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Full name: Njitap Sorele Geremi Fotso
Born: 20 December 1978 in Bafoussam, Cameroon
Position: defender
Nationality: Cameroonian
Height: 1 75m
Weight: 80kg
Career as a player: 1995-1996: Bafoussam. 1997: Cerro Porteno (Paraguay). 1997-1999: Genclerbirligi (Turkey). 1999-2003: Real Madrid, including one year on loan at Middlesbrough. 2003-2007: Chelsea. 2007: Newcastle United.
Honours as a player: 1996 Cameroon Cup. Two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea, two-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner, Olympic gold medallist at Sydney 2000. Confederations Cup runner-up in 2003. Represented Cameroon at 2002 FIFA World Cup™ finals. 85 appearances for Cameroon and seven international goals. Middlesbrough’s player of the year in the 2002-03 season. Appointed Newcastle captain by manager Sam Allardyce in August 2007 after signing three-year contract at St James’ Park.
Miscellaneous: Applied for British citizenship in August 2007, having lived in the country for five years. His father, Samuel, was a Cameroon international in the 1970s, nicknamed ‘Poison Arrow’ because of his deadly shooting skills. At a Chelsea open day, Geremi received one a massive cheer from fans after entering Stamford Bridge in an AA recovery vehicle after his car had broken down in London.