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Emmanuel Adebayor biography

Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor (born 26 February 1984), better known as Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese association football who plays for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. as a Forward (association football) on Loan (sports) from Manchester City F.C.. Emmanuel Adebayor plays in the same position for the Togo national football team. Adebayor previously played for FC Metz, AS Monaco FC and Arsenal F.C. and was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2008. In January 2010, Adebayor was one of the players involved when the Togo national team's Togo national football team attack on the way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

Club career

Early career

In Emmanuel Adebayor first season, Emmanuel Adebayor played nine games and scored twice. In the Ligue 1 season 2002-03 season, Adebayor scored 17 goals in 35 games. Emmanuel Adebayor signed a new contract with AS Monaco FC in 2003, and Emmanuel Adebayor scored seven goals in 17 appearances, helping them reach the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final with two goals in 10 games.


On 13 January 2006, Arsenal signed Adebayor for a reported Pound sterling7m. Emmanuel Adebayor was given the nickname "Baby Kanu" due to Emmanuel Adebayor resemblance to former Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu, whom Adebayor had idolised as a youth. On 4 February 2006, Adebayor made Emmanuel Adebayor Arsenal debut in a Premiership match at Birmingham City F.C. and scored after 21 minutes, with Arsenal winning 2–0. At the end of Emmanuel Adebayor first season for the Gunners Emmanuel Adebayor had scored four goals in ten matches. However, Adebayor was cup-tied for Arsenal's UEFA Champions League 2005-06 campaign as they reached the final against FC Barcelona, having appeared for Monaco in the qualifying rounds of the competition.

Adebayor scored Arsenal's winning goal against Manchester United F.C. to give Arsenal a 1–0 win at Old Trafford (football ground), their first league win of the 2006–07 season. Earlier in the game, Adebayor was brought down in the six-yard box to earn Arsenal a penalty, which was taken by Gilberto Silva and saved. On 8 November 2006, Adebayor scored the only goal of the match to send Arsenal into the quarterfinals of the Football League Cup against Everton F.C..

Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off in Arsenal's 2–1 Football League Cup Final 2007 loss to Chelsea F.C.. Emmanuel Adebayor was shown a Red card (sports) after a fracas towards the end of the match involving both Chelsea and Arsenal players. It was alleged that Emmanuel Adebayor had thrown a punch at Frank Lampard. The FA subsequently gave Emmanuel Adebayor an additional one-match ban and a fine of £7,500 for failing to leave the field of play immediately, as well as a three-match ban for the red card. Adebayor and Lampard both denied it.

On 19 January, after scoring twice against Fulham, the fans sang, "Adebayor, Adebayor, give Emmanuel Adebayor the ball, and Emmanuel Adebayor will score". After scoring a penalty during the 3–1 win over Portsmouth, Emmanuel Adebayor two goals against Tottenham helped Arsenal win 3–1 in the first North London derby of the season. Adebayor then scored Emmanuel Adebayor first hat-trick for Arsenal in a 5–0 home win against Derby County F.C. on 22 September; this was the second-ever hat-trick scored at the Emirates. Emmanuel Adebayor was involved in a controversial incident on 22 January in which Emmanuel Adebayor clashed with teammate Nicklas Bendtner seven minutes from the end of a 5–1 League Cup semi-final defeat to Tottenham. Bendtner appeared to cut Emmanuel Adebayor nose in the clash, for which Adebayor apologised the following day. Three days later Emmanuel Adebayor scored the hundredth goal at the Emirates during the side's 3–0 FA Cup victory over Newcastle United F.C.. Starting on 4 March against AC Milan, Adebayor went on a goalscoring streak in the UEFA Champions League. Despite having never scored before in the competition, Emmanuel Adebayor scored a goal in the 2nd leg against Milan at the San Siro. On 13 April in a Premier League game against Manchester United, Adebayor scored Arsenal's only goal, a game which they lost 2–1 at Old Trafford. Emmanuel Adebayor scored Emmanuel Adebayor second hat-trick for Arsenal after coming off the bench at half time in the 6–2 win against Derby County F.C. on 28 April, making Emmanuel Adebayor the only player in the Premiership's history to score a hat-trick home and away against the same side in the same season. Although Arsenal finished the season empty handed, Emmanuel Adebayor was named in the PFA Team of the Year. Adebayor's second goal against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. won Match of the Day's Goal of the Season competition for the Premier League 2007-08. Emmanuel Adebayor was also awarded the BBC African Footballer of the Year for Emmanuel Adebayor performance in 2008.

