|Full name||Yakubu Aiyegbeni|
|Date of birth||22 November 1982|
|Place of birth||Benin City, Nigeria|
|Height||1. Events 498 - Kofi Aseidu- After the death of Anastasius II, Symmachus is elected Pope in the Lateran Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Benin City, a city (2006 est pop 1147188 in Edo State, southern Nigeria, is a city approximately twenty-five miles North of the Benin River. Nigeria, officially named the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal Constitutional republic comprising thirty-six states and one Federal 84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
→ Hapoel Kfar Saba (loan)
→ Portsmouth (loan)
1 Senior club appearances and goals
This article is about the Nigerian footballer. The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed the Super Eagles, is the national team of Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation For other people named Yakubu, see Yakubu (disambiguation). Yakubu is an English translation of a West African given name and may refer to Abubakari Yakubu, Ghanaian footballer currently playing for Vitesse
Yakubu Aiyegbeni (born 22 November 1982 in Benin City, Nigeria), nicknamed "The Yaku" and generally known as simply Yaku, is a Nigerian footballer, who currently plays as a striker for Everton in the English Premier League. Events 498 - Kofi Aseidu- After the death of Anastasius II, Symmachus is elected Pope in the Lateran Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Benin City, a city (2006 est pop 1147188 in Edo State, southern Nigeria, is a city approximately twenty-five miles North of the Benin River. Nigeria, officially named the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal Constitutional republic comprising thirty-six states and one Federal Nigeria, officially named the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal Constitutional republic comprising thirty-six states and one Federal Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. The Premier League, colloquially referred to as the Premiership, is an English professional league for football clubs He is the highest scoring African player in Premier League history.
A powerful pacy striker, Yakubu started his career when bought by Israeli team Maccabi Haifa, who loaned him for one season to Hapoel Kfar Saba. Strikers, also known as forwards and attackers, are the players on a team in Association football (soccer in the row nearest to the opposing For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. Maccabi Haifa Football Club (מועדון הכדורגל מכבי חיפה Moadon HaKaduregel Maccabi Haifa) is an Israeli football club and one of the leading football Hapoel Kfar Saba FC (מועדון כדורגל הפועל כפר סבא Moadon Kaduregel Hapoel Kfar Saba) are an Israeli football club from After returning to Haifa, he won two championships and had a phenomenal scoring record with the club, both in the domestic and international competitions - breaking several club records. He came to England and trained with Derby County but could not obtain a work permit at the time. After scoring 7 goals in 8 European Cup appearances (including a hat-trick against Olympiacos FC and another against Manchester United) in the 2002/03 season UEFA Champions League, Yakubu moved to English club Portsmouth in January 2003. A hat-trick in Sports is associated with succeeding at anything three times in three consecutive attempts See also Olympiacos CFP Olympiacos FC (ΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός also known as simply Olympiacos, Olympiacos Piraeus or with its full name See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club Portsmouth Football Club is an English football club based in the south coast city of Portsmouth. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.
His goals helped fire Portsmouth to the Division One (now Football League Championship) title, scoring at a rate of one goal every two games. The Football League Championship (often referred to as The Championship for short or the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons
During the club's debut Premier League season, in which they finished 13th, he scored 16 times in 35 starts, including 4 in a single game as Portsmouth defeated Middlesbrough 5-1 on the final day of the season. The Premier League, colloquially referred to as the Premiership, is an English professional league for football clubs During the summer of 2004 several other Premiership teams were interested in purchasing Yakubu for up to £10 million, but he chose to stay and help consolidate the club's Premiership position. His final goal for Portsmouth in May 2005 before he left the club - the equaliser in a 1-1 home draw to Bolton Wanderers in the penulitimate league game of the season - was the goal that ensured Portsmouth would not be relegated from Premiership in the 2004-2005 season. Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater
After the 2004-05 season, he transferred from Pompey to Middlesbrough F.C. for a £7. Middlesbrough Football Club, also known as The Boro are an English football club based in Middlesbrough, who play in the Premier League. 5 million fee. In one of his most memorable matches since joining Boro, Yakubu (joint Man Of The Match with Fabio Rochemback) scored the third goal in a rampant 3-0 win over runaway Premiership leaders Chelsea, ensuring their second defeat of the season. Fábio Rochemback (born December 10, 1981 in Soledade) is a Brazilian professional football player who currently plays for Sporting Middlesbrough also had a memorable 4-1 home win against Manchester United, and a 2-1 win over Arsenal, with Yakubu scoring in both games.
