The biography of Omar Richards, the English professional footballer

The biography of Omar Richards, the English professional footballer

Ciku Njuguna
January 30, 2024 at 8:14 AM
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Omar Richards is a professional footballer playing in Greece's Super League 1. The number 27 defender for Olympiacos Piraeus is set to make a return to his former club in the Premier League on the 30th of June 2024. Dig into this article for everything you need to know about the 2021/22 German Super Cup winner.

Omar Richards
Reading's Omar Richards in action during a Sky Bet Championship match against Preston North End at Madejski Stadium on April 7, 2018, in Reading, England. Photo by Kevin Barnes/CameraSport.
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Where does Omar Richards play? Since 2008, the top tackler has been a top performer in the Bundesliga, Championship, Premier League 2 and the EFL. This article is a deep dive into the personal and professional life of one of the most famous players in the Olympiacos. Scroll down and find out everything about Omar Richards' family and more.

Omar Richard's profile summary

Full name

Omar Tyrell Crawford Richards

Nickname

OTR

Date of birth

15 February, 1998

Age

25 years old as of January 2024

Know for

Strong defending abilities

Place of birth

Lewisham, London, England

Nationality

English-Jamaican

Ethnicity

Height

174 centimetres (5'7")

Weight

69 kilograms (152 lbs)

Mother

Unnamed

Siblings

2

Relationship status

Single

Positions

Left-back, left midfield

Current team

Olympiacos Piraeus

Debut

July 2013

Years active

2008 - present

Net worth

$1 million - $5 million

Social media pages

Instagram, X (Twitter)

How old is Omar Richards?

Born on the 15th of February, 1998, the full-back is 25 years old as of January 2024. Based on Omar Richards' age, his zodiac sign is Aquarius.

How tall is Omar Richards?

He is five feet and seven inches tall (174 centimetres). According to Supersport, he weighs 152 lbs (69 kilograms).

How old is Omar Richards?
Reading's Omar Richards (left) controls the ball under pressure from Bromwich Albion's Darnell Furlong (right) during a match on August 21, 2019, in England. Photo by Laurence Griffiths.
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Omar Richards' biography

Omar Tyrell Crawford Richards was born and raised in Lewisham, London, England. The left-back was raised by a single mother, only known as Beverley, and reveals that he has had little contact with his father over the years. In an interview with Reading FC, he spoke at length about his family and his mother's influence on his career, saying,

"Growing up, my mum made many things happen for me. With football, she took me up and down to training sessions and to matches all over the country. I am very fortunate for that."

He added,

"I owe a lot to my mum. If not for her taking me to all these training sessions from such a young age, I would not have been so driven and stayed on with football. So much of it is down to her. Even now, she comes to the games when she can."

He has two brothers. One of his brothers is a football player who he played with at Fulham. In the 2019 Reading interview, Richards revealed that his brother had suffered a back injury that kept him out of the game.

Omar Richards' family
Bayern's Omar Richards (right) is tackled by Xaver Schlager (left) during a match against VfL Wolfsburg on May 14, 2022, in Wolfsburg, Germany. Photo by Marvin Ibo Guengoer/GES Sportfoto.
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Education

Details of his basic education remain unknown. However, his Transfermarkt profile reveals that he joined Fulham FC youth systems in 2008 at the age of 10. After leaving Fulham in 2013, he trained with Kinetic Youth Academy and later with Reading FC's Royals until 2017.

Career

Growing up, the left-back and his younger brother would play football at a local football field. In his recollection, he remarked that his experiences in the field toughened him up and refined his ball control skills. After scoring his first goal with Nottingham Forest, he spoke to the media, recognising his achievements in the sport, saying,

"As a young boy, I always dreamed about playing first-team football, playing in front of loads of people, and every time I have walked out on the pitch, I can not believe I am actually doing something like this."

What position does Omar Richards play in?

The English footballer who played in the Bundesliga primarily executed his club duties in the left-back position. However, the master dribbler and tackler can also play as a left midfielder.

