Sunday, September 20, 2009


Nwankwo Kanu was born on the 1st August 1976 in Owerri, Nigeria; usually known simply as Kanu and nicknamed Papilo, is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for the NIGERIAN national team and presently for English club PORTSMOUTH.
He began his career when he was fifteen years old
Years Club Appearance:
1991–1992 Fed Works club Owerri (unknown fee)

1992–1993 Iwuanyanwu Nationale FC now Heartland (unknown sign on fee)
1993–1996 Ajax AFC (sign on fees €207,047.)
1996–1999 FC Internazionale Milano ($4.7 million ;)
1999–2004 Arsenal FC England (£4.15 million)
2004–2006 West Bromwich Albion
2006– till date Portsmouth FC
He has been constantly appearing on the national team list since 1993, meanwhile he was one of the U23 National team members that won the Gold Medal during the Olympics games in 1996, the squad then was called THE DREAM TEAM
He got married to his lover Amarachi Onyeador who happerns to be a niece to Stella Onyeador in Nigeria in July 17th 2004
He is blessed with two boys

• In 2008 Kanu was voted 13th in the "Gunners' Greatest 50 Players" poll

• Kanu has a younger brother, Christopher Kanu who happens to be a professional footballer.

• He underwent a heart surgery in November 1996 to replace an aortic valve which led to his founding the Kanu Heart Foundation, an organization that helps predominantly young African children who suffer heart defects. Kanu is known throughout Africa for his philanthropic work.

• He is the first African footballer to have won a UEFA Champions League Medal, a UEFA Cup Medal, Three FA Cup Winners Medals and two African Player of the Year awards amongst others, He is the only current Premier League player to have won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, Premier League, FA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal

• An 88th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 home draws against Fulham.

• In a match against Middleborough on 14 November 2004, Kanu was guilty of an incredible miss in injury time, with Albion 2-1 down. Kanu had sent a low cross over the bar from a yard away from the goal line. Manager Bryan Robson was seen in TV footage mouthing the words "How did he miss that?", and Kanu's howler was crowned 'Miss of the Season' by many television stations in the end-of-season reviews.

• Kanu is a Philanthropist and a very good listener

• Kanu loves catching fun, he relaxes with his family and go clubbing at times

• Kanu takes liquor moderately

• Kanu’s zodiac sign is leo

• He is the most highly-decorated African Footballer in footballing history.

• He is a UNICEF Ambassador

• Kanu has never earned a yellow/Red card

• 1994 Dutch Eredivisie Winner (Ajax)
• 1995 Dutch Eredivisie Winner (Ajax)
• 1995 Champions League Winner (Ajax)
• 1995 European Super Cup Winner (Ajax)
• 1996 Dutch Eredivisie Winner (Ajax)
• 2000 UEFA Cup Runner-up (Arsenal)
• 2001 FA Cup Runner-up (Arsenal)
• 2002 Premier League Winner (Arsenal)
• 2002 FA Cup Winner (Arsenal)
• 2004 Premier League Winner (Arsenal)
• 2008:: FA Cup Winner (Portsmouth)

Professional Career of Nwankwo Kanu
93-94 Ajax Amsterdam 2 Goals, 6 Games (-)
94-95 Ajax Amsterdam 10 Goals, 18 Games 1 Goals, 7 Games (Champions League)
95-96 Ajax Amsterdam 13 Goals, 29 Games 9 Games (Champions League)
96-97 Inter Milan (-)
97-98 Inter Milan 1 Goals, 11 Games 5 Games (UEFA Cup) 3 Games
98-99 Arsenal 6 Goals, 12 Games (-)
98-99 Inter Milan 1 Games (-)
99-00 Arsenal 12 Goals, 30 Games 2 + 9 Games (Champions League + UEFA Cup) 3 Games
00-01 Arsenal 3 Goals, 27 Games 2 Goals, 14 Games (Champions League) 2 Goals, 5 Games
01-02 Arsenal 3 Goals, 23 Games 9 Games (Champions League) 9 Games
02-03 Arsenal 5 Goals, 16 Games 1 Goals, 8 Games (Champions League)
03-04 Arsenal 1 Goals, 10 Games 7 Games (Champions League)
04-05 West Brom 2 Goals, 27 Games (-)
05-06 West Brom 5 Goals, 25 Games (-)
06-07 Portsmouth 10 Goals, 36 Games (-)
07-08 Portsmouth 4 Goals, 26 Games (-)
08-09 Portsmouth 1 Goals, 17 Games 1 Goals, 5 Games (UEFA Cup)
0 Portsmouth 4 Games (-)

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