Yakubu scored the only goal of the game with a penalty in the first leg of the UEFA Cup last 16 round at home against A.S. Roma, giving Middlesbrough a 1-0 victory. The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA. Associazione Sportiva Roma, ( commonly referred to as simply Roma, is an Italian professional football club from Rome, and are currently amongst Middlesbrough later went through on away goals, despite losing 1-2 in the Stadio Olimpico. Stadio Olimpico, located on the Foro Italico, is the major stadium of Rome, Italy.
His transfer from Portsmouth to Middlesbrough in July 2005 is one of those about which the Stevens inquiry report in June 2007 expressed concerns because of the lack of co-operation from agents Pinhas Zahavi and Barry Silkman. In 2006, several allegations were made of corruption in English football by sources inside and outside of the game Pinhas "Pini" Zahavi (פיני זהבי born August 24, 1943 in Ness Ziona, Israel) is a football agent who Barry Silkman, (born 29 June, 1952 in Stepney, England) is an English former footballer who had a brief spell in midfield
Throughout the 2006-2007 close season Yakubu was constantly linked with moves away from the Riverside. The Riverside Stadium is a football stadium in Middlesbrough, England, which has been the home of Middlesbrough F The likes of Portsmouth, Manchester City and Everton were all reported to be lining up bids for the frontman. TalkManchester City FC before changing verbs to singular --> Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club
Yakubu finally made his way to Everton in August 2007 for a fee of £11. 25m, after being granted a work permit. Were he wears the shirt number 22, he was initially offered the number 9 however he wanted a bigger number and asked for number 20, as this was already taken he wanted the closest number to 20 that was bigger. He was given the number and he said he would aim to get 22 goals in his first season, he managed 21. He scored 10 minutes into his debut for the club, the first goal in a 2-1 win against Bolton Wanderers, at the Reebok Stadium on 1 September 2007. Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater The Reebok Stadium is the home Stadium of English Premier League football club Bolton Wanderers, and is located on the Middlebrook Retail Park Events 462 - Possible start of first Byzantine indiction cycle. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. He scored his second Premier League goal for Everton against Derby County at Pride Park. Derby County Football Club is a professional football club based at Pride Park Stadium in Derby England. Pride Park is a Business park on the outskirts of the city centre of Derby, UK. He then scored the opening goal following a slick team passing move early in the match against Birmingham City that finished in a 3-1 victory. Birmingham City Football Club is an English Professional football club based in the city of Birmingham.
Yakubu carried on his rich vein of scoring form with a double in a 7-1 demolition of Sunderland in the Premier League at Goodison Park on 24 November. Sunderland Association Football Club is a professional Association football team based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, which plays in Goodison Park is the home ground of Everton FC in Liverpool. It was built in 1892 and now has a total capacity of 40157 all-seated His streak continued with a 'perfect' hat-trick against Fulham F.C. in a 3-0 win in the Premier League at Goodison Park on 8 December, the first two from close range and capped with a skillful third. A hat-trick in Sports is associated with succeeding at anything three times in three consecutive attempts Fulham Football Club is an English football team based in Fulham, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Yakubu has quickly become a favourite with Everton's fans who chant "Feed the Yak And He Will Score!", the chant having travelled with him from Middlesbrough.
On 12 December, Yakubu netted a late winner in Everton's 2-1 win at West Ham United in a Carling Cup quarter-final match. } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition Yakubu then struck the opening goal as Everton beat the Hammers 2-0 in the Premier League just three days later. On 21 February, Yakubu struck another hat-trick against SK Brann in the 2nd leg of the first knock out stage of the UEFA cup resulting in a 6-1 victory. Yakubu again found the net, opening the scoring against Manchester City just four days later.
On the 2nd March 2008, Yakubu scored a header against Portsmouth, in the first minute of the game. He then scored the final goal to seal a 3-1 victory, with a sublime finish after beating Sol Campbell. Sulzeer Jeremiah Campbell (born 18 September 1974 paddington, London is an English footballer.
His double against Newcastle United in the 3-1 win at Goodison on the last day of the 2007-08 season helped the Toffees clinch 5th place and a place in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup competition.
He finished his first season with 15 Premier League goals to his name, and 21 goals in all competitions for Everton.
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