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Personal information
Full name Yakubu Aiyegbeni
Date of birth 22 November 1982 (1982-11-22) (age 27)
Place of birth Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Everton
Number 22
Youth career
1995–1998 Gateway
1998 Julius Berger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Gil Vicente 0 (0)
1999–2003 Maccabi Haifa 50 (24)
1999–2000 Hapoel Kfar Saba (loan) 23 (6)
2000–2001 Dynamo Kiev (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2003 Portsmouth (loan) 14 (7)
2003–2005 Portsmouth 66 (29)
2005–2007 Middlesbrough 73 (25)
2007– Everton 60 (22)
National team
2000– Nigeria 52 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:48, 7 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:24, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Yakubu Aiyegbeni (born 22 November 1982 in Benin City, Nigeria), nicknamed "The Yak"[1] and generally known simply as Yakubu, is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for Everton in the Premier League. He is the highest scoring African in the history of the Premier League. He is 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighs 13 stone (83 kg).


Club career

A powerful pacy striker, Yakubu started his career in Kultham Portugal with Gil Vicente, he was then bought by Israeli team Maccabi Haifa, who loaned him for one season to Hapoel Kfar Saba. He also had a loan spell at Dynamo Kiev but failed to make an appearance for the club. After returning to Haifa, he won two championships and had an excellent scoring record with the club, both in the domestic and international competitions, breaking several club records.[citation needed] He came to England and trained with Derby County but could not obtain a work permit at the time.[citation needed] After scoring 7 goals in 8 European Cup appearances (including a hat-trick) in the 2002–03 season UEFA Champions League, Yakubu moved to English club Portsmouth in January 2100



His goals helped fire Portsmouth to the Division One title, scoring at a rate of one goal every two games.

During the club's debut Premier League season, in which they finished 13th, he scored 16 times in 35 starts, including 4 in a single game as Portsmouth defeated Middlesbrough 5-1 on the final day of the season. During the summer of 2004 several other Premiership teams were interested in purchasing Yakubu for up to £10 million,[citation needed] but he chose to stay and help consolidate the club's Premiership position. His final goal for Portsmouth in May 2005 before he left the club - the equaliser in a 1-1 home draw to Bolton Wanderers in the penulitimate league game of the season - was the goal that ensured Portsmouth would not be relegated from Premiership in the 2004–05 season.[citation needed]


After the 2004–05 season, he transferred from Portsmouth to Middlesbrough for a £7.5 million fee.[2] Yakubu scored the only goal of the game with a penalty in the first leg of the UEFA Cup last 16 round at home against A.S. Roma, giving Middlesbrough a 1-0 victory, who later went through on away goals. He played for Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final.

His transfer from Portsmouth to Middlesbrough in July 2005 is one of those about which the Stevens inquiry report in June 2007 expressed concerns because of the lack of co-operation from agents Pinhas Zahavi and Barry Silkman[3].


Yakubu was transferred to Everton in August 2007 for a fee of £11.25m.[1] Shunning the traditional centre-forwards' number 9 Yakubu asked to be assigned number 22, setting this number as a goal-scoring target for his first season,[4] a feat he fell one goal short of achieving.[5] He scored 11 minutes into his debut for the club, the first goal in a 2–1 win against Bolton Wanderers, at the Reebok Stadium in September 2007.[6] His first hat-trick came against Fulham in a 3–0 home league win in December 2007.[7] Yakubu travelled to Ghana in early 2008 to compete in the Cup of Nations. Following Nigeria's exit from the competition Yakubu was late in returning to his club, and as a result was dropped by manager David Moyes once back in England.[1] His double against Newcastle United in a 3–1 win at Goodison Park on the last day of the 2007–08 season helped the Toffees clinch 5th place and a place in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup competition. He finished his first season with 15 Premier League goals to his name, and 21 goals in all competitions for Everton.[8] Yakubu got his highest goal tally for a single season, and also became the first Everton player since Peter Beardsley to net 20 goals in a season. [9]

