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Obafemi Martins

Nigeria, United Kingdom

Professional Football Player

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Created: 5th Apr 2010
Modified: 25th May 2010
Professional Information
Nigerian National Team and Wolfsburg

Biographical Information
Obafemi Martins
(At a Glance)
Date of Birth: Oct/28/1984
Gender: male
Place of Origin: Nigeria

Obafemi Martins, nicknamed Obagoal, is a striker for Nigeria's national team. He plays club football in Germany with Wolfsburg.Martins was discovered by football scout and manager Churchill Oliseh for the club FC Ebedei.

After a year with the club, he moved to Italian Serie C side AC Reggiana and signed a contract with them in 2000. A year later, he moved to Internazionale Milan, where he scored 23 goals in the youth team, and became a regular in the starting 11 during the 2002-3 season.

Although he had some success with Inter Milan, scoring 28 goals for the club in 88 league games as well as 11 goals in European competitions, the young Nigerian moved in August 2006 to Newcastle United, where he debuted on 27 August.

After a mixed three seasons at Newcastle United, Martins transferred to Bundesliga's Wolfsburg on a £9million bid on 31 July with Martins signing a four year contract. The four year deal was finalised on August 12, with the club officially unveiling the Nigerian international to the press and Wolfsburg supporters.

For the Nigerian National Team, Martins has scored sixteen goals in 21 appearances. He was a part of the Nigerian team that finished third in the 2006 African Cup of Nations. His decisive goal in the 83rd minute against Kenya in Nairobi ensured Nigeria's qualification for 2010 FIFA world cup.

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