Abedi Pele
Ghanaian footballer
Abedi Pele
Abedi Ayew, known professionally as Abedi Pele is a former Ghana International football player and captain. Having been given the nickname "Pelé" in recognition of his superior ability that evoked comparisons to Brazilian footballer Pelé, he found fame in France's Ligue 1 with Lille OSC and Olympique Marseille. Three of his sons, Ibrahim, André and Jordan also became Internationals for Ghana, in which Ibrahim and André were selected for the FIFA World Cup 2010.
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Ghana look to end 35-year Africa Cup of Nations drought
Yahoo News - about 1 month
The Black Stars of Ghana will again be one of the favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations as they aim to clinch a fifth title after their last triumph 35 years ago. Ghana are one of the most successful teams in the continent's football showpiece having won it in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982. In 1982, oil-rich Libya paid for cash-strapped Ghana to attend the tournament with the Black Stars inspired by youngster Abedi Pele Ayew eventually edging past their hosts in the final.
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Profile: Trio of awards sees Toure step out of shadows
Yahoo News - about 3 years
A hat-trick of success at the African Footballer of the Year award has seen Yaya Toure step out of the shadow of some of his more charismatic compatriots to claim a place for himself among the continent's greats. Toure won the award for a third successive year on Thursday, piping John Obi Mikel of Nigeria and his national team captain Didier Drogba to the continent's top individual award. It puts him in elite company with Abedi Pele of Ghana and Samuel Eto'o from Cameroon as the only players having won a trio of successive titles. Despite his imposing frame and impressive engine, it has taken time for Toure to claim some of the spotlight and slavish adulation enjoyed by Drogba, Eto'o and even his elder brother Kolo Toure.
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Why Abedi Pele chose fans over money
CNN - over 3 years
Ghanaian football legend Abedi "Pele" Ayew talks about making tough career decisions and giving back to his supporters.
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NDS says Cisco deal on track despite allegations
Yahoo News - over 4 years
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Cisco's $5 billion acquisition of pay-TV smartcard maker NDS is on track despite the emergence of new allegations since the deal was announced that NDS used illegal means to undermine competitors, NDS's executive chairman told Reuters. "The due diligence was obviously over when we did the sale and purchase agreement," Abe Peled said on the sidelines of a cyber security conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Asked whether Cisco had sought variations in terms or indemnities, he answered: "There is no change since we announced the deal. ...
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Ghana’s Abedi Pele: AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng is my favourite Serie A player
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
The German-born Ghanaian has been cleared by medical staff to feature in Saturday's crucial Serie A clash against Roma at San Siro
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Muntari's Appearance At Eid Prayers Sparks Excitement - Peace FM Online
Google News - over 5 years
... him from enjoying the big festival in his country over the years. Meanwhile, Andre and Jordan Ayew also prayed at the Nima Park to mark the end of Ramadan. The sons of legend Abedi Pele were also mobbed in Nima where they enjoy massive support
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Cast Your Nets Wider…Nyantakyi Tells Coaches - Modern Ghana
Google News - over 5 years
They defeated eight-time FA Cup lords and defending champions, Asante Kotoko, in the final game 1-0 after 120 minutes of pure soccer action to lift the ultimate in Accra. Abedi Pele's Nania FC swept as many as six awards at the Awards ceremony but lost
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Andre Ayew Not Keen To Captain Ghana - Peace FM Online
Google News - over 5 years
The second son of football legend Abedi Pele has been touted as a future Black Stars captain. His heart-on-the-sleeves inspiration through perspiration for Ghana has made him the fans favourite. Andre exhibited a lot of that at the 2010 Nations Cup and
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Abedi Pele insists Nania FC will play in Africa - Myjoyonline.com
Google News - over 5 years
Speaking to JOY Sports Nathaniel Attoh, Abedi Pele said, “It is more important for us to prepare ourselves mentally, physically and tactically on the ground. When that is over, we will now think about the financial assistance.” Nania FC, a club owned,
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Soccer Africa reaches milestone - SuperSport.com
Google News - over 5 years
From Jay Jay Okocha to Governor Moise Katumbi, Dr Irvin Khoza, Daniel Amokachi, George Weah, Abedi Pele, Mahamadou Diarra, El Hadji Diouf, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Kwesi Nyantakyi, Stephen Keshi and Sepp Blatter, we have been blessed with the
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[Transfer Targets] #16 André Ayew - clockendview - just an Arsenal Blog
Google News - over 5 years