Yakubu scored his 100th goal in English football in a league game at West Bromwich Albion early in the Premier League 2008–09 season.[10] He continued his great start to the season with a goal against Standard Liege in the UEFA Cup. He got back on the scoresheet with a lucky, but clever, goal against Boro, his first goal in 10 games, but ruptured his Achilles tendon in the 1-0 away win at Tottenham on Sunday 30 November, ruling him out for the rest of the season. Yakubu played his first competitive game after the achilles tendon injury against Burnley Reserves, and in his first start for the first team in almost a year, he scored within 11 minutes against Hull City in the Carling Cup with a typically cool-headed finish. Everton fans like to sing Feed the yak and he will score! He came on for Jo in first half injury time and scored an equaliser with his first touch to bring Everton level at Stamford Bridge.

International career

Yakubu has scored 19 goals in his 47 appearances for Nigeria, beginning with a goal against Namibia on June 16 2001 in a Cup of Nations qualifier.[11]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002-03 Portsmouth First Division 14 7 - - - 14 7
2003-04 Premier League 36 16 4 1 2 2 - 42 19
2004-05 30 13 2 2 3 2 - 35 17
2005-06 Middlesbrough Premier League 34 13 7 4 2 0 13 2 56 19
2006-07 37 12 8 4 - - 45 16
2007-08 2 0 - - - 2 0
2007-08 Everton Premier League 29 15 1 0 3 3 6 3 39 21
2008-09 14 4 0 0 1 0 2 1 17 5
2009-10 17 3 0 0 2 1 8 0 27 4
Total England 213 82 22 11 13 8 29 6 277 108
Career Total 213 82 22 11 13 8 29 6 277 108


Maccabi Haifa




  • FA Cup :
    • Runner-up: 2008-09


  1. ^ a b c "Players: Squad Profiles: Yakubu Ayegbeni". Everton F.C.. http://evertonfc.com/player-profile/yakubu-ayegbeni. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  2. ^ "Yakubu has not asked for move.". BBC Sport. 2007-09-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/middlesbrough/6938421.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  3. ^ "What Stevens said about each club". www.telegraph.co.uk. 2007-06-16. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=A1YourView&xml=/sport/2007/06/16/sfnste116.xml. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  4. ^ http://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport-news/everton-fc/2007/09/29/yakubu-aims-to-snatch-22-55578-19866022/
  5. ^ http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=814520
  6. ^ McNulty, Phil (2007-09-01). "Bolton 1-2 Everton". BBC Sport Online. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/6963699.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  7. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (2007-12-09). "Everton 3 Fulham 0: Yakubu's treble rewards patience of Everton faithful". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/everton-3-fulham-0-yakubus-treble-rewards-patience-of-everton-faithful-764007.html. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  8. ^ Yakubu Aiyegbenji career stats at Soccerbase
  9. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/everton-3-newcastle-united-1-yakubus-double-seals-high-five-for-everton-826312.html
  10. ^ Bevan, Chris (2008-08-23). "West Brom 1-2 Everton". BBC Sport Online. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7565064.stm. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  11. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesn/nig-intres.html

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Yakubu Aiyegbeni
Personal information
Full name Yakubu Aiyegbeni
Date of birth 22 November 1982 (1982-11-22) (age 28)
Place of birth    Benin City, Nigeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Everton
Number 22
Senior clubs
Years Club
Maccabi Haifa
→Hapoel Kfar Saba (loan)
National team
2000- Nigeria

Yakubu Aiyegbeni (born 22 November 1982) is a Nigerian football player. He plays for Everton and Nigeria national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
IsraelLeague Israel State Cup Toto Cup EuropeTotal
1999/00Hapoel Kfar SabaPremier League236236
2000/01Maccabi HaifaPremier League143143
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2002/03PortsmouthFirst Division1470000-147
2003/04Premier League37164122-4319
2005/06MiddlesbroughPremier League341374201325619
2007/08EvertonPremier League29151033633921
CountryIsrael 72307230
England 197802211117216251104
Total 2691102211117216323134

International career statistics


Nigeria national team



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