Euro 2024: Is Karim Adeyemi still eligible for Super Eagles after Germany snub


Is Karim Adeyemi eligible for the Nigerian national team despite representing Germany four times?

Nigerian club Super Eagles may have received a major boost in their bid to sign Borussia Dortmund star Karim Adeyemi.

Adeyemi's career in Germany

Adeyemi currently represents Germany at international level, having represented the four-time world champions at youth level.


Germany have released their preliminary Euro 2024 squad with Karim Adeyemi.


The Borussia Dortmund star began his career with the Germany Under-16 national team in February 2018 before making his first-team debut three years ago.

Karim Adeyemi in a Germany shirt

Karim Adeyemi currently represents Germany (IMAGO)

However, despite playing for the German national team, Adeyemi will likely switch his international allegiance to Nigeria.

The 22-year-old is eligible to represent the three-time African champions through his father, who is a purebred Nigerian.


Karim Adeyemi frequently visits Nigeria to invest in local football | Credit: Instagram

Adeyemi is not ashamed of his Nigerian heritage as he regularly visits the country to promote his academy in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Is Adeyemi eligible to play for Nigeria's Super Eagles?

Although Adeyemi has made four competitive appearances for Germany, the former Red Bull Salzburg star could still play for Nigeria after he was left out of Julian Nagelsmann's squad for Germany at Euro 2024.

The former Bayern Munich coach announced his squad for the match, which will be hosted by Germany, but there is no place for Adeyemi in the squad alongside some other big names.

With Adeyemi out, the Super Eagles have a chance to convince the youngster to change his international allegiance despite playing four competitive matches for Germany.

Under new FIFA rules, a player can change his international affiliation if he does not play more than three competitive matches before turning 21.

However, those three competitive matches must be in international competitions such as World Cups or continental tournaments.

While Adeyemi has four caps under his belt for Germany, three of which came in World Cup qualifiers, while the other came in the UEFA Nations League.

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Although it remains to be seen how FIFA interprets his participation in the UEFA Nations League, Adeyemi's exclusion from Germany's European Championship squad represents a major boost for Fenedi George's Super Eagles.



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