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Baba Rahman

Baba Rahman
Rahman with Greuther Fürth in 2012
Personal information
Full name Abdul Rahman
Date of birth (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994
Place of birth Tamale, Ghana[1]
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
Dreams FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Asante Kotoko 25 (0)
2012–2014 Greuther Fürth 44 (2)
2014–2015 Augsburg 31 (0)
2015– Chelsea 2 (0)
National team
2013 Ghana U20[1] 7 (0)
2014– Ghana 13 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 May 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:07, 21 August 2015 (UTC)

Abdul "Baba" Rahman (born 2 July 1994), is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a left back for English club Chelsea and the Ghana national football team.

Formed at Dreams FC, he played in the Ghanaian Premier League with Asante Kotoko. In 2012, he signed for Bundesliga club Greuther Fürth, where he spent two seasons. He then played for FC Augsburg before joining Chelsea in 2015 for a fee of £14 million, potentially rising to £22 million.

Rahman made his international debut in 2014 and was part of their squad which were runners-up at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career


Rahman began his career at Dreams FC of the Ghana Division Two. After impressive performances, he was then transferred on loan to Asante Kotoko of the Ghanaian Premier League for one season.[2]

For the 2012 season, Rahman was a finalist for the league's Discovery of the Year Award, eventually losing to Joshua Oniku.[3] After becoming a sought after player during his time with the Kumasi-based club, serious enquiries were made about the player by Manchester City and Arsenal of the Premier League and Parma of Serie A.[4]


However, Rahman eventually signed with the newly promoted SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the Bundesliga on 12 June 2012. Rahman stated that his decision to join Fürth was because the club offered, "the best conditions in which to develop my career."[2] In the derby against 1. FC Nürnberg on 11 August 2014 he scored his first two goals for Fürth in a 5–1 home victory.[5] The next day he signed with FC Augsburg of the same division.[6]


On 16 August 2015, Rahman signed for Chelsea on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be an initial £14 million, rising to a potential fee of almost £22 million.[7][8][9][10] He made his debut on 23 September in the third round of the League Cup, playing the full 90 minutes of a 4–1 win away to League One club Walsall.[11] He made his Premier League debut in a 2–0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on 17 October.[12]

International career

Rahman played every minute of Ghana's campaign at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, providing the cross from which André Ayew headed in the winner against South Africa to win Group C.[13] In the final against the Ivory Coast, Rahman scored in the penalty shootout in which his team lost 9–8.[14]

Personal life

Rahman has "Baba" on the back of his jersey, the name of his Chelsea-supporting father.[15]

Career statistics


As of match played 28 October 2015.[16]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greuther Fürth
2012–13 Bundesliga 20 0 1 0 21 0
2013–14 2.Bundesliga 22 0 1 0 2[1] 0 25 0
2014–15 2.Bundesliga 2 2 0 0 2 2
Total 44 2 2 0 2 0 48 2
2014–15 Bundesliga 31 0 0 0 31 0
2015–16 Bundesliga 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 31 0 1 0 32 0
2015–16 Premier League 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Total 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 77 2 5 0 1 0 2 2 85 2
  1. ^ All appearances in Bundesliga play-offs


As of match played 14 June 2015.[17]
Ghana national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 5 0
2015 8 0
Total 14 0


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