Folarin Balogun – A Sensational Player Who Represented 3 Nations

Folarin Balogun

Folarin Balogun is a professional football player who has made 13 U21 appearances in England ,4 U18 appearances for US and for Nigeria. Balogun has cemented his position as one of the top young player in English football.He was born on July 3, 2001, in the United States . His parents are Nigerian but he grew up and is raised in Brooklyn,New York(US). Balogun has proven to be an exceptional talent with a natural ability & has represented both England and the United States at very young age.

Full NameFolarin Jerry Balogun
Age21 (as of 2023)
Place of BirthBrooklyn,New York (U.S)
Sibling Tolani Balogun
Net Worth $3 Million
Height5 feet 8 inches (173 cm)
Family OriginsNigerian
ParentsJerry Brentford ( Father ) & Mrs.Brentford (Mother)


Folarin Balogun’s passion for football ignited at a very young age, and he has since remained unwavering in his pursuit of excellence. He has been rising through the ranks to become a true football sensation!

At the age of 8, Balogun signed with the biggest club ,Arsenal after being seen by scout member in a game of his former Sunday League team, Aldersbrook.

He had previously trialed with Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and was on the verge of signing with them.

However, in February 2019, he signed a professional deal with Arsenal.

In 2017 he was in the line up of Arsenal U16 team which beat Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Juventus respectively and ultimately win the Liam Brady Cup.

In February 2019, Balogun signed a professional contract with Arsenal and made his senior debut in the Europa League on 29 October 2020.

He got to play in a group-stage match against Dundalk and eventually won the match making it  3-0 .

He scored his first goal in the senior match  on 26th November 2020.The game was a Europa League group stage match against Molde.

On April 26, 2021, Balogun signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.

After few months of rigorous training he made his Premier League debut on August 13, 2021

On January 12, 2022, Middlesbrough  bought him in a loan and he joined EFL Championship club until the end of the season.

During the 2022-23 season, Balogun moved on loan to French club Reims in August 2022 and scored on his debut for the club in the same month (August 7).

For his international, career, Balogun was born in the United States to Nigerian parents and raised in England and therefore eligible to represent all three nations at the international level.

What a lucky player he is !

Balogun played for England at the under-17 level and appeared in the 2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

Later, he accepted a call-up from the United States under-18 national team in August 2018 for a training camp and a tournament which was happening in the Czech Republic.

He has also expressed interest in playing for Nigeria, although he has stated that he enjoys England’s “style of play” which is “similar to Arsenal’s”.

In August 2021, he received his first call-up to the England under-21 team but made his debut in September 2021 during the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification.

In October 2022 he said he was open to playing for Nigeria.

But International Debut from Nigeria? England? USA?

FIFA and U.S. Soccer confirmed that Folarin Balogun has committed to playing for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT), ending a recruiting battle with England and Nigeria.

Balogun, who was born in New York to Nigerian parents and raised in England, made the decision based on his personal preference and the clear path to success that the USMNT offered.
He might make his team debut as early as next summer.
USMNT may keep him as a striker to prepare for 2026 world cup

In May 2023, he hit major headlines after receiving, a one-time-switch waiver from FIFA. On Tuesday, May 16, 2023, the football governing body, FIFA approved Balogun’s application for one-time switch to represent the United States national team.

He is currently playing as a striker for Ligue 1 club Reims on loan from Premier League club ‘Arsenal’.

Career Timeline

Career TimelineDetails
2009Joined Arsenal at 8 years old
2017Became the Part of the Arsenal U16 side
February 2019Signed a professional contract with Arsenal
October 29, 2020Made his senior debut in the Europa League
November 26, 2020Scored his first senior goal in a Europa League
April 26, 2021Signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal
August 13, 2021Made his Premier League debut
January 12, 2022Joined Middlesbrough on loan until end of the season
August 2022Moved to French club Stade de Reims on loan
August 7, 2022 (at Reims)Scored on his debut for Reims in a Ligue 1 match
October 8, 2022Named in the 40-man shortlist for the 2022 Golden Boy award
November 2, 2022Scored first goal for Middlesbrough in a Championship match against Nottingham Forest
November 9, 2022Named Middlesbrough Player of the Month for October 2022
May 16, 2023Received a one-time switch waiver from FIFA to represent the United States national team

Folarin Balogun Networth

As an Arsenal Club player, he earns £32,000 per week and £1,664,000 annually.
He is one of the highest-paid young players for Arsenal FC.

Folarin Balogun Stats


Family Background

Folarin Balogun Parents

His father name is Jerry Brentford & mother’s name is Mrs.Brentford.

He is not married and obviously does not have a wife. Apart from his professional life,he hardly opens up about his private affairs hence there’s also no information regarding his relationships and affairs.

Folarin Balogun Wife and Children

He is not married so he doesn’t have a wife. Apart from his professional life,he hardly opens up about his private affairs hence there’s also no information regarding his relationships and affairs.

The 21-year-old professional player is not yet a father. He does not have any biological or adopted children (2023).

Folarin Balogun Height & Weight

Balogun has a height of 1.78 m & he weighs around 66 kg.

Folarin Balogun Social Media

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