Jay Jay Okocha

Date of birth14 August 1973
Place of birthEnugu
NationalityNigerian
Weight70 kg
Height1.73 m
PositionMidfielder

Okocha began his career in the domestic league for Enugu Rangers and, like several of his colleagues in the Nigeria national team, he entered the European scene as a teenager with German lower division clubs Borussia Neunkirchen and Saarbrucken before establishing his reputation with Eintracht Frankfurt for whom he signed in 1991.

The talented playmaker appeared in the African Youth Championships in 1993 and then quickly made his full international debut in May 1993 against the Ivory Coast.

He has gained winners' medals in the African Nations' Cup in 1994 and Olympic Games in 1996, and remained a key figure for the Super Eagles having played at three World Cup Finals.

At club level, he went on to play in Turkey for Fenerbahce between 1996 and 1998.

As well as Champions League experience, he gained hero worship in Istanbul before signing for Paris St Germain after the 1998 World Cup Finals for a fee of over £14 million.

A classy performer in midfield who can play the anchor role, Okocha brought his well-honed skills to the Premiership in 2002 to Bolton Wanderers and to the delight of the Reebok crowd.

He signed a new two-year contract in May 2004.

Okocha joined Hull City in September 2007 with contract to June 2008.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Enugu Rangers 01 Jul 1989 01 Jul 1990
Borussia Neunkirchen 01 Jul 1990 01 Jul 1991
1.FC Saarbrucken 01 Jul 1991 01 Dec 1991
Eintracht Frankfurt 01 Dec 1991 01 Jul 1996
Fenerbahçe 01 Jul 1996 01 Jul 1998
Paris St Germain 01 Jul 1998 03 Aug 2002
Bolton Wanderers 03 Aug 2002 30 Jun 2006
Qatar Sports Club 19 Jul 2006 30 Jun 2007
Hull City 04 Sep 2007 30 Jun 2008

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1996-97 Fenerbahçe UEFA Champions League 2
2000-01 Paris St Germain French Championnat 9
7
2
2000-01 Paris St Germain UEFA Champions League 3
3
1
2001-02 Paris St Germain French Championnat 18
2
4
2
1
2001-02 Paris St Germain UEFA Cup 1
2
2002-03 Bolton Wanderers FA Cup
1
2002-03 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 26
5
7
2003-04 Bolton Wanderers League Cup 5
1
3
2003-04 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 33
2
4
2004-05 Bolton Wanderers FA Cup 1
2004-05 Bolton Wanderers League Cup 1
1
2004-05 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 29
2
6
2
2005-06 Bolton Wanderers FA Cup 3
2005-06 Bolton Wanderers League Cup 1
1
2005-06 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 18
9
1
1
2005-06 Bolton Wanderers UEFA Cup 6
1
2007-08 Hull City League Championship 10
8
1
2007-08 Hull City League Cup 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 Oct 1996 Fenerbahçe v Manchester United L 0-2 UEFA Champions League Group C
30 Oct 1996 Manchester United v Fenerbahçe W 0-1 UEFA Champions League Group C


