Celestine Babayaro
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Celestine Babayaro
Celestine Hycieth Babayaro is a former Nigerian footballer.
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Nigerian Forward Moses Simon Vying for Ebony Award in Belgium
Information Nigeria - almost 2 years
Nigeria international Moses Simon is one of five players nominated for the Ebony Award for the best African player in Belgium this season. The 19-year-old forward is pitted against DR Congo stars Neeskens Kebano, Chansel Mbemba, Youri Tielemans as well as Kara Mbodj from Senegal. The winner of the award will be announced on 11 May. Simon has hit the ground running since joining KAA Gent from Slovakian club AS Trencin in the winter, scoring six goals in seven matches. Moses Simon in Contention for Ebony Award. His impressive form earned him a full international call-up in last month’s friendly against Uganda and also a recall to the Nigeria U-20 team, ahead of next month’s Fifa U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Celestine Babayaro and Daniel Amokachi are other Nigerians who have won the award in the past.
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Same old pre-season story for Pompey
Bognor Regis Observer - over 4 years
Different division, different year, different manager – yet it’s the same old pre-season problem for Pompey. Monday represents back to training for Michael Appleton’s squad ahead of the new campaign. Yet there are expected to be just 10 senior professionals in attendance to be put through their paces. A meagre amount for any manager to deal with, no matter what the level, regardless of the identity of the club. However, the issue has been an all-too-familiar headache in recent times at Eastleigh, as Appleton’s predecessors will unquestionably testify. This time last year, Steve Cotterill’s troops returned and couldn’t even muster enough bodies to form a five-a-side game. Just eight in total were present for that July 4, 2011, start – including summer recruits David Norris and Jason Pearce. They were joined by Ricardo Rocha, Aaron Mokoena, Joel Ward, Dave Kitson, Hayden Mullins and Jamie Ashdown. In addition, absentee trio Kanu, Tal Ben Haim and Liam Lawrence were not scheduled ...
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Cooreman blasts Taye Taiwo - Daily Sun
Google News - over 5 years
When Coach Christian Chukwu, my friend wanted to give him his first chance in the national team, he called me and said I have a problem because Celestine Babayaro and Ifeanyi Udeze are both injured can you tell me about this boy, Taye Taiwo
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Statistiche della competizione - UEFA.com (Comunicati Stampa)
Google News - over 5 years
Celestine Babayaro è il giocatore più giovane ad aver giocato in UEFA Champions League. Aveva 16 anni e 87 giorni quando ha vestito la maglia dell'RSC Anderlecht contro l'FC Steaua Bucuresti il 23 novembre 1994. Al 37' di quella partita è stato espulso
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¿Dónde están los ganadores de los pasados Mundiales Sub-17? - Univisión
Google News - over 5 years
Más suerte tuvieron al ganar su segundo trofeo con Celestine Babayaro, Nwankwo Kanu y Wilson Oruma quienes llevaron a Nigeria a ganar en las olimpiadas de Atlanta en 1996. De las águilas campeones del 2003 solo Lukman Haruna ha tenido éxito relativo y
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FCK-Profi Adam Nemec stürzt vom Kirschbaum - Express.de
Google News - over 5 years
Nicht, dass ihm das gleiche Missgeschick passiert wie dem Nigerianer Celestine Babayaro. Der brach sich nämlich bei einem solchen Jubelsalto das Bein. Bein dran, Finger ab. Drastisch, aber leider den Tatsachen entsprechend. Der Unglücksrabe Paulo Diego
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Selecciones grandes a nivel mayor, se hacen 'chiquitas' en esta categoría - Diario Deportivo Record
Google News - over 5 years
Tal es el caso del conjunto nigeriano, que ha sido Tricampeón en está categoría, con grandes jugadores, muy habilidosos y rápidos, que nutren a la mayoría de clubes europeos por sus grandes condiciones, entre ellos Celestine Babayaro, Nwankwo Kanu,
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King Kanu in the eyes of fans and stars - Nigeria Daily Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Celestine Babayaro did not dress for the match for obvious reasons but had a good heart for Kanu he claimed to have known back in their days in the U-17. “I am fine, I'm here for Kanu and having fun seeing many folks and enjoying Lagos atmosphere
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Nigeria: King Kanu Nwankwo, Osaze Odemnwinge and 'Green Eagles' - AllAfrica.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Governor Raji Fashola and the Lagos State government; Emmanuel Ebue, Kolo Toure, Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast; Dan Amokachi, Tijani Babangida, Celestine Babayaro, Uche Okechukwu, Ike Uche; Bonfrere Jo; Stephen Keshi; Sunday Olise, Christian Chukwu;
