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Mathew Amoah (born 24 October 1980) is a retired Ghanaian international striker.

Matthew Amoah
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Personal information
Full name Matthew Amoah
Date of birth (1980-10-24) 24 October 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Tema, Greater Accra, Ghana
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1996–1998 The Great Ambassadors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Vitesse Arnhem 174 (72)
2000Fortuna Sittard (loan) 15 (10)
2005–2007 Borussia Dortmund 17 (0)
2007–2011 NAC Breda 105 (43)
2011–2012 Mersin İdmanyurdu SK 5 (0)
2012–2013 SC Heerenveen 0 (0)
2013–2014 Heracles Almelo 16 (2)
Total 332 (127)
National team
2002–2011 Ghana 43 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2011

Club careerEdit

Vitesse and FortunaEdit

Born in Tema, Amoah moved to the Netherlands at the age of 16, where he linked with Vitesse Arnhem, spending eight seasons at the club. His early departure from his homeland has led to an almost anonymous profile there because he never played any top level club football in Ghana, although in Amoah's home town of Tema his achievements in Europe have not gone unnoticed. With three brothers, Amoah learned his craft on the streets of the Ghanaian town and at the age of 15, he was spotted by scouts from the Dutch club while playing in an international youth tournament for his club Great Ambassadors.

After Amoah moved to Vitesse, he did not play regularly. So in other to get regular playing action, Amoah needed a loan spell at Fortuna Sittard to find his feet in Dutch football before going back at Arnhem where coach Ronald Koeman gave him a chance. And the move paid off as the club's supporters named him their best player after the 2002–03 season, in which he scored 15 goals for the club and also competed in European club competition. Amoah played his heart out at Vitesse where he developed into a good striker. It was his great performances at Vitesse which gained him a call up to his homeland Ghana's national team. In Vitesse he scored 62 goals in 174 appearances for the club.

Borussia DortmundEdit

Amoah signed with Borussia Dortmund in December 2005, during the winter transfer window,[1] rejoining coach Bert van Marwijk, who managed him during the 1999–2000 season at another Dutch side, Fortuna Sittard. Amoah signed a two-year contract, but could only manage seventeen first-team appearances (going scoreless in the process) in one-and-a-half seasons. "There was a number of options but Amoah was the one the manager wanted", Hans-Joachim Watzke, Dortmund's finance director, told the Westfälische Rundschau at the time.

NAC BredaEdit

The 26-year-old Amoah signed a three-year deal with Eredivisie's NAC Breda on 3 July 2007, after a medical. The former Vitesse forward returned to the Netherlands after a lack of first-team opportunities at Dortmund. "We have been working on this deal for months", NAC technical director Earnie Stewart said. "First it looked like it was impossible for the player to sign, but this week negotiations went quicker."[2] Amoah was instrumental in the attack of NAC Breda since his arrival in July 2007. He scored more than eight goals in every season at the club. He scored 11 goals in his first season, 12 in his second season and then nine in his third season. He was the topscorer of NAC Breda and was loved by the supporters for his spectacular goals which helped the club a lot. The 29-year-old Ghanaian played 101 matches for NAC Breda.

Mersin İdmanyurduEdit

Amoah signed a two-year contract with Mersin İdmanyurdu SK, the newly promoted Turkish club. He only played five matches for the team and left Turkey after one year.

SC HeerenveenEdit

In June 2012, Amoah signed with Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen. However, after one season in which he played no single match for the club, he was released in June 2013.

International careerEdit

Ghana first selected Amoah ahead of the 2002 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and it was in the tournament in Mali where he made his debut. But after the Black Stars were eliminated in the quarter-finals, Amoah only ever received one more call-up before the appointment of coach Ratomir Dujkovic in December 2004. The Serb brought Amoah back for his first game in charge, and Amoah has been in the squad ever since.

An international since 2002 he made his debut on 21 January 2002, Segou in a Ghana, Morocco encounter at the Africa Cup of Nations: 2002, Amoah was an instrumental figure in Ghana's first qualification for the World Cup, scoring three goals in three consecutive and important qualifying matches. Matthew Amoah finished as Ghana's leading scorer in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, his five strikes proving pivotal in the Black Stars' march to a second successive tournament. His tally added to the three goals he scored in the 2006 qualifiers that also made a major contribution to Ghana's march to their first-ever FIFA World Cup finals appearance. He also played in their World cup debut even though he did not score in any of the matches he played, his ability, runs and passes helped the team to the group of 16.

In 2010, he helped his nation qualify for another world cup. He played in two matches, which he was brought in as a substitute. He is a member of the Ghanaian Golden Era of footballers including Fulham right back John Paintsil and Chelsea versatile midfielder Michael Essien and former captain Stephen Appiah who formerly played for Italian Club Cesena, Fenerbahçe SK and Juventus. Amoah has scored 13 times in 40 appearances for Ghana.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 31 May 2014[3]

Season Club League
Division Apps Goals
Vitesse 1998–99 Eredivisie 17 3
1999–00 7 1
2000–01 33 11
2001–02 24 6
2002–03 30 15
2003–04 11 4
2004–05 34 13
2005–06 18 9
Total 174 72
Fortuna Sittard 1999–00 Eredivisie 15 10
Total 15 10
Borussia Dortmund 2005–06 Bundesliga 8 0
2006–07 9 0
Total 17 0
NAC Breda 2007–08 Eredivisie 25 11
2008–09 22 12
2009–10 26 9
2010–11 28 10
2011–12 4 1
Total 105 43
Mersin Idmanyurdu 2011–12 Süper Lig 5 0
Total 5 0
SC Heerenveen 2012–13 Eredivisie 0 0
Total 0 0
Heracles Almelo 2013–14 Eredivisie 16 2
Total 16 2
Total 332 127

HonoursEdit

InternationalEdit

Ghana

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amoah joins Borussia Dortmund". BBC. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 28 June 2006.
  2. ^ "Amoah to return to Holland". BBC. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Matthew Amoah » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2 November 2017.

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