Christian Atsu

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Christian Atsu
Personal information
Full name Twasam Christian Atsu
Date of birth (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Ada Foah, Ghana
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Youth career
-2009 Feyenoord Fetteh
2009–2011 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Porto 17 (1)
2011–2012 Rio Ave (loan) 27 (6)
2013– Chelsea 0 (0)
2013–2014 Vitesse (loan) 28 (5)
National team
2012– Ghana 26 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2014

Christian Atsu Twasam (born 10 January 1992) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Chelsea in England and the Ghanaian national team, as a left winger.

Club career[edit]

Born in Ada Foah, Greater Accra Region,[1] Atsu arrived at F.C. Porto at the age of 17, finishing his football formation with the club. On 14 May 2011, he was called by first-team manager André Villas-Boas for a top division match against C.S. Marítimo, but eventually did not leave the bench in a 2–0 away win.

As teammate Kelvin, Atsu was sent on loan to fellow league side Rio Ave F.C. for the 2011–12 season. He made his debut in the competition on 28 August 2011, in a 0–1 home loss against S.C. Olhanense.

On 16 December 2011 Atsu opened the score at S.L. Benfica in the 24th minute, but the hosts eventually won it 5–1.[2] He returned to Porto for the 2012–13 campaign, starting in nine of his league appearances as the northerners won the national championship for the third consecutive time.

On 1 September 2013 Atsu agreed to join Chelsea on a five-year contract, being immediately loaned to Dutch club Vitesse.[3]

International career[edit]

Atsu won his first senior cap for Ghana on 1 June 2012 against Lesotho, scoring in the process.[4] He was described by the BBC as an "excellent prospect",[5] whilst ESPN added he was "quick and technically impressive", and a potential future star for his national team.[6]

Atsu was selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad,[7] starting in the first group stage game, a 1–2 loss against the United States.[8]

International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 June 2012 Baba Yara, Kumasi, Ghana  Lesotho 5–0 7–0 2014 World Cup qualification
2. 8 September 2012 Accra Sports, Accra, Ghana  Malawi 1–0 2–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 28 January 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa  Niger 2–0 3–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
4. 15 October 2013 Baba Yara, Kumasi, Ghana  Egypt 6–1 6–1 2014 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Porto

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 1 June 2014[9]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Taça da Liga Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Rio Ave 2011–12 27 6 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 - - - 31 6 4
Total 27 6 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 - - - 31 6 4
Porto 2012–13 17 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 8 0 1 28 1 4
Total 17 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 8 0 0 28 1 4
Vitesse 2013–14 28 5 6 2 0 0 - - - - - - 30 5 6
Career total 72 12 11 6 0 2 3 0 0 8 0 1 89 12 14

International[edit]

As of 26 June 2014
National team Year Apps Goals
Ghana 2012 7 2
2013 13 3
2014 6 0
Total 26 5

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Taça de Portugal, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Champions League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christian Atsu – The newest Black Star". Ghana Web. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Benfica cruise past Rio Ave". PortuGOAL. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Atsu moves to Chelsea from Portugal". Chelsea FC. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Atsu makes debut statement". Ghana Web. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Michael Oti Adjei (12 September 2012). "Ghana hails exciting new talent". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Atkins, Christopher (12 June 2013). "World Cup 2014: Ten potential breakout stars". ESPN FC. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ghana World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Avenged Americans beat Black Stars". FIFA.com. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Christian Atsu". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 

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