20 Mar 2016

Biography of Joseph Yobo

Biography of Joseph Yobo
Joseph Phillip Yobo (born 6 September 1980) is a Nigerian professional footballer, born at Kono Community, in Khana area of River State of Nigeria. He is the younger brother of former Nigeria international Albert Yobo. He plays as a centre back. In the later years of his football career, he became the captain of the Nigerian national team until his international football retirement in June 2014, and he is Nigeria's record appearance holder.

Yobo is a native of Kono, a community in the Khana area of Rivers State, Nigeria. In the year 1998, he traveled out of Nigeria to join Standard Liège, and made his first team debut in the year 2000, he then, went on to appear 46 times. In the year 2001, he switched to Marseille.

Everton Club Career.

After he made his debut, Yobo went on loan to Tenerife. After about nine months, he returned to Marseille, and later joined Everton, yet on loan, in July 2002. After £1 million was paid to register him, he became the first person to be signed by David Moyes. Later, the club opted to make the move permanent, and the contract was perfected in the year 2003 after a dispute that arose between Yobo and Marseille was settled, with Everton agreeing to pay a fixed additional fee of £4 million.

While in Everting, Joseph Yobo became one of the most consistent players in the Club’s squad, and was one out of the seven Everton’s players in the entire league to play every minute of every game throughout the years 2006 and 2007 season.

In 2006, Yobo had a delay in signing a new contract with Everton, the delay occasioned rumors that he has moved to Arsenal. However, on July 22, 2006, Joseph Yobo committed himself to Goodison Park until 2010. On April, 2007, he became the record appearance holder for an overseas player at Everton, a record that couldn’t be broken until early 2012. For his outstanding performance at the UEFA Cup match against Larissa of Greece in October 2007, Yobo was named the captain in the absence of Phil Neville and thus, he became the first African to be a captain of the club. On May 6, 2009, Yobo scored his first goal of the season against West Ham United, which sealed their 3–1 win.

In the years 2009 to 2010 season, Yobo had to adjust to his new defensive partner, Sylvain Distin, after Joleon Lescott left and Phil Jagielka sustained an injury. On November 29, 2009, he scored an own goal in Everton's 2–0 defeat to Club Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. At that time, Distin, Jagielka and John Heitinga were most often selected over Yobo, confining him to the bench.


On August 31, 2010, Joseph Yobo signed a one-year loan contract with Fenerbahçe. There, Yobo played featured in 30 official matches and scored one goal, helping his team to win the league title. On September 6, 2011, Fenerbahçe and Everton agreed on another loan deal for €700,000 over Yobo, leading to Yobo signing a one-year contract that is worth €2.35 million. On August 4, 2012, he signed another contract with Fenerbahçe, but this time, on a permanent basis 3 years, after having played for Everton for 10 years. On August 17, Fenerbahçe played against Torku Konyaspor and Yobo scored a goal in the match. Before the 2014-2015 season his contract with Fenerbahce was terminated by a mutual agreement. On August 31, 2014, he was awarded with the plaque of appreciation and have been released from Fenerbahce.
Norwich City.
On January 30, 2014, Joseph Yobo returned to England on loan at Norwich City for the remainder of the season with a view to making a permanent move in the summer of that year. He the marked his debut for the club by securing a clean sheet against top-scoring club Manchester City on February 8.

International career.

Joseph Yobo, being a former Nigeria international, was capped 100 times and represented the Super Eagles at three separate FIFA World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
After he participated in Nigeria's outing to the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship quarter-finals, Yobo succeeded in making his senior international debut against Zambia a FIFA World Cup qualifier that held on March 24, 2001. He featured in all the six of the team's matches in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations and was named among  the squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he was constantly present and assisting Julius Aghahowa's goal in a 2–1 loss to Sweden.

Joseph Yobo’s second World Cup appearance was at the 2010 tournament in South Africa, after which he assumed the position of a captain, when Nwankwo Kanu retired. Joseph Yobo was no longer a first choice player at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but lifted the trophy after appearing at the 89th-minute as a substitute in the Nigeria's 1–0 final defeat of Burkina Faso.

In June 2014, Stephen Keshi, included Yobo in his squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was named among the members of the starting line-up for both the second and third group matches, helping the Super Eagles to secure a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina. On June 30, he made his 100th international appearance, being the Nigeri’s captain against France in the round of 16. After scoring an own goal in the 2–0 defeat, Yobo announced his international retirement. During the announcement, he said: "This is it. I can look back on my career with great pride. I wanted to leave on a high for my country. Defeat by France was not the right way to go but I'm happy with all I've done for the national team. It's time to give a chance to other people to come through."

Personal life.

In the year 2010, after a brief courtship, Joseph Yobo married former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Adaeze Igwe in a ceremony held in Jos at midnight. The couple’s wedding was a very low key ceremony which took place barely three months after they met in December 2009. Joseph Yobo and his wife Adaeze, had a baby boy named Joey Yobo in April 2010.

In July 2008, Joseph Yobos’s younger brother Norum  was kidnapped in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria and held for ransom. He was later released after 12 days on 17 July 2008.

Charity work.

In the year 2007, Joseph founded the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation, a Not-For-Profit organization that help the under-privileged children in Nigeria. By July 18, 2007, Joseph Yobo was alleged to have handed out over 300 scholarship awards ranging from primary school to university level education. Yobo has also founded a football academy in the Ogoni Nigeria. He also oversees football camps in Lagos State of Nigeria.

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