Bakery Jatta

Bakery Jatta (born 6 June 1998) is a Gambian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for 2. Bundesliga club Hamburger SV.[1][2]

Bakery Jatta
Personal information
Full name Bakery Jatta
Date of birth (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 24)
Place of birth Gunjur, Gambia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Hamburger SV II 38 (20)
2016– Hamburger SV 143 (17)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 14:03, 24 November 2022 (UTC)

International careerEdit

Jatta was called up by Gambia national team in October 2019.[3] He pulled out of the squad in November 2019, saying he wished to concentrate on his club career.[4]

Personal life and identity disputeEdit

Jatta is said to have come to Germany in 2015 as a refugee. However, in August 2019, suspicions in the news arose over his identity as according to a German press article by Sport Bild his real name was speculated to be Bakery Daffeh and his age was speculated to be older.[5] Initially, neither the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees nor the local Hamburg authorities were able to confirm nor deny Jatta's identity. Subsequent news stories, however, have cast doubts on the Sport Bild report.[6] The Hamburger Abendblatt, on 29 August, reports on a visit from a Bild reporter in Gambia who as it appears may have pretended to be a representative of the German Football Association (DFB) to obtain information in Gambia. According to the same Hamburger Abendblatt report, a witness previously named by the Bild and Sport Bild strongly disagrees that Jatta and Daffeh could be the same person, thus refuting those press claims[6]

On 30 August, German media announced that Hamburger SV has been able to obtain his birth certificate, in addition to Bakery Jatta's passport, and along with it an affidavit by a clerk of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia.[7] The responsible Hamburg authority then declared on 2 September that they approved the documents Jatta presented to them and that there was no evidence for further investigation. Following this case-closing statement, defeated 1. FC Nürnberg, VFL Bochum and KSC Karlsruhe withdrew their objection against the matches that Jatta played in.[8][9]

On 19 September 2019, it was reported by Bild/Sport Bild, that Jatta had stated an e-mail address containing the name Bakary Daffeh to the Bremen authorities in 2015. The Sozialzentrum Gröpelingen/Walle (local social authority) submitted a copy of a personal questionnaire filled in by Jatta to the Bremen police, with the remark that there are great inconsistencies.[10] Questioned by NDR public broadcaster, the Bremen prosecutor confirmed an examination of this facts. A few weeks later the prosecutor announced that there would be no further proceedings; the case was to be closed from their perspective.[11] Also in October 2019, the CEO of Axel Springer SE (Bild/Sport Bild) publishing house, Mathias Döpfner, criticised the long duration of the investigation, and that most of the media would be "systematically" ignoring the case. He mentioned the Jatta case as an example why hatred grew in parts of the population. Subsequently, the connection of the case to the Halle synagogue shooting that he made was subject to criticism.[12]

In the first days of July 2020 Jatta's Hamburg home was searched by the police under the suspicion of violation of the German residence act,[13] because he is suspected of having made false claims regarding his identity. According to the Hamburg prosecutor, the investigations had shown that Jatta had maintained contact with persons connected to Daffeh. His cell phone and other devices were seized.[14]

In March 2022, the court in Hamburg-Altona dismissed the case.[15]

Career statisticsEdit


As of 3 January 2021[2]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hamburger SV II 2016–17 Regionalliga Nord 16 11 16 11
2017–18 10 8 10 8
2018–19 11 1 11 1
2019–20 1 0 1 0
Total 38 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 20
Hamburger SV 2016–17 Bundesliga 6 0 0 0 6 0
2017–18 10 0 0 0 10 0
2018–19 2. Bundesliga 25 4 4 1 29 5
2019–20 31 4 0 0 31 4
2020–21 9 2 0 0 9 2
Total 81 10 4 1 0 0 0 0 85 11
Career total 119 30 4 1 0 0 0 0 123 31


  1. ^ "Bakery Jatta". HEIM:SPIEL. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Gambia - B. Jatta - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway".
  3. ^ "Hamburg's former refugee Bakery Jatta gets Gambia call-up". 24 October 2019 – via
  4. ^ "Hamburg's Bakery Jatta excuses himself from Gambia squad". 4 November 2019 – via
  5. ^ "Bakery Jatta: Hamburg midfielder's identity investigated by German FA". BBC Sport. 9 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Neue Zeugen und brisante Videos entlasten Bakery Jatta". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Durchbruch im Fall Jatta: Gambias Ministerium bestätigt seine Identität". Focus (German magazine) (in German). 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Bakery Jatta: Bochum, Karlsruhe und Nürnberg ziehen Einspruch gegen HSV-Spiele zurück". (in German). 3 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Bakery Jatta: German sides withdraw objections over Gambian's eligibility". 4 September 2019 – via
  10. ^ Jatta hieß in seiner E-Mail-Adresse Daffeh,, 20 September 2019, retrieved 20 September 2019.
  11. ^ Zeitung: Fall Bakery Jatta wohl abgeschlossen,, 16 October 2019
  12. ^ "If the HSV player Bakery Jatta is actually called Bakary Daffeh and is two years older than he says, then the police investigation takes longer than four years and journalists systematically look away...", Terror in Halle: Axel-Springer-Boss stellt Zusammenhang mit Jatta her,, 11 October 2019
  13. ^ Hausdurchsuchung bei HSV-Star Jatta,, 2 July 2020, retrieved 2 Juli 2020.
  14. ^ "Neue Vorwürfe gegen HSV-Profi: Ermittler durchsuchen Wohnung von Jatta". 2 July 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Gericht lehnt Verfahrenseröffnung gegen Bakery Jatta ab". 8 March 2022. Retrieved 10 March 2022.

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