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FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS: Legendary, Stephen Leroy Nii Baani Appiah Celebrates Another Year Featured

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Today is the 41st birthday of Stephen 'Tornado' Appiah, one of the finest Ghanaian soccer players who excelled as a strong all-round box-to-box midfielder, able to defend as well as create and score goals with unsurpassed dedication and commitment on the field.

Early Years

Appiah started his career with Accra Hearts of Oak in 1995, at 15 years of age. In 1996 he had trials with Galatasaray's youth squad but was not signed and he returned to Hearts of Oak. He went ahead to play for eight other teams and retired in 2015.

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He had successful stints with Italian Serie A side Udinese (3 seasons), Parma and Juventus, from where he transferred to Turkish giants Fernerbache for 8milllion Euros in 2005.

 

FOOTBALL TRIVIA

Appiah was a member of the Ghana national team, which he has represented at the youth, Olympic, and senior levels. He captained Ghana at their World Cup debut in 2006 and was a member of their squad for the 2010 World Cup.

 

He had a good first season for Juventus, playing in 30 Serie A games and appearing in the Coppa Italia final. He also made his debut in the UEFA Champions League. In his second season at Juventus, Appiah played in 18 Serie A games.

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In 2003, Appiah finished 8th for African Footballer of the Year.

 

Appiah also tried out with London-based club Tottenham Hotspur in January 2009 with a view to a 6-month permanent contract, however concerns over his knee and fitness resulted in no contract being offered.

 

He later signed with Bologna on a free transfer in November of 2009 and then joined Italian Serie A side Cesena on a one year deal in August of 2010.

 

He was the main winter-break signing for Serbian side Vojvodina on 2 February 2012 and debuted as a starter, gathering 11 appearances in the Serbian SuperLiga and scoring just one goal.

 

He retired from active football in January of 2015 after over two decades of a very illustrious professional career.

 

FAMILY LIFE AND MORE

He is married to Hannah Appiah, and has four children with her. They include 3 boys and an adorable girl. His second born Rodney Appiah plays for Accra Great Olympics in the Ghana Premier League.

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Appiah has designed a clothing line named StepApp that was released in late November 2007 in his hometown of Accra. All proceeds go to the StepApp foundation. The clothing line was initially released in Africa before arriving in Europe and the United States.

 

By: Pascal Nii Gogo Amoah

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