- 2.1 club
- 2.2 national team
- 2.3 Personal
At 15, he began his career as a football player in the First Division at Federation Works before moving to Iwuanyanwu National 1992. After a good performance at the 1993 U-17 World Cup, he was purchased from Ajax Amsterdam for $ 250,000. He made his debut in 1994 in the Dutch league and shot there in 54 games 25 goals. With good performances he attracted attention from major European top clubs. 1996 Ajax sold him to Inter Milan for around 4.7 million dollars. Kanu was voted African Footballer of the Year in 1996.
In Inter presented the medical department a heart defect at him firmly. In February 1999 he moved after just twelve games at Inter for $ 7.5 million for Arsenal. His debut canoe shortly after his arrival in London in the FA Cup against Sheffield United. DC in his debut match, he made bad headlines after the United goalkeeper played the ball deliberately wide to be treated an injured player. As an Arsenal player Ray Parlour threw the ball back to throw it by canoe, rushed this without resistance on the opponent's goal, matched Marc Overmars, who coolly put the ball in the goal. Although started after this game under great criticism, improved canoe under Arsène Wenger and his achievements, he was elected to the African Footballer of the Year again in 1999. In subsequent years, the attacker rose to become one of the crowd favorites among the Arsenal fans and avid with handsome gates.
In 2004 he moved free transfer to West Brom. Reason was that he was rarely used at Arsenal because of competition by storm. At that time fought canoe behind Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp with Jérémie Aliadière, Sylvain Wiltord and José Antonio Reyes to striker position number three. In West Bromwich, he was the undisputed number one in the storm. On 14 August 2004, he was against Blackburn Rovers his debut for the club on 18 September, the striker scored his first goal for the new team. Nevertheless, he also was able to last place in the 2004 /05 do not turn away and West Bromwich was again second-rate. After the descent of the Baggies canoe hired at FC Portsmouth to continue to play major league football there. With this team he won the 2008 and the English FA Cup. In the final, he scored against Cardiff City, the winner to make it 1-0. This he qualified with the Portsmouth FC the following season for the first round of the UEFA Cup. There, the club won against the Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes, making canoe with Portsmouth qualified for the UEFA Cup. In the group stage they met the Italian Serie A club AC Milan, the German Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg, the Dutch first division club SC Heerenveen and the Portuguese representatives SC Braga
In the group match against AC Milan canoe managed to intermediate 2:0; at the end they played 2:2. At the end of the group stage was that exit from the UEFA Cup ( they finished only fourth place ). In four inserts each canoe was loaded twice, once off the bench; only once played canoe 90 minutes. In the league canoe played only 17 times ( a hit ), where he never once 90 minutes was used here. At season's end the Portsmouth came in 14th place in the table. In the following season, Nwankwo Kanu was at least 23 times used ( two hits ), where he played three times after all, also this time about 90 minutes.
At the end of the 2009/10 season was the relegation from the Premier League. After all, canoe could reach the final of the FA Cup with Portsmouth in the same season again. This time, however, they lost 0-1 against Chelsea. In the Football League Championship Nwankwo Kanu came to 32 inserts and two hits.
However, the direct re-emergence did not succeed; Portsmouth played the whole season only in mediocrity and came to the end of the season only the 14th place in the table.
Kanu made his debut on 5 May 1994 in a friendly against Sweden for the Nigerian national team, with whom he participated in the 1998 World Cup and 2002 World Cup. So far, canoe played 81 matches and scored 13 goals. He also won in 1996 with the national team 's Olympic football tournament.
- Nigerian champions: 1993
- Dutch champion: 1994, 1995, 1996
- Dutch Supercup winner: 1994, 1995
- Champions League winner: 1995
- World Cup winner: 1995
- European Super Cup winner: 1995
- UEFA Cup winners: 1998
- English Champion: 2002, 2004
- FA Cup winner: 2002, 2003, 2008
- English League Cup Winners: 1999, 2002
- U- 17 World Cup: 1993
- Football Olympic Champions: 1996
- Participation in the 1998 World Cup in France (3 inserts)
- Participation in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea ( 2 inserts)
- Participation in the African Cup of Nations 2000 in Ghana and Nigeria (6 inserts)
- Participation in the African Cup of Nations 2002 Mali (6 inserts)
- Participation in the African Cup of Nations 2004 Tunisia (6 inserts)
- Participation in the African Nations Cup 2006 in Egypt ( 6 inserts)
- Participation in the African Cup of Nations 2008 in Ghana ( 1 Application )
- African Footballer of the Year: 1996, 1999
- BBC African Footballer of the Year: 1997, 1999