|Full name||Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins|
|Date of birth||28 October 1984|
|Place of birth||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Height||1. Events 306 - Maxentius is proclaimed Roman Emperor. 312 - Battle of Milvian Bridge: Constantine Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Lagos ( pron ˈleɪgɒs or /ˈlɑːgoʊs/ overseas is the most populous Conurbation in Nigeria with Nigeria, officially named the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal Constitutional republic comprising thirty-six states and one Federal 70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Current club||Newcastle United|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins (born 28 October 1984 in Lagos) (IPA: [əʊbə'femi ækɪn'wʊnmi 'mɑː(r)tɪnz]) is a Nigerian football player who plays as a striker for the Nigeria national team, and for the English club Newcastle United. Events 306 - Maxentius is proclaimed Roman Emperor. 312 - Battle of Milvian Bridge: Constantine Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Lagos ( pron ˈleɪgɒs or /ˈlɑːgoʊs/ overseas is the most populous Conurbation in Nigeria with Nigeria, officially named the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal Constitutional republic comprising thirty-six states and one Federal Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Strikers, also known as forwards and attackers, are the players on a team in Association football (soccer in the row nearest to the opposing The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed the Super Eagles, is the national team of Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Newcastle United Football Club (also known as The Magpies or The Toon) is an English football club based in Newcastle upon
Martins is known for his exceptional pace, great agility, powerful shots and acrobatic goal celebrations. In Football (soccer, a goal celebration is the practice of celebrating the scoring of a goal. Although relatively short, Martins has a good leap and it has been reported that he used to be very good at the long jump and high jump. Martins is left footed; however, since joining Newcastle he has shown that he is also more than capable of scoring with both feet, and also his head. He is also a firm favourite with the fans. Martins has two brothers who also play football. His elder brother, Oladipupo Olarotini Martins, is on the books of Serbian side FK Partizan, whilst his younger brother John Ronan Martins plays football in Nigeria. Oladipupo Olarotimi Martins is the older brother of Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins. Serbia (Србија Srbija) officially the Republic of Serbia (Република Србија Republika Srbija) is a Landlocked Country Fudbalski klub Partizan ( Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Партизан English: Football Club Partizan) is a professional football
The name 'Obafemi' translates literally to 'the king loves me' in the Yoruba language . Yoruba (native name èdè Yorùbá, 'the Yoruba language' is a Dialect continuum of West Africa with over 25 million speakers
In 2000, Martins was involved in the youth setup at AC Reggiana, and moved into Inter's youth squad the following season in a €750,000 deal. Not to be confused with Reggina Calcio, a Serie A team Associazione Calcio Reggiana 1919 is an Italian football Please update other articles as well to avoid contradiction within Wikipedia e With the youth squad he scored 23 goals that season, helping them win the Italian Under-18 title. Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest
He became a part of the Inter first team in 2002 making his debut against Parma in December of that year. Parma Football Club (formerly Parma Associazione Calcio) is an Italian football club based in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, team that However, he did not fully break into the first team until the following season. It was in 2003 that he fully made his mark with the club in the UEFA Champions League, first scoring a crucial goal against Bayer 04 Leverkusen to secure Inter's place in the quarter finals of the competition. See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball is a German football club based in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Martins then scored another goal in the semi-final of the competition against Milanese rivals AC Milan, although Inter were eventually defeated on the away goals rule. Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to by the abbreviation Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy The away goals rule is a method of breaking ties in Association football and other sports when teams play each other twice once at each
Martins signed a long-term contract with Inter in 2005 which ran until 2010 and was worth around €2. Please update other articles as well to avoid contradiction within Wikipedia e 5 million annually.  His good form for Inter continued and he was called to play in the 2006 African Nations Cup for Nigeria.
