Ayew playing for Ghana in 2015.
|Full name||André Morgan Rami Ayew|
|Date of birth||17 December 1989|
|Place of birth||Seclin, France|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Lorient (loan)||22||(3)|
|2009–2010||→ Arles-Avignon (loan)||25||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 2 February 2016 (UTC).
André Morgan Rami Ayew (English pronunciation: /ˈɑːndreɪ ˈɑːjuː/ ( listen); born 17 December 1989), also known as Dede Ayew in Ghana, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Swansea City and the Ghana national team.
He is the second-born son of three-time African Footballer of the Year and FIFA 100 member Abedi "Pele" Ayew and has two brothers, Ibrahim and Jordan, who also are professional footballers. In 2011 Ayew was named the BBC African Footballer of the Year and Ghanaian Footballer of the Year.
Born in France to Ghanaian parents, Ayew began his career in Ghana, playing for Nania, while debuting for the club at age 14. In 2005, he signed with his father's former club, Marseille, and spent two seasons in the club's youth academy before making his debut in the 2007–08 season. Ayew spent the following two seasons on loan with Lorient and Arles-Avignon, helping the latter team earn promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time. In 2010, he returned to Marseille and became an integral part of the first team under manager Didier Deschamps, making over 200 appearances and winning consecutive Trophée des champions and Coupe de la Ligues in both 2010 and 2011.
Ayew has been a full international for Ghana since 2008 and has earned over 65 caps. At youth level, he starred for and captained the under-20 team that won both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He has played in two FIFA World Cups (2010 and 2014), as well as four Africa Cup of Nations (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015), helping them finish runner-up in 2010 and 2015, and was Top Goalscorer at the latter.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Ayew began his career with TSV 1860 Munich, when his father played in Munich. At the age of ten he was playing for Nania, where his father is club chairman, in Accra, Ghana. After four years of plying his trade in the club's youth academy, Ayew was promoted to the team's senior squad at the age of 14. Despite being on the senior team, he still participated in youth-sanctioned events, such as the 2004 edition of the Altstetten U-19 Tournament, in which he was named one of the tournament's most famous players. Ayew played professional football at Nania for two seasons before departing the club and returning to France to play for his father's former club Marseille. Ayew joined the club on an aspirant (trainee) contract and, upon his arrival, was put into the club's youth system and placed onto Marseille's undeis first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal. He was officially promoted to the senior team and assigned the squad number 29 shirt.
Ayew made his professional debut for Marseille on 15 August 2007 in a league match against Valenciennes coming on as a substitute for Modeste M'bami in the 89th minute. Marseille lost the match 2–1. On 6 November, he made his UEFA Champions League debut against Portuguese champions Porto at the Estádio do Dragão playing on the left wing in place of Bolo Zenden. Ayew played 77 minutes before being substituted out as Marseille were defeated 2–1. Ayew earned praise from the media for his performance of containing Porto right back José Bosingwa. Five days later, Ayew earned his first league start against Lyon at the Stade de Gerland. Ayew again featured in the team as Marseille pulled off a 2–1 victory. Ayew finished the season with 13 total appearances; nine in league play, two in cup play, and two Champions League appearances. Ayew's first season with the club drew the attention of Premier League club Arsenal who reportedly offered Marseille £5 million for the player. However, Marseille denied the approach.
For the 2008–09 season, Ayew switched to the squad number 8 shirt, however, due to the arrival of attackers Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Wiltord, Bakari Koné, and Mamadou Samassa, Ayew was deemed surplus to requirements for the season and was loaned out to fellow first division club Lorient for the entire season. Ayew was used by manager Christian Gourcuff as one of the team's focal points of the attack alongside Fabrice Abriel, Kevin Gameiro, and Rafik Saïfi and made his debut on 16 August 2008 coming on as a substitute in a 0–0 draw against Lyon. On 27 September 2008, Ayew scored his first professional goal after netting the opener in the team's 1–1 draw with Sochaux. A month later, he scored his second career goal in a 4–1 rout of Saint-Étienne. Despite the initial success, Ayew was limited throughout the league campaign to just appearing as a substitute. He finished the season with 22 league appearances and three goals and, on 30 June 2009, returned to Marseille.