... £3.5 million transfer to Galatasaray, Arsenal are very much in the market for talented midfielders for the coming season with André 'Dede' Ayew, son of the legendary Abedi Pelé, being linked heavily with Arsenal in the French and African media
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Ghana: Pele - I Have No Problem With Yegoala - AllAfrica.com
Google News - over 5 years
LEGENDARY Abedi Pele has dismissed claims that there is a bone of contention between himself and former Frankfurt forward Tony Yeboah. According to the ex-Black Stars captain, he was on good terms with the former joint Bundesliga top scorer
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Abedi Pele: I have no problem with Yeboah - GhanaWeb
Google News - over 5 years
Legendary Abedi Pele has dismissed claims that there is a bone of contention between himself and former Frankfurt forward Tony Yeboah. According to the ex-Black Stars captain, he was on good terms with the former joint Bundesliga top scorer
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World Soccer Daily: 10 stories you need to read, August 12th - World Soccer
Google News - over 5 years
He arrived in America from Ghana touted as, if not the next Pele, then certainly the next Abedi Pele, but his career has thus far been on a downward spiral. After spending last season on loan at Turkish second division outfit Caykur Rizespor,
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Nania not afraid of big names in Africa - GhanaWeb
Google News - over 5 years
The side owned, managed and financed by football legend Abedi Pele did the unthinkable on Sunday by beating giants Asante Kotoko 1-0 after extra time to lift the re-launched MTN FA Cup, with Pele himself coaching from the touchline
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Abedi Pele
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 48
    Until 7 June 2013 when he was surpassed by Asamoah Gyan, he was the top goal scorer for Ghana's Black Stars with 33 goals.
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  • 2010
    Age 45
    Two of his children Andre and Rahim represented Ghana in the FIFA 2010 World Cup held in South Africa.
    More Details Hide Details Jordan and Andre represented Ghana in the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
    Three of his sons, Ibrahim, André and Jordan have also become internationals for Ghana; Ibrahim and André were selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while André and Jordan played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Abedi Ayew was born into a family in the town of Kibi and grew up in the town of Dome at the northern outskirts of the city Accra. Abedi Pele was one of the pioneers of African football in Europe. Abedi Pele was one of the first great African players to make an impact on European club football. He played for teams in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and most famously France where he was very instrumental in Marseille's prominence in the European Champions League during the early 1990s. Amongst his international accolades, he was often included in FIFA "All-Star" selections and captained the African All-Stars in their victory over their European counterparts in the Meridian Cup of 1997.
  • 2008
    Age 43
    His wife Maha Ayew was on 3 November 2008 banned from football against this Manipulations Scandal.
    More Details Hide Details Olympique de Marseille Al-Sadd Al Ain FC Ghana Individual Abedi is the brother of Kwame and Sola Ayew (ex-Hearts of Oak and Black Meteors). He is also the father of André, Jordan, Rahim, Imani, and is married with Maha.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 36
    Football Ambassador In June 2001 he was nominated by the present government of Ghana to serve as the next Chairman of the FA, an opportunity he later gave up for a more experienced former coach of Ghana for which in his own words said that this was to be an opportunity to learn from his superiors.
    More Details Hide Details At present he owns a second division club, called Nania F.C., with the future hopes of nurturing the young talent to augment the fledging league of the country. He has also been involved with various Charity work across the Continent. Controversy He was recently embroiled in a serious alleged Second Division Promotion Play-off bribery scandal for which the Football Association found him and others guilty. The guilty verdict attracted fines and suspensions of Abedi and others, but these have been quashed by the Appeals Committee of the Football Association after determining that there were irregularities in the initial judgement of the Ghana Football Association. The allegations stem from an astonishing 31–0 victory recorded by his club, Nania FC over a much respected Okwawu United side. A similarly farcical 28–0 result was recorded in another second division match played between Great Mariners and Tudu Mighty Jets on the same weekend. The clubs involved in that Second Division Promotion Play-off Zone III match were also investigated and subject to the prospect of stiff penalties and demotions. Despite his vehement denials, Abedi had been chastised by some members of the Ghanaian media, who were demanding that strong punitive actions be taken against him, by Ghana's football governing body as well as the legal system.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 28
    Abedi was the only remaining member of the trio still with the side when Marseille defeated Milan in the 1993 UEFA Champions League Final in Munich.
