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.
Idowu with Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
|Full name||Brian Oladapo Idowu|
|Date of birth||18 May 1992|
|Place of birth||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|–2010||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|2013–2014||→ Dynamo St. Petersburg (loan)||25||(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
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, extending his contract again in February 2017 until the summer of 2020.
On 10 July 2018, he signed a 3-year contract with FC Lokomotiv Moscow.
In November 2017, Idowu was called up to the Nigerian national team for their friendly against Argentina in Krasnodar on 14 November 2017. 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.
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. 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.
|Dynamo St. Petersburg (loan)||2013–14||25||1||1||0||—||—||26||1|
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