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Kalu Uche
Personal information
Full name Kalu Uche
Date of birth 15 November 1982 (1982-11-15) (age 27)
Place of birth    Aba, Nigeria
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Almería
Number 5
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Enyimba FC
Iwuanyanwu Nationale
Espanyol B
Wisła Kraków
Bordeaux (loan)

054 (10)
024 0(1)
131 (28)   
National team2
2003– Nigeria 19 (2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 11 March 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 4 February 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)

Kalu Uche (born 15 November 1982 in Aba) is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for UD Almería of the Spanish first division, mainly as a forward.

Known for his acrobatic goal celebrations, he is the older brother of Ikechukwu Uche, also a footballer (they are not related to two other players, Uche Okechukwu and Ikechukwu Kalu); he can operate on occasion as an attacking midfielder.


Club career

Uche's career began in Nigeria with Enyimba FC and Iwuanyanwu Nationale. In 2000–01, he joined Spanish first division team RCD Espanyol, but would not collect a single first team appearance.

Uche then transferred to Poland's Wisła Kraków and played there until 2006 (winning the 2003 Polish League and two domestic cups), except for the 2004–05 season when he represented FC Girondins de Bordeaux, on loan, after disciplinary problems endured in Poland.[1]

In 2006–07, Uche moved to UD Almería, and was instrumental in helping the Andalusia outfit to its first ever top flight promotion, netting eight league goals (with three in the last five matches). He made his first division debut on August 26, 2007, coming from the bench in a 3–0 win at Deportivo de La Coruña.

On January 11, 2009, profitting from the absence of first-choice Álvaro Negredo, Uche netted both goals in a 2–2 draw at Espanyol. On December 5, he scored the side's second goal at Real Madrid for the 2–1, but the hosts eventually rallied back to 4–2.

International career

Uche made his debut for the Nigeria national football team on 21 June 2003, in an African Nations Cup qualifier against Angola, scoring in the process.[2]


  1. ^ Uche gives Bordeaux a go;, 30 August 2004
  2. ^ "2003 matches Africa". rsssf. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 

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