Two months later, on 31 August 2009, the last day of the transfer window, new manager Didier Deschamps confirmed that Ayew would be joining newly promoted Ligue 2 club AC Arles-Avignon on loan for the entire 2009–10 season. Ayew was given the number 10 shirt and his favorable right wing position. He made his debut with the club on 11 September appearing as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with Angers. The following week, he scored his first goal for the club in a 4–2 defeat to Tours. He was ever present in the team's fall campaign, but due to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, missed the month of January. Ayew returned to the team on 5 February 2010 and appeared as a starter in all of the team's matches for the rest of the campaign. On 9 April, with the team in the midst of a promotion battle, Ayew scored a double in the team's 2–1 victory over Le Havre. The following week, he struck again scoring the opener in the team's 1–1 draw with Guingamp. On 14 May, Arles-Avignon secured promotion to Ligue 1 following the team's 1–0 win over Clermont. Ayew started and played the entire match. He finished the campaign with Arles-Avignon appearing in 26 total matches and scoring four goals.
Return to Marseille
After the successful league campaign with Arles-Avignon, on 16 May 2010, Marseille manager Didier Deschamps confirmed that Ayew would be returning to the team and that he will be earning some significant playing time with the club for the 2010–11 season. On 5 August, Ayew signed a three-year contract extension with Marseille. The new deal kept him at the club until June 2014. Despite the arrival of Loïc Rémy, Ayew was inserted as a starter by Deschamps and scored his first goal in the second league match of the season against Valenciennes in a 3–2 defeat. Following the international break in September, he scored a double against his former club Arles-Avignon in a 3–0 win.
In the Coupe de la Ligue, Ayew scored goals in victories over Guingamp and Monaco in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals, respectively. On 20 November, he scored the only goal in a victory over Toulouse. Ayew scored the goal two minutes from time. On 27 April 2011, Ayew scored his first professional hat-trick in a 4–2 victory over Nice. His younger brother, Jordan, converted the other goal for Marseille in the win. Because of his outstanding performances throughout the season, Ayew was nominated for Ligue 1 Young Player of the Season, along with Marvin Martin and Yann M'Vila. Andre Dede Ayew was voted Marseille Best Player for the season 2010–2011.
Ayew was named in the squad for the 2011 Trophée des Champions match against Lille OSC held on 27 July 2011 at the Stade de Tanger in Morocco. He scored a hat-trick, including two 90th minute penalties, ensuring Marseille a 5–4 victory. In December 2011, Ayew signed a one-year contract extension until 2015 with a release clause of €18 million.
On 10 June 2015, Premier League side Swansea City announced that Ayew had joined the club on a free transfer, signing a four-year contract with the Swans pending Premier League and international clearance. Ayew scored his first goal for the club on his debut against Chelsea on 8 August 2015, in a 2–2 draw. On 15 August 2015, Ayew scored his second goal in his second game for Swansea City in their 2-0 victory against Newcastle United FC. He continued his form in the next league fixture against Manchester United, where he scored and claimed an assist. Ayew was named Premier League Player of the Month for August 2015 and also received Swansea's monthly award the GWFX Player of the month for August after making an immediate impact, scoring three goals in his first four league appearances.
Due to having dual French and Ghanaian citizenship, Ayew was eligible for France and Ghana. He initially chose France citing the failed inquiries of the Ghana Football Association to contact him as his reason why, but declared Ghana to be his first option citing his father. Ayew was, subsequently, called up and participated in a training camp with the France under-18 team. In 2007, he turned down several offers to play for the country's under-21 team. Ayew later warned the Ghana Football Association that he was on the verge of representing France at international level stating "At this moment there is only one choice to make because I have only received an invitation from one country and that is France."
At youth level, Ayew represented Ghana at under-20 level and captained the team to victory at both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. At the African Youth Championship, Ayew scored two goals against Cameroon in the group stage and South Africa in the semi-finals. The 4–3 semi-final result progressed Ghana to the final where the team defeated group stage opponents Cameroon 2–0. The championship victory resulted in the team qualifying for the ensuing U-20 World Cup. In the tournament, Ayew scored twice against England in a 4–0 rout and the equalizing goal against South Africa in the round of 16. Ghana later won the match in extra time through a goal from Dominic Adiyiah. Ayew then captained the team to victories over the South Korea and Hungary in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively, to reach the final where they faced Brazil. In the final, Ghana defeated the Brazilians 4–3 on penalties to win the U-20 World Cup. Ayew converted Ghana's first penalty in the shootout.
