Hans Adu Sarpei (born 28 June 1976) is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who played as a full back.

Hans Sarpei
Hans Sarpei 2019.jpg
Sarpei in 2019
Personal information
Full name Hans Adu Sarpei
Date of birth (1976-06-28) 28 June 1976 (age 45)
Place of birth Tema, Ghana
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
0000–1996 Chorweiler
1996–1997 Preußen Köln
1997–1998 Winfriedia Mülheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Fortuna Köln 44 (0)
2000–2001 MSV Duisburg 20 (1)
2001–2007 VfL Wolfsburg 139 (2)
2001–2007 VfL Wolfsburg II 1 (0)
2007–2010 Bayer Leverkusen 42 (0)
2008–2009 Bayer Leverkusen II 3 (0)
2010–2012 Schalke 04 9 (0)
Total 258 (3)
National team
2000–2010 Ghana 36 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

He also was a long time regular for the Ghana national football team. Sarpei most recently played for his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Club careerEdit

Sarpei was born in Tema. He was with VfL Wolfsburg for six seasons, where he extended his contract until 30 June 2007 in February 2004. He joined Wolfsburg in 2001 and made over 130 appearances for the Wolves. At the end of the 2006–07 Bundesliga season, then Wolfsburg manager Klaus Augenthaler decided not to renew Sarpei's contract.

On 18 May 2007, Sarpei moved to Bayer Leverkusen on a free transfer signing a two-year deal.[1][2]

International careerEdit

Sarpei was a member of the Ghana national football team. As such, he participated at the 2006 World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He also received call-ups for the 2006 African Cup of Nations and the 2010 African Cup of Nations squads.

Media careerEdit

In 2016, it was announced that Sarpei would be a host on the Netflix reality show Ultimate Beastmaster.[3]


Personal lifeEdit

Sarpei, who also has a German passport, moved to Germany from Ghana with his parents, when he was a child.[4] His older brother, Edward, is a former Bundesliga player for 1. FC Köln, currently playing for BP Worringen.[5] Sarpei enjoys his large Facebook followership which recoined various Chuck Norris facts on him.[6]



Schalke 04



  1. ^ "Bayer holt Sarpei" (in German). www.kicker.de. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Sarpei heads to Leverkusen". ghanaweb.com. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2007.
  3. ^ Prudon, Laura (9 May 2016). "Netflix Orders Global Competition Series 'Ultimate Beastmaster' from Sylvester Stallone, Dave Broome". Variety. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Hans Sarpei: Meine Laufbahn". www.hanssarpei.de. 1 January 2005. Archived from the original on 17 December 2004. Retrieved 1 January 2005.
  5. ^ "Ghanaweb Profile – Edward Sarpei". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 28 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Warum Hans Sarpei auf Facebook Kult ist ..." (in German). ZDF.de. Retrieved 10 March 2012.[permanent dead link]

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