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Innocent Emeghara’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Swiss association football player
Is Athlete
Football player
Association football player
From Switzerland
Nigeria
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth

27 May 1989, Lagos, Nigeria

Age 31 years
Star sign Gemini
Stats
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Sports Teams
Associazione Sportiva Livorno Calcio
Swiss national football team
FK Qarabağ
F.C. Lorient
FC Winterthur
Grasshopper Club Zürich
Robur Siena
Robur Siena
San Jose Earthquakes
Switzerland national under-21 football team
Switzerland national under-23 football team

Innocent Nkasiobi Emeghara (born 27 May 1989) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club Fatih Karagümrük.

Club career

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Emeghara moved to Switzerland at the age of 13 (two years after his mother), and started playing football as a means to “cope with the language barrier and cold temperatures”. He began his senior career with FC Zürich’s reserves aged only 17, going on to represent FC Winterthur and Grasshopper Club Zürich; on 20 August 2011, whilst at the service of the latter, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–3 away win against Servette FC, which meant he led the Super League’s scoring charts at five in only six games.

On 31 August 2011, Emeghara was sold to FC Lorient in France. He made his debut in Ligue 1 on 10 September, coming on as a substitute for Mathias Autret in a 1–1 draw at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and netting the equalizer two minutes from time. He scored four more league goals until the end of his first season, adding two in the Coupe de la Ligue.

In January 2013, Emeghara moved teams and countries again, joining Italian side A.C. Siena. He scored four goals in as many matches to kickstart his Serie A career, including a brace in a 3–0 home success over S.S. Lazio on 18 February; his team, however, finally suffered relegation after ranking second from bottom.

For the 2013–14 campaign, Emeghara continued in Italy’s top flight, being loaned to A.S. Livorno Calcio. On 31 March 2014, he contributed with one goal to help the hosts come from behind to tie it 2–2 with Inter Milan.

In July 2014, Emeghara became a free agent after Siena went into liquidation. On 11 October he signed a three-year contract with Azerbaijan Premier League side FK Qarabağ, but left on 5 January of the following year and began training with Winterthur, before going on trial with HSV Hamburg the following week.

Late into January 2015, Emeghara joined the San Jose Earthquakes. He made his debut in the Major League Soccer on 8 March, playing one minute in a 0–1 away loss against FC Dallas.

On 24 July 2018, Emeghara returned to Qarabağ on a two-year deal from Ermis Aradippou FC, but was released early from his contract by mutual consent on 13 May 2019.

International career

Emeghara opted to represent Switzerland internationally, and he made his debut on 4 June 2011 by playing one minute in a 2–2 draw in England for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Still in that year, he helped the under-21 team finish second at the 2011 UEFA European Championship, scoring in the 2–0 group stage win against Iceland. He represented the country at the 2012 Summer Olympics, netting in the 1–2 group phase defeat by South Korea.

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 4 October 2018
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zürich II 2006–07 Swiss 1. Liga 6 2 6 2
2007–08 15 5 15 5
2008–09 26 9 26 9
Total 47 16 47 16
Winterthur 2009–10 Swiss Challenge League 28 17 3 5 31 22
Grasshoppers 2010–11 Swiss Super League 33 9 4 1 2 0 39 10
2011–12 7 5 0 0 7 5
Total 40 14 4 1 2 0 46 15
Lorient 2011–12 Ligue 1 27 5 1 0 3 2 31 7
2012–13 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 28 5 1 0 3 2 32 7
Siena 2012–13 Serie A 17 7 0 0 17 7
2013–14 Serie B 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 17 7 0 0 17 7
Livorno (loan) 2013–14 Serie A 30 4 0 0 30 4
Qarabağ 2014–15 Azerbaijan Premier League 7 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 5
San Jose Earthquakes 2015 Major League Soccer 7 1 0 0 7 1
2016 6 0 1 0 7 0
Total 13 1 1 0 14 1
Ermis 2017–18 Cypriot First Division 28 9 2 0 30 9
Qarabağ 2018–19 Azerbaijan Premier League 5 4 0 0 6 0 11 4
Career total 243 81 12 7 3 2 8 0 0 0 266 90

International

As of 23 March 2013
Switzerland
Year Apps Goals
2011 5 0
2012 3 0
2013 1 0
Total 9 0