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Peter Utaka
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Utaka with OB in 2011
Personal information
Full name Peter Maduabuchi Utaka
Date of birth (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 38)
Place of birth Enugu, Nigeria
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Kyoto Sanga FC
Number 9
Youth career
1997 UNTH Nigeria[citation needed]
1999–2000 Dinamo Zagreb
2000–2004 UNTH Nigeria[citation needed]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Maasmechelen 35 (17)
2004–2007 Westerlo 73 (12)
2007–2008 Royal Antwerp 46 (26)
2008–2012 OB 108 (52)
2012–2013 Dalian Aerbin 43 (27)
2013–2014 Beijing Guoan 25 (8)
2014Shanghai Shenxin (loan) 12 (2)
2015–2016 Shimizu S-Pulse 28 (9)
2016Sanfrecce Hiroshima (loan) 33 (19)
2017 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0 (0)
2017FC Tokyo (loan) 25 (8)
2018 Vejle Boldklub 6 (0)
2018 Tokushima Vortis 18 (6)
2019 Ventforet Kofu 41 (21)
2020– Kyoto Sanga 77 (43)
National team
2010–2011 Nigeria 7 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 31 August 2020

Peter Maduabuchi Utaka (born 12 February 1984) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Kyoto Sanga. He is the younger brother of fellow professional footballer John Utaka.[2]

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Club career

Early career

Born in Enugu, Nigeria, Utaka moved to Croatia as a 16-year-old to play in Dinamo Zagreb after trying his luck at Ismaily where his older brother John was a cult figure. In 2003, he moved to Belgium from Dinamo and signed for K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen of the 2nd division.[3] KVC Westerlo moved to sign him the following season, and in his first season in the top flight and the transfer was worth €250,000.[3]

Royal Antwerpen

Utaka joined Royal Antwerp FC in January 2007 where he became a first team regular, and he helped Antwerp qualify for the playoffs, finishing second. He also emerged top scorer with 22 goals and capped hs glorious season, winning the Best Striker's Award. He also put more gloss on his breath-taking performance that season, claiming the Most Valuable Player's award over eight times, making him one of the most feared strikers in Belgium. On 30 August 2008, it was announced that Utaka would join Danish club OB.[4] for an undisclosed fee.

Odense Boldklub

Utaka joined Danish side OB in 2008. In his first season, he finished joint fourth place on the scorers list, while he led all scorers in his second season. In the 2009–10 Danish Superliga he finished with 18 goals in 33 matches,[5] the first time in five years an OB player was top scorer in the league (last was Steffen Højer in 2004-05 with 20 goals).

Utaka stayed in OB for three and a half season winning three silver medals in his first three seasons in the Danish Superliga. He also represented the club in both UEFA Europa League and the 2011–12 Champions League qualifying phase scoring a total of nine goals in 22 European matches for the club.

Dalian Aerbin

In January 2012, Utaka moved to Chinese Super League club Dalian Aerbin. He scored 20 goals in 28 games in his first season. He also scored 11 consecutive fixtures to establish a new C-league record.[6]

Beijing Guoan

He transferred to Beijing Guoan on 9 July 2013 in a €2 million transfer which made him the most expensive international signing in the history of the club.[7] He scored 15 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for the club, before he was loaned to Shanghai Shenxin during summer transfers in 2014, managing to score only four times in thirteen appearances in all competition for the Shanghai outfit.

Shimizu S-Pulse

In January 2015, Utaka transferred to J1 League-club Shimizu S-Pulse.[8] The club faced a difficult season that year as they were battling relegation. At the end of the season, Utaka scored nine goals in 29 appearances, and the club ended up being seventeenth-placed, thus relegated into the J2 League.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

The next year he was loaned to J1 League defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima.[9] He scored his first goal for the club in the Japanese Super Cup final, in a 3–1 win against Gamba Osaka. Utaka bagged his first goal in the J1 League on 12 March, scoring a 67th-minute penalty against Shonan Bellmare in a 2–2 draw at home. He scored his next in a 5–1 away win against Omiya Ardija, scoring the opening in the 22nd minute.

FC Tokyo

After being bought by Sanfrecce Hiroshima, he was immediately loaned to FC Tokyo in March 2017.[10] He scored four goals in his first three matches for the J1 League-club even though he started all of the matches on the bench. He represented the club 33 times and scored ten goals before he returned to Sanfrecce Hiroshima and his contract expired.

Vejle Boldklub

In February 2018 free agent Utaka trialled with Danish side Vejle Boldklub in Turkey, where the club was on a training camp.[11] Utakas agent Lucas Chang Jin is co-owner of Vejle Boldklub who at that time was number one in the Danish second tier. On 14 February 2018, the club announced thar Utaka had signed a contract until the summer of 2018.[12]

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Enugu

Enugu

Enugu is the capital city of Enugu State in Nigeria. It is located in southeastern part of Nigeria. The city had a population of 820,000 according to the 2022 Nigerian census. The name Enugu is derived from the two Igbo words Énú Ụ́gwụ́, meaning "hill top", denoting the city's hilly geography.