What has happened to Omar Richards?
Reading FC's Omar Richards (R) defends against David Brooks of Bournemouth during a Sky Bet Championship match on November 21, 2020, in Bournemouth, England. Photo by Robin Jones/AFC Bournemouth.
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What teams has Omar Richards played for?

Sports Brief has used credible sources from Omar Richards' Transfermarkt profile and his former teams to comprehensively summarise his career. Have a look at details of his teams, transfer details, and performance statistics.

Reading FC

His journey at the Reading FC Youth systems started on July 1, 2013, under coach Sam Grace. He gradually climbed the ranks at the academy, joining the Under-18 team in 2014 and Under-21 in 2016. He is counted among the most successful graduates at the club, with 89 starts over the four years.

FC Bayern Munich

In July 2021, Omar Richards moved to Bayern Munich, joining an elite list of English football players who have played in Germany. At the time of the free transfer under Julian Nagelsmann, the left-back was 23 years old.

Nottingham Forest

Omar Richards moved to Nottingham Forest on a $9.21 million transfer from the top-flight club in the Bundesliga. The left-back is still under the four-year contract signed on July 10, 2022. However, with two years left on his contract with Forest, he was loaned to Greece's side, Olympiacos Piraeus.

Omar Richards' salary
Reading's Omar Richards in action during a Sky Bet Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday at the Madejski Stadium on March 06, 2021, in Reading, England. Photo by Bryn Lennon.
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Olympiacos Piraeus

Omar Richards' current team is the Olympiacos Piraeus. He debuted at the club in August 2023 during a Super League 1 match against Atromitos Athens. During his time in Greece, Omar played for Olympiacos Piraeus and Olympiacos Piraeus B.

England's national football team

In September 2019, the left-back first appeared on international duty for England's Under-21 team during an international friendly against Slovenia. Between September and October 2019, he received four call-ups but remained on the bench in three of the matches.

Omar Richards' stats

The left-back, who has played for Bayern and Nottingham Forest, has carved out for himself a successful career spanning 16 years since his days at Fulham Youth. Here is a summary of his performance stats at each of his teams.

What team does Omar Richards play for?
Reading's Omar Richards (L) and Arsenal's Reiss Nelson in action during a match at Meadow Park on November 30, 2017, in Borehamwood, England. Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC.
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Team

League

Appearances

Goals

Assists

Olympiacos Piraeus

Super League 1

5

-

-

Olympiacos Piraeus B team

Super League 2

1

-

-

Nottingham Forest

Premier League

-

-

-

Bayern Munich

Bundesliga

17

-

1

Reading FC

Sky Bet League One

104

3

-

Reading FC Under-21

Premier League 2

21

1

2

Reading FC Under-18

Under-18 Premier League

2

-

-

Frequently asked questions

The English player who has played for Bayern is part of a group of young wonderkids taking over the sport. Here are some interesting facts about the left back.

How old is Omar Richards?
Preston North End's Billy Bodin (in yellow) vies for the ball from Reading's Omar Richards during a match at Madejski Stadium on April 7, 2018, in Reading, England. Photo by Kevin Barnes/CameraSport.
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1. What has happened to Omar Richards?

In the 2022/23 season, the defender missed 45 matches for Nottingham Forest due to a leg injury. In January 2022, he tested positive for coronavirus, missing 11 season days.

2. How much is Omar Richards' net worth?

According to Salary Sport, his net worth is $9.18 million. However, various sources report that he is worth between $1 million and $5 million.

3. How much is Omar Richards' salary?

Reports of Olympiacos Piraeus' wage list reveal that he is one of the highest-paid players in the club, with a weekly salary of $ 62,357. His annual salary at the club is $3.2 million.

Final word

At 25, Omar Richards has played for various clubs in first and second-tier leagues. His career trajectory assures fans of future success in the game.

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Ciku Njuguna is a journalist with 3 year’s experience in content creation based in Kenya. She currently covers sports personnel as well as team biographies.