John Utaka

Date of birth08 January 1982
Place of birthLegugnu
NationalityNigerian
Weight82 kg
Height1.79 m
PositionMidfielder/Forward

Utaka has played the early part of his career in Egypt.

He is a fast striker with a good eye for goal and has been a prolific scorer at club level.

Utaka played no part in qualification for the 2002 World Cup finals and made his international debut in September 2001 against South Korea.

He was a surprise omission from the 2002 African Nations' Cup Finals squad after missing training camp.

Utaka joined Portsmouth in July 2007 with a four-year contract.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Al Saad 01 Jul 2001 01 Jul 2002
RC Lens 01 Jul 2002 01 Jul 2005
Rennes 01 Jul 2005 11 Jul 2007
Portsmouth 11 Jul 2007 29 Jan 2011
Montpellier 29 Jan 2011

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2002-03 RC Lens French Championnat 24
11
8
3
2002-03 RC Lens UEFA Champions League 5
1
2
2002-03 RC Lens UEFA Cup 2
2003-04 RC Lens French Championnat 26
6
4
1
2003-04 RC Lens UEFA Cup 4
2
2
1
2004-05 RC Lens French Championnat 33
1
12
4
2005-06 Rennes French Championnat 27
1
11
3
2007-08 Portsmouth FA Cup 4
2007-08 Portsmouth League Cup 2
1
2007-08 Portsmouth Premier League 25
4
5
1
2008-09 Portsmouth FA Community Shield
1
2008-09 Portsmouth FA Cup
1
2008-09 Portsmouth League Cup 1
2008-09 Portsmouth Premier League 4
14
1
1
2008-09 Portsmouth UEFA Cup 1
2009-10 Portsmouth FA Cup 3
4
2
1
2009-10 Portsmouth League Cup 3
1
2009-10 Portsmouth Premier League 10
8
1
1
2010-11 Portsmouth FA Cup 1
2010-11 Portsmouth League Championship 23
2
3
3
2010-11 Portsmouth League Cup 1
1
2012-13 Montpellier UEFA Champions League 1
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
03 Aug 2002 Bastia v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 1
10 Aug 2002 RC Lens v FC Sochaux Montbeliard D 0-0 French Championnat 2
17 Aug 2002 Sedan v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 3
24 Aug 2002 Nantes v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 4
31 Aug 2002 RC Lens v AS Monaco D 0-0 French Championnat 5
14 Sep 2002 RC Lens v Rennes D 0-0 French Championnat 7
18 Sep 2002 AC Milan v RC Lens D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
21 Sep 2002 Bordeaux v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 8
24 Sep 2002 RC Lens v Bayern München D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
28 Sep 2002 RC Lens v Lille D 0-0 French Championnat 9
01 Oct 2002 Deportivo La Coruña v RC Lens D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
05 Oct 2002 Montpellier v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 10
19 Oct 2002 RC Lens v Ajaccio AC D 0-0 French Championnat 11
23 Oct 2002 RC Lens v Deportivo La Coruña D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
29 Oct 2002 RC Lens v AC Milan D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
02 Nov 2002 RC Lens v Auxerre D 0-0 French Championnat 13
09 Nov 2002 Strasbourg v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 14
13 Nov 2002 Bayern München v RC Lens D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group G
16 Nov 2002 RC Lens v Paris St Germain D 0-0 French Championnat 15
23 Nov 2002 Olympique Marseille v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 16
28 Nov 2002 FC Porto v RC Lens D 0-0 UEFA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
30 Nov 2002 RC Lens v Guingamp D 0-0 French Championnat 17
04 Dec 2002 Troyes v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 18
12 Dec 2002 RC Lens v FC Porto D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg
15 Dec 2002 RC Lens v Le Havre D 0-0 French Championnat 19
20 Dec 2002 FC Sochaux Montbeliard v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 20
11 Jan 2003 RC Lens v Sedan D 0-0 French Championnat 21
22 Jan 2003 AS Monaco v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 23
29 Jan 2003 RC Lens v Olympique Lyonnais D 0-0 French Championnat 24
01 Feb 2003 Rennes v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 25
05 Feb 2003 RC Lens v Bordeaux D 0-0 French Championnat 26
08 Feb 2003 Lille v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 27
22 Feb 2003 RC Lens v Montpellier D 0-0 French Championnat 28
01 Mar 2003 Ajaccio AC v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 29
08 Mar 2003 RC Lens v Nice D 0-0 French Championnat 30
22 Mar 2003 Auxerre v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 31
05 Apr 2003 RC Lens v Strasbourg D 0-0 French Championnat 32
12 Apr 2003 Paris St Germain v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 33
19 Apr 2003 RC Lens v Olympique Marseille D 0-0 French Championnat 34
03 May 2003 Guingamp v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 35
10 May 2003 RC Lens v Troyes D 0-0 French Championnat 36
20 May 2003 Le Havre v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 37
