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Joseph Yobo
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Personal information
Full name Joseph Phillip Yobo
Date of birth 6 September 1980 (1980-09-06) (age 29)
Place of birth Kono, Nigeria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current club Everton
Number 4
Youth career
1996–1997 Michellin Port-Harcourt[1][2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Standard Liège 46 (2)
2001–2003 Marseille 23 (0)
2001–2002 Tenerife (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2003 Everton (loan) 24 (0)
2003– Everton 192 (8)
National team
2001– Nigeria 68 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:23, 10 December 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:22, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Joseph Phillip Yobo (born 6 September 1980 in Kono[3]) is a Nigerian football defender, who currently plays for Everton and the Nigerian national team.

He is the younger brother of former Nigeria international Albert Yobo. At the beginning of July 2008, his younger brother Norum Yobo[4] was kidnapped in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria and held for ransom. He was eventually released after 12 days on 17 July 2008.[5]

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Club career

Yobo was born in Kono, but he grew up in Port Harcourt and is close friends with Crewe Alexandra's George Abbey with whom he grew up.[6] He later consulted with Abbey when deciding whether to move to England.[6]

Yobo left Nigeria to join Standard Liège in 1998. He made his first team debut in 2000, and went on to appear 46 times. In 2001, he was bought by Marseille.[7]

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Everton

Soon after making his debut, Yobo was loaned to Tenerife. After around nine months, Yobo retuned to Marseille, before joining Everton, again on loan, in July 2002. A £1 million fee was required to register the player, and he became the first signing of David Moyes.[8] An option to make the move permanent was taken up and completed in 2003 after a dispute between Yobo and Marseille was settled,[9] with Everton agreeing a fixed additional fee of £4 million.[1] [10]

Yobo became one of the most consistent players in the Everton squad, and was one of only seven players in the entire league to play every minute of every game throughout the 2006–07 season.[citation needed]

The delay, in 2006, in signing a new contract with Everton lead to rumours of a move to Arsenal,[11] but on 22 July, Yobo committed himself to Goodison Park until 2010. As of 15 April 2007, Yobo is the record appearance holder for an overseas player at Everton.[citation needed] For the UEFA Cup match against Larissa of Greece on 25 October 2007, Yobo was named as captain in the absence of Phil Neville and thus became the first African to captain the club. On 6 May 2009, Yobo scored his first goal of the season against West Ham United to seal a 3–1 win.

In the 2009–10 season, Yobo had to adjust to his new defensive partner, Sylvain Distin, after Joleon Lescott left and Phil Jagielka became injured. On the 29 November 2009, he scored an own goal in Everton's 2–0 defeat to Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby.[12]

International career

The Nigerian international played in the Super Eagles' three matches[8] in Japan and South Korea, for the 2002 World Cup, and even provided the assist for his side's only goal of the tournament.[9] His play at international level has received positive reviews.[13]

Personal life

In 2010, following a brief courtship, Yobo married former beauty queen Adaeze Igwe in a midnight ceremony held in Jos.[14] They are expecting their first child together.

Charity work

In 2007, Yobo set up the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation, to help under-privileged children in Nigeria. As of 18 July 2007, he has handed out over 300 scholarship awards ranging from primary to university level. Yobo has started a football academy in the Ogoni region of Nigeria. He also runs football camps in Lagos, in conjunction with Everton Lagos.

Career statistics

[15][16]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Standard Liège Jupiler League 30 2 30 2
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2001–02 Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 23 0 23 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2001–02 Tenerife Segunda División 0 0 0 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Everton Premier League 24 0 2 0 26 0
2003–04 28 2 1 0 2 0 31 2
2004–05 27 0 3 0 3 0 33 0
2005–06 29 1 1 0 4 1 34 2
2006–07 38 2 1 0 1 0 40 2
2007–08 30 1 2 0 7 0 39 1
2008–09 27 1 1 0 2 0 33 1
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 0
Total Belgium 30 2 30 2
France 23 0 23 0
Spain 0 0 0 0
England 188 6 5 0 12 0 13 1 218 7
Career Total 241 8 5 0 12 0 13 1 271 9

Honours

Individual

References

  1. ^ a b c "Yobo in power play". The Guardian. 2003-09-07. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2003/sep/07/sport.comment2. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  2. ^ National Football Teams Player Profile - Joseph Yobo at www.national-football-teams.com
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Everton offer Yobo assistance". http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/06072008/58/premier-league-everton-offer-yobo-assistance.html. 
  5. ^ "Yobo's Brother Released". http://kickoffnigeria.com/static/news/article.php?id=2260. 
  6. ^ a b Copnall, James (12 February 2004). "Abbey days". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/3483353.stm. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  7. ^ "European Preview: Belgium Transfers". BBC. 2001-08-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/low/football/africa/1493202.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  8. ^ a b "Everton complete Yobo chase". BBC. 2002-07-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/low/football/teams/e/everton/2098473.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  9. ^ a b "Joseph Yobo - Everton F.C. Player Profile". http://www.evertonfc.com/match/former-blues.html?player_id=20. 
  10. ^ "Everton close in on Yobo's signature". The Guardian. 2002-11-28. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2002/nov/28/newsstory.sport10. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Everton face Yobo contract delay". BBC. 2006-04-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/e/everton/4873048.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 2009-11-29. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/8377203.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  13. ^ "Yobo and Toure provide light in the dark". The Guardian. 2008-01-22. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/jan/22/africannationscup2008.africannationscup1. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  14. ^ Yobo weds Igwe
  15. ^ "Joseph Yobo : Biography". http://www.11v11.com/index.php?pageID=537&playerID=13830. 
  16. ^ Joseph Yobo career stats at Soccerbase
  17. ^ "Egypt dominates glo-caf awards". CAFonline.com. http://www.cafonline.com/caf/awards/146-egypt-dominates-glo-caf-awards.html. 

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Joseph Yobo
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Personal information
Full name Joseph Yobo
Date of birth 6 September 1980 (1980-09-06) (age 30)
Place of birth    Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Everton
Number 4
Senior clubs
Years Club
1998-2001
2001-2003
2001-2002
2002-2003
2003-
Standard Liège
Olympique Marseille
Tenerife (loan)
Everton (loan)
Everton
National team
2001- Nigeria

Joseph Yobo (born 6 September 1980) is a Nigerian football player who plays for Everton in the Premier League.

He is a defender who normally plays in the centre, but can play on the right of defence or in midfield.

He signed from French side Olympique Marseille in 2001 and has become a favourite at Everton ever since.

He is the Everton vice-captain and first captained Everton against Larissas in a 3-1 victory in the UEFA Cup, replacing the injured Phil Neville.

Yobo is also captain of the national Nigerian side.

When he first joined Everton he wore the number 20 on his shirt, but this changed to 4 when Alan Stubbs left for Sunderland

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BelgiumLeague Belgian Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
1997/98Standard LiègeFirst Division00---00
1998/9900---00
1999/00180---180
2000/01302---302
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
2001/02Olympique MarseilleDivision 1230---230
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2001/02TenerifeSegunda División00---00
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2002/03EvertonPremier League2400020-260
2003/042821020-312
2004/052703030-330
2005/06291001041342
2006/073821010-402
2007/08301002070391
2008/09261001020291
2009/10
CountryBelgium 482---482
France 230---230
Spain 00---00
England 2027501201312328
Total 27395012013130310

International career statistics

Nigeria national team
YearAppsGoals
200170
2002120
200330
2004102
200550
200670
200730
2008102
200950
2010
Total624

References


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