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Hans Sarpei

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 2
  • Date of birth: 28 June, 1976 (34 years old)
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
5 Hans Sarpei
0|0 Hans Sarpei
0 As substitute
31|44 Total Ghana
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
5 Total Ghana
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Hans Sarpei
0 Hans Sarpei
5 Total Ghana
2 Total Ghana
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
1|3 Hans Sarpei
1|0 Hans Sarpei
71|47 Total Ghana
11|0 Total Ghana
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Ghana games played

  1. Serbia 0-1 Ghana
    Sunday, 13 June Match report
  2. Ghana 1-1 Australia
    Saturday, 19 June Match report
  3. Ghana 0-1 Germany
    Wednesday, 23 June Match report
  4. United States 1-2 Ghana
    Saturday, 26 June Match report
  5. Uruguay 1-1 Ghana
    Friday, 2 July Match report

Player Profile

The veteran left-back or defensive midfielder was born in Ghana but raised in Cologne and he has spent his entire career playing in Germany. He started off at Fortuna Cologne before going on to represent Duisburg, Wolfsburg and current club, Bayer Leverkusen. He has found it a struggle to make it into the Leverkusen team this season and started only three games.

He has been a Ghanaian international for the past decade, but after making his debut in 2000 he fell out of favour with a succession of coaches and went almost five years without a call-up. Recalled in time for the 2006 World Cup, he was named in the squad, but did not make an appearance in Germany.

After another absence, this time of two years, he returned to the Ghana side in November 2009 and played at the Africa Cup of Nations. He has competed in 10 out of Ghana’s 11 games at the last two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Sarpei, who is the oldest member of the squad, is a qualified car mechanic. His older brother Edward used to play in the Bundesliga with Cologne.

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