Samuel Kuffour

Samuel Osei Kuffour (born 3 September 1976) is a Ghanaian retired professional footballer who played as a defender.[1]

Samuel Kuffour
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Kuffour in 2010
Personal information
Full name Samuel Osei Kuffour
Date of birth (1976-09-03) 3 September 1976 (age 44)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1983–1990 Fantomas Kumasi
1990–1991 King Faisal Babes
1991–1993 Torino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2005 Bayern Munich 175 (7)
1995–19961. FC Nürnberg (loan) 12 (1)
2005–2008 Roma 21 (0)
2006–2007Livorno (loan) 18 (0)
2008Ajax (loan) 2 (0)
2009 Asante Kotoko
Total 228 (8)
National team
1993–2006 Ghana 54 (3)
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Known for his great physical power, Samuel Osei Kuffour is best remembered for his time with Bayern Munich, whom he represented for over a decade, winning a total of 14 honours, and playing in nearly 250 official matches.

Kuffour appeared with the Ghanaian national team in the 2006 World Cup, as well as in five Africa Cup of Nations.

Club careerEdit

Bayern MunichEdit

Born in Ghana, Kuffour was brought to Europe by Torino F.C. in 1991 aged just 15, after playing junior football for local teams in his native country. He joined FC Bayern Munich in 1993 from the Italian club. After a season-long loan spell with 1. FC Nürnberg in the second division, he made his breakthrough with the Bavarians.

Kuffour spent 11 seasons with Bayern, rising from the youth teams to be a prominent first-squad member who lifted the UEFA Champions League with the club. He was an integral part of the squad that won the 2000–01 Champions League, also scoring the winning goal in the 2001 Intercontinental Cup, being subsequently named man of the match.[2] Also in that year, he finished second in African Footballer of the Year's voting, repeating the feat accomplished in 1999.[3]

Kuffour was also part of the Bayern team which lost to Manchester United due to two late goals in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, famously beating the ground in frustration afterwards, a gesture that endeared him to Bayern supporters. He also became the youngest defender of all-time to score in the Champions League, at the age of 18 years, 61 days during the match against FC Spartak Moscow on 2 November 1994, which ended in a 2–2 draw.[4] Kuffour made over 60 UEFA Champions League appearances, being one of the most decorated African players of all time.[5] After twelve seasons in Munich and 175 Bundesliga appearances,[6] Kuffour left Bayern in 2005.[7]

AS RomaEdit

Kuffour left Bayern in the summer of 2005, and signed a three-year deal with A.S. Roma in a free transfer, thus returning to Italy.[7] He made 21 appearances in his debut season, having spent a period of the season away on international duty and, in his second year, was loaned to UEFA Cup competitor and fellow Serie A team A.S. Livorno Calcio.[8] He played his 89th and last match in European cup competitions for Livorno.[9]

After RomaEdit

In August 2007, Kuffour had a trial with Premier League side Sunderland, with a view to a permanent move. However, manager Roy Keane confirmed he would not be joining the club, in a post match interview after Sunderland's defeat to Liverpool.[10]

On 28 January 2008, AFC Ajax received Kuffour on a six-month loan contract, with an option for two more seasons.[8] He was released following a lack of form, and was also deemed surplus to requirements by Roma boss Luciano Spalletti, thus becoming a free agent.

In August, it was thought that Kuffour had joined Russian Premier League side FC Khimki. However, it was announced on 10 September, by his agent, that he had retired from professional football with immediate effect.[11] Kuffour rejected the news and stated his desire to continue his career; on 26 January 2009, he was linked to Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire S.C. – the CEO of US-based Sports to Develop Destitute claimed he was helping the player finalise the deal.[12]

Asante Kotoko and retirementEdit

In April 2009, Kuffour finally returned to Ghana after a 19-year absence, seeing his career out with a three-month deal with Asante Kotoko FC.[13] He however retired in late 2009 without playing an official match for Asante Kotoko.

International careerEdit

A Ghana international for 13 years, Kuffour won his first cap as a 17-year-old in a game against Sierra Leone on 28 November 1993. He had previously been part of every national team – junior, youth and Olympic level – and became the full squad's captain at the age of 23.

Kuffour had burst onto the international scene at age 13. At junior level, he was a member of the Ghana side that won the 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Italy and the one that was runner-up to Nigeria in the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Japan. At youth level, he appeared with the team that finished second to Brazil during the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia.

