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John Obi Mikel Biography & Latest News

John Obi Mikel Biography

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.
Basic Player Info
Full Name John Michael Nchekwube Obinna
Nationality Nigeria
Position Midfielder
Last Club Chelsea
Shirt Number 12
Career
Clubs
Chelsea Aug 2006 - Jan 2017
FC Lyn Oslo Jan 2004 - Aug 2006
Tianjin Teda Jan 2017 - Present
National
Nigeria Jan 2005 - Present
Nigeria Under 23 Jan 2016 - Present
Stats
Clubs
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Chelsea
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Season Tournament Appearances Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards Minutes Played
2015/2016 Premier League 25 0 1 6 0 1780
UEFA Champions League 4 1 0 2 0 246
FA Cup 2 0 0 0 0 172
League Cup 2 0 0 1 0 210
2014/2015 Premier League 18 0 1 1 0 693
League Cup 4 0 1 0 350
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 0 0 109
FA Cup 2 0 0 0 0 160
2013/2014 Premier League 24 1 1 3 0 1063
UEFA Champions League 7 0 0 3 0 399
FA Cup 2 1 0 0 0 180
League Cup 2 0 0 1 0 210
UEFA Super Cup 1 0 0 0 0 33
2012/2013 Premier League 22 0 0 3 0 1628
UEFA Champions League 5 0 0 0 0 348
UEFA Europa League 4 0 0 2 0 300
FA Cup 3 0 0 0 0 194
UEFA Super Cup 1 0 0 0 0 90
League Cup 1 0 0 1 0 46
Community Shield 1 0 0 1 0 90
2011/2012 Premier League 22 0 0 4 0 1323
UEFA Champions League 9 0 1 2 0 695
FA Cup 5 0 0 2 0 417
League Cup 1 0 0 1 0 56
2010/2011 Premier League 28 0 2 3 0 2218
UEFA Champions League 6 0 0 2 0 432
FA Cup 2 0 0 0 0 51
Community Shield 1 0 0 0 0 60
2009/2010 Premier League 25 0 1 3 0 1744
UEFA Champions League 4 0 0 0 0 360
FA Cup 3 0 0 1 0 270
League Cup 2 0 0 0 0 210
Community Shield 1 0 0 0 0 65
2008/2009 Premier League 34 0 2 6 0 2885
UEFA Champions League 9 0 0 1 0 808
FA Cup 5 0 0 3 0 363
2007/2008 Premier League 29 0 0 5 1 1948
UEFA Champions League 4 0 0 1 0 150
2006/2007 Premier League 22 0 0 5 2 946
UEFA Champions League 9 0 0 1 0 585
Total 353 4 9 65 3 23887
FC Lyn Oslo
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Tianjin Teda
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National
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Nigeria
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Season Tournament Appearances Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards Minutes Played
2018 Russia WC Qualification Africa 6 2 1 1 0 467
2014 Brazil WC Qualification Africa 6 0 0 0 0 540
World Cup 4 0 0 1 0 360
2013 South Africa Africa Cup of Nations 6 0 3 1 0 540
2013 Brazil Confederations Cup 3 1 0 0 0 270
2010 South Africa WC Qualification Africa 7 0 0 1 0 541
2010 Angola Africa Cup of Nations 6 0 0 0 0 481
2008 Ghana Africa Cup of Nations 4 1 0 1 0 355
2006 Egypt Africa Cup of Nations 4 1 0 1 0 300
Total 46 5 4 6 0 3854
Nigeria Under 23
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John Obi Mikel Latest News & Articles

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
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