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Meet 6 Nigerian Players Whose Mothers Are From Europe (Photos)

1. Brian Idowu

Brian Oladapo Idowu is a 29-year-old Nigerian professional football player currently playing for Khimki and the Nigeria national team as a defender.

Four years ago, Brian was capped for the Nigeria national team. In the same year, he made his first international appearance for the Nigeria national team in a winning match against Argentina in Krasnodar, where he substituted Ola Aina and scored Nigeria's third goal.

Born on 18 May 1992 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Brian's mother is a Russian and his father Nigerian.

2. Leon Balogun

Leon Aderemi Balogun is a Nigerian professional soccer player who currently plays for the Scottish Premiership Rangers and the Nigeria national team as a defender.

Balogun’s first match with the Nigeria national team was the friendly against Mexico in March 2014 as he was called up to substitute Joseph Yobo. The following year, he made his second appearance for the Nigeria national team in a losing match against Uganda. He played his third match for the Nigeria national team in a winning friendly match against Chad in the same year.

In June three years ago, Balogun was included in the Nigeria’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. However, he played in every minute of the three matches Nigeria participated in, including a winning match against Iceland, but were eliminated after finishing 3rd in their group.

Balogun was also part of the Super Eagles squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. His debut appearance in the competition came in Nigeria's winning match against Guinea in the qualification into the knockouts. He made 4 appearances in the tournament where The Nigeria national team finished third.

Born on 28 June 1988 in Berlin, West Germany, the Super Eagles defender's father is a Nigerian and his mother a German.

3. Osaze Odemwingie

Peter Osaze Odemwingie is a former Nigerian professional soccer player who last played for the Madura United and the Nigeria national team as a winger and forward.

Odemwingie has represented the Nigeria national team. His first match came as a substitute in a winning match against Kenya nineteen years ago. He scored his first international goal for Nigeria in the 2004 Nations cup qualifying match against Angola. At the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, he represented Nigeria in the semi-final of the tournament as the Super Eagles lost to Ivory Coast. He was also capped to play for Nigeria in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

Odemwingie was also included in the Nigeria squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, playing against Argentina and Greece in the Super Eagles' group stage elimination. After the team's exit, Odemwingie, who was removed from the team for the final match against South Korea, publicly lambasted coach Lars Lagerbäck.

Born on 15 July 1981, Osaze's father is from Nigeria and his mother from Russia.

4. Tyronne Ebuehi

Tyronne Efe Ebuehi is a 25-year-old Nigerian professional soccer currently playing as a right back for Venezia and the Nigeria national team.

Four years ago, Ebuehi was called up for the first time to the Nigeria national team for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria. He made his senior international appearance for the Nigeria national team in a winning friendly match against Togo. He was a member of the Super Eagles squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Born on 16 December 1995 in Haarlem, Netherlands, Ebuehi's father is from Nigeria and his mother from Netherlands.

5. Carl Onora Ikeme

Carl Onora Ikeme is a 35-year-old retired professional soccer player who last played as a goalkeeper for Doncaster Rovers and the Nigeria national team.

Ikene spent most of his football career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, making 207 appearances across all tournaments. He was a member of their teams that won the Championship in 2009 and League One in 2014.

Ikeme was capped for the Nigeria national team six years. In the same year, he made his first international appearance for the Nigeria national team in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania.

Born on 8 June 1986 in Sutton Coldfield, England, Ikeme's father is a Nigerian and his mother British.

6. William Troost-Ekong

William Paul Troost-Ekong is 28-year-old Nigerian professional footballer who presently plays for Watford and the Nigeria national football team as a centre-back.

Although Ekong played for the Netherlands at the international junior, he eventually chose to play for Nigeria.

He made his senior international appearance for the Nigeria national team six years in an AFCON qualifying match against Chad.

Three years ago, he was capped for the Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He was also part of the Super Eagles squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Born on 1 September 1993 in Haarlem, Netherlands, Ekong's mother is a Dutch and his mother a Nigerian.

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