24 May 2003 RC Lens v Bastia D 0-0 French Championnat 38
02 Aug 2003 RC Lens v Le Mans D 0-0 French Championnat 1
09 Aug 2003 Nantes v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 2
14 Aug 2003 RC Lens v Torpedo Kutaisi W 3-0 UEFA Cup Qualifying round 1st leg
17 Aug 2003 RC Lens v Olympique Marseille D 0-0 French Championnat 3
23 Aug 2003 Strasbourg v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 4
28 Aug 2003 Torpedo Kutaisi v RC Lens W 0-2
Agg: 0-5
UEFA Cup Qualifying round 2nd leg
31 Aug 2003 RC Lens v Nice D 0-0 French Championnat 5
13 Sep 2003 Rennes v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 6
20 Sep 2003 RC Lens v Bordeaux D 0-0 French Championnat 7
24 Sep 2003 Cementarnica v RC Lens D 0-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
27 Sep 2003 Olympique Lyonnais v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 8
04 Oct 2003 RC Lens v Metz D 0-0 French Championnat 9
15 Oct 2003 RC Lens v Cementarnica D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
18 Oct 2003 Bastia v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 10
25 Oct 2003 RC Lens v Lille D 0-0 French Championnat 11
02 Nov 2003 Paris St Germain v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 12
06 Nov 2003 Gaziantepspor v RC Lens D 0-0 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
09 Nov 2003 RC Lens v Montpellier D 0-0 French Championnat 13
22 Nov 2003 AS Monaco v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 14
27 Nov 2003 RC Lens v Gaziantepspor D 0-0
Agg: 0-0
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
30 Nov 2003 RC Lens v Guingamp D 0-0 French Championnat 15
03 Dec 2003 Toulouse v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 16
06 Dec 2003 RC Lens v FC Sochaux Montbeliard D 0-0 French Championnat 17
13 Dec 2003 Auxerre v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 18
20 Dec 2003 Ajaccio AC v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 19
10 Jan 2004 RC Lens v Nantes D 0-0 French Championnat 20
28 Feb 2004 RC Lens v Olympique Lyonnais D 0-0 French Championnat 26
06 Mar 2004 Metz v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 27
13 Mar 2004 RC Lens v Bastia D 0-0 French Championnat 28
20 Mar 2004 Lille v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 29
28 Mar 2004 RC Lens v Paris St Germain D 0-0 French Championnat 30
03 Apr 2004 Montpellier v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 31
10 Apr 2004 RC Lens v AS Monaco D 0-0 French Championnat 32
01 May 2004 RC Lens v Toulouse D 0-0 French Championnat 34
08 May 2004 FC Sochaux Montbeliard v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 35
11 May 2004 RC Lens v Auxerre D 0-0 French Championnat 36
15 May 2004 RC Lens v Ajaccio AC D 0-0 French Championnat 37
23 May 2004 Le Mans v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 38
07 Aug 2004 Toulouse v RC Lens L 1-0 French Championnat 1
14 Aug 2004 RC Lens v Saint Etienne W 3-0 French Championnat 2
21 Aug 2004 Istres v RC Lens W 0-2 French Championnat 3
28 Aug 2004 RC Lens v AS Monaco D 1-1 French Championnat 4
11 Sep 2004 SM Caen v RC Lens L 1-0 French Championnat 5
18 Sep 2004 Strasbourg v RC Lens D 2-2 French Championnat 6
22 Sep 2004 RC Lens v Paris St Germain D 2-2 French Championnat 7
26 Sep 2004 Nantes v RC Lens L 1-0 French Championnat 8
02 Oct 2004 RC Lens v Ajaccio AC D 1-1 French Championnat 9
24 Oct 2004 RC Lens v Olympique Marseille D 0-0 French Championnat 11
30 Oct 2004 Bordeaux v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 12
06 Nov 2004 RC Lens v Olympique Lyonnais D 0-0 French Championnat 13
13 Nov 2004 Nice v RC Lens D 1-1 French Championnat 14
20 Nov 2004 RC Lens v Lille D 1-1 French Championnat 15
28 Nov 2004 FC Sochaux Montbeliard v RC Lens W 1-2 French Championnat 16
04 Dec 2004 RC Lens v Metz W 2-0 French Championnat 17
11 Dec 2004 Rennes v RC Lens L 3-1 French Championnat 18
18 Dec 2004 RC Lens v Bastia W 2-1 French Championnat 19
12 Jan 2005 Saint Etienne v RC Lens D 0-0 French Championnat 20
15 Jan 2005 RC Lens v Istres L 0-1 French Championnat 21
22 Jan 2005 AS Monaco v RC Lens L 2-0 French Championnat 22
26 Jan 2005 RC Lens v SM Caen L 0-1 French Championnat 23
06 Feb 2005 Paris St Germain v RC Lens W 0-2 French Championnat 25
05 Mar 2005 RC Lens v Auxerre W 3-1 French Championnat 28
12 Mar 2005 Olympique Marseille v RC Lens L 2-1 French Championnat 29
19 Mar 2005 RC Lens v Bordeaux W 2-0 French Championnat 30
02 Apr 2005 Olympique Lyonnais v RC Lens L 1-0 French Championnat 31
09 Apr 2005 RC Lens v Nice D 0-0 French Championnat 32
16 Apr 2005 Lille v RC Lens L 2-1 French Championnat 33
23 Apr 2005 RC Lens v FC Sochaux Montbeliard W 3-2 French Championnat 34
07 May 2005 Metz v RC Lens D 1-1 French Championnat 35
14 May 2005 RC Lens v Rennes W 5-2 French Championnat 36
21 May 2005 Bastia v RC Lens L 3-1 French Championnat 37
28 May 2005 RC Lens v Toulouse W 1-0 French Championnat 38


