Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Maxim Choupo-Moting 2010.jpg
Personal information
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 2 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Germany U19 5 (4)
2009–2010 Germany U21 5 (4)
2010– Cameroon 30 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2014

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

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 [10]
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 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Last updated: 30 August 2014

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.[11] "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,"[11] a FIFA spokesman told BBC Sport.[11] Choupo-Moting played for both the Germany national youth football teams and the Germany national under-21 football team including Choupo-Moting 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.[11] 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.[11] 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.[11]

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]

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]

Outside football[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. ^ Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting profile at Soccerway
  11. ^ 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. 
  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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