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Sam Sodje
Personal information
Full name Samuel Okeremute Sodje
Date of birth 25 May 1979 (1979-05-25) (age 30)
Place of birth    Greenwich, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Charlton Athletic
Number 18
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Stevenage Borough
West Bromwich Albion (loan)
Charlton Athletic (loan)
Watford (loan)
Leeds United (loan)
Charlton Athletic
29 0(3)
68 0(8)
83 (12)
03 0(0)
07 0(1)
27 0(2)
01 0(0)
05 0(0)
National team2
2005– Nigeria 04 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17:12, 19 December 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 14:34, 19 March 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Samuel Okeremute Sodje (born 25 May 1979) is an English-born Nigerian footballer who plays as a defender for Charlton Athletic. Sodje also represents Nigeria at international level.


Personal life

Sodje has three brothers (Efe, Steve, and Akpo), as well as a nephew, Onome, also playing football in England. A fourth brother, Bright, used to play rugby league.

Club career


Early years

Sodje was born in Greenwich, London and joined Margate at the beginning of the 2002–03 season and scored on his debut with a header. He quickly established himself as a huge favourite with the supporters and won the Supporters' Player of the Year award at the end of his first season with Margate.

In the summer of 2003, he went on trial at Yeovil Town and Chester City, but neither team signed him. He returned to Margate to play Conference football for the 2003–04 season and impressed once again.

At the beginning of the 2004–05 season, he moved from Margate to League One side Brentford on a free transfer. He became popular with the Brentford fans through a combination of his goal-scoring, and his crazy hairstyles. At the end of that season he won a local newspaper award for player of the season, and at the end of the 2005–06 season he was honoured with a place in the PFA League One team of the year.[1]


It was revealed Sodje had turned down a move to Southampton on 31 January 2006, the final day of the transfer window.[2] Much transfer speculation followed until it was announced on 12 July 2006 that Sodje would join Reading, subject to a medical;[3] the transfer was completed on 14 July 2006.[4]

Sodje made his Reading debut away to Wigan Athletic on 26 August 2006 because of a suspension to Ibrahima Sonko, and scored his first Reading goal against Burnley in the FA Cup on 9 January 2007.[5] However, his first team opportunities in the 2006–07 proved to be limited, so on 16 March 2007 he signed a month's loan deal with West Bromwich Albion,[6] which was subsequently extended to the end of the 2006–07 season.[7] Whilst there, he helped The Baggies to a place in the Championship Playoff Final, which they lost 1–0 to Derby County.[8] He scored once for West Brom, in a 2-1 win over Norwich City on 9 April 2007.[9]

In the summer 2007 transfer window, Sheffield Wednesday agreed a fee with Reading for Sodje, with Sodje given the opportunity to think over the move.[10] However, Sodje eventually joined Charlton Athletic on loan for the remainder of the 2007–08 season.[11] He made his Charlton debut in the club's 2–0 victory over Norwich City as a late substitute on 18 September 2007. His performance in Charlton's 3–1 home win over Ipswich Town on 8 December 2007 earned him a place in the Championship Team of the Week.[12]

In September 2008 Sodje joined fellow Championship side Watford on a month's loan as cover for the team's injuries.[13] He played in one game away at Sheffield United before returning to Reading after aggravating a knee injury.[14]

Leeds United loan

On 26 March 2009, Sodje joined Leeds United on loan for a month with an option to extend the loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.[15] Sodje partnered Richard Naylor at centre back and formed a strong partnership with him during his loan spell, even though Sodje only played 8 times during his loan spell with Leeds including the playoff semi finals against Millwall he quickly became a cult hero, with many Leeds fans demanding he be signed on a permanent basis. Instead Leeds signed Patrick Kisnorbo and Sodje had to look elsewhere.

Second spell at Charlton Athletic

On 28 May 2009, Reading told Sodje that he was free to leave the club. Sodje returned on a free transfer to the club he was on loan with two-seasons prior, Charlton Athletic. Sodje made his full debut in the 0–0 game at his former club Leeds United. The club being local to his birthplace of Greenwich, he stated that the club was 'in my blood'. On 14 November, Sodje's brother Akpo, joined him at the club on loan from Sheffield Wednesday.

International career

He made his international debut for the Nigeria national football team in 2005 in an international friendly against Romania.[16] After some impressive performances for Leeds United Sodje was recalled to the Nigerian squad for an international friendly against the Republic of Ireland in 2009.[17]. Sodje started the game for Nigeria, and put in a very impressive performance before being substituted.





  1. ^ "Gerrard named player of the year". BBC Sport. 2006-04-23. Retrieved 2007-04-26.  
  2. ^ "Sodje turns down move to Saints". BBC Sport. 2006-02-01. Retrieved 2006-07-12.  
  3. ^ "Royals agree £350k fee for Bees' Sam Sodje". Reading F.C.. 2006-07-12.,,10306~866744,00.html. Retrieved 2006-07-12.  
  4. ^ "Royals to complete signing of defender Sam Sodje this afternoon". Reading F.C.. 2006-07-14.,,10306~866744,00.html. Retrieved 2006-07-14.  
  5. ^ "Reading 3-2 Burnley". BBC. 9 January 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2009.  
  6. ^ "Sodje to join West Brom on loan for a month". Reading F.C.. 2007-03-16.,,10306~998183,00.html. Retrieved 2007-03-16.  
  7. ^ "West Brom extend Sodje loan spell". BBC Sport. 2007-04-17. Retrieved 2007-04-17.  
  8. ^ "Derby 1-0 West Brom". BBC Sport. 2007-05-28. Retrieved 2007-05-28.  
  9. ^ "Norwich 1-2 West Brom". BBC. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2009.  
  10. ^ "Sodje thinking over Owls move". Reading F.C.. 2007-08-24.,,10306~1098220,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-24.  
  11. ^ "Friday's lunchtime transfer update". Reading F.C.. 2007-08-31.,,10306~1103237,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-31.  
  12. ^ "Coca-Cola Championship Team Of The Week (10/12/2007)" (pdf). The Football League. 2007-12-10.,,10794~115906,00.pdf. Retrieved 2007-12-11.  
  13. ^ "Sodje signs to soothe injury woe". Watford F.C.. 2008-09-26.,,10400~1403564,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-26.  
  14. ^ "Sodje heads back". Watford F.C.. 2008-09-30.,,10400~1408041,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-05.  
  15. ^ "Leeds capture Sodje & Flahavan". BBC Sport. 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-27.  
  16. ^ Sodje doubt for Bees, 2005-11-17. Retrieved on 2008-01-27.
  17. ^ Nigeria Squad, Fulham F.C. 2009-05-27. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.

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