Wakaso Mubarak

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Wakaso
Mubarak Wakaso Rubin 2013.jpg
Wakaso playing for Rubin Kazan in 2013
Personal information
Full name Mubarak Wakaso
Date of birth (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Tamale, Ghana
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 32
Youth career
SC Adelaide
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Ashanti Gold
2008–2011 Elche 58 (1)
2011 Villarreal B 5 (1)
2011–2012 Villarreal 17 (0)
2012–2013 Espanyol 26 (3)
2013– Rubin Kazan 16 (2)
2014– Celtic (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2005 Ghana U17
2012– Ghana 31 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 February 2015

Mubarak Wakaso (Arabic: مبارك واكاسو‎; born 25 July 1990), known mononymously as Wakaso,[1] is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Celtic on loan from FC Rubin Kazan as a winger.

Club career[edit]

Wakaso before a game with Villarreal in 2011

Early years / Spain[edit]

Born in Tamale, Northern Region, Wakaso began his senior career in Ashanti Gold SC. In 2008 he moved abroad and signed with Elche CF in Spain on a five-year contract, but only joined the club nearly two months later however due to international duty.[2]

In late January 2011, after several bouts of indiscipline and internal codes violations,[3] Wakaso was released by the Valencian.[4] Shortly after he joined another side in the region and Segunda División, Villarreal CF's B-team.

On 27 February 2011 Wakaso made his La Liga debut, coming on as a substitute for José Catalá in the last minutes of a 2–2 away draw against Racing de Santander.[5] He only played six games in his first full season, and the Yellow Submarine was also relegated after twelve years in the top flight.

Wakaso signed for RCD Espanyol on 11 July 2012, penning a four-year contract.[6] He started in 23 of his league appearances for the Catalans in his first and only season.

Rubin Kazan[edit]

In the last days of the 2013 summer transfer window, Wakaso moved to the Russian Premier League with FC Rubin Kazan.[7] On 28 August 2014 of the following year he joined Celtic, on a season-long loan.[8]

Wakaso scored on his competitive debut for Celtic, netting the first in a 2–2 away draw against FC Red Bull Salzburg for the UEFA Europa League group stage.[9]

International career[edit]

Wakaso represented Ghana at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru, playing two matches in an eventual group stage exit (three draws).[10] He made his full international debut on 13 October 2012, in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi.[11]

Wakaso scored his first goal for Ghana in a friendly with Cape Verde on 14 November 2012.[12] He was picked for the squad that appeared at the 2013 CAN in South Africa, notably netting the game's only goal in a group stage contest against Mali, through a penalty kick,[13] then scoring both in the 2–0 quarterfinal win against Cape Verde.[14]

Wakaso was selected by manager James Kwesi Appiah for his 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.[15] He made his debut in the tournament on 21 June, playing 22 minutes in a 2–2 draw against Germany.[16]

On 5 February 2015, Wakaso netted the second goal in Ghana's 3–0 win over Equatorial Guinea in the semi-final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to take them to the final.[17][18] In the decisive match, against the Ivory Coast, he scored his penalty shootout attempt in an eventual 8–9 loss.[19]

International goals[edit]