Kuffour became the youngest Olympic Football Champion of all-time, when he collected bronze at the 1992 Olympics just before his 16th birthday. He was also a member of the squad that reached the quarterfinals at the same level in 1996.

Kuffour also made one appearance for his country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals, against Italy. After a costly mistake in that first match, a 0–2 loss, he was dropped for the next three games as Ghana bowed out in the round-of-16 against Brazil.

On 12 January 2007, the Confederation of African Football voted Kuffour as a member of the Top 30 African Players of All-Time.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2003 Kuffour revealed to the BBC, in an interview for the 'Heart and Soul' documentary,[14] that he wanted to be a priest or a missionary when he retired from football. In the interview, he also spoke about the surprised reaction of some German players as he prayed before games, while also addressing the support he received from fellow Ghanaian Christians, especially those living in Munich.

In the same interview, Kuffour also talked about the death of his daughter Godiva, in a drowning accident in January that year. He explained that his Christian faith gave him the courage to face the future.

Life after footballEdit

PunditryEdit

In 2010, After retiring from playing football, Kuffuor entered into sports punditry working primarily with South Africa-based channel SuperSports debuting with the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[15][16] On 8 February 2015, Kuffour was shaved as he vowed on live TV within the SupersSports studios following the Black Stars failure to win the AFCON 2015 as he predicted.[17][18] In 2018, he took a break from football punditry for 2018 FIFA World Cup upon the advise of his doctor due to excessive travelling.[19]

Football managementEdit

In August 2013, Kuffuor was appointed as a board member of the Ghana-based football club Kumasi Asante Kotoko.[20][21] On 2 October 2014, whilst serving as a board member he was announced as the new CEO for Kumasi Asante Kotoko after being appointed by the club owner Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II. By 15 October it had become apparent that the early announcement had caused a renege on that decision by the Otumfuor.[22]

In February 2016, He was named as member of Black Starlets, the Ghana national under-17 football team after playing for the team in the 1990's.[23] On 16 January 2020, he was appointed as a member of the management board of the Black Stars, the Ghana senior national team.[24][25]

Career statisticsEdit

Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total Ref.
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayern Munich 1994–95 Bundesliga 9 0 0 0 4 1 13 1 [26]
1996–97 22 0 2 0 1 0 25 0 [26]
1997–98 17 2 3 0 5 0 25 2 [27]
1998–99 15 0 3 0 8 0 26 0 [28]
1999–2000 18 2 3 1 13 0 34 3 [29]
2000–01 23 1 1 0 13 0 1 0 38 1 [26][30]
2001–02 21 0 3 0 14 0 2 0 40 0 [26][31]
2002–03 20 1 4 0 5 0 1 0 30 1 [26][32]
2003–04 23 1 2 0 7 0 1 0 33 1 [26][33]
2004–05 7 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 13 0 [26]
Totals 175 7 23 1 74 1 5 0 277 9
Bayern Munich II 1994–95 Regionalliga Süd ?? ?? 3 0 3 0 [26]
1995–96 ?? ?? 1 0 1 0 [26]
2004–05 1 0 1 0 [26]
Totals 1 0 4 0
Nürnberg (loan) 1995–96 2. Bundesliga 12 1 0 0 12 1 [26]
Roma 2005–06 Serie A 21 0 3 0 7 1 31 1 [26]
Livorno (loan) 2006–07 18 0 0 0 8 0 26 0 [26]
Ajax (loan) 2007–08 Eredivisie 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 [26]
Asante Kotoko 2009 Ghana Premier League N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Career totals 229 8 30 1 89 2 5 0 353 11
  • 1.^ Includes German Cup and Italian Cup.
  • 2.^ Includes Champions League and UEFA Cup.
  • 3.^ Includes German League Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

InternationalEdit

Ghana[34]
Year Apps Goals
1994 5 0
1995 3 0
1996 9 0
1997 5 1
1998 5 0
1999 2 0
2000 8 2
2001 2 0
2002 1 0
2003 2 0
2004 5 0
2005 1 0
2006 6 0
Total 54 3

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Ghana's goal tally first. Score column indicates score after each Kuffour goal.[35]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 July 1997 Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana   Zimbabwe 2–1 2–1 1998 African Cup of Nations qualification
2 8 April 2000 Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium, Arusha, Tanzania   Tanzania 1–0 1–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 23 April 2000 Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra, Ghana   Tanzania 1–0 3–2

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Bayern Munich

InternationalEdit

Ghana Youth

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

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