Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Maxim Choupo-Moting 2010.jpg
Choupo-Moting at Nürnberg in 2010.
Personal information
Full name Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Date of birth (1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Altona, Hamburg, West Germany[1]
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2][3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 13
Youth career
0000–2000 Teutonia 05
2000–2003 Altona 93
2003–2004 FC St. Pauli
2004–2007 Hamburger SV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Hamburger SV II 31 (1)
2007–2011 Hamburger SV 23 (2)
2009–2010 1. FC Nürnberg (loan) 25 (5)
2011–2014 Mainz 05 74 (20)
2014– Schalke 04 14 (8)
National team
2007–2009 Germany U19 5 (4)
2009–2010 Germany U21 5 (4)
2010– Cameroon 33 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2014

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (German pronunciation: [ɛˈʀɪk maksˈɪm ˈtʃʊ.pøː ˈmɔ.tɪŋ]; born 23 March 1989) is a Cameroonian-German professional footballer who plays for as a striker for FC Schalke 04 and the Cameroon national football team.

Choupo-Moting is known for excellent high work rate, long stride, and powerful direct dribbling ability.[4]

Club career[edit]

Hamburger SV[edit]

Choupo-Moting made his first appearance as a Hamburger SV player in a Bundesliga match on 11 August 2007, being sent on as a substitute in the 69th minute against Hannover 96.[2]

1. FSV Mainz 05[edit]

On 18 May 2011, Choupo-Moting signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga side 1. FSV Mainz 05 on a free transfer from Hamburg.[5] Choupo-Moting enjoyed a successful debut season with the club, scoring ten times in the Bundesliga.[6] However, Choupo-Moting missed most of the 2012–13 season through injury and was therefore unable to make an impact.[7][8]

Schalke 04[edit]

On 5 July 2014, after Choupo-Moting's contract ran out at 1. FSV Mainz 05, FC Schalke 04 confirmed that Choupo-Moting signed a three-year professional contract with them until 30 June 2017,[9] The transfer was reported as a free transfer by Schalke's sport and communications manager Horst Heldt.[9] Choupo-Moting was assigned the squad number 13.[9]

International career[edit]

Germany[edit]

Choupo-Moting has a German passport and represented his country of birth and his mothers country Germany at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification for the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship and at the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[9]

Cameroon eligibility investigation[edit]

The Tunisian Football Federation which governs the Tunisia national football team had questioned FIFA on whether Maxim Choupo-Moting fulfilled nationality criteria to play for Cameroon.[10] "With regards to the protest lodged by the Tunisian Football Federation in relation to the eligibility of Choupo-Moting representing Cameroon, FIFA had communicated to the Tunisia Football Federation that no breach of the FIFA regulations has been committed by the Cameroon Football Federation,"[10] a FIFA spokesman told BBC Sport.[10] Choupo-Moting played for both the Germany national youth football teams and the Germany national under-21 football team, including being born in Germany and growing up in Germany with German parentage,[4] but had his switch of national allegiance approved by FIFA before representing Cameroon.[10] The Tunisian Football Federation's complaint came during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Third Round despite Choupo-Moting playing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.[10] The Tunisian Football Federation were the benefits of a FIFA ruling on ineligible players when the Federação Caboverdiana de Futebol which governs the Cape Verde national football team were deducted three points from the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Second Round for using a player who should have been suspended for the match.[10]

Cameroon[edit]

On 11 May 2010, Choupo-Moting earned his first call-up for the Cameroon national football team and represented Cameroon at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.[2] Choupo-Moting was also called up for the Cameroon national football team's world cup squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[2]

Club career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
Hamburger SV II Regionalliga 2006–07 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1 [11]
2007–08 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2008–09 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2009–10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Mainz 05 II 2012–13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Nürnberg Bundesliga 2009–10 25 5 1 0 0 0 2 1 28 6
Hamburger SV 2007–08 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2010–11 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Mainz 05 2011–12 34 10 3 0 1 0 0 0 38 10
2012–13 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
2013–14 32 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 34 11
Schalke 04 2014–15 14 8 1 0 5 1 0 0 20 9
Last updated: 7 December 2014

International career statistics[edit]

Cameroon national team
Year App. Goals Ref.
2010 6 2 [12]
2011 7 2
2012 6 5
2013 3 0
2014 7 3
Total 29 12
Last updated: 23 June 2014

International goals[edit]

Playing style[edit]

Choupo-Moting is often stationed as a striker or on the left wing.[4] He is a composed finisher and possesses purposeful and powerful dribbling ability, comfortable on either left or right flanks or through the middle of the pitch.[4]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Choupo-Moting was born in Altona, Hamburg and he attended Gymnasium Altona.[1] Choupo-Moting was born to a German mother and Cameroonian father.[4]

Choupo-Moting is married to German Nevin Choupo-Moting.[14] They have one son, Liam, who was born on 17 October 2013.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Schiller, Kai (27 December 2010). "Maxim Choupo-Moting: Heimspiel in Ottensen" [Maxim Choupo-Moting: Match in Ottensen]. abendblatt.de (in German) (Hamburger Abendblatt). Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Maxim Choupo-Moting". Fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Choupo-Moting, Eric Maxim" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Crocker, Sam (13 June 2014). "Everything you need to know about... Eric Choupo-Moting". fourfourtwo.com (FourFourTwo). Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mainz 05 verpflichtet Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting" (in German). Rhein-Zeitung. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Choupo-Moting, Eric Maxim" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Moody, Oli (6 February 2014). "Bundesliga stars at the World Cup – Mainz’ Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting". bundesligafanatic.com. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Choupo-Moting will miss the season opener". 1. FSV Mainz 05. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d "S04 sign Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting". schalke04.de. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Cavell, Nick; Hughes, Ian (28 November 2013). "Tunisia appeal over Cameroon players rejected by Fifa". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting profile at Soccerway
  12. ^ "Maxim Choupo-Moting". National Football Teams. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Choupo-Moting erhält Fritz-Walter-Medaille" [Choupo-Moting receives the Fritz Walter Medal]. focus.de (in German). Focus. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Choupo wurde Papa!" [Choupo became a Dad!]. bild.de (in German) (Bild). 18 October 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 

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