June 11, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup: Ghana, 23-man roster.

Filed under: FIFA World Cup, 2010,Ghana — admin @ 4:16 pm

Ghana World Cup squad.

The map shows the 23-man Ghana team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. At the bottom left of the map page are photos of all the Ghana players who saw action in the 2010 World Cup (19 player photos).
From, by Jonathan Wilson on 30th June, 2010, ‘World Cup 2010: Ghana ready to fulfil their destiny…Denied a kick at the 1966 World Cup during their truly great years, the Black Stars are now aiming to put the rest of Africa to shame‘.
There were 3 players on the team born in Europe… André Ayew (born in Seclin, France), Kevin-Prince Boateng (born in West Berlin, West Germany), and Quincy Owusu-Obeyie (born in Amsterdam, Netherlands).

14 players were born in the capital and largest city in Ghana, Accra. Accra has a population of around 1.6 million in the city and around 2.9 million in the metropolitan area {2000 figure}. [Ghana itself has a population of around 23.8 million {2010 estimate}.]

In the main map section, with each player there is listed, along with their birth place, the players youth clubs in Ghana and where the player pursued his professional career (in most cases in western Europe, though a few players have played or are playing in the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula).

3 players are playing professionally in Ghana right now: the two back-up goalkeepers – Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals), and Stephen Ahorlu (Heart of Lions); and DF Lee Addy (Bechelem Chelsea).

One player is playing in Egypt right now (DF Abdul Ayew, for Zamalek SC).
One player is playing in Qatar right now, MF Quincy Owus-Abeyie (Al-Sadd SC).
One player is playing in South Africa (young defender Jonathan Mensah, who is not to be confused with his teammate, the veteran defender John Mensah).

The players on the Ghana squad who are playing professionally in Europe right now are…
4 players -Italy: MF- Stephen Appiaah (Bologna), MF- Sulley Muntari (Internazionale), MF- Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese), FW- Dominic Adiyah (AC Milan).

3 players – England: GK- Richard Kingson (Wigan Athletic, 75 caps), DF- John Paintsil (Fulham), MF- Kevin-Prince Boateng (Portsmouth).

3 players – Germany: DF- Hans Sarpei (Bayer Leverkusen), DF- Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim), FW- Prince Tagoe (Hoffenheim).

3 players – France: DF – John Mensah (Lyon, 62 caps), MF – André Ayew (the just-promoted Arles-Avignon), FW- Asamoah Gyan (Rennes).

1 player – Spain: MF- Derek Boateng (Getafe).

1 player – Netherlands, FW- Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda).

1 player – Norway, MF- Anthony Annan (Rosenborg).

1 player – Switzerland, DF- Samuel Inkoom (FC Basel).

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at Ghana national football team.
Thanks to World Soccer, for the photos of the Ghana jerseys.

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