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
2001-02 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
2001-02 Nigeria International Friendly 3
2002-03 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 2
1
2002-03 Nigeria International Friendly 1
2003-04 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 6
2
1
2003-04 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 2
1
2003-04 Nigeria International Friendly 1
2003-04 Nigeria Unity Cup 2
1
2004-05 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 3
2005-06 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 4
2005-06 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 1
1
2006-07 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 2
1
1
2006-07 Nigeria International Friendly 1
2007-08 Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations 3
1
2007-08 Nigeria International Friendly 1
1
2008-09 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 2
1
2008-09 Nigeria International Friendly 1
2009-10 Nigeria International Friendly
2
2011-12 Nigeria FIFA World Cup 2


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
13 Sep 2001 Korea Republic v Nigeria D 2-2 International Friendly
16 Sep 2001 Korea Republic v Nigeria L 2-1 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Scotland v Nigeria W 1-2 International Friendly
07 Jun 2002 Sweden v Nigeria L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
08 Sep 2002 Angola v Nigeria D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 1
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
29 May 2004 Nigeria v Republic of Ireland W 3-0 UNITY CUP
31 May 2004 Jamaica v Nigeria W 0-2 UNITY CUP
05 Jun 2004 Nigeria v Rwanda W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
20 Jun 2004 Angola v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
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
04 Sep 2005 Algeria v Nigeria W 2-5 FIFA World Cup Africa group 4
27 Jan 2006 Nigeria v Zimbabwe W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
31 Jan 2006 Nigeria v Senegal W 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
04 Feb 2006 Nigeria v Tunisia W 1-1 (6-5) Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
09 Feb 2006 Senegal v Nigeria W 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations 3rd place
06 Feb 2007 Ghana v Nigeria L 4-1 International Friendly
24 Mar 2007 Nigeria v Uganda W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
02 Jun 2007 Uganda v Nigeria L 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
16 Jun 2007 Niger v Nigeria W 1-3 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
08 Sep 2007 Nigeria v Lesotho W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Group 3
14 Oct 2007 Mexico v Nigeria D 2-2 International Friendly
21 Jan 2008 Ivory Coast v Nigeria L 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group B
25 Jan 2008 Nigeria v Mali D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group B
29 Jan 2008 Nigeria v Benin W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Group B
27 May 2008 Austria v Nigeria D 1-1 International Friendly
01 Jun 2008 Nigeria v South Africa W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round group 4
07 Jun 2008 Sierra Leone v Nigeria W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round group 4
06 Sep 2008 South Africa v Nigeria W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 1st round group 4
29 May 2009 Republic of Ireland v Nigeria D 1-1 International Friendly
20 Jun 2009 Tunisia v Nigeria D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group B
25 May 2010 Nigeria v Saudi Arabia D 0-0 International Friendly
30 May 2010 Colombia v Nigeria D 1-1 International Friendly
03 Jun 2012 Nigeria v Namibia W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group F
09 Jun 2012 Malawi v Nigeria D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Africa 2nd round group F


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