On the summer transfer window Emmanuel Adebayor was linked with a £30million move to AC Milan and Barcelona, but later insisted to stay at the club after Emmanuel Adebayor signed a long contract. On 13 September 2008, Adebayor scored a hat trick in Arsenal's 4–0 win away to Blackburn Rovers, getting Emmanuel Adebayor first league goals of the 2008–09 season. Adebayor received Emmanuel Adebayor first red card of the season in a 1–1 draw with Liverpool after an altercation with opposing defender Álvaro Arbeloa; this was Emmanuel Adebayor second bookable offence of the game and therefore served a one-match ban. On 8 February, Adebayor suffered a hamstring injury in Arsenal's 0–0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. The injury would keep Emmanuel Adebayor out for almost two months, despite initial estimations suggesting only a three week absence. Emmanuel Adebayor made a goalscoring return to action, scoring a brace on Emmanuel Adebayor return against Manchester City. On 7 April 2009, Adebayor equalized a goal for Arsenal in the Quarter finals of the Champions League against Villarreal C.F., in which Emmanuel Adebayor chested the ball into Emmanuel Adebayor control and then performed a brilliant bicycle kick. In the return leg at the Emirates Stadium a week later, Emmanuel Adebayor scored in a 3–0 Arsenal win, setting up a semi-final showdown with Manchester United. However, Adebayor was injured for the last two Premier League games and finished the season as Arsenal's second top goal scorer, scoring 16, behind Robin van Persie's 20 in all competitions.

Manchester City

On 18 July 2009, Adebayor signed a five-year contract with Manchester City F.C., for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £25million. Emmanuel Adebayor scored a goal on Emmanuel Adebayor debut for City against Blackburn Rovers F.C., smashing a shot from 18 yards past Paul Robinson (goalkeeper) in the third minute. On Emmanuel Adebayor home debut, Adebayor scored the only goal in the 17th minute in a 1–0 in over Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., assisted by fellow summer signing Carlos Tévez.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored in Emmanuel Adebayor third consecutive league match, heading the winner in a 1–0 away victory against Portsmouth F.C.. Emmanuel Adebayor then scored in Emmanuel Adebayor fourth consecutive match, this time against Emmanuel Adebayor former team, Arsenal F.C. in a 4–2 victory at the City of Manchester Stadium. As a result, Emmanuel Adebayor is one of only six players to score in their first four games for a club. In the match against Arsenal, Adebayor's former team mate Robin van Persie accused Emmanuel Adebayor of deliberately kicking Emmanuel Adebayor in the face, and Emmanuel Adebayor was later handed a three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct.

Adebayor was also criticised for running almost the full length of the pitch to the Arsenal supporters and celebrating in front of them after scoring Emmanuel Adebayor goal causing an angry reaction from the Arsenal supporters. Emmanuel Adebayor was booked for this, but did later apologise. Manchester City manager Mark Hughes suggested Adebayor did it because Emmanuel Adebayor wanted to be loved by City fans. For the start of the 2010–11 season Emmanuel Adebayor was given the No.9 shirt instead of Emmanuel Adebayor favoured No.25 Emmanuel Adebayor previously wore at Arsenal and City. Emmanuel Adebayor scored Emmanuel Adebayor first hat-trick for Manchester City on the 21 October in a UEFA Europa League group stage match against Lech Poznań. In doing so, Emmanuel Adebayor became the first Manchester City player to score a hat-trick in a European competition. However during the 2010–11 season, Adebayor fell down the pecking order at Manchester City following the club purchasing Edin Džeko with Carlos Tévez and Mario Balotelli also being chosen ahead of him. In August 2011, Roberto Mancini confirmed that Adebayor, along with Craig Bellamy, were no longer part of Emmanuel Adebayor plans and could leave Manchester City.

Real Madrid (loan)

On 25 January 2011, Adebayor signed a loan deal to play for Real Madrid C.F. for the rest of the season. Adebayor scored Emmanuel Adebayor first goal for Real Madrid in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Sevilla FC at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The game ended 2–0 with an aggregate score of 3–0.

The following weekend, Emmanuel Adebayor scored Emmanuel Adebayor first goal in La Liga against Real Sociedad, again at the Santiago Bernabéu. The game ended 4–1 and Adebayor scored the last goal within the last 3 minutes of the game. On 6 March 2011, Adebayor scored the opening goal in the 24th minute against Racing de Santander from a Mesut Özil pass. Real Madrid won the match 3–1. Adebayor was heavily criticised for Emmanuel Adebayor performance against Sporting de Gijón, especially for missing many chances. The game ended 0–1 to Sporting Gijón. Adebayor added two goals to Emmanuel Adebayor European tally for Madrid with goals against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in a 4–0 win on 5 April 2011.

