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Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by robosky02(m): 8:47am On Aug 29, 2017
Celestine Hycieth Babayaro (born 29 August 1978 in Kaduna) is a Nigerian former footballer who played as a defender or as a midfielder.

Club career:

Babayaro began his playing career at Nigerian side Plateau United, before moving to Belgian club Anderlecht in 1994, and eventually would make a name for himself, quickly gaining first-choice status although still a teenager. Babayaro set records as the youngest player to make an appearance and to receive a red card in the UEFA Champions League. He was sent off in a match between Steaua Bucuresti and his club Anderlecht (1–1), aged 16 years and 86 days. Celestine is widely regarded as the best Nigerian full back ever to have lived alongside Taribo West.

Chelsea:

Babayaro was signed by Chelsea after being spotted by scout Lewis Durkin in April 1997. He moved for a transfer fee of £2.25 million, a club record paid for a teenager at the time.[citation needed] He made his debut in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Slovan Bratislava, but an injury sustained in the 6-1 win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur in December 1997[4] ruled him out for the rest of the season. This meant he missed their victories in the 1998 Football League Cup Final and the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final. However, with Chelsea he went on to win the 1998 UEFA Super Cup, the FA Cup and Charity Shield in 2000, and reached the 2002 FA Cup Final. He was also instrumental in Chelsea's memorable run in the 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League. However it was to end in heartbreak for Babayaro as he was sent off in extra time against Barcelona as they bowed out of the competition at the quarter final stage.[8] He faced competition from Graeme Le Saux during his seven-year spell, but managed to play over 200 games for the London side. His acrobatic celebrations with backflips were noted and loved by the fans of the club.

The steady form of Wayne Bridge saw Babayaro start only four FA Premier League matches for Chelsea in 2004–05 under new manager José Mourinho. Chelsea ended the season as Premier League champions.

Newcastle:

In January 2005, he left Chelsea to join Newcastle United on an undisclosed fee,[9] where he established himself as first choice left back. He scored his first and what turned out to be his only Newcastle goal in a 3–1 win over Coventry City in the FA Cup.

In September 2006, Babayaro was given a three-match ban by The Football Association for slapping Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt in the face, while Liverpool took a corner The slap was not seen by the referee Mark Halsey, but later footage showed Babayaro punch the Dutchman in the face. Babayaro accepted the allegations and apologised to Kuyt.

On 10 February 2007, after a 2–1 win over Liverpool, then-Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder revealed that just 12 hours before kick-off, Babayaro had called him saying his younger brother David had died from tuberculosis. Despite this, Babayaro insisted he would still play and put in a solid performance which earned him praise from Newcastle manager and fans. This fine form continued into United's 3–1 away victory against Zulte Waregem, in the UEFA Cup.

Due to his many injury problems it was mutually decided, on 10 December 2007, that Babayaro should be released from his contract with immediate effect and a compensation figure was agreed.

In January 2009, former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd described Babayaro as a "disgrace" who "didn't pull his weight" during a televised BBC interview.

Later years:

On 21 January 2008, 29-year-old Babayaro came to an agreement with the Los Angeles Galaxy to join them on a three-year contract, effective immediately.

With this move, the Nigerian re-joined Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit who previously brought him to Chelsea in 1997 and spent a season coaching him there. This time again, it was precisely recently hired Gullit who wanted Babayaro at his new club. However, it did not take long for the move to turn sour. Thinking that he had arrived at sort of an American superclub that only a year earlier gave David Beckham what was widely reported to be the $250 million contract, Babayaro was agitated by what he considered to be "shabby" accommodations – from having to fly in the economy class to sharing a hotel room on the road.[16] His lack of commitment in training and preseason games reflected those feelings and he soon got on Gullit's and club president and general manager Alexi Lalas's bad side.

On 3 March, Babayaro was waived by the Galaxy after playing only 45 minutes in a preseason friendly against FC Seoul, receiving a yellow card and conceding a penalty in the process. The reason for this unexpected release was not stated explicitly by Galaxy front office. "After a period of evaluation, it was decided that it would be in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways,” Lalas said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that it did not work out, but Ruud and our technical staff are hard at work putting together this team and difficult decisions have to be made."

During pre-season for the 2008–09 English league season, Babayaro trained with Premier League club Portsmouth at the invitation of manager Harry Redknapp with a view to signing for the FA Cup holders. On 14 August 2008 Redknapp revealed that he would not offer Babayaro a contract at Fratton Park.

On 8 July 2010, Babayaro officially announced his retirement from football.[20]

International career:

After being part of the victorious Nigerian team at the Under-17 World Championships in Japan (1993), Babayaro made his international senior debut in the Afro-Asian Championship in 1995, against Uzbekistan. The following year he was part of the Nigeria Olympic gold medal winning team at the Atlanta 96 football event, making the tournament's all-star team. He scored in the Gold Medal game itself against Argentina. After getting a knee injury in December 1997 in the Premier League, Babayaro recovered just in time to make the France 98 squad. He was also Nigeria's captain at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and took part in the Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Babayaro was part of Nigeria's squad for the 2004 African Nations Cup in Tunisia, but was controversially sent home, alongside Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Victor Agali for indiscipline. Although never officially announcing his retirement from international football, he has not played for the national team ever since.

