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John Obi Mikel

BornApril 22, 1987

John Michael Nchekwube Obinna, commonly known as John Obi Mikel, is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Chelsea and the Nigeria national team. He started his official football career at the age of 12 when he was picked from over 3000 young talents playing in the Pepsi Football Academy. He has come a long way since then. Obi has always stood out, owing to his impressive style and technique. He got picked to play in the top-flight team Plateau United, and made headlines for his country at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships held in Finland. In the summer of 2005, Mikel played for Nigeria at the FIFA World Youth Championships held in the Netherlands; he won the Silver Ball after being voted the tournament's second best player. On 29 April 2005, Mikel joined Premier League club Manchester United. The transfer, however, was speculated to have certain scandals associated with it. On 2 June 2006, Mikel's registration was to be transferred from Lyn to Chelsea. On 12 September 2006, Mikel made his first start for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League against Levski Sofia. In May 2010, he received Premier League and FA Cup winner's medals as part of Chelsea's first ever league-cup double winning team. In November 2012, Mikel was named on the shortlist for the African Footballer of the Year along with former Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba.
Assessing Nigeria's chances at the World Cup on the back of the win against Zambia
Assessing Nigeria's chances at the World Cup on the back of the win against Zambia
How can the Super Eagles improve on the back of their recent win
20 transfers that were hijacked by rival clubs: Part 2
20 transfers that were hijacked by rival clubs: Part 2
Some almost put their signature on the dotted line before another club stepped in and signed them
Transfer Rumour: Shanghai SIPG plan John Obi Mikel swoop; European clubs remain interested
Transfer Rumour: Shanghai SIPG plan John Obi Mikel swoop; European clubs remain interested
Chinese side Shanghai SIPG have offered him a pay rise of 100,000-a-week to lure him away to the far east.
Daily transfer news and rumours roundup: 16th December, 2016
Daily transfer news and rumours roundup: 16th December, 2016
We bring to you all the transfer news, rumours and gossip from newspapers across Europe.
Manchester United transfer rumour: Jose Mourinho looking to snap up Chelsea's John Obi Mikel
Manchester United transfer rumour: Jose Mourinho looking to snap up Chelsea's John Obi Mikel
The Nigerian will be a free agent next summer.
Chelsea transfer news: John Obi Mikel hints at Stamford Bridge exit in January
Chelsea transfer news: John Obi Mikel hints at Stamford Bridge exit in January
The Nigerian has failed to earn a spot in the team under Antonio Conte.
Chelsea transfer rumours: Antonio Conte on the lookout for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti
Chelsea transfer rumours: Antonio Conte on the lookout for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti
Conte ready to let go of John Obi Mikel and Cesc Fabregas in order to make way for Verratti.
Pogba trolled by Chelsea star John Obi Mikel as he welcomes him to the Premier League
Pogba trolled by Chelsea star John Obi Mikel as he welcomes him to the Premier League
Mikel gets the best of the Manchester midfielder in this hilarious tweet and gives him a welcome to the Premier League.
Rio 2016: 5 over-aged players to look out for
Rio 2016: 5 over-aged players to look out for
Let's take a look at 5 footballers who could make a huge impact at the Rio Olympics.
Reports: John Obi Mikel to force transfer amid discontent over first-team role
Reports: John Obi Mikel to force transfer amid discontent over first-team role
John Obi Mikel is unsure about his position in the team ahead of next season.
10 unsung players from the 2015/16 Premier League season
10 unsung players from the 2015/16 Premier League season
The Premier League stars who do not get the credit they deserve.
John Obi Mikel says Jose Mourinho didn't trust and believe in him
John Obi Mikel says Jose Mourinho didn't trust and believe in him
The Nigerian has also appreciated Guus Hiddink's effort in bringing back the team to a respectable position.
UEFA Champions League: Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink believes the match still hangs in balance after first-leg defeat to PSG
UEFA Champions League: Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink believes the match still hangs in balance after first-leg defeat to PSG
Chelsea fell 2-1 to PSG at Parc des Princes, however, an important away goal means the Blues are still in with a shout
PSG 2-1 Chelsea: Player ratings
PSG 2-1 Chelsea: Player ratings
Chelsea got the crucial away goal but ended up losing to PSG.
PSG 2-1 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points
PSG 2-1 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points
We take a look at the major talking points from the UEFA Champions League Round-of-16 clash between PSG and Chelsea
UEFA Champions League: PSG 2-1 Chelsea - Match Report
UEFA Champions League: PSG 2-1 Chelsea - Match Report
Cavani scored PSG's winner, but Chelsea take a crucial away goal into the second leg
5 contenders for Chelsea's captaincy if John Terry leaves
5 contenders for Chelsea's captaincy if John Terry leaves
Some of the bigger names in the squad who could take over the responsibility of the armband.
Is Chelsea's season finally back on track?
Is Chelsea's season finally back on track?
Chelsea have gone from the champions to relegation battlers. But their recent run of games provides a talking point, are they finally back?
Is the prospect of success imminent in Guus Hiddink's reign at Chelsea?
Is the prospect of success imminent in Guus Hiddink's reign at Chelsea?
Can Hiddink improve Chelsea for good after a disastrous start to the season?
John Obi Mikel insists Chelsea's players are happier since Jose Mourinho's departure
John Obi Mikel insists Chelsea's players are happier since Jose Mourinho's departure
While Mikel called Mourinho a 'fantastic guy', the Nigerian did acknowledge that things are better under Hiddink
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