Dennis Aogo

Dennis Aogo
Dennis Aogo
Personal information
Full name Dennis Aogo
Date of birth 14 January 1987 (1987-01-14) (age 24)
Place of birth Karlsruhe, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft  12 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current club Hamburger SV
Number 6
Youth career
1993–1994 Bulacher SC
1994–2000 Karlsruher SC
2000–2002 Waldhof Mannheim
2002–2005 SC Freiburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 SC Freiburg 94 (11)
2008– Hamburger SV 86 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Germany U21 25 (4)
2010– Germany 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:20, 19 November 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:42, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

Dennis Aogo (born 14 January 1987 in Karlsruhe) is a German footballer of Nigerian and German descent[1] who plays as a defender or defensive midfielder for Hamburger SV and the German national team.


Early life

Aogo grew up in Oberreut, a suburb in the south-west of Karlsruhe. In 2000, when his parents split up, he moved with his father to Bruchsal and left Karlsruher SC to join Waldhof Mannheim. In 2002, aged 15, he joined SC Freiburg and attended their football boarding school (German: Freiburger Fußballschule) while also attending and completing his mittlere Reife at Max-Weber-Schule in Freiburg,[2] which is one of three partner schools of the football school, the other two being Rotteck-Gymnasium and Staudinger Gesamtschule.[3]


Club career

Aogo played with the Karlsruher SC academy and has played at several youth levels including the U-15s and U-16s. Since 2004, he was a part of the SC Freiburg academy, and celebrated his debut in the Bundesliga at seventeen years of age. He immediately won himself a place in the centre of midfield.

Since 2008, Aogo is signed at Bundesliga club Hamburger SV and part of the regular starting lineup.[4]


Aogo was a member of the German U-21 squad. Due to FIFA regulations at the time he was prevented from representing the Nigeria national team having earlier represented Germany at youth and at age group levels.[5] But in a recent development football's world governing body FIFA have removed the age limit for switching of nationalities, meaning that Aogo could have represented Nigeria.[6] However, after turning down several invitations by the Nigerian Football Association he declared his desire to continue representing Germany as he sees a good chance to earn a place in the German senior squad in the future.[7] However, the homeland of his father Nigeria wanted to call him up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as Shaibu Amodu watched him for a considerable time[8] but on 5 January 2010 Aogo announced that he will only play for the Germany national football team. He made his national team debut for Germany in their first preparation game against Malta in a 3–0 victory on 13 May 2010, playing 79 minutes, before being replaced by fellow full-back Jérôme Boateng.[9]


Germany U-21
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2009
  • FIFA World Cup 2010: Third place – Bronze medal

Personal life

Aogo is engaged to Alessia Walch, the bass player for German Country-Pop band Mayor's Destiny.[10]


  1. ^ "Aogo erteilt Nigeria Absage" (in German). 22 January 2010.;2517264. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Dennis Aogo: "Bin schon ein bisschen ein Chaot"". Fudder. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bericht Freiburger Fußballschule". SC Freiburg. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Verein" (in German). Dennis Aogo. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nigeria in another call-up clanger". 24 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Dennis Aogo: "Ich bin bekehrt und lebe nach Gottes Gesetz"" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Hamburg's Dennis Aogo Picks Germany Ahead Of Nigeria". 24 June 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "HSV-Star Dennis Aogo Nigeria will ihn für die WM" (in German). Sportbild. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "HSV-Profi Aogo spielt "lieber" für Deutschland" (in German). 5 January 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "WM-Splitter: Sicherheitsbedenken bleiben – Blatter dementiert" (in German). 10 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 

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