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Date of Birth:
1990-12-02
Place of Birth:
Berekum, Ghana

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is a former Ghanaian footballer who plays as midfielder. He was born in Berekum, Brong-Ahafo Region.

He has earned 78 caps for the Ghana national team.

He begain playing with at local club Berlin F.C. before signing later for Berekum Arsenal and was announced in the Ghana Premier League All Star Team on 21 May 2007.

Emmanuel Badu left for Berekum Arsenal and signed a one year deal with Asante Kotoko.

In August 2008, he had trails in England with Middlesbrough and three months later, at Wolverhampton Wanderers

On April 16th, he was signed on a six month deal with Recreativo de Huelva, on loan from Berlin FC. It was quoted from a source on Reuters that the loan cost about €30,000 (US$40,000). Associated Press reported his new club holds an option for a contract between 30 June 2012 and the loan would be effective until the opening of 2009 summer transfer window. In September 2008, his contract with Spanish club Recreativo de Huelva was dissolved.

In January 2010, Italian Serie A side Udinese Calcio signed him and on January 28th 2010, the Udine club announced on its official site the permanent signing of the player from Berlin FC.

He received his first first team call-up against A.C. Milan on 12 February, but did not play. He was replaced Paolo Sammarco on 28 March 2010 against Fiorentina after being a substitute. Udinese lost 1–4.

Badu became a regular in 2011–12 season, replacing departed Gökhan ?nler in new 4–1–4–1 or 4–4–1–1 formation against Arsenal. Badu was one of the cover of attacking midfielder Giampiero Pinzi along with countryman Kwadwo Asamoah.

Eammanuel Badu joined Turkish Süper Lig club Bursaspor on loan in August 2017 for the 2017–18 season. He got injured and was returned to first-team action with Udinese in March 2019, after 11 months out.

He was signed to Hellas Verona on loan with an obligation to buy on July 13th 2019 but was hospitalised in August with blood clots on his lungs. He was later cleared to play in December 2019. He featured in 10 matches on loan at the club.

After the 2019–20 season Hellas Verona activated their obligation to sign him on a two year deal from Udinese after playing for the Udine based club for 10 years and playing in 193 matches in all competitions, scoring 10 times and making 11 assists.

He was not included in Verona's 2020–21 Serie A squad. On 2 January 2021, he announced that he terminated his Verona contract and retired from playing.

International career

Badu has represented Ghana at under-20, under-23 and senior level. On 22 May 2008, he received his first call-up to the Black Stars. Badu's first senior international appearance came on 8 June 2008 against Lesotho and his first goal against Congo in June 2011.

On 1 January 2009, he was named in the Black Satellites squad for the 2009 African Youth Championship in Rwanda. Badu played for the Black Stars' domestic based team at the 2009 African Championship of Nations in Côte d'Ivoire and represented his team at 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Badu scored the winning sudden death penalty on 16 October 2009 in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final against Brazil. The penalty made Ghana the first African nation to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In 2010, Badu was selected for his first Africa Cup of Nations as the Black Stars finished runners-up to Egypt, and went on to appear in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the tournament, with the team twice recording fourth-placed finishes.

During the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, in a group match between Ghana and Guinea, Badu flipped up a teammate's pass from just outside the penalty area and launched a mid-air volley to score a goal that was later nominated for the 2012 FIFA Puskás Award (FIFA's global Goal of the Year award).

He was selelcted in Ghana's squad for the 2014 tournament after missing the 2010 FIFA World Cup through injury.

His brother Nana Agyemang-Badu plays for Asante Kotoko.

Honours

Club

Asante Kotoko

Ghana Premier League: 2007/2008

International

Ghana U-20

African Youth Championship: 2009

FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2009

Ghana

Africa Cup of Nations Silver Medal: 2010, 2015

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