    More Details Hide Details Ayew has the singular honour of participating in more FIFA organized charity matches than any other African player. He is very popular in many African countries, especially the French-speaking countries because of his exploits in France. In countries such as Nigeria and South Africa, football fans still wear T-shirts bearing his name. He has become one of the continent’s most respected and important ambassadors. Abedi Pele is a member of FIFA's Football Committee, and of the player status committees of both FIFA and CAF. That explains why the South African FA made him a Spokesperson for their 2006 World Cup bid. Abedi is considered one of the best players in World History not to have appeared at the FIFA World Cup, and perhaps the greatest African football player ever. In appreciation of Abedi's devout services to the country, the Ghanaian government awarded him the country's highest honour, the Order of the Volta (civil division). He thus becomes the first Ghanaian sportsman to be so honoured.
    He played for several European clubs and found his fame in France's Ligue 1 with Lille OSC and Olympique Marseille, where he won the UEFA Champions League in 1993, among other titles.
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  • 1992
    Age 27
    Aside from his acclaimed exploits at the 1992 competition, Abedi also earned much acclaim for his three goals at the 1996 competition – where he led Ghana to the semifinals of the competition despite critics expecting him to be in the twilight of his career.
    More Details Hide Details At the club level, he was a key figure in Olympique de Marseille's dominance of the French league – resulting in four league championships and two European Champions League finals appearances. An attacking midfielder, Abedi became as famous for his sublime dribbling skills as he did for his knack for scoring spectacular and often very important goals. Many such goals became regular "Goals of the Week" on ITN's weekly "European Football" program. At Marseille, he was a member of the team's "Magical Trio", along with Jean-Pierre Papin and Chris Waddle – spearheading perhaps Europe's strongest league side of the early 1990s.
    His performance in the 1992 African Cup of Nations is often cited as one of the most outstanding football displays by any player in a single tournament.
    More Details Hide Details His native Ghana reached the finals of the Cup that year, only to lose on penalties in the final to Côte d'Ivoire after Abedi was suspended because of a Yellow card he received in the semi-final match against Nigeria. Prior to that, his three spectacular goals against Zambia, Congo and Nigeria proved crucial in putting Ghana through to their seventh appearance in a CAN final – and their first final in ten years. The performance earned him the added nickname of "The African Maradona". His solo run goal against Congo in the quarterfinals is often compared to Maradona's second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup. His backheader goal against Nigeria from the edge of the opponent's penalty box also heralded international acclaim. Abedi holds the record for most appearances at the Nations Cup Finals, his record even surpassing the legendary Roger Milla of Cameroon. He made his first appearance at the 13th Nations Cup Finals in Libya in 1982 and for the next 16 years (ending at the 21st Finals in Burkina Faso) continued to grace the most prestigious football tournament on the continent, first as a member of Ghana's squad rising to become captain in 1991.
    He was also awarded the golden ball award for being the best player at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, and was the "man of the match" in Marseille's historic European Champions League final win over Milan in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Abedi Pele played for Ghana 73 times and is considered the greatest football player in his country's history, and among the best in Africa.
    He is arguably Africa's most decorated and honoured football player ever, winning the France Football Magazine African Player of the Year Award three times, was the inaugural winner of the BBC African Sports Star of the Year in 1992, and the corresponding Confederation of African Football award twice.
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  • 1991
    Age 26
    He was the captain of Ghana's national football team for six years (1992–1998) and was one of the first African football players to earn a top placing in FIFA World Player of the Year voting in 1991 and 1992.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 17
    He was a fixture in the African Championships of the 1980s and 90s with his national team, and a member of Ghana's victorious team in the 1982 African Cup of Nations, but he never had an opportunity to play in the FIFA World Cup, as the Black Stars failed to qualify for the competition during his career.
    More Details Hide Details However, he was arguably the most dominant figure on the African football scene for nearly a decade.
    He left Ghana after the 1982 African Cup of Nations to join Al Sadd in Qatar for a transfer fee of $1,000.
    More Details Hide Details After a short spell with FFC Zürich in Switzerland he returned to Ghana but, after both Kotoko and Hearts of Oak failed to sign him, joined AS Dragons FC de l'Ouémé of Benin. He would later return to Ghana and play for Real Tamale United for a season. He started his career in Europe with French association football club Chamois Niort, subsequently joining Montpellier and Lille before transferring to Olympique Marseille. He later joined Lyon. He also played for Torino of Italy, where he was named Best Foreign Player in Serie A and finally rounded out his European career with 1860 München. Abedi Pele went on to sign a two-year contract with Al Ain Club in the United Arab Emirates and was nominated one of the best foreign players to play in the UAE league.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on November 5, 1964.
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