Personal life:

Babayaro's brother, Emmanuel, a goalkeeper, was also part of Nigeria's 1996 Olympics gold medal winning team.

Babayaro was acquitted of indecent assault in 1999.He later sued the Daily Star for a headline suggesting he had been charged with rape and won an apology and damages. He was declared bankrupt in 2011.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celestine_Babayaro

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by robosky02(m): 8:53am On Aug 29, 2017

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by babyfaceafrica: 11:36am On Aug 29, 2017
Nigeria's best left back....but this guy too like flexing

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Franco93: 11:36am On Aug 29, 2017
...and after all these achievements and international recognitions, he went bankrupt in 2011 after retiring in 2010.
Fear village people.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXAIj6FViFg

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Diegostan(m): 11:37am On Aug 29, 2017
Oya Babayaro. "Owo"!!! grin

Happybirthday
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by snazzy5050(m): 11:37am On Aug 29, 2017
This op na wa
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Help4rmme2u(m): 11:37am On Aug 29, 2017
Celestine I remember you in green and white colours playing for Nigeria... Happy birthday Man


Meanwhile check my signature and buzz me if interested..

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by samzzycash(m): 11:37am On Aug 29, 2017
See record.. first teenager to make an appearance in ucl and receive a red card cool

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by olamil34(m): 11:38am On Aug 29, 2017
sorry, who is he ?

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Nobody: 11:39am On Aug 29, 2017
Ha 39 ke? When I was small this guy dey play for Nigeria na. No be this guy dance aboki etigi after he score?
Simple maths 1993 he play for under 17 and we all know say na magic age them dey use. So you mean say he was 15 when he featured that year?

Okay o. Brother taiye taiwo I sight your mentor

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Elnino4ladies: 11:39am On Aug 29, 2017
Gambling ruined his life
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by lomprico(m): 11:41am On Aug 29, 2017
39 bawo!

I was in ss1 when this guy dey shine and I know my age now.

No b only 39.

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Wizcollifa(m): 11:41am On Aug 29, 2017
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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Nobody: 11:41am On Aug 29, 2017
What is the meaning of Babayaro?
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by fuckingAyaya(m): 11:43am On Aug 29, 2017
Ur village people really follow you enter Europe

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by profmsboi(m): 11:44am On Aug 29, 2017
Prettythicksmi:
What is the meaning of Babayaro?

Baba means Father

Yaro means small boy
Join am together
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by fuckingAyaya(m): 11:45am On Aug 29, 2017
Ur village people really follow u enter Europe,well Hbd

Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by jericco1(m): 11:45am On Aug 29, 2017
Na now this guy dey turn 39, after how many years. Unbelievable!

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by onatisi(m): 11:46am On Aug 29, 2017
babyfaceafrica:
Nigeria's best left back....but this guy too like flexing
The way this guy man marked stoickov at the world cup, stoikhov had to change his position to another wing

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by rossyc(f): 11:46am On Aug 29, 2017
Happy birthday celestine
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Nobody: 11:47am On Aug 29, 2017
profmsboi:


Baba means Father

Yaro means small boy
Join am together
So it means fathersmallboy? Does that even make sense?nah. grin
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Nobody: 11:49am On Aug 29, 2017
39? Hahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

That's very false , he should be 49

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Yusfunoble(m): 11:50am On Aug 29, 2017
Lol
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Gamesmart: 11:51am On Aug 29, 2017
robosky02:
Celestine Hycieth Babayaro (born 29 August 1978 in Kaduna) is a Nigerian former footballer who played as a defender or as a midfielder.

Club career:

Babayaro began his playing career at Nigerian side Plateau United, before moving to Belgian club Anderlecht in 1994, and eventually would make a name for himself, quickly gaining first-choice status although still a teenager. Babayaro set records as the youngest player to make an appearance and to receive a red card in the UEFA Champions League. He was sent off in a match between Steaua Bucuresti and his club Anderlecht (1–1), aged 16 years and 86 days. Celestine is widely regarded as the best Nigerian full back ever to have lived alongside Taribo West.

Chelsea:

Babayaro was signed by Chelsea after being spotted by scout Lewis Durkin in April 1997. He moved for a transfer fee of £2.25 million, a club record paid for a teenager at the time.[citation needed] He made his debut in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Slovan Bratislava, but an injury sustained in the 6-1 win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur in December 1997[4] ruled him out for the rest of the season. This meant he missed their victories in the 1998 Football League Cup Final and the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final. However, with Chelsea he went on to win the 1998 UEFA Super Cup, the FA Cup and Charity Shield in 2000, and reached the 2002 FA Cup Final. He was also instrumental in Chelsea's memorable run in the 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League. However it was to end in heartbreak for Babayaro as he was sent off in extra time against Barcelona as they bowed out of the competition at the quarter final stage.[8] He faced competition from Graeme Le Saux during his seven-year spell, but managed to play over 200 games for the London side. His acrobatic celebrations with backflips were noted and loved by the fans of the club.

