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Tony Yeboah
Personal information
Full name Anthony Yeboah
Date of birth 6 June 1966 (1966-06-06) (age 43)
Place of birth    Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1982
1983–1985
1986–1987
1988–1990
1990–1995
1995–1997
1997–2001
2001–2002
Asante Kotoko
Cornerstones Kumasi
Okwawu United
1. FC Saarbrücken
Eintracht Frankfurt
Leeds United
Hamburger SV
Al Ittihad Doha



065 (26)
123 (68)
048 (25)
100 (28)
00? 0(5)   
National team
1985–1997 Ghana 059 (29)
Teams managed
2008– Bechem Chelsea (Chairman)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Anthony "Tony" Yeboah (born 6 June 1966 in Kumasi, Ghana) is a Ghanaian former footballer who is most noted for his time at European clubs 1. FC Saarbrücken, Eintracht Frankfurt, Leeds United and Hamburger SV during the 1990s and is currently chairman at Bechem Chelsea in his native Ghana.

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History

He is considered one of the most prominent and prolific goal scorers in Ghanaian and African football history and gained a reputation for scoring spectacular goals which often featured in Goal of the Month or Goal of the Season competitions, often celebrated by wagging his index finger towards the crowd. He was a member of Ghana's national team for ten years, and represented his country at three African Nations Cups during the 1990s. Yeboah scored 29 goals in 59 appearances for Ghana (the second highest goalscoring total in the nation's history behind Abedi Ayew Pele.

Career

After spending his youth in Kumasi, Yeboah joined German club 1. FC Saarbrücken in 1988. This move was of some historical significance, because Yeboah became only the second black player to appear in the Bundesliga, only pre-dated by fellow Ghanaian Anthony Baffoe who had been born and raised in Germany. This was a time where the Bundesliga was dominated by Caucasian players (in fact, many squads were all-German, except for one or two European foreigners).

Yeboah had a slow first year, but then scored 17 goals in his second Saarbrücken year. He was then transferred to Eintracht Frankfurt. In the Hesse metropolis, Yeboah quickly established himself as a deadly striker, equally adept with his feet and his head. He was the top scorer in Bundesliga twice with Frankfurt, in 1993 and 1994, and paved the way for black African players like Jay-Jay Okocha, Samuel Kuffour and Souleymane Sané. In 1995, he and fellow colleagues Maurizio Gaudino and Okocha clashed with manager Jupp Heynckes, which led to their departure from the club.

Yeboah joined English club Leeds United from Eintracht Frankfurt for a £3.4 million price tag at the start of 1995. As well as his wonder-goals of the season against Liverpool and Wimbledon, a hat-trick versus AS Monaco in the UEFA Cup was one of the high points of his Leeds career. Yeboah often cited his good form and prowess while at Leeds was down to his love for Yorkshire Pudding. A video was released named ‘Yeboah – Shoot to Kill’ while he was at Leeds.

Injuries (several picked up while on international duty) restricted his game when he played and kept him out of the Leeds side on several occasions. When George Graham took over as manager, there was a clash of personalities and Yeboah was sold. He returned to Germany, and was still playing and scoring for several years after he left Leeds.

Yeboah scored a total of 33 goals for Leeds United in 62 appearances, and is still revered as a cult hero for the Yorkshire club. . He is famous in the United Kingdom for scoring many remarkable goals in a short period for Leeds United. His volley against Liverpool and his strike versus Wimbledon in the 1995–96 season were amongst his notable goals and he was a regular feature in Goal of the Month in the Premiership at a time when the Georgian midfielder Georgi Kinkladze of Manchester City F.C. and Matt Le Tissier of Southampton F.C. also gained a reputation for scoring world class goals in the competition. The goal against Wimbledon was also awarded Goal of the Season in 1995–96. While at Leeds, the speed of one of his shots was unofficially measured at 96 mph, making his shots faster than Leeds legend Peter Lorimer. In his first season (1995-96) at Elland Road he was voted as the club's first-ever non-British Player of the Year[1].

Yeboah left German club Hamburger SV in 2001, in order to join Al Ittihad Doha in Qatar, where he played under Austrian coach Josef Hickersberger.[2]

In 2005, Yeboah appeared at the Lucas Radebe testimonial with Leeds United and African players past and present. In December 2006, he featured in a charity match christened as "Anthony Baffoe XI vs Anthony Yeboah XI". According to the organisers, this event will be held annually to raise funds to support orphanages in the country. The match ended 3-2 to Yeboah's team. Yeboah played a cameo role in the first ten minutes. The match also featured players such as Stephen Appiah, Marcel Desailly and Richard Kingson.

Coaching career

On 3 November 2008 he was appointed to the new Chairman of the new promoted Ghana Telecom Premier League club Bechem Chelsea[3].

Career statistics

[4]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
1988-89 Saarbrücken 2. Bundesliga 28 9
1989-90 37 17
1990-91 Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 26 8 6 2 1 1 33 11
1991-92 34 15 1 0 3 2 38 17
1992-93 27 20 6 5 4 5 37 30
1993-94 22 18 2 1 3 1 27 20
1994-95 14 7 2 1 5 3 19 11
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1994-95 Leeds United Premier League 18 12 2 1 19 13
1995-96 22 12 6 1 7 3 4 3 39 19
1996-97 7 0 7 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
1997-98 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 23 3
1998-99 34 14
1999-00 24 9
2000-01 14 2
2001-02 5 0
Total Germany 288 122
England 47 24
Career Total 335 143

Honours

Trivia

  • Yeboah's lasting popularity in Frankfurt is demonstrated by the fact that supporters still wear shirts with the slogan Zeugen Yeboahs, meaning Yeboah's Witnesses in English, a reference to Jehovah's Witnesses.
  • Commenting that Yeboah's birthday can not be determined exactly, Ghana's then-manager Otto Pfister said: There's only one way to find out: saw his leg off and count the rings. [5]
  • When Yeboah was at Leeds United, some fans added "OAH" to the Yorkshire Electricity Board signs found around the city, "YEB" being the acronym for the Yorkshire Electricity Board.
  • To date, amateur footballers across the country still call it a ‘Yeboah’ or 'Tony' and celebrate waving their index finger when they hit the underside of the crossbar, in reference to his strikes against Liverpool and Wimbledon which hit the underside of the crossbar prior to crossing the line.
  • In the early 1990s the local Frankfurt comedy duo Badesalz released a sketch based on Yeboah's transfer from Saarbrücken to Frankfurt and racist chants occasionally heard around that time. In the sketch, two supporters mock the visitors' player Anthony Sabini with monkey sounds until a third supporter tells them that Sabini would be transferred to their club for the next season. From that moment they hail and even cheer him when he scores against their team.
  • To this day Yeboah is the only player ever to win successive BBC Match of the Day Goal of the Month competitions, doing so in September and October 1995[6].

Personal life

Yeboah is the of uncle of Hapoel Tel Aviv player Samuel Yeboah and the cousin of the ex FSV Mainz 05 player Mike Osei.

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