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Stephen Makinwa
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Personal information
Full name Stephen Ayodele Makinwa
Date of birth 26 July 1983 (1983-07-26) (age 26)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Lazio
Number 18
Youth career
1999–2000 FC Ebedei
2000–2001 Reggiana
2000–2001 → Conegliano (loan) (Amateur)
2001–2002 Como
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Reggiana 29 (6)
2003–2004 Genoa 18 (6)
2003 → Como (loan) 21 (6)
2004 Modena (loan) 17 (1)
2005 Atalanta 17 (6)
2005–2006 Palermo 23 (5)
2006– Lazio 43 (3)
2008 Reggina (loan) 9 (0)
2009 Chievo (loan) 9 (1)
National team
2004–2008 Nigeria 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen Ayodele Makinwa (born 26 July 1983 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian football striker, who is currently playing for Lazio. Makinwa also plays for the Nigerian national team.




Early career

Discovered in 2000 by Reggiana while playing for Nigerian local side FC Ebedei alogside his childhood friends and teammates, Ifeanyi Emeghara and Obafemi Martins, Makinwa started his Italian football experience moving on loan to Serie D team Conegliano.

In 2001 he moved to Serie B team Como squad, as Como bought 50% of the rights to the player, however, Makinwa did not play any games for the team.

In 2002 he was back to Reggiana, in Serie C1, but the following season he was again in Como, but now as a regular. Como bought the remainder of the 50% ownership rights from Reggiana and sold him to Genoa in 2003. In January 2004 Makinwa was loaned to Modena and made his debut in Serie A, and in January 2005 sold to Atalanta in joint-ownership bid.

During the 2005 summer market, Makinwa joined Palermo in a €7.5m bid. Makinwa only remained at Palermo for a season, however he showed enough promise to suggest that he could develop into a quality Serie A player, scoring 5 goals in 23 league matches as Palermo qualified for Europe.


He then went to S.S. Lazio in summer 2006, on a co-ownership deal for €3.3million, being reunited with Delio Rossi, his former coach at Atalanta. In summer 2007, he was fully contracted by Lazio, following a blind auction between the biancocelesti and Palermo.

In 2007-08, Makinwa got his first experience of the UEFA Champions League, failing to score as Lazio crashed out in the group stages. Following six months of unconvincing performances, Lazio sent him on loan to relegation battlers Reggina, but he still did not find the net, ending the season without a goal to his name.

He began the 2008-09 season as a fringe player at Lazio; making just four substitute appearances.

On 22 January 2009, it was announced that Makinwa had signed for Chievo until the end of the 2008-09 season[1]. The deal was a loan, with an option of making the move permanent, although Chievo decided not to sign the Nigerian and he returned to Lazio for the 2009-10

International career

Makinwa plays for the Nigerian national team, having won 14 caps since making his debut in 2004.

Makinwa played for Nigeria in the 2006 African Cup of Nations when they finished third. Two years on, he played in the side which again failed to win, losing at the 2008 African Cup of Nations to Ghana.

Both Makinwa and his national team mate Obafemi Martins, are known for celebrating goals by making several consecutive somersaults.


His name, Ayodele, means "Joy has come home".[2]


External links

Simple English

Stephen Makinwa
File:Makinwa Lazio
Personal information
Full name Stephen Ayodele Makinwa
Date of birth 26 July 1983 (1983-07-26) (age 27)
Place of birth    Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Lazio
Number 18
Senior clubs
Years Club
Reggiana (loan)
Modena (loan)
Città di Palermo
Reggina (loan)
ChievoVerona (loan)
National team
2004-2008 Nigeria

Stephen Makinwa (born 26 July 1983) is a Nigerian football player. He plays for Lazio.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
2001/02ComoSerie B00
2002/03ReggianaSerie C1286
2003/04ComoSerie B216
2003/04ModenaSerie A161
2004/05GenoaSerie B186
2004/05AtalantaSerie A176
2005/06Città di PalermoSerie A235
2006/07LazioSerie A253
2007/08RegginaSerie A90
2008/09LazioSerie A40
2008/09ChievoVeronaSerie A91
2009/10LazioSerie A
CountryItaly 19235
Total 19235

International career statistics

Nigeria national team



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