Although he had some success with Inter, scoring 28 goals for the club in 88 league games as well as 11 goals in European competitions, the young Nigerian was sold in August 2006. This was due to Inter bringing in two new strikers; first Argentinian Hernán Crespo was brought in on loan from Chelsea and then the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimović was bought by Inter from recently relegated Juventus. Hernán Jorge Crespo (born July 5, Zlatan Ibrahimović (born October 3, 1981 in Malmö, Sweden) is a Swedish football Striker of Bosnian 
With Martins handing in a transfer request in August 2006, a number of English clubs were alerted to his availability. From the onset, Newcastle were thought to be the front runners and it was no surprise when on August 24, 2006, Martins completed his move to Newcastle United from Inter for £10. Events 49 BC - Julius Caesar 's General Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Second Battle of the Bagradas River Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. 1 million (€15 million), signing a five year deal. He was paraded in front of the Geordie fans before their UEFA cup tie against FK Ventspils, it was later confirmed he would be taking the famous number 9 shirt, replacing club-record goalscorer Alan Shearer who had occupied it for the previous 10 years. FK Ventspils is a Latvian Virsliga football team The club's home ground is the 3200 capacity Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadions in Ventspils Alan Shearer, OBE (born 13 August 1970 is an English retired footballer who played as a Striker in the English Premier League for
Martins made his debut on August 27, in the 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa, in which he was stretchered off with a knee injury. Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan It turned out that Martins suffered a severe dead leg and internal bleeding. His unremarkable first few appearances for Newcastle caused manager Glenn Roeder to speak out in his defence. Glenn Victor Roeder (born December 13 1955 in Woodford, Essex) is an English football manager and former 
However, on Sunday September 17, 2006, Martins scored his first goal for Newcastle. Nicholas "Nicky" Butt (born January 21, 1975 in Gorton, Manchester) is an English footballer who currently plays Events 1176 - The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought 1462 - The Battle of Świecino (or Battle of Żarnowiec Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. It was the second goal in a 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Upton Park, and from there his goalscoring form began to improve steadily. } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played For the football team see Upton Park FC The Boleyn Ground is the official name of Upton Park, the football Stadium
Reports on January 11, 2007 indicated that Chelsea were considering making an offer for Martins services after his impressive form. Events 1055 - Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. These reports were later rubbished by Glenn Roeder and Martins himself. Glenn Victor Roeder (born December 13 1955 in Woodford, Essex) is an English football manager and former 
On January 14, 2007 in a 2-3 away win against Tottenham Hotspur, Martins' 20 yard shot flew into the net. Events 1129 - Formal approval of the Order of the Templar at the Council of Troyes. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Tottenham Hotspur, ˈtɒʔnəm is an English professional football club which currently plays in the Premier League. This strike was clocked by Sky Sports at a speed of 84 mph (135 km/h), making it unofficially the ninth hardest shot ever recorded in football according to the Guardian website.  This was his tenth goal for Newcastle. Martins ended his first season on Tyneside with 17 goals in 46 games.
Martins has scored 13 goals in 21 appearances for Nigeria. The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed the Super Eagles, is the national team of Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation He was a part of the Nigerian team that finished third in the 2006 African Cup of Nations. Martins scored two goals in the competition, both coming against Senegal in the first round. The Senegal national football team, nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, is the national team of Senegal and is controlled by the Fédération Sénégalaise de
His future for the national team has been placed in doubt on numerous occasions after separate incidents of controversy. In August, 2006 the Nigerian FA website mistakenly had his date of birth down as May 1, 1978. The Nigeria Football Association (NFA which will be renamed the "Nigerian Football Federation" starting in 2009 organises domestic and international football This would have made him twenty-eight years of age, rather than twenty-one. The Nigerian FA soon confirmed that it had been an administrative error and apologised for the confusion it had caused. Administrative Error The results of improper Administration (business or execution of the research task are administrative errors However Martins threatened to quit playing for the national team after the blunder had initially put his move to Newcastle in doubt. 
On February 6, 2007, he did not turn up for the 4-1 friendly defeat against Ghana, despite being ordered to play. Events 46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats the combined army of Pompeian followers and Numidians under Metellus Scipio Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The Ghana national football team, popularly known as the Black Stars, is the national Association football team of Ghana and is controlled by the He later explained his absence was due to the fact he had travelled to Lagos in order to visit his sick mother.  The Nigerian caretaker coach Augustine Eguavoen was furious with Martins and threatened to ban him from the national team. Augustine Owen Eguavoen (born August 19, 1965 in Sapele, Nigeria) is the former caretaker coach of the Nigerian national football team  On February 14, 2007, Martins apologised for missing the game but said he believed his mother's health was more important. Events 842 - Charles the Bald and Louis the German swear the Oaths of Strasbourg in the French and German Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. He also said that he will be available to play for Nigeria in the future.  He made his return to the national side on March 24, 2007, playing the full match against Uganda in an African Cup of Nations Qualifying match and won. Events 1401 - Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus. 1603 - James VI of Scotland Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The Uganda national football team, nicknamed The Cranes, is the national team of Uganda and is controlled by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations The Africa Cup of Nations, also referred to as the African Nations Cup (ANC is the main international Association football competition in Africa.
Following the end of Nigeria's 2008 African Cup of Nations (qualification) campaign, Nigeria faced Mexico in Juarez for a friendly match. This page details the process of qualifying for the 2008 African Cup of Nations. Martins scored two goals in a 2-2 draw. On November 17, 2007, Martins captained Nigeria for the first time, in a friendly match against Australia for his nineteenth appearance. Events 284 - Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
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