Experience the captivating biography of Emanuel Aiwu, the Austrian defender

Experience the captivating biography of Emanuel Aiwu, the Austrian defender

Steve Njuguna
updated at January 24, 2024 at 5:15 PM
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Emanuel Aiwu is an Austrian professional football player who plays for EFL Championship side Birmingham City. He plays predominantly as a defender, though he has shown versatility in his career.

Emanuel Aiwu reacts during Birmingham's game with Leeds United in January 2024
Emanuel Aiwu during Birmingham's game with Leeds United in January 2024. Photo by George Wood
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Aiwu first embarked on his soccer career during his youth in Austria with SKN St. Polten before moving to Admira Wacker in July 2013. At Admira Wacker, he participated in the Under-18s and reserve teams, making notable appearances in the UEFA Youth League. He later moved to heavyweights Rapid Vienna and then abroad to Cremonese in Italy and Birmingham in England.

Emanuel Aiwu's profile summary


Emanuel Aiwu

Date of birth

25 December 2000


23 years old (as of January 2024)

Place of birth

Innsbruck, Austria




6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)


82 kg

Marital status

Not married




Professional footballer

Playing position


Current club

Birmingham City (on loan from Cremonese)

Past clubs

Admira Wacker

Rapid Wien

Net worth

$5 million

Social media


Emanuel Aiwu's brief bio

Emanuel Aiwu (aged 23 as of January 2024) was born on 25 December 2000 in Innsbruck, Austria, and he is of Nigerian and Austrian ethnicities.

Who are Emanuel Aiwu's parents?

Nathan Aiwu, Emanuel's father, is Nigerian, and Heidi Aiwu Semper, his mother, is Austrian. During Emanuel's infancy, Heidi Semper embarked on her journey to become a teacher specialising in working with disabled individuals. In 2006, Aiwu's family moved to St. Pölten, where he and his younger brother, Elias, began to play football.

Emanuel Aiwu at a Birmingham home game in October 2023
Emanuel Aiwu at a Birmingham home game in October 2023. Photo by Matt McNulty
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Emanuel Aiwu's stats

Aiwu has been playing professional football since 2017. Here is a breakdown of his stats as of January 2024:




FC Admira II



Admira Wacker



Rapid Wien






Birmingham City



What team does Emanuel Aiwu belong to?

On August 5, 2022, Aiwu joined Serie A's newly-promoted Cremonese on a four-year contract for a reported €3.5 million. Initially a regular player, a mid-season coaching change favoured more experienced defenders, reducing Aiwu's starting opportunities.

Despite consistently being in the matchday squad, Cremonese faced relegation, and Aiwu sought prospects beyond Serie B. On August 31, 2023, he signed a loan deal with English Championship club Birmingham City, with an option for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

Aiwu at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona Naples, Italy in February 2023.
Aiwu at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona Naples, Italy in February 2023. Photo by Franco Romano, Massimo Insabato (modified by editor)
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What is Emanuel Aiwu's net worth?

Emanuel Aiwu is thought to have a net worth of $5 million. Most of his money comes from being a professional soccer player. He earns this money through his salary, bonuses, and sponsorship deals. He is one of the best players under the age of 25 in Europe.

What is Emanuel Aiwu's salary?

Emanuel Aiwu is poised to accrue substantial earnings during the 2023-2024 Season, boasting a gross base salary of £494,000. This financial package translates to a weekly remuneration of £9,500 as per Capology. It is worth noting that this figure solely represents the base salary and does not take into account any potential supplementary bonuses that may further augment his overall income for the specified season.

Emanuel Aiwu
Emanuel during a game for Cremonese inApril 2023. Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images
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Frequently asked questions

Aiwu is one of Austria's fastest-rising young stars; naturally, many fans want to know more about him. These are some of the most popular questions:

1. What is Emanuel Aiwu's FIFA rating?

In the EAFC game, Emanuel Aiwu holds a rating of 67. His in-game potential is set at 77, and he plays in the position of centre-back (CB).

2. Is Emanuel Aiwu on Instagram?

Aiwu is on Instagram as @Emanuel.aiwu. As of January 2024, he has 18,900 followers.

Final word

Emanuel Aiwu's passion for the sport, coupled with his natural abilities, positions him as a player to watch for the future. His performances at Birmingham City have been vital as the Blues try to navigate the tricky English Championship.

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Steve Njuguna is a media professional with close to a decade of experience in the sports media industry. He has previously worked as a sports journalist with Bamba Sports TV, Vybez Radio and The Nairobian newspaper.