On 7 August 2007, Ayew was called up for the first time by Ghana coach Claude Le Roy for the team's friendly match against Senegal on 21 August. He made his international debut in the match appearing as a late-match substitute. On 11 January 2008, Ayew was named to the Ghana squad to play in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ayew made his second major international tournament appearance by appearing at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. On 19 January 2010, in the team's final group stage match against Burkina Faso, he scored his first international goal in 30th minute with a header. Ghana won the match 1–0 and reached the final where they were defeated 1–0 by Egypt. Ayew appeared in all five matches the team contested.
On 7 May 2010, Ayew was named to coach Milovan Rajevac's 30-man preliminary squad to participate in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was later named to the 23-man team to compete in the competition alongside his brother Ibrahim. On 12 June, Ayew made his FIFA World Cup debut in the team's opening group stage match against Serbia, starting ahead of the much more experienced Sulley Muntari. He later started in the team's ensuing group stage matches against Australia and Germany. In the team's round of 16 match against the United States, Ayew assisted on the game-winning goal scored by Asamoah Gyan after sending a lob–pass into the United States defense, which Gyan collected and then converted. For his performance in the match, Ayew was named Man of the Match by FIFA. Ayew missed the team's quarter-final defeat on penalties to Uruguay due to yellow card accumulation. He went on to play in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring against Mali and Tunisia, as the Black Stars finished in fourth place.
In February 2013, Ayew retired from international football after a dispute with the Ghana Football Association. However, he returned to the team for a World Cup qualifier against Zambia on 6 September. He then went on to start in both legs of Ghana's 7–3 aggregate play-off defeat of Egypt to secure qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
On 2 June 2014, Ayew was named in Ghana's squad for the World Cup. In the team's opening match, he scored an 82nd minute equalising goal against the United States in an eventual 2–1 defeat. He then scored the Black Stars' first goal in a 2–2 draw with Germany in their second group match.
Ayew was born in Seclin, a commune in the arrondissement of Lille, to a Ghanaian mother and father. Ayew comes from a family of footballers. His father, Abedi Pele, was a professional footballer and was playing for French club Lille at the time of his birth. He is the nephew of Kwame Ayew and Sola Ayew, both of whom are former international footballers. Ayew also has two brothers who are footballers; Ibrahim and Jordan, and a sister, Imani. Jordan currently plays for Aston Villa and Ibrahim currently plays for Africa giants and Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko. André Ayew is a practising Muslim.
- As of match played 2 February 2016.
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Europe||Other[nb 2]||Total|
- Includes Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue matches
- Includes FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and Trophée des champions matches
- As of 22 September 2015
|1||19 January 2010||Estádio 11 de Novembro, Angola||Burkina Faso||
||2010 Africa Cup of Nations|
|2||5 September 2010||Somhlolo National Stadium, Lobamba||Swaziland||
||2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|3||28 January 2012||Stade de Franceville, Franceville, Gabon||Mali||
||2012 Africa Cup of Nations|
|4||5 February 2012||Tunisia||
|5||16 June 2014||Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil||United States||
||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|6||21 June 2014||Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil||Germany||
|7||6 September 2014||Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana||Uganda||
||2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|8||15 October 2014||Tamale Stadium, Tamale, Ghana||Guinea||
|9||19 January 2015||Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea||Senegal||
||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|
|10||27 January 2015||South Africa||
|11||5 February 2015||Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea||Equatorial Guinea||
- Africa Cup of Nations Silver Medal: 2010, 2015
- Africa Cup of Nations Bronze Medal: 2008
- African Youth Championship: 2009
- FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2009
- BBC African Footballer of the Year: (1) 2011
- Ghana Player of the year: (1) 2011
- Africa Cup of Nations Top Goalscorer: 2015
- Premier League Player of the Month: August 2015
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to André Ayew.|
- Andre Ayew profile at om.net
- André Ayew – French League Stats at LFP.fr (French)
- Andre Ayew – FIFA competition record
- ESPN Soccernet Profile
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