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Julius Aghahowa
Personal information
Full name Julius Aghahowa
Date of birth 12 February 1982 (1982-02-12) (age 27)
Place of birth    Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Shakhtar Donetsk
Number 77
Youth career
1993–1995
1995–1998
Police Machines
Bendel Insurance FC
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998–1999
1999–2000
2000–2007
2007–2008
2008–2009
2009–
Insurance
Espérance
Shakhtar Donetsk
Wigan Athletic
Kayserispor
Shakhtar Donetsk

34 (26)
90 (33)
20 0(0)
29 0(6)
07 0(1)   
National team2
1997–1998
1999–2006
Nigeria U-17
Nigeria
7 0(3)
32 (14)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22 October 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 11 March 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Julius Aghahowa (born 12 February 1982 in Benin City, Nigeria) is a football striker from Nigeria who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League as a striker.

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Club career

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Early career

Aghahowa began his career with the Police Machines, a local police team, and went on to Bendel Insurance FC. He signed for Danish lower division team Herning Fremad before the 1999 African Youth Championship, but Aghahowa performed so well there that he wanted to play for a bigger club. He ended up with the Tunisian champions, Espérance, when he procured a contract with the Tunisians which predated the Herning Fremad contract[1].

Shakhtar Donetsk

In the middle of the 2000-01 season, Aghahowa transferred to Shakhtar Donetsk, who soon won the Ukrainian league championship. Aghahowa won the game for Shakhtar in the 2006 Ukrainian Championship against Dynamo Kyiv, heading the winner in extra-time and being named man of the match. His performance in the final has been widely seen as the "saving grace" of his career at Shakhtar, with his future at the club looking bleak earlier in the season. After playing over six years for Shakhtar Donetsk, Aghahowa left for Wigan.

Wigan

His work permit was passed and on 30 January 2007 he signed for Wigan for an undisclosed fee,[1 ] playing his first Premiership match for them against Portsmouth F.C. on February 3.[2] Aghahowa didn't score for Wigan in one and half years and on the 20th June 2008 he signed for Turkish club Kayserispor[3 ]

Comeback to Shakhtar

On 4 July 2009 Shakhtar Donetsk have signed the Nigerian forward on a free transfer after he was released by Turkish club Kayserispor. Aghahowa has already played for Shakhtar from 2000 to 2007[4] and now has declared a great desire to play for his old club[5].

Honours

Tunisian League: 2000

Ukrainian Premier League: 2002, 2005, 2006

Ukrainian Cup: 2002, 2004

International career

Aghahowa has played 32 matches and scored 14 goals for the Nigerian national team, including their only goal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup against Sweden. He became Nigeria's top goalscorer at the 2002 African Nations Cup. He also played at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

References

  • ^ Lars Bøgeskov, "Jyder snydt for supertalent", Politiken, August 27, 1999

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Julius Aghahowa
Personal information
Full name Julius Aghahowa
Date of birth 12 February 1982 (1982-02-12) (age 29)
Place of birth    Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Shakhtar Donetsk
Number 77
Senior clubs
Years Club
1995-1999
1999-2000
2000-2007
2007-2008
2008-2009
2009-
Bendel Insurance
Espérance Sportive Tunis
Shakhtar Donetsk
Wigan Athletic
Kayserispor
Shakhtar Donetsk
National team
2000-2007 Nigeria

Julius Aghahowa (born 12 February 1982) is a Nigerian football player. He plays for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
UkraineLeague
2000/01Shakhtar DonetskPremier League87
2001/02177
2002/03101
2003/04176
2004/05158
2005/06130
2006/0793
EnglandLeague
2006/07Wigan AthleticPremier League60
2007/08140
TurkeyLeague
2008/09KayserisporSüper Lig296
UkraineLeague
2009/10Shakhtar DonetskPremier League
CountryUkraine 8932
England 200
Turkey 296
Total 13838

International career statistics

Nigeria national team
YearAppsGoals
200043
200152
2002127
200300
200451
200521
200630
200710
Total3214

References


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