Olofinjana training with Cardiff City in 2011
|Full name||Seyi George Olofinjana|
|Date of birth||30 June 1980|
|Place of birth||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|2010–2011||→ Cardiff City (loan)||39||(6)|
|2013||→ Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Seyi George Olofinjana (born 30 June 1980) is a Nigerian former footballer who played as a midfielder.
Olofinjana began his career with local sides Crown and Kwara United before moving to Europe with Norwegian side SK Brann. After two seasons at Brann he moved to English club Wolverhampton Wanderers. He became a regular at Molineux making 213 appearances for the club over four seasons before joining Premier League club Stoke City in August 2008 for a fee of £3 million. He played only the 2008–09 season with the team before joining another top flight side, Hull City, again for a fee of £3 million.
Born in Lagos,he has a degree in chemical engineering.
He made his debut for the Nigeria national team in June 2000, in a 3–2 win over Malawi.
He moved from Nigeria to play club football in Norway for Brann.
In July 2004 he moved to England to sign for Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee of £1.7 million.After having become a regular player for the club, his second season was curtailed by a back injury that also forced him to miss the 2006 African Cup of Nations. In the 2006–07 season, however, finishing as the club's top league goalscorer as they made the play-offs under Mick McCarthy. He netted Wolves' opening goal of the following campaign in a 2–1 defeat to Watford, but could not repeat his goalscoring level of the previous season, scoring only twice more. He missed part of the season as he competed in the 2008 African Cup of Nations where Nigeria lost in the quarter-finals.
In June 2008, following Wolves' failure to win promotion, Olofinjana signed for newly promoted Premier League club Stoke City on a four-year deal for £3 million. He scored his first goal for the club in a home game against Everton in September 2008. After making 21 appearances during the season, Stoke accepted a £2.5 million bid in the close season from French side AS Monaco. Negotiations broke down with Monaco, allowing Hull City to sign Olofinjana for £3 million.
Olofinjana joined the Tigers with the club competing in the top division of English football for the only their second-ever season. He scored his first goal for Hull City in a 2–1 win against his former club, Stoke City in November 2009.However, the team was relegated back to the Championship at the end of the campaign. The midfielder was one of a number of departures during the close season as he agreed a season-long loan at fellow Championship team Cardiff City.
At the Welsh club, Olofinjana was reunited with Dave Jones, who had originally brought him into English football when manager of Wolves. The midfielder featured regularly as the team reached the promotion play-offs but lost to Reading. After a total of 42 senior appearances for Cardiff, including their two games in the play-offs,it was announced that he would return to Hull following the loan spell.
Back at Hull, a lengthy knee injury meant that Olofinjana made only five appearances during the 2011–12 season.Although he featured more regularly for the club during the following campaign, he was unable to retain a regular place in their team and was instead loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday in March 2013 until the season's conclusion.
At the conclusion of the 2012–13 season Olofinjana's contract with Hull City expired, leaving him a free agent.He left having made 40 appearances during a four-season stay.
Following his release from Hull, Olofinjana joined Sheffield Wednesday on 26 October 2013 and played in a 1–1 draw against Barnsley.
After making four appearance, Olofinjana had his loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday extended for another month.Olofinjana made seven appearance and made his last appearance for the club as an unused substitute on 26 December 2013, in a match against Blackburn Rovers. On the same day, Olofinjana apparently left the club upon the expiry of his contract.
After spending eight months without a club, Olofinjana joined Start in Tippeligaen until the season, where he will be reunited with Mons Ivar Mjelde, which he know him during his time at Brann.
In August 2015 Olofinjana started working at Wolverhampton Wanderers's Academy.As of February 2019, he is the Loans Pathway Manager at the club.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Stoke City||2008–09||Premier League||18||2||1||0||2||0||—||21||2|
|Hull City||2009–10||Premier League||19||1||0||0||0||0||—||19||1|
|Cardiff City (loan)||2010–11||Championship||39||6||0||0||1||0||2||0||42||6|
|Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||2012–13||Championship||6||0||0||0||0||0||—||6||0|
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