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1993-94 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 3
1
1993-94 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
2
1993-94 Nigeria International Friendly 1
1
1994-95 Nigeria FIFA Confederations Cup 2
1
1
1994-95 Nigeria International Friendly 1
1994-95 Nigeria US Cup 1
1
1995-96 Nigeria Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
1
1995-96 Nigeria Olympics 1
1996-97 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 5
1996-97 Nigeria Olympics 6
2
1997-98 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 4
2
1997-98 Nigeria International Friendly 1
1
1998-99 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 1
1999-00 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 5
3
1
1999-00 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
1
2000-01 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 4
2001-02 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 5
1
2001-02 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 5
1
1
2001-02 Nigeria International Friendly 3
1
2002-03 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 1
2002-03 Nigeria International Friendly 1
2003-04 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 6
4
2003-04 Nigeria International Friendly 1
1
2004-05 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 4
1
2005-06 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
09 Mar 1994 Nigeria v Ghana D 0-0 International Friendly
26 Mar 1994 Nigeria v Gabon W 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group B
30 Mar 1994 Egypt v Nigeria D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group B
06 Apr 1994 Nigeria v Ivory Coast W 2-2 (4-2) Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final
10 Apr 1994 Nigeria v Zambia W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Final
25 May 1994 Romania v Nigeria L 2-0 International Friendly
25 Jun 1994 Argentina v Nigeria L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
30 Jun 1994 Greece v Nigeria W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
05 Jul 1994 Nigeria v Italy L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
16 Nov 1994 England v Nigeria L 1-0 International Friendly
06 Jan 1995 Nigeria v Japan W 3-0 Intercontinental Championship Group B
10 Jan 1995 Nigeria v Argentina D 0-0 Intercontinental Championship Group B
13 Jan 1995 Mexico v Nigeria L 1-1 (4-5) Intercontinental Championship 3rd place
11 Jun 1995 USA v Nigeria L 3-2 US Cup
10 Nov 1995 Nigeria v Uzbekistan W 1-0 AFRO-ASIAN CUP OF NATIONS 2nd leg
17 Mar 1996 Nigeria v Zimbabwe W 1-0 Olympics Africa 3rd round
21 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Hungary W 1-0 Olympics Finals Group D
23 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Japan W 2-0 Olympics Finals Group D
25 Jul 1996 Brazil v Nigeria L 1-0 Olympics Finals Group D
28 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Mexico W 2-0 Olympics Quarter-final
31 Jul 1996 Nigeria v Brazil W 4-3 Olympics Semi-final
03 Aug 1996 Nigeria v Argentina W 3-2 Olympics Final
09 Nov 1996 Nigeria v Burkina Faso W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
12 Jan 1997 Kenya v Nigeria D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
05 Apr 1997 Nigeria v Guinea W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
27 Apr 1997 Burkina Faso v Nigeria W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
07 Jun 1997 Nigeria v Kenya W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
17 Aug 1997 Guinea v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group 1
22 Apr 1998 Germany v Nigeria L 1-0 International Friendly
05 Jun 1998 Netherlands v Nigeria L 5-1 International Friendly
13 Jun 1998 Spain v Nigeria W 2-3 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
19 Jun 1998 Nigeria v Bulgaria W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
28 Jun 1998 Nigeria v Denmark L 1-4 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
24 Jan 1999 Nigeria v Burundi W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 5
23 Jan 2000 Nigeria v Tunisia W 4-2 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
28 Jan 2000 Nigeria v Congo D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
03 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Morocco W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
07 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Senegal W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
13 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Cameroon L 2-2 (3-4) Africa Cup of Nations Final
17 Jun 2000 Nigeria v Sierra Leone W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
09 Jul 2000 Liberia v Nigeria L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
27 Jan 2001 Nigeria v Sudan W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
10 Mar 2001 Ghana v Nigeria D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
21 Apr 2001 Sierra Leone v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
01 Jul 2001 Sudan v Nigeria W 0-4 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
28 Jul 2001 Nigeria v Ghana W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group B
21 Jan 2002 Algeria v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group A
24 Jan 2002 Mali v Nigeria D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group A
28 Jan 2002 Liberia v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group A
03 Feb 2002 Nigeria v Ghana W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals quarter-final
07 Feb 2002 Nigeria v Senegal W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals semi-final
26 Mar 2002 Nigeria v Paraguay D 1-1 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Scotland v Nigeria W 1-2 International Friendly
16 May 2002 Republic of Ireland v Nigeria W 1-2 International Friendly
02 Jun 2002 Argentina v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
07 Jun 2002 Sweden v Nigeria L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
12 Jun 2002 Nigeria v England D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
29 Mar 2003 Malawi v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
11 Jun 2003 Nigeria v Brazil L 0-3 International Friendly
26 Jul 2003 Nigeria v Venezuela W 1-0 International Friendly
27 Jan 2004 Nigeria v Morocco L 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group D
31 Jan 2004 Nigeria v South Africa W 4-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group D
04 Feb 2004 Benin v Nigeria W 1-2 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group D
08 Feb 2004 Cameroon v Nigeria W 1-2 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
11 Feb 2004 Tunisia v Nigeria L 1-1 (3-5) Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final
13 Feb 2004 Nigeria v Mali W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations 3rd place
03 Jul 2004 Nigeria v Algeria W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
05 Sep 2004 Zimbabwe v Nigeria W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
26 Mar 2005 Nigeria v Gabon W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
18 Jun 2005 Nigeria v Angola D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
09 Feb 2006 Senegal v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations 3rd place


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.