[12][20][21][22]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 November 2012 Estádio Universitário, Lisbon, Portugal  Cape Verde 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 13 January 2013 Sheikh Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Tunisia 2–2 4–2 Friendly
3 24 January 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa  Mali 1–0 1–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
4 2 February 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa  Cape Verde 1–0 2–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
5 2 February 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa  Cape Verde 2–0 2–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
6 6 February 2013 Mbombela, Nelspruit, South Africa  Burkina Faso 1–0 1–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
7 24 March 2013 Kumasi Sports, Kumasi, Ghana  Sudan 2–0 4–0 2014 World Cup qualification
8 19 November 2014 Tamale Stadium, Tamale, Ghana  Togo 2–0 3–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
9 5 February 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo  Equatorial Guinea 2–0 3–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 11 December 2014[23][24]
Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Elche
2008–09 Segunda División 16 0 0 0 - - - - 16 0
2009–10 Segunda División 26 0 0 0 - - - - 26 0
2010–11 Segunda División 16 1 2 1 - - - - 18 2
Total 58 1 2 1 - - - - 60 2
Villarreal B
2010–11 Segunda División 5 1 - - - - - - 5 1
Total 5 1 - - - - - - 5 1
Villarreal
2010–11 La Liga 11 0 - - - - 4 0 15 0
2011–12 La Liga 6 0 0 0 - - 4 0 10 0
Total 17 0 0 0 - - 8 0 25 0
Espanyol
2012–13 La Liga 26 3 1 0 - - - - 27 3
Total 26 3 1 0 - - - - 27 3
Rubin Kazan
2013–14 Russian Premier League 14 2 0 0 - - 4 0 18 2
2014–15 Russian Premier League 2 0 - - - - - - 2 0
Total 16 2 0 0 - - 4 0 20 2
Celtic
2014–15 Scottish Premiership 4 0 - - 1 0 5 1 10 1
Total 4 0 - - 1 0 5 1 10 1
Career Total 126 7 3 1 1 0 17 1 147 9

Personal life[edit]

Wakaso's younger brother, Alhassan, is also a footballer and a midfielder. He spent most of his career in Portugal.

Wakaso is a Muslim, and conducts Salat before and after every match.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mubarak Wakaso". Celtic F.C. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  2. ^ El ghanés Wakaso Mubarak empieza a dejar constancia de sus 'poderes' (Ghanaian Wakaso Mubarak starts showing his 'powers'); La Verdad, July 2008 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Wakaso Mubarak, cielo e infierno en un mismo lugar (Wakaso Mubarak, heaven and hell in the same place); Rayo Herald, 16 December 2010 (Spanish)
  4. ^ El Elche despide al ghanés Wakaso Mubarak (Elche fires Ghanaian Wakaso Mubarak); Diario Vasco, 31 January 2011 (Spanish)
  5. ^ Last-gasp Nilmar earns point; ESPN Soccernet, 27 February 2011
  6. ^ "Wakaso ficha por el Espanyol" [Wakaso ficha por el Espanyol] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ МУБАРАК ВАКАСО ПЕРЕШЕЛ В "РУБИН" (in Russian). FC Rubin Kazan. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rubin: We had to let Wakaso go to Celtic". Evening Times. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "FC Red Bull Salzburg 2–2 Celtic". BBC Sport. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Wakaso MubarakFIFA competition record
  11. ^ Ghana first to reach 2013 Nations Cup; Ghana Web, 13 October 2012
  12. ^ a b Paul, Simon (14 November 2012). "Cape Verde 0–1 Ghana: Mubarak Wakaso scores debut goal for Black Stars". Goal.com. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Ghana 1–0 Mali; BBC Sport, 23 January 2013
  14. ^ "Ghana 2–0 Cape Verde". BBC Sport. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Ghana World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Germany, Ghana share spoils in Fortaleza thriller". FIFA.com. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ghana 3–0 Equatorial Guinea". BBC Sport. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Violence halts African Nations Cup semi-final as Ghana beats Equatorial Guinea 3–0". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Ivory Coast 0–0 Ghana". BBC Sport. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  20. ^ Gyimah, Edmund Okai (13 January 2013). "Ghana 4–2 Tunisia: Black Stars came from behind to beat Carthage Eagles". Goal.com. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "W. Mubarak – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  22. ^ Swaby, Sean (19 November 2014). "Wakaso Mubarak scores incredible goal from distance for Ghana against Togo". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  23. ^ "W. Mubarak". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  24. ^ "Mubarak, Wakaso". Fitbastats. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  25. ^ "Footballer flashing ‘Allah is Great’ T-shirt". Muslim News. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

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