Hans Adu Sarpei is a former footballer who played for both Ghana and Germany. The defensive all-rounder grew up primarily in Cologne, where he was used initially in defensive midfield and later as a full back. He made it into the 2nd Bundesliga with SC Fortuna Cologne, where he played for most of his youth career. During his three years with Fortuna and MSV Duisburg, Sarpei participated in a total of 64 games in the second division. Beginning in 2001, he was a member of the VfL Wolfsburg team that competed in the Bundesliga. After six years with the Wolves, he moved on to play for Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Schalke 04, where he amassed a total of 190 appearances in the league. His victory in the DFB Cup with FC Schalke 04 in 2011 was the highlight of his career in the sporting world.
Sarpei made 36 appearances for the Ghana national team between the years 2000 and 2010, and during that time, the team competed in the 2006, 2008, and 2010 Africa Cups of Nations, as well as the 2010 World Cup, which was held in South Africa.
In the early 1970s, Sarpei’s parents made their home in Hamburg, Germany. According to statements made by Sarpei himself, it is from this time period that he got his first name, Hans, which is not typical for a Ghanaian. Although he was born in Ghana, he has called Germany his home ever since he was a toddler. He moved there when he was three years old. He served an apprenticeship as a plant mechanic at Bayer after completing his formative years in the Cologne-Chorweiler neighbourhood of Cologne.
His older brother Edward, who was born in 1969, also competed at the professional level in football. Among other teams, he played for 1. FC Koln. Hans Nunoo Sarpei, who was born in 1998, and Kingsley Sarpei, who was born in 2002, are both avid football players.
On February 8, 2014, Sarpei wed actress Pia Isabel de Buhr (born in 1979), and she became known as Sarpei after the ceremony. The couple is parents to two little girls.