Kwadwo Asamoah

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Kwadwo Asamoah
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Asamoah playing for Juventus (2013)
Personal information
Full name Kwadwo Asamoah
Date of birth (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Central/Left Midfielder
Left Wingback
Club information
Current team
Juventus
Number 22
Youth career
2005–2006 Kaaseman
2006–2007 Liberty Professionals
2008 Bellinzona
2008 Torino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Udinese 114 (8)
2012– Juventus 61 (4)
National team
2006– Ghana[2] 62 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:43, 2 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2014

Kwadwo "Kojo" Asamoah[3] (Akan: pronunciation: /ˌkwʌˈ/ /æsæˈmˌɑː/, kwu-JOE ə-sah-MOH-ah; born 9 December 1988 in Accra)[4] is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays as a left midfielder, left wing-back or central midfielder for Italian Serie A club Juventus and the Ghana national football team.[5]

Asamoah was awarded CAF Most Promising African Player in 2010 and named Ghana Player of the Year twice consecutively for 2012 and 2013.[6][7]

In 2013, Asamoah was ranked as the 27th best footballer in the world by Bloomberg.[8]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Asamoah was scouted playing for a local based club, which belongs to Kamara and was recommended by the scout Mr. Charles Mensah Gapson to the late Alhaji Sly Tetteh, former CEO of Liberty Professionals. He joined Swiss club Bellinzona and was loaned to Italian side Torino in the winter of 2007–08.

Asamoah playing for Udinese in 2011

Udinese[edit]

In June 2008 Asamoah was signed by Serie A club Udinese. He eventually established himself for both club and country. After some good performances at the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations, he became a target of top clubs in Europe.[9][10]

Juventus[edit]

Asamoah and Udinese teammate Mauricio Isla both joined Juventus in July 2012 on co-ownership agreements, with Juventus paying €9 million for 50% of Asamoah's contract.[11][12] He made his debut on 11 August against Napoli in the Supercoppa Italiana and scored; Juventus went on to win 4–2 after extra time. He started in the Serie A opening match against Parma and made an immediate impact by setting up Stephan Lichtsteiner's goal in a 2–0 win.[13]

International career[edit]

On the international level, Asamoah was given his debut for the Ghana national football team, Black Stars in 2006 under manager Claude Le Roy who was from France. He also appeared for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 2 March 2014.[14]
Team League Season League Cup1 Europe2 Other Cups3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Udinese Serie A 2008–09 20 2 2 0 6 0 - - 28 2
2009–10 25 1 2 0 - - - - 27 1
2010–11 38 2 1 0 - - - - 39 2
2011–12 31 3 0 0 9 0 - - 40 3
Udinese Total 114 8 5 0 15 0 134 8
Juventus Serie A 2012–13 27 2 1 0 7 0 1 1 36 3
2013–14 34 2 1 0 11 0 1 0 45 2
Juventus Total 61 4 2 0 18 0 2 1 81 5
Career totals 175 12 7 0 33 0 2 1 215 13

1Includes Coppa Italia.

2Includes UEFA Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

3Includes Supercoppa Italiana.

National team[edit]

As of 19 November 2013.[2]
Ghana national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 6 1
2010 18 0
2011 10 0
2012 11 0
2013 13 3
Total 59 4

Titles and honours[edit]

Ghana

Juventus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile". Juventus FC. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Asamoah, Kwadwo". National Football Teams. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kwadwo Kojo Asamoah". Schedecalciatori.it. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Udinese player profile – Asamoah, Kwadwo". udinese.it. Udinese Calcio. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "South Africa". Kick Off. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Kwadwo Asamoah wins SWAG flagship award". ghanafa.org (Ghana Football Association (GFA)). Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Asamoah wins Goal Ghana Player of the Year 2013 Award". goal.com (Goal.com). Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Messi and Ronaldo joined by Ribery in top three of new list of Europe's top 50 stars". Sky Sports. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Manchester United tracking Udinese's Kwadwo Asamoah". Daily Mail. 3 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Asamoah: We want another go in 2014". FIFA.com. 31 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Asamoah and Isla move to Juventu". juventus.com. 2 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Juventus confirm signing of Ghana's Kwadwo Asamoah". BBC Sport. 2 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Asamoah, an instant idol at Juventus. He is first player from Africa who win Seria A title. Stadium". juventus.com. 25 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Kwadwo Asamoah Bio, Stats, News". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 

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