Brian Idowu

Brian Oladapo Idowu (Russian: Брайан Оладапо Идову; born 18 May 1992) is a Russian-Nigerian professional football player who currently plays as a left-back for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow and the Nigeria national team.

Brian Idowu
Idowu with Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Brian Oladapo Idowu[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992
Place of birth Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Lokomotiv Moscow
Number 3
Youth career
1999– Smena-Zenit
0000–2010 Zenit St. Petersburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2018 Amkar Perm 87 (1)
2013–2014Dynamo St. Petersburg (loan) 25 (1)
2018– Lokomotiv Moscow 20 (0)
National team
2017– Nigeria 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Club career

Born in Saint Petersburg to a Nigerian father and a Russian-Nigerian mother, Idowu moved to Owerri, Nigeria at early age, and later moved back to Russia.

He made his Russian Premier League debut for FC Amkar Perm on 6 May 2012 in a game against FC Terek Grozny.[2]

After a loan spell with Dynamo St Petersburg during the 2013–14 season, Idowu signed a new 3-year deal with Amkar on 30 June 2014,[3] extending his contract again in February 2017 until the summer of 2020.[4]

Lokomotiv Moscow

On 10 July 2018, he signed a 3-year contract with FC Lokomotiv Moscow.[5]

International career

In November 2017, Idowu was called up to the Nigerian national team for their friendly against Argentina in Krasnodar on 14 November 2017.[6] Idowu made his debut against Argentina on 14 November, coming on as a half-time substitute for Ola Aina, and scoring Nigeria's third goal in a 4-2 win.[7]

In May 2018 he was named in Nigeria's preliminary 30-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[8]

Personal life

Idowu's father is Nigerian and his mother is half-Russian, half-Nigerian. He was born and raised in St. Petersburg, except for a period when he was aged 3 to 6 when he lived in Owerri, Nigeria.[9] Idowu speaks perfect Russian and acted as a makeshift translator of the Nigerian national team at news conference ahead of a fixture in Krasnodar in November 2017.[10]

Career statistics


As of 24 August 2018[11]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Amkar Perm 2011–12 100010
2012–13 001010
2013–14 000000
2014–15 11010120
2015–16 22031251
2016–17 26120281
2017–18 270312[lower-alpha 1]0321
Total 8711020020993
Dynamo St. Petersburg (loan) 2013–14 25110261
Lokomotiv Moscow 2018–19 13030301[lower-alpha 2]0200
2019–20 3000001[lower-alpha 2]040
Total 160303020240
Career total 128214230401494
  1. Appearance(s) in Relegation play-offs
  2. Appearance(s) in Russian Super Cup


As of 20 November 2019[12]

International goals

1.14 November 2017Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia Argentina



Lokomotiv Moscow


  1. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. "Terek v Amkar game report by RPL". Russian Premier League. 6 May 2012.
  3. "БРАЙАН ИДОВУ: НОВЫЙ КОНТРАКТ С АМКАРОМ". (in Russian). FC Amkar Perm. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  4. "АМКАР ПРОДЛИЛ КОНТРАКТ С ИДОВУ ДО 2020 ГОДА". (in Russian). Sport Express. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  5. "Идову подписал контракт с "Локомотивом"" (in Russian). FC Lokomotiv Moscow. 10 July 2018.
  6. "World Cup Qualification: Brian Idowu Joins Team". The Nation. 12 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  7. "Argentina 2-3 Nigeria". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  9. "Разговор по пятницам". Выпуск №15 (in Russian). FC Amkar Perm.
  10. Yokhin, Michael (16 November 2017). "Brian Idowu's journey from St Petersburg to Nigeria may end at World Cup". ESPN FC. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  11. "B. Idowu". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  12. "Brian Idowu". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  13. ""Локомотив" - обладатель Олимп-Кубка России по футболу" [Lokomotiv is the winner of the Olimp-Russian Cup] (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 22 May 2019.

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