Gerald Asamoah

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Gerald Asamoah
Gerald Asamoah 2012 1.jpg
Asamoah in SpVgg Greuther Fürth colours
Personal information
Full name Gerald Asamoah
Date of birth (1978-10-03) 3 October 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Mampong, Ghana
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Schalke 04
Number 18
Youth career
1990 VfV Hainholz
1990–1991 SG Borken
1991–1994 BV Werder Hannover
1994–1996 Hannover 96
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Hannover 96 79 (29)
1999–2010 Schalke 04 279 (44)
2010–2011 FC St. Pauli 27 (6)
2012–2013 SpVgg Greuther Fürth 27 (5)
2013– Schalke 04 II 4 (2)
2014– Schalke 04 0 (0)
National team
2001–2006 Germany 43 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gerald Asamoah (German pronunciation: [ˈgeːʁalt ʔazaˈmoːa]; born 3 October 1978 in Mampong, Ghana) is a Ghanaian-born German footballer,[1] currently playing for FC Schalke 04 and FC Schalke 04 II.[2] He is known for his "pace and strength."[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Ghana, Asamoah and his family emigrated to Germany in 1990.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

He started his career with Hannover 96 where he played 79 games before moving to Schalke in 1999. He played over 250 games for the club over 11 years with the team.[4] On 1 June 2010, Asamoah signed a two-year contract with the then Bundesliga-promoted club St. Pauli.[5][6] In June 2011 he terminated this contract. From 12 July 2011 on, Asamoah was at VfB Hüls, keeping himself fit. After six months without a club, Asamoah signed for SpVgg Greuther Fürth on 10 January 2012.[7] Asamoah won the league title with SpVgg Greuther Fürth and played in the Bundesliga in the 2012–13 season. On 15 July 2013, it was announced that Asamoah will return to Schalke 04 as player for Schalke's second team.[2]

International career[edit]

Asamoah made his debut for Germany in 2001 against Slovakia, making him the first African-born black player to ever play for the side, as Erwin Kostedde and Jimmy Hartwig, two previous internationals with African ancestors, were both born in Germany. He scored on his debut, and went on to play in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.[citation needed]

International goals[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance[edit]

As of 26 April 2013
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
1998–99 Hannover 96 2. Bundesliga 21 4 1 0 - - 22 4
1999–00 Schalke 04 Bundesliga 33 4 2 1 - - 35 5
2000–01 29 4 6 4 - - 35 8
2001–02 32 6 6 0 5 1 43 7
2002–03 27 3 3 1 6 0 36 4
2003–04 24 4 0 0 4 0 28 4
2004–05 31 8 5 1 7 1 43 10
2005–06 24 3 1 0 10 1 35 4
2006–07 13 2 1 2 2 0 16 4
2007–08 31 7 3 3 10 1 44 11
2008–09 27 2 2 1 5 1 34 4
2009–10 8 1 0 0 - - 8 1
2010–11 St. Pauli 27 6 0 0 - - 27 6
2011–12 Greuther Fürth 2. Bundesliga 10 5 2 0 - - 12 5
2012–13 Bundesliga 17 0 1 0 - - 18 0
Career total 354 59 33 13 49 5 436 77

Personal life[edit]

Asamoah is married and has two children, twins Jada and Jaden (born 26 February 2007). He suffers from a heart condition, hypertrophic non-obstructive cardiomyopathy. In his case, the flesh lobe that separates the right and left heart chambers is extremely thick, which can cause an arrhythmic heartbeat.[8][9] Asamoah's brother Lewis last played for 1. FC Wülfrath and his cousin Emmanuel plays for the U-17 of FC St. Pauli.[10]

Honours[edit]

Schalke 04
Greuther Fürth
Germany

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Asamoah, Gerald" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Asamoah spielt wieder für Schalke" (in German). kicker.de. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Player Profile". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "FC St. Pauli verpflichtet Gerald Asamoah" (in German). Focus. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Asamoah wird Kiezkicker: 31-Jähriger erhält Zwei-Jahres-Vertrag" (in German). FC St. Pauli. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Asamoah geht zu St. Pauli – Rückkehr zum S04 vertraglich fixiert" (in German). FC Schalke 04. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Fürth verpflichtet Asamoah" [Fürth signs Asamoah] (in German). DFL. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gerald Asamoah "I know that I'm playing with my life"". FIFA. 14 January 2002. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Gott weiß, was er tut". Der Spiegel (in German). 9 November 1998. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "1.FC Wülfrath: Lewis und Gerald Asamoah über Neid, Gegenspieler und Zukunft" [1.FC Wülfrath: Lewis and Gerald Asamoah about envy, opponents and future] (in German). reviersport.de. 7 August 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 

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