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Ambassador Nwankwo Kanu! - The Nation Newspaper
Google News - over 5 years
Argentina went ahead but Celestine Babayaro equalized from a corner kick. Early in the second half, Argentina again went ahead, and as the minutes ticked, Daniel Amokachi levelled. Emmanuel Amuneke came from the bench to score the winner
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ESS : Kaduna, un paradis par rapport à Garoua - Le Buteur
Google News - over 5 years
Le président de Kaduna United se nomme Babayaro, et cela nous a poussés à savoir si le premier responsable du club nigérian n'a aucun lien de parenté avec l'ancien défenseur nigérian, Celestine Babayaro, qui a fait des passages à Chelsea,
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The Game that Lured Me to Chelsea - Vitalfootball
Google News - over 5 years
I remember this game because earlier that week it was reported in the our local that Celestine Babayaro had joined Chelsea and then I was a big Baba fan. I decided I must see this team he was joining from Belgium were he had relative success and I was
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Argentines have the historical edge - NEXT
Google News - over 5 years
Although teams from Nigeria and Argentina have been meeting at international competitions as far back as 1993 when a Golden Eaglets side made up of future internationals like Nwankwo Kanu, Celestine Babayaro and Wilson Oruma ran out 4-0 winners over
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Jesper Grønkjær legger opp - Dagbladet.no
Google News - over 5 years
STARTET NY CHELSEA-ÆRA: Grønkjær (th) feirer scoring for Chelsea i sesongavslutningen i 2003 sammen med Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Celestine Babayaro og Eidur Gudjohnsen. Målet sikret 2-1-seier mot Liverpool i en ren «finale» om den siste Champions
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Siasia Stirs the Tea Cup - THISDAY Live
Google News - almost 6 years
It was reminiscent of coach Christian Chukwu's decision to send Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Celestine Babayaro and Victor Agali packing from the Nations Cup in Tunisia in 2004 after the trio infringed on a camp curfew. People who are abreast of the ego trip
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Lukaku still on course for PL - SkySports
Google News - almost 6 years
Lukaku won the Belgian Ebony Shoe award earlier this week, which is a prestigious prize handed to the best player in the Jupiler League with African roots. Previous winners include Marouane Fellaini, Vincent Kompany, Celestine Babayaro, Mido and Daniel
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Celestine Babayaro
    THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 32
    He was declared bankrupt on 9 February 2011.
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    He was declared bankrupt on 4 January 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    On 8 July 2010, Babayaro officially announced his retirement from football.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    On 14 August 2008 Redknapp revealed that he would not offer Babayaro a contract at Fratton Park.
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    During pre-season for the 2008–09 English league season, Babayaro trained with Premier League club Portsmouth at the invitation of manager Harry Redknapp with a view to signing for the FA Cup holders.
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    On 21 January 2008, 29-year-old Babayaro came to an agreement with the Los Angeles Galaxy to join them on a three-year contract, effective immediately.
    More Details Hide Details With this move, the Nigerian re-joined Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit who previously brought him to Chelsea in 1997 and spent a season coaching him there. This time again, it was precisely recently hired Gullit who wanted Babayaro at his new club. However, it did not take long for the move to turn sour. Thinking that he had arrived at sort of an American superclub that only a year earlier gave David Beckham what was widely reported to be the $250 million contract, Babayaro was agitated by what he considered to be "shabby" accommodations – from having to fly in the economy class to sharing a hotel room on the road. His lack of commitment in training and preseason games reflected those feelings and he soon got on Gullit's and club president and general manager Alexi Lalas's bad side. On 3 March, Babayaro was waived by the Galaxy after playing only 45 minutes in a preseason friendly against FC Seoul, receiving a yellow card and conceding a penalty in the process. The reason for this unexpected release was not stated explicitly by Galaxy front office. "After a period of evaluation, it was decided that it would be in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways,” Lalas said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that it did not work out, but Ruud and our technical staff are hard at work putting together this team and difficult decisions have to be made."
