Beausejour in 2010
|Full name||Jean André Emanuel Beausejour
|Date of birth||1 June 1984|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left winger / Left wing-back|
|Universidad de Chile|
|2002–2003||U. de Concepción||30||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Jean André Emanuel Beausejour Coliqueo (Spanish pronunciation: [ʝam boseˈʝur]; born 1 June 1984), nicknamed Palmatoria, is a Chilean footballer who plays for Chilean club Colo-Colo. He previously played for Universidad Católica, U. de Concepción, Cobreloa and O'Higgins in the Chilean Primera División, for Servette in the Swiss Super League, for Grêmio in the Brazilian Série A, for América in the Mexican Primera División, Birmingham City, and the Wigan Athletic in the English Premier League and Football League Championship. He has 60 caps for the Chilean national team, and represented his country at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
Early life and career
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Beausejour was born in Santiago, the son of a Haitian father and a Chilean-Mapuche mother. He began his professional career at Universidad Católica in 2001 and has since played for several clubs.
In 2004 he signed a contract with Servette and stayed in Switzerland for a year before joining Grêmio in 2005 and then Gent in 2006. In 2007 he returned to Chile spending one year with Cobreloa before joining O'Higgins in 2008.
Since joining O'Higgins Beausejour has impressed Chile national coach Marcelo Bielsa and has been called up for national duty three times. On 1 December 2008 Club América of Mexico signed him for three and a half years.
After a full season and a half at Club América, he moved to the English Premier League.
On 31 August 2010, Beausejour signed a three-year contract with Premier League side Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee. Manager Alex McLeish stated that Beausejour was a player that had been on their "list of targets for a long time because he is strong and quick with the ability to beat his man and get crosses in." His debut was delayed while he awaited a working visa, but he made his first appearance on 18 September as a late substitute, replacing Alexander Hleb in the 83rd minute as Birmingham lost 3–1 at West Bromwich Albion. He made more impact on his first start, setting up goals for Hleb and Nikola Žigić in the 3–1 League Cup victory over MK Dons. Described by the Sunday Mirror as "at the heart of everything good about Birmingham" in the FA Cup third round against Millwall, Beausejour provided the assist for the opening goal and "crashed a 20-yard strike off the bar". He scored his first goal for the club, six minutes into the FA Cup fifth-round defeat of Sheffield Wednesday, with a side-footed shot from a Lee Bowyer cut-back. He was a second-half substitute as Birmingham won the 2011 League Cup, beating favourites Arsenal 2–1 at Wembley Stadium, thus earning qualification for the Europa League. On 5 March 2011, Beausejour scored his first league goal for the club in a 3–1 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion, and his second came four days later in a 1–1 draw at Everton. But his club struggled with injuries for most of the 2010–11 season, and The Blues were eventually relegated from the Premier League.
Beausejour was the Birmingham Mail's man of the match in Birmingham's first appearance in major European competition for nearly 50 years, the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, which finished goalless. Just days after manager Chris Hughton suggested he wanted more from Beausejour in an attacking role, the player had an eventful man-of-the-match performance as Birmingham beat Leicester City 2–0. In the first few minutes of the second half, he "hit the angle of post and bar with a fierce shot", was considered fortunate by visiting manager Sven-Göran Eriksson to escape a second yellow card, and was tripped by Andy King to earn a penalty kick from which Marlon King opened the scoring. In the Europa League group stage, an error by Beausejour led to Club Brugge's second goal, but he scored from the rebound after Žigić's shot was blocked and was fouled for the penalty from which King equalised. His first league goal of the season came against Burnley in November, again from a rebound, in the second minute of a match that Birmingham won 2–1 in stoppage time.
On 25 January 2012, Beausejour joined Premier League club Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut in the 3–1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 31 January. On his home debut, against Everton, his man-of-the-match performance featured a "low cross [that] struck Phil Neville on the foot, before heading in the direction of Tim Howard, but the ball spun sharply, slipping through the American's grasp" for an own goal. Since joining Wigan Beausejour has slotted well into the 3–4–3 formation playing at left wing back. With The Latics he won the FA Cup in 11 May 2013, even though Beausejour was unavailable for the final at Wembley against Manchester City due to an injury. However, three days later Beausejour was relegated from Premier League for the second time in his football career, following the 4–1 defeat of Wigan at the hands of Arsenal. He left Wigan Athletic in June 2014 when his contract expired.
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- As of match played 12 May 2014
|2002||Universidad Católica||Torneo Apertura 2002|
|2011||Birmingham City||2010-11 Football League Cup|
|2013||Wigan Athletic||2012–13 FA Cup|
Beausejour made his debut for Chile national team in 2004, and scored his first international goal on 10 June 2009 against Bolivia in a 2010 World Cup qualifier. A member of Chile's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he scored the only goal of the group H match against Honduras on 16 June, the first match Chile had won at a World Cup since 1962. He played four matches at the tournament as Chile were eliminated by Brazil in the second round.
Together with four team-mates, Beausejour was dropped from the national team before a World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay in November 2011 after arriving late and in a condition described by coach Claudio Borghi as "not adequate for the Chilean national team, for a professional player", reportedly drunk. The Chilean Football Federation later suspended them for ten matches, and Borghi said he would not select either Beausejour or Jorge Valdivia in the near future. Borghi has since been sacked and Beausejour has returned to play for the national team.
He was selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With a shot from outside the box, he scored the last goal in Chile's 3-1 victory over Australia in the first group match. This made him the first Chilean to score in two different World Cup finals.
|Chile national team|
|1.||10 June 2009||Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile||Bolivia||1–0||4–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|2.||16 June 2010||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa||Honduras||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|||
|3.||29 March 2011||Kyocera Stadion, The Hague, Netherlands||Colombia||2–0||2–0||Friendly|||
|4.||14 August 2013||Brøndby Stadium, Brøndbyvester, Denmark||Iraq||4–0||6–0||Friendly|||
|6||13 June 2014||Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, Brazil||Australia||3–1||3–1||2014 FIFA World Cup|
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