Daniel Opare is a right-back known for making lightning-quick runs up the flank and delivering inch-perfect crosses. He first grabbed international headlines during the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2007, helping the Black Starlets to fourth place. His performances prompted World Football magazine to include him in their list of the 50 most exciting teenagers on the planet. It was obviously a perception Spanish giants Real Madrid shared as they snapped him up for their Castilla youth program. Failing to make a breakthrough in Spain, the right-back moved to Belgium in 2010 and signed for Standard Liege, where he played until a recent move to Porto.
Opare was first called up for the senior national team at age 17 in 2007 and he missed out on a place in the Ghana squad for the 2008 CAF Africa Cup of Nations only due to injury. Opare's inclusion in the team for Brazil 2014 will be his third FIFA competition as, in addition to playing in the U-17 finals, he won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009. The attack-minded defender has been linked with a move to a number of higher-profile clubs including Tottenham Hotspur and Roma, and he has said that a return to Real Madrid might not be out of the question.
On May 13, 2014 Coach Kwasi Appiah named Daniel Opare in his 30 man provisional World cup squad, soon after which the defender made a move from Standard Liège to FC Porto.