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Prince Tagoe

  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 12
  • Date of birth: 9 November, 1986 (23 years old)
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
3 Prince Tagoe
0|2 Prince Tagoe
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 Prince Tagoe
0 Prince Tagoe
5 Total Ghana
2 Total Ghana
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
9|2 Prince Tagoe
1|0 Prince Tagoe
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 ‘Prince of Goals’ has emerged from an extraordinary season to book his place in Ghana’s World Cup squad. He signed for Hoffenheim on a free transfer in June 2009, but after just a few months at the club they informed him that they would be cancelling his contract after discovering he had a heart complaint.

Tagoe was swift to deny the claims and demanded that the club undertook a second opinion. In October, the German FA announced after thorough medical examinations that the striker was free to continue his playing career with the club. He finally made his Hoffenheim debut in January and went on to play 13 matches this season, although he failed to complete a full 90 minutes.

Internationally, he was a surprise call up to the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations squad and has been in and out of the squad since. He played eight qualifying matches for this World Cup, but missed out on this year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament due to the ongoing saga with his heart complaint.

His club career began at Ghanaian side, Hearts of Oak, before he went to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad Jeddah, followed by spells at United Arab Emirates outfit Al-Shaab and then Al-Ettifaq, another Saudi club. Primarily a striker, he can also be used as a winger due to his pace.

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