Lee Addy (born 7 July 1990[2]) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a defender. He played for the Ghana national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Lee Addy
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Addy with Red Star Belgrade in 2011
Personal information
Full name Lee Addy
Date of birth (1990-07-07) 7 July 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Nania 20 (0)
2008 AC Tripoli
2008–2010 Bechem Chelsea 46 (2)
2010–2011 Red Star Belgrade 32 (0)
2012–2014 Dalian Aerbin 24 (0)
2013–2014Dinamo Zagreb (loan) 16 (0)
2014–2015 Dinamo Zagreb 8 (0)
2015Lokomotiva Zagreb (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2016 Čukarički 8 (0)
2017 Lusaka Dynamos
2019 Free State Stars 0 (0)
National team
2009–2012 Ghana 30 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:09, 6 January 2020 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Addy began his senior career in 2007 playing with Nania F.C. Soon after, in 2008, he moved to the Bechem Chelsea playing in the Ghana Premier League.

Red Star BelgradeEdit

At the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Addy received a call to move to Europe to play with Serbian SuperLiga club Red Star Belgrade and he signed a contract. He became a regular centre-back at both his club and the Ghana national team.

Dalian AerbinEdit

On 4 January 2012, Addy completed a three-year deal with newly promoted Chinese Super League side Dalian Aerbin and was handed the squad number 13 after passing a medical test. The move from Serbian club Red Star Belgrade was for a reported transfer fee of $2.2 million.[3]

Dinamo ZagrebEdit

On 10 February 2013, it was announced that Addy had been loaned to Dinamo Zagreb for a year.[4] He signed for Dinamo Zagreb in January 2014. He ended his Dinamo Zagreb spell in late July 2015.


Addy signed a one-year contract with FK Čukarički on 31 August 2015.[5]

Free State StarsEdit

In August 2019 it was reported, that Addy had signed with Free State Stars in South Africa.[6] However, it was later reported in December 2019, that he had terminated his contract with the club.[7]

International careerEdit

Early career & 2010 African Nations CupEdit

On 30 September 2009, Addy made his debut for the Ghanaian national team as part of a domestic-based team that played a friendly against Argentina.[8] He was part of the Ghana national squad at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations having played four matches including the lost final against Egypt.[9] and since then he quickly became a regular player of the national team.

2010 World CupEdit

Addy was called up by Ghana's national team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup[10] In Ghana's opening game at the 2010 World Cup, he entered as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Serbia.[11] He also played in the 1–1 draw against Australia[12] in the group stage, after which he appeared again as a substitute in the Round of 16 2–1 victory over the United States,[13] but couldn't play in the quarter-finals match against Uruguay because of accumulated yellow cards, where Ghana was eliminated in a penalty shoot-out.

Age controversyEdit

Before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Addy's age became the subject of controversy. When he debuted in the national team in September 2009, he was registered with date of birth 26 September 1985.[14] That statement also stated on most sites on the web.[15] Even FIFA lists Addy as born on 26 September 1985 in the official documents.[1][16] But when Addy was reported in Ghana's World Cup squad, he had suddenly been five years younger and lists as born on 7 July 1990.[17] The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet was in contact with FIFA regarding the matter. FIFA informed that they did a passport control on Addy, but they did not find anything suspicious. Also there was a lack of comparative material, because Addy never got any previous passport control.[15]



Red Star Belgrade

Dinamo Zagreb





  1. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 List of Players" (PDF). fifa.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  2. ^ Ghana Squadlist for FIFA 2010 World Cup
  3. ^ "Lee Addy completes move to Chinese club Daelin Aerbin". ghanasoccernet.com. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  4. ^ "lee addy loan to dinamo zagreb - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  5. ^ [1] Novosti: Li Adi pojačao Čukarički (in Serbian) 31 August 2015
  6. ^ South African side Free State Stars sign Lee Addy, footballmadeinghana.com, 10 August 2019
  7. ^ Five Black Stars players who are available on the Ghanaian transfer market, thepressradio.com, 16 December 2019
  8. ^ Black Stars away in Argentina
  9. ^ Match report at Soccernet.
  10. ^ Lee Addy at FIFA.com-World Cup archives.
  11. ^ Match report at FIFA.com.
  12. ^ Match report Archived 20 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine at FIFA.com.
  13. ^ Match report at FIFA.com.
  14. ^ "Hvor gammel er du egentlig, Addy? (How old are you really, Addy?)" (in Norwegian). www.vg.no. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Fuskade med åldern – blev 5 år yngre i VM (Cheated with age – was 5 years younger in World Cup)" (in Swedish). aftonbladet.se. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  16. ^ "Release list of up to 30 players" (PDF). fifa.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  17. ^ "19 Lee ADDY". fifa.com. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  18. ^ "Bissah wins league's MVP award | Premier League | News in Ghana". Archived from the original on 15 September 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.

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