K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen

K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen

Koninklijke Patro Eisden Maasmechelen is a Belgian football club from the municipality of Maasmechelen in Limburg.

Odense Boldklub

Odense Boldklub

Odense Boldklub is a Danish professional football club based in the city Odense. The club has won three Danish championships and five Danish Cup trophies. OB play in the Danish Superliga and their home field is Nature Energy Park. OB's clubhouse is located in Ådalen near Odense River.

2009–10 Danish Superliga

2009–10 Danish Superliga

The 2009–10 Danish Superliga season was the 20th season of the Danish Superliga league championship, which determinates the winners of the Danish football championship. It is governed by the Danish Football Association. The tournament started on 18 July 2009 and concluded on 16 May 2010.

Steffen Højer

Steffen Højer

Steffen Højer is a Danish former professional footballer, who played most of his career for Viborg FF. He played for a number of Danish clubs, and most notably won the 1998–99 Danish Superliga with AaB. A prolific striker in the Superliga, he finished league top scorer three years in row in the 2003–04 (joint), 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons. He played one match for the Danish national team.

2004–05 Danish Superliga

2004–05 Danish Superliga

The 2004–05 Danish Superliga season was the 15th season of the Danish Superliga league championship, governed by the Danish Football Association. It took place from 24 July 2004 to 19 June 2005.

Danish Superliga

Danish Superliga

The Danish Superliga is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest football league in Denmark and is currently contested by 12 teams each year, with two teams relegated.

2011–12 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round

2011–12 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round

This article details the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round.

Chinese Super League

Chinese Super League

The Chinese Football Association Super League, commonly known as Chinese Super League or CSL, currently known as the China Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League for sponsorship reasons, is the highest tier of professional football in China, operating under the auspices of the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The league was established in 2004 by the rebranding of the former top division, Chinese Jia-A League.

J1 League

J1 League

The J1 League , known as the Meiji Yasuda J1 League for sponsorship reasons, is the top level of the Japan Professional Football League system. Founded in 1992, it is one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football. Contested by 18 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the J2 League. Until the 2014 season, it was known as the J League Division 1.

Shimizu S-Pulse

Shimizu S-Pulse

Shimizu S-Pulse is a professional Japanese football club. Located in Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, S-Pulse currently competes in the J2 League (J2). The club was formed in 1991 as a founding member of the J.League, which began the following year. The club originally consisted of players drawn exclusively from Shizuoka Prefecture, a unique distinction at the time.

J2 League

J2 League

The J2 League or simply J2 is the second division of the Japan Professional Football League and the second level of the Japanese association football league system. The top tier is represented by the J1 League. It is currently sponsored by Meiji Yasuda Life and it is thus officially known as the Meiji Yasuda J2 League . Until the 2014 season it was named the J.League Division 2.

International career

On 21 September 2009, national coach Shaibu Amodu selected Utaka for the Nigeria national team. Utaka made his debut for Nigeria months later in a 5–2 home win over Congo DR on 3 March 2010, despite only getting his call up late after the NFF called his mother looking for him.[13][14] He scored the first goal and assisted on the second.[15] He scored twice against in a Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia. His first goal was the fastest goal in the qualifications-29secs.

Career statistics

As of 23 February 2017[16]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Odense BK 2008–09 Superliga 27 12 0 0 27 12
2009–10 33 18 3 4 3 2 39 24
2010–11 32 14 1 0 10 6 43 20
2011–12 16 8 0 0 9 1 25 9
Total 108 52 4 4 0 0 22 9 0 0 134 65
Dalian Aerbin 2012 CSL 28 20 1 0 29 20
2013 15 7 0 0 15 7
Total 43 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 44 27
Beijing Guoan 2013 CSL 12 7 3 4 0 0 15 11
2014 13 1 0 0 7 3 20 4
Total 25 8 3 4 0 0 7 3 0 0 35 15
Shanghai Shenxin (loan) 2014 CSL 12 2 1 2 13 4
Shimizu S-Pulse 2015 J1 League 28 9 1 0 29 9
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2016 J1 League 33 19 1 1 2 0 2 0 1[a] 1 39 21
Career total 249 117 10 11 3 0 31 12 1 1 294 141
  1. ^ Appearance in Japanese Super Cup

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2008–09 Odense Boldklub season

2008–09 Odense Boldklub season

The 2008–09 Odense Boldklub season was the club's 121st season, and their 48th appearance in the Danish Superliga. As well as the Superliga, they competed in the Ekstra Bladet Cup.

Danish Superliga

Danish Superliga

The Danish Superliga is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest football league in Denmark and is currently contested by 12 teams each year, with two teams relegated.