The steady form of Wayne Bridge saw Babayaro start only four FA Premier League matches for Chelsea in 2004–05 under new manager José Mourinho. Chelsea ended the season as Premier League champions.

Newcastle:

In January 2005, he left Chelsea to join Newcastle United on an undisclosed fee,[9] where he established himself as first choice left back. He scored his first and what turned out to be his only Newcastle goal in a 3–1 win over Coventry City in the FA Cup.

In September 2006, Babayaro was given a three-match ban by The Football Association for slapping Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt in the face, while Liverpool took a corner The slap was not seen by the referee Mark Halsey, but later footage showed Babayaro punch the Dutchman in the face. Babayaro accepted the allegations and apologised to Kuyt.

On 10 February 2007, after a 2–1 win over Liverpool, then-Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder revealed that just 12 hours before kick-off, Babayaro had called him saying his younger brother David had died from tuberculosis. Despite this, Babayaro insisted he would still play and put in a solid performance which earned him praise from Newcastle manager and fans. This fine form continued into United's 3–1 away victory against Zulte Waregem, in the UEFA Cup.

Due to his many injury problems it was mutually decided, on 10 December 2007, that Babayaro should be released from his contract with immediate effect and a compensation figure was agreed.

In January 2009, former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd described Babayaro as a "disgrace" who "didn't pull his weight" during a televised BBC interview.

Later years:

On 21 January 2008, 29-year-old Babayaro came to an agreement with the Los Angeles Galaxy to join them on a three-year contract, effective immediately.

With this move, the Nigerian re-joined Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit who previously brought him to Chelsea in 1997 and spent a season coaching him there. This time again, it was precisely recently hired Gullit who wanted Babayaro at his new club. However, it did not take long for the move to turn sour. Thinking that he had arrived at sort of an American superclub that only a year earlier gave David Beckham what was widely reported to be the $250 million contract, Babayaro was agitated by what he considered to be "shabby" accommodations – from having to fly in the economy class to sharing a hotel room on the road.[16] His lack of commitment in training and preseason games reflected those feelings and he soon got on Gullit's and club president and general manager Alexi Lalas's bad side.

On 3 March, Babayaro was waived by the Galaxy after playing only 45 minutes in a preseason friendly against FC Seoul, receiving a yellow card and conceding a penalty in the process. The reason for this unexpected release was not stated explicitly by Galaxy front office. "After a period of evaluation, it was decided that it would be in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways,” Lalas said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that it did not work out, but Ruud and our technical staff are hard at work putting together this team and difficult decisions have to be made."

During pre-season for the 2008–09 English league season, Babayaro trained with Premier League club Portsmouth at the invitation of manager Harry Redknapp with a view to signing for the FA Cup holders. On 14 August 2008 Redknapp revealed that he would not offer Babayaro a contract at Fratton Park.

On 8 July 2010, Babayaro officially announced his retirement from football.[20]

International career:

After being part of the victorious Nigerian team at the Under-17 World Championships in Japan (1993), Babayaro made his international senior debut in the Afro-Asian Championship in 1995, against Uzbekistan. The following year he was part of the Nigeria Olympic gold medal winning team at the Atlanta 96 football event, making the tournament's all-star team. He scored in the Gold Medal game itself against Argentina. After getting a knee injury in December 1997 in the Premier League, Babayaro recovered just in time to make the France 98 squad. He was also Nigeria's captain at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and took part in the Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Babayaro was part of Nigeria's squad for the 2004 African Nations Cup in Tunisia, but was controversially sent home, alongside Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Victor Agali for indiscipline. Although never officially announcing his retirement from international football, he has not played for the national team ever since.

Personal life:

Babayaro's brother, Emmanuel, a goalkeeper, was also part of Nigeria's 1996 Olympics gold medal winning team.

Babayaro was acquitted of indecent assault in 1999.He later sued the Daily Star for a headline suggesting he had been charged with rape and won an apology and damages. He was declared bankrupt in 2011.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celestine_Babayaro

You are so jobless, it is shocking.

Why don't you do something more productive with your time? Maybe even clear and clean the gutter in your street.
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by Yusfunoble(m): 11:54am On Aug 29, 2017
Lol grin

So Opeyemi Ayeola is older than Babayaro

Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by aieromon(m): 11:56am On Aug 29, 2017
This guy can Jaiye for Africa

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by EmekaBlue(m): 11:58am On Aug 29, 2017
Where is his recent pic?
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by CheedyJ(m): 11:59am On Aug 29, 2017
olamil34:
sorry, who is he ?
He's Sango's youngest child
Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by airclipse(m): 12:02pm On Aug 29, 2017
Wow.. My birthday mate, guy pls show us some love by clicking like in my post.

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Re: Celestine Babayaro Celebrates His 39th Birthday Today by CheedyJ(m): 12:02pm On Aug 29, 2017
Taribo west was never a full back na,he was a center back..anyways, nice info

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