winter transfer window. However Adiyiah was still not able to play, since he was called-up by the Ghana national team to take part in the African Nations Cup.[11] Upon his return, a month later, he also secured an Italian work permit, which he was still lacking, thus becoming definitively eligible to play.[12]

International career

Adiyiah has been called-up for Black Satellites since 2008, making his debut on 30 March, in a match against Niger,[13] and also participating in the WAFU Youth Tournament.[14] In October 2009 he took part in the U-20 World Cup, held in Egypt.[15] As the team went on winning the trophy, he was awarded the Golden Shoe for the topscorer with 8 goals in 7 games and was also named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.[16]

Adiyiah earned his first call-up with the Black Stars on 3 November 2009, shortly after the U-20 triumph, for a World Cup qualification match against Mali, to be played on 15 November.[17] However he was left as an unused substitute.[18] He did make his senior debut three days later though, in a friendly against Angola.[19]

In January 2010 he was part of the Ghanaian team that reached the final at the African Nations Cup. Despite making only two substitute appearances, he showed glimpses of a player for the future.[20]






Ghana U-20


As of 19:43, 23 February 2010 (UTC).

Team Season Domestic
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Feyenoord Academy 2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heart of Lions 2007–08 24 13 0 0 24 13
Fredrikstad 2008 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2009 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Milan 2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 32 13 0 0 1 0 0 0 33 13

1Continental competitions include the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
2Other tournaments include none to date


  1. ^ "Comunicato stampa N.89" (in Italian). Lega Calcio. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b Nick Bidwell. "Dominic Adiyiah looks set to be a star of the future". World Soccer. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  3. ^ a b David Hein (2009-10-11). "Dominic Adiyiah Profile". Suite 101. 
  4. ^ a b William Quarmine (2008-07-05). "Top of the Onetouch Premier League Class". Football Made in Ghana. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  5. ^ "Tippeligaen: Aalesunds FK – Fredrikstad FK". Transfer Markt. 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Tippeligaen 2009 Dominic Adiyiah" (in Norwegian). Fredrikstad FK.,com_joomleague/func,showPlayer/p,19/pid,480/Itemid,460/. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Lech Poznan vs. Fredrikstad – 6 August 2009". Soccer Way. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  8. ^ Adam Scime (2009-10-29). "Milan on verge of signing under-20 Ghana star Dominic Adiyiah". Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  9. ^ "AC Milan set to complete Adiyiah and Beckham deals". ESPN. 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  10. ^ "Great Leo, great play". A.C. Milan. 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  11. ^ "Ghana: African Cup of Nations about to begin". A.C. Milan. 2020-01-08. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  12. ^ K.N.S Mensah (2010-02-08). "Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah secures Italian work permit to join Milan". Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  13. ^ Nana Obiri Yeboah & Michael Boateng (2008-03-30). "Ghana win opening CHAN qualifier". Ghana Football Association. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  14. ^ Akyereko-Frimpong (2008-12-06). "Adiyiah seeks UEFA success". Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  15. ^ "Ghana squad list". FIFA. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  16. ^ a b c "Triple triumph for Adiyiah". FIFA. 2009-10-17. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  17. ^ "Milo calls up six from Satellites". Ghana Football Association. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  18. ^ "Ghana – Mali". FIFA. 2009-11-15. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  19. ^ "Ghana draws with Angola in friendly". Joy OnLine. 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  20. ^ "Dominic Adiyiah player profile". MTN Football. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  21. ^ "Drogba emerges African Player of the Year again". CAF. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  22. ^ Karl Filip Singdahlsen (2008-02-11). "Sølvguttene fikk sine medaljer!" (in Norwegian). Fredrikstad FK. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sergio Agüero
FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Shoe
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Sergio Agüero
FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Ball
Succeeded by


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