Brown Ideye

Aide Brown Ideye (born 10 October 1988) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Greek club Aris, and the Nigeria national team.

Brown Ideye
Ideye with West Bromwich Albion in 2014
Personal information
Full name Aide Brown Ideye
Date of birth (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988
Place of birth Yenagoa, Nigeria
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Youth career
Bayelsa United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Bayelsa United 19 (6)
2006–2007 Ocean Boys 13 (10)
2007–2009 Neuchâtel Xamax 55 (23)
2009–2011 Sochaux 52 (17)
2011–2014 Dynamo Kyiv 74 (34)
2014–2015 West Bromwich Albion 24 (4)
2015–2017 Olympiacos 43 (23)
2017–2019 Tianjin Teda 14 (4)
2018Málaga (loan) 13 (2)
2019– Aris 12 (4)
National team
2007 Nigeria U20 5 (1)
2010– Nigeria 28 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:36, 15 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2016

Club career

Early career

Ideye began his career with Bayelsa United before moving to Ocean Boys.[2] He was a member of the Ocean Boys team that won the Nigerian Premier League.

Ideye moved in January 2008 to Europe to sign with Swiss Super League club Neuchâtel Xamax. Before this move to Switzerland, he was on trial with Dutch side Willem II,[3] but was not signed. After three years with Xamax, Ideye left to sign for French Ligue 1 club Sochaux.[4]

Dynamo Kyiv

On 6 July 2011, Ideye signed a five-year deal with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv. He made his first appearance on 16 July against Oleksandria, scoring two goals.[5] In his second game for Dynamo, he again scored a brace, this time against Obolon Kyiv.[6] On 7 August 2012, Ideye scored the winner in a UEFA Champions League qualifying third round second-leg game against Feyenoord, in which Dynamo ultimately progressed.[7] He also scored against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the second-leg of the play-off round. Mönchengladbach won the game 2–1, but Kyiv progressed to the Champions League group stage on a 4–3 aggregate score.[8] On 15 May 2014, Ideye was an unused substitute in Dynamo's 2–1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2014 Ukrainian Cup Final.[9]

West Bromwich Albion

On 18 July 2014, Ideye signed a three-year deal with English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion, becoming the club's record signing at a fee reported as £10 million. The contract included an option in the club's favour for an extra year.[10][11] After a difficult start to the season in England, Ideye scored his first league goal for the club in their 3–1 loss to Manchester City on Boxing Day 2014, and scored four times in a six-day spell in February 2015 with goals against Burnley and Swansea City in the Premier League and two against West Ham United in the FA Cup.[12]


On 31 August 2015, Ideye joined Olympiacos from West Brom for an undisclosed fee, though believed to be around €6 million.[13][14] The prospect of featuring in the Champions League again was rumoured to play a crucial role in convincing Ideye to move to the Athens-based club.[15]

On 20 October 2015, Ideye scored a goal in Olympiacos' Champions League group stage victory over Dinamo Zagreb (1–0). He scored the 79th-minute winner with a superb finish from a tight angle, redeeming himself for an astonishing miss earlier in the second half.[16][17] On 9 March 2016, Ideye received a lucrative offer from China during the January transfer window, however he rejected the offer as he preferred to stay with the reigning Superleague Greece champions.[18] On 17 April 2016, he was a key member for the club as it celebrated winning the domestic championship for the sixth consecutive season.[19]

Tianjin Teda

Ideye left Olympiakos for Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda[20] in the January 2017 transfer window. Ideye joined the Chinese club on a two-and-a half-year contract for a transfer fee of €12 million. His contract, which ran until the summer of 2019, was worth €3.5 million per year.[21]

Málaga (loan)

On 29 January 2018, Ideye joined Spanish La Liga side Málaga on loan for six months.[22]


On 20 June 2019, he joined Aris on a one-year contract, for an annual fee of €500,000. [23][24]

Ideye had to wait until mid September to find his first goal, when he scored in a stunning 4-0 home win against Panathinaikos, which was also the first of the season. [25] One week later, he received a low cross from Giannis Fetfatzidis and sent the ball in the back of the net, opening the score in an away Derby of Thessaloniki against PAOK, which ended as a 2-2 draw. [26] On 27 October 2019, he scored from the penalty spot, sealing a 2-0 home win against Panetolikos. [27] On 14 December 2019, he returned to the starring line-up, after a two-game suspension, and scored in a 3-1 away loss against OFI. [28]

International career

Ideye represented his country at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He played five games in the tournament and scored one goal, against Costa Rica.[29] In May 2010, he was called up to the senior side as part of the 30-man team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He was not part of the final 23-man squad, but was subsequently called up after a knee injury to John Obi Mikel ruled the midfielder out of the competition.[30] Ideye was also called up to Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations,[31] playing in most of their games at the tournament.[5] He scored Nigeria's second goal in their 4–1 semi-final win over Mali[32] and played in their 1–0 win over Burkina Faso in the final.[33]

Ideye was selected for Nigeria's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[34]

Career statistics


As of match played 27 October 2019[35]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Bayelsa United 2006[36] Nigeria Premier League 19600196
Total 19600196
Ocean Boys 2006[36] Nigeria Premier League 510051
2007[36] 890089
Total 1310001310
Neuchâtel Xamax 2007–08[36] Swiss Super League 510051
2008–09[35] 3310103410
2009–10[35] 1712001712
Total 5523105623
Sochaux 2009–10[35] Ligue 1 1723300205
2010–11[35] 351532003817
Total 521765005822
Dynamo Kyiv 2011–12[35] Ukrainian Premier League 2712001023714
2012–13[35] 2817101143921
2013–14[35] 19533723710
Total 74344328810645
West Bromwich Albion 2014–15[37] Premier League 2443231307
2015–16 00001010
Total 2443241317
Olympiacos 2015–16 Superleague 231042813513
2016–17 201321813015
Total 4323631626528
Tianjin Teda 2017 Chinese Super League 14400144
Total 14400144
Málaga (loan) 2017–18 La Liga 13100131
Total 13100131
Aris 2019–20 Superleague 830040123
Total 830040123
Career total 3151252013414810387149

International goals

As of match played 31 May 2016. Nigeria score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ideye goal.[38]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 November 2012Marlins Park, Miami, United States5 Venezuela1–03–1Friendly
2 6 February 2013Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa11 Mali2–04–12013 Africa Cup of Nations
3 31 May 2013NRG Stadium, Houston, United States14 Mexico1–12–2Friendly
4 10 September 2013Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, Nigeria20 Burkina Faso1–04–1Friendly
5 2–0
6 31 May 2016Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg25 Luxembourg1–03–1Friendly



Dynamo Kyiv




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