2009–10 Odense Boldklub season

2009–10 Odense Boldklub season

The 2009–10 Odense Boldklub season was the club's 122nd season, and their 49th appearance in the Danish Superliga. As well as the Superliga, they competed in the Ekstra Bladet Cup.

2010–11 Odense Boldklub season

2010–11 Odense Boldklub season

The 2010–11 Odense Boldklub season was the club's 123th season, and their 50th appearance in the Danish Superliga. As well as the Superliga, they competed in the Ekstra Bladet Cup.

2011–12 Odense Boldklub season

2011–12 Odense Boldklub season

The 2011–12 Odense Boldklub season was the club's 124th season, and their 51st appearance in the Danish Superliga. As well as the Superliga, they competed in the Danish Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

2012 Chinese Super League

2012 Chinese Super League

The 2012 Chinese Super League was the ninth season since the establishment of the Chinese Super League, the nineteenth season of a professional football league and the 51st top-tier league season in China. It began on March 10, 2012 and ended on November 3, 2012.

Chinese Super League

Chinese Super League

The Chinese Football Association Super League, commonly known as Chinese Super League or CSL, currently known as the China Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League for sponsorship reasons, is the highest tier of professional football in China, operating under the auspices of the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The league was established in 2004 by the rebranding of the former top division, Chinese Jia-A League.

2013 Chinese Super League

2013 Chinese Super League

The 2013 Chinese Super League was the tenth season since the establishment of the Chinese Super League, the 20th season of a professional football league and the 52nd top-tier league season in China. Guangzhou Evergrande won their third consecutive title with an 18-point advantage ahead of runners-up Shandong Luneng.

2014 Chinese Super League

2014 Chinese Super League

The 2014 Chinese Super League was the eleventh season since the establishment of the Chinese Super League, the 21st season of a professional Association football league and the 53rd top-tier league season in China. Guangzhou Evergrande won their fourth consecutive title of the league.

2015 J1 League

2015 J1 League

The 2015 Meiji Yasuda J1 League season was the 50th season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 23rd since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.

J1 League

J1 League

The J1 League , known as the Meiji Yasuda J1 League for sponsorship reasons, is the top level of the Japan Professional Football League system. Founded in 1992, it is one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football. Contested by 18 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the J2 League. Until the 2014 season, it was known as the J League Division 1.

2016 J1 League

2016 J1 League

The 2016 Meiji Yasuda J1 League season was the 51st season of top-flight football in Japan, and the 24th since the establishment of the J.League in 1993.

Honours

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Individual

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Japanese Super Cup

Japanese Super Cup

The Japanese Super Cup , known as the Fujifilm Super Cup for sponsorship reasons, is an annual one-match association football competition in Japan organised by J. League and the Japan Football Association (JFA). This competition serves as the season opener and is played between the reigning J1 League champions and the Emperor's Cup winners. Fuji Xerox have sponsored the competition since its inception in 1994. The match is usually played in February each year.

2016 Japanese Super Cup

2016 Japanese Super Cup

The 2016 Japanese Super Cup was held on 20 February 2016 between the 2015 J.League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima and the 2015 Emperor's Cup winners Gamba Osaka. Between them these two sides had won the Super Cup for the past 3 seasons and in this match it was Sanfrecce who triumphed 3–1 to lift the title for the fourth time in their history following successes in 2008, 2013 and 2014. For Gamba, this game marked their fourth loss in six Super Cup appearances, with wins in 2007 and 2015 being offset by defeats in 2006, 2009, 2010 and now this year.

Belgian Second Division

Belgian Second Division

The Belgian Second Division was the second-highest division in the Belgian football league system, one level below the Belgian Pro League. It was founded by the Royal Belgian Football Association in 1909 and folded in 2016, when it was replaced by the Belgian First Division B.

Danish Superliga

Danish Superliga

The Danish Superliga is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest football league in Denmark and is currently contested by 12 teams each year, with two teams relegated.

Chinese FA Cup

Chinese FA Cup

The Chinese FA Cup is the national knockout cup competition in China organized by the Chinese Football Association. Its current holders are Shandong Taishan, having beaten Shanghai Port in 2021 for a record seventh title.

2013 Chinese FA Cup

2013 Chinese FA Cup

TOSHIBA 2013 Chinese FA Cup is the 15th edition of Chinese FA Cup. The match of first round was kicked off on 31 March 2013, and finished on 7 December 2013.

J.League

J.League

The J.League , officially Japan Professional Football League is Japan's professional football league including the first division J1 League, second division J2 League and third division J3 League of the Japanese association football league system. J1 League is one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football. It is currently sponsored by Meiji Yasuda Life and thus officially known as the Meiji Yasuda J.League .

J.League Top Scorer

J.League Top Scorer

The J.League Top Scorer is awarded by the J.League to the top scoring player of the season.

Source: "Peter Utaka", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Utaka.

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