Adebayor scored Emmanuel Adebayor first hat-trick for Real Madrid on 21 May 2011, on the last round of the 2010–11 La Liga season, against UD Almería. In that match, Real Madrid beat Almería 8–1.

Adebayor returned to Manchester City after the Spanish season had finished, but was omitted from their pre-season tour of the USA on 11 July 2011 and later risked a £300,000 fine for refusing to train with the club's reserve and youth teams.

Tottenham Hotspur (loan)

On 25 August 2011, Tottenham Hotspur F.C. signed Adebayor on a season-long loan. On 10 September 2011, Adebayor scored on Emmanuel Adebayor debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. in the 67th minute. On 18 September 2011, Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice on Emmanuel Adebayor home debut in a 4–0 win against Liverpool F.C., Emmanuel Adebayor second strike marking the 100th league goal of Emmanuel Adebayor senior career.

Adebayor also provided the assist for Rafael van der Vaart's goal in their 2–1 North London derby win against former club Arsenal on 2 October. Emmanuel Adebayor scored Emmanuel Adebayor fourth and fifth goal for Tottenham in their 2–0 win against Aston Villa F.C on 21 November, the first with an overhead kick and the second after a mistake from Villa defender James Collins (footballer born 1983). Emmanuel Adebayor scored another brace in Tottenham's 3–1 win over West Bromwich Albion F.C.. Later on Adebayor went on to score a further two goals, one was a penalty at Stoke and one came in a derby against Chelsea where the scores ended up 1–1.

On 11 February 2012, Adebayor scored on a volley and supplied four assists in the 5-0 win over Newcastle United.

International career

Adebayor was also eligible to play for Nigeria national football team but chose to represent the country of Emmanuel Adebayor birth. Adebayor helped Togo qualify for the 2006 African Cup of Nations by scoring 11 goals in the qualifiers, more than any other player in the African qualifiers. On 10 February 2009, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) picked Adebayor as the African Footballer of the Year for 2008 at an awards ceremony held in Lagos, Nigeria. Adebayor beat final nominees Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt and Ghana's Michael Essien in a vote that involved the national team coaches of CAF's 54 member-nations. It was the first time a Togolese won the award as Africa's best player.

Adebayor helped Togo to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and started all three group matches against South Korea national football team, Switzerland national football team and France national football team, but did not score any goals and Togo ended up in last place. Adebayor was made team captain after the finals.

Emmanuel Adebayor was called up for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, where Emmanuel Adebayor was a substitute for the country's first match, following a row with the coach. Adebayor first vowed to leave the tournament and return home, although Emmanuel Adebayor later resumed training with the side. Togo were eliminated after losing all three matches. Emmanuel Adebayor was dropped by Togo following the row over bonus payments. However, Adebayor was brought back into the Togo team in September 2007.
On 11 October 2008, Emmanuel Adebayor scored four goals in Togo's 6–0 hammering of Swaziland national football team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) rounds.

Despite being injured, Adebayor played for Togo against Cameroon national football team. Within this match Emmanuel Adebayor scored the only goal for Togo to seal the win.

On 8 January 2010, Adebayor was one of the players involved when the Togo national football team attack on the way to the African Cup of Nations in Angola. The fatal attack, in which all the players survived but three other people were killed, led to Togo withdrawing from the tournament. Adebayor consequently announced Emmanuel Adebayor retirement from international football on 12 April 2010 in a statement which read, "I have weighed up my feelings in the weeks and months since the attack and I am still haunted by the events which I witnessed on that horrible afternoon on the Togo team bus. We were just footballers going to play a football match and represent our country, yet we were attacked by people who wanted to kill us all. It is a moment I will never forget and one I never want to experience again."

Adebeyor subsequently returned to international duty in November 2011 following assurances from the Togo Football Federation regarding safety, making Emmanuel Adebayor comeback in a 1–0 win over Guinea-Bissau national football team in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.


Adebayor was a Pundit (expert) for the BBC's 2010 FIFA World Cup coverage.

Club career statistics



Real Madrid
- Copa del Rey: 2010–11 Copa del Rey


- Goal of the Month (England): September 2007 (with Arsenal F.C.)
- Goal of the Season: 2007–08 (with Arsenal F.C.)
- PFA Team of the Year: 2007–08 (with Arsenal F.C.)
- BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2007
- African Player of the Year: 2008
- Super Awards African Player of the Year: 2008
- Togo Footballer of the Year: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008


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