  • 2007
    Age 28
    Due to his many injury problems it was mutually decided, on 10 December 2007, that Babayaro should be released from his contract with immediate effect and a compensation figure was agreed.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2009, former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd described Babayaro as a "disgrace" who "didn't pull his weight" during a televised BBC interview.
    On 10 February 2007, after a 2–1 win over Liverpool, then-Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder revealed that just 12 hours before kick-off, Babayaro had called him saying his younger brother David had died from tuberculosis.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this, Babayaro insisted he would still play and put in a solid performance which earned him praise from Newcastle manager and fans. This fine form continued into United's 3–1 away victory against Zulte Waregem, in the UEFA Cup.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    In September 2006, Babayaro was given a three-match ban by The Football Association for slapping Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt in the face, while Liverpool took a corner The slap was not seen by the referee Mark Halsey, but later footage showed Babayaro punch the Dutchman in the face.
    More Details Hide Details Babayaro accepted the allegations and apologised to Kuyt.
  • 2005
    Age 26
    In January 2005, he left Chelsea to join Newcastle United on an undisclosed fee, where he established himself as first choice left back.
    More Details Hide Details He scored his first and what turned out to be only Newcastle goal in a 3–1 win over Coventry City in the FA Cup.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    Babayaro was part of Nigeria's squad for the 2004 African Nations Cup in Tunisia, but was controversially sent home, alongside Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Victor Agali for indiscipline.
    More Details Hide Details Although never officially announcing his retirement from international football, he has not played for the national team ever since. Statistics include 2 Charity Shield appearances in 1998 and 2000. Anderlecht Chelsea Nigeria Babayaro's brother, Emmanuel, a goalkeeper, was also part of Nigeria's 1996 Olympics gold medal winning team. Babayaro was acquitted of indecent assault in 1999. He later sued the Daily Star for a headline suggesting he had been charged with rape and won an apology and damages.
    The steady form of Wayne Bridge saw Babayaro start only four FA Premier League matches for Chelsea in 2004–05 under new manager José Mourinho.
    More Details Hide Details Chelsea ended the season as Premier League champions.
  • 1999
    Age 20
    He was also instrumental in Chelsea's memorable run in the 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League.
    More Details Hide Details However it was to end in heartbreak for Babayaro as he was sent off in extra time against Barcelona as they bowed out of the competition at the quarter final stage. He faced competition from Graeme Le Saux during his seven-year spell, but managed to play over 200 games for the London side. His acrobatic celebrations with backflips were noted and loved by the fans of the club.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1998
    Age 19
    However, with Chelsea he went on to win the 1998 UEFA Super Cup, the FA Cup and Charity Shield in 2000, and reached the 2002 FA Cup Final.
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    This meant he missed their victories in the 1998 Football League Cup Final and the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final.
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  • 1997
    Age 18
    He made his debut in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Slovan Bratislava, but an injury sustained in the 6-1 win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur in December 1997 ruled him out for the rest of the season.
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    Babayaro was signed by Chelsea after being spotted by scout Lewis Durkin in April 1997.
    More Details Hide Details He moved for a transfer fee of £2.25 million, a club record paid for a teenager at the time.
  • 1995
    Age 16
    After being part of the victorious Nigerian team at the Under-17 World Championships in Japan (1993), Babayaro made his international senior debut in the Afro-Asian Championship in 1995, against Uzbekistan.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he was part of the Nigeria Olympic gold medal winning team at the Atlanta 96 football event, making the tournament's all-star team. He scored in the Gold Medal game itself against Argentina. After getting a knee injury in December 1997 in the Premier League, Babayaro recovered just in time to make the France 98 squad. He was also Nigeria's captain at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and took part in the Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup.
  • 1994
    Age 15
    Babayaro began his playing career at Nigerian side Plateau United, before moving to Belgian club Anderlecht in 1994, and eventually would make a name for himself, quickly gaining first-choice status although still a teenager.
    More Details Hide Details Babayaro set records as the youngest player to make an appearance and to receive a red card in the UEFA Champions League. He was sent off in a match between Steaua Bucuresti and his club Anderlecht (1–1), aged 16 years and 86 days.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on August 29, 1978.
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