Past Nigerian Football Stars: Joseph Yobo

July 19, 2018


Past Nigerian Football Stars: Joseph Yobo

On today’s review of Past Nigerian, Football Stars is an indigene of the South-South region of Nigeria.

Joseph Phillip Yobo popularly known as Yobo is a former star of the Super Eagles who played as a centre back during his playing days for both club & country and was the captain of the Nigerian squad till he retired in 2014.

Yobo was born on the 6th of September 1980 in Kono which is a community in the Khana area of Rivers state, Nigeria. He is married to the former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Adaeze and is blessed with 3 children.

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Yobo set up the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation, to help underprivileged children in Nigeria. As of 18 July 2007, he has handed out over 300 scholarship awards ranging from primary to university level. Yobo has started a football academy in the Ogoni

 region of Nigeria. He also runs football camps in Lagos.


Playing Career

Yobo was said to have left Nigeria to join Standard Liege in 1998 and made 46 appearances for them before making a switch to Olympique Marseille in 2001. Soon after his Debut for the team, he was loaned out first to Tenerife in Spain for nine months before returning back to Marseille. He was then loaned out to Everton before his move was made permanent in 2003 by David Moyes, which was Moyes official signing.



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Yobo was the first ever African to captain the club during a game and was also the holder of a record of The Most appearance by an Overseas Player till early 2012. Yobo was one of the most consistent players in the Everton squad and was one of only seven players in the entire league to play every minute of every game throughout the 2006–07 season



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On 31 August 2010, Yobo signed a one-year loan contract with Fenerbahçe. Yobo played in 30 official matches and scored a goal, helping his team win the league title. On 17 August Fenerbahçe played against Torku Konyaspor and Yobo scored a goal in this match. Before the 2014-2015 season, his contract with Fenerbahçe was terminated with mutual agreement. On 31 August 2014 was awarded the plaque of appreciation and have been released from Fenerbahçe.


Norwich City

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On 30 January 2014, Yobo returned to England on loan at Norwich City for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

He marked his debut for the club with a clean sheet against top-scoring club Manchester City on 8 February.


International Career

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Yobo has been capped 101 times and represented the Super Eagles at three FIFA World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He is the joint top holder of appearances for the Super Eagles. He hung up his boots on 30th June 2014 after playing his final match against France in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.



His Honours Include






  • CAF Awards – voted in best African XI for 2007–08 season
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