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Mathew Amoah is a Ghanaian former professional footballer. He plays as a striker. He represented Ghana at the international level where he scored 12 goals in 45 matches.

Mathew Amoah was spotted by scouts from the Dutch club while playing in an international youth tournament for his club Great Ambassadors.

He was born in Tema, Ghana and at the age of 16, moved to the Netherlands. He played with Vitesse Arnhem, where he had eight lessons with the club. He however did not play regularly so he was loaned to at Fortuna Sittard before going back to Arnhem where coach Ronald Koeman gave him a chance.

The club named him their best player after the 2002–03 season as the move paid off. He scored 15 goals for the club and also competed in European club competitions and 62 goals in 174 appearances for the club.

In December 2005, he signed with Borussia Dortmund. He was managed by coach Bert van Marwijk during the 1999–2000 season at another Dutch side, Fortuna Sittard. Amoah signed a two-year contract, but could only manage seventeen first-team appearances (going scoreless in the process) in one-and-a-half seasons.

At age 26, he signed a three-year deal with Eredivisie's NAC Breda on 3 July 2007, after a medical and also returned to the Netherlands after a lack of first-team opportunities at Dortmund.

Mathew Amoah was very instrumental in the attack of NAC Breda since his arrival in July 2007. He scored more than eight goals in every season at the club. In his first season, he scored 11 goals, 12 in his second, and 9 in his third season. He played 101 matches for NAC Breda and was the top scorer.

Amoah signed a two-year contract with Mersin ?dmanyurdu SK, the newly promoted Turkish club. He only played five matches for the team and left Turkey after one year.

Mathew Amoah signed a deal in June 2012, with Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen. After one season in 2013, he was released because he did not play a single match for the club.

Ghana first selected Amoah ahead of the 2002 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and it was in the tournament in Mali where he made his debut. But after the Black Stars were eliminated in the quarter-finals, Amoah only ever received one more call-up before the appointment of coach Ratomir Dujkovic in December 2004.

On 21 January 2002, he made his debut for the Ghana national team at the Africa Cup of Nations: 2002, scoring three goals in three consecutive and important qualifying matches.

Matthew Amoah finished as Ghana's leading scorer in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. His five strikes were very pivotal in the tournament. His tally added to the three goals he scored in the 2006 qualifiers that also made a major contribution to Ghana's march to their first-ever FIFA World Cup finals appearance.

Althouh he did not score, he played in Ghana's world cup debut and helped the team to the group of 16.

He also helped Ghana qualify for the World Cup in 2010. He was a substitute in two matches. He is a member of the Ghanaian Golden Era of footballers including Fulham right-back John Paintsil and Chelsea versatile midfielder Michael Essien and former captain Stephen Appiah who formerly played for Italian Club Cesena, Fenerbahçe SK and Juventus. Amoah has scored 13 times in 40 appearances for Ghana.




Africa Cup of Nations Silver Medal: 2010

FIFA World Cup Round of 16: 2006

FIFA World Cup quarter-final: 2010