Dayot Upamecano

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Dayot Upamecano
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Upamecano with RB Leipzig in 2020
Personal information
Full name Dayotchanculle Oswald Upamecano[1]
Date of birth (1998-10-27) 27 October 1998 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Évreux, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[3]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 2
Youth career
2004–2007 Vaillante S. Angers
2008–2009 FC De Prey
2009–2013 Évreux
2013–2015 Valenciennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Liefering 16 (0)
2016–2017 Red Bull Salzburg 17 (0)
2017–2021 RB Leipzig 112 (4)
2021– Bayern Munich 28 (1)
National team
2014 France U16 3 (1)
2014–2015 France U17 12 (0)
2015–2016 France U18 10 (1)
2016–2017 France U19 6 (0)
2018–2021 France U21 16 (1)
2020– France 6 (1)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  France
UEFA Nations League
Winner 2021 Italy
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15:27, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 22:07, 16 November 2021 (UTC)

Dayotchanculle Oswald Upamecano (born 27 October 1998) is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the France national team.

Early years[edit]

Upamecano was born on 27 October 1998 in Évreux, Normandy to a family from Guinea-Bissau; he was raised in La Madeleine, a neighbourhood with many African immigrants.[4][5] He was named after his great-grandfather, who was king of the village on the island of Jeta in Guinea-Bissau, which his parents are from.[6] He is the first son after four daughters, and has one younger brother.[5] As a 15-year-old, he followed speech therapy sessions to overcome dyslexia and stuttering disorders, which caused shyness and certain difficulties in expressing himself.[6]

Upamecano began playing football with local club Évreux, alongside the likes of Ousmane Dembélé, Rafik Guitane and Samuel Grandsir.[5] He covered a variety of positions in his youth, before being fixed on the centre-back position.[5] He joined the youth academy of Valenciennes in 2013.[7] Described during the time as a youth in an adult body, Upamecano shaped his play after Sergio Ramos, and developed into a physically imposing defender.[5]

Club career[edit]

Red Bull Salzburg[edit]

Upamecano with Red Bull Salzburg in 2016

After attracting the attention of a number of major European clubs, including Manchester United, Upamecano joined Red Bull Salzburg in July 2015 for a reported fee of €2.2 million.[8] He was an unused substitute in Red Bull's UEFA Champions League game against Malmö FF on 29 July 2015.[9] He made his professional debut for Red Bull's farm team, Liefering, two days later, in a 2–1 league win against St. Pölten.[10] On 19 March 2016, he made his league debut with Red Bull Salzburg in a 2–1 win over SV Mattersburg.[11]

In the first half of the 2016–17 season, Upamecano earned a regular place with the first team in both league and Europa League matches.[12]

RB Leipzig[edit]

On 13 January 2017, Upamecano joined RB Leipzig on a 4+12-year deal, for a reported €10 million fee.[13] On 4 February 2017, he made his Bundesliga debut under coach Ralph Hasenhüttl in a 1–0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund.[7] On 13 September 2017, he made his Champions League debut in a 1–1 draw against Monaco.[14] On 9 February 2018, he scored his first goal in a 2–0 win over Augsburg.[15] On 2 July 2018, he was shortlisted for the 2018 Golden Boy award.[16]

On 31 July 2020, Upamecano signed a new deal until 2023.[17] In the 2019–20 season, he reached with RB Leipzig the Champions League semi-finals under coach Julian Nagelsmann.[18]

Bayern Munich[edit]

On 14 February 2021, Bayern Munich announced an agreement for the signing of Upamecano on a five-year deal, to be effective as of 1 July 2021.[19] The club reportedly met his release clause from Leipzig, set at €42.5 million.[20][21] Upamecano's first game as a Bayern player came in a pre-season friendly on 16 July 2021 against fellow Bundesliga side 1. FC Köln that saw Bayern lose 3–2 after fielding a side largely consisting of reserve and youth players.[22][23]

He made his competitive debut on the opening day of the 2021–22 Bundesliga season, starting at centre-back alongside Niklas Süle in a 1–1 away draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach.[24] He scored his first goal for the club in a 4–0 win over VfL Wolfsburg on 17 December, heading in a cross from Thomas Müller.[25]

International career[edit]

Upamecano is of Bissau-Guinean descent.[4] He played for the France under-16 team that finished third in the 2014 Aegean Cup.[26] He played in three of his country's four games and was named the competition's best defender.[27][28] He subsequently moved up to the France under-17 squad, making his debut in a European Championship qualifier against Cyprus on 27 October 2014.[27] France won the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, with Upamecano playing in all six of his country's matches and being named in the team of the tournament.[29][30] He made his debut for France under-18 in a 0–0 friendly draw with United States under-18 on 4 September 2015.[31]

Upamecano made his debut for the France national football team, on 5 September 2020, starting in a UEFA Nations League group-stage match against Sweden.[32] Three days later on 8 September, he scored his first international goal in a 4–2 win against Croatia.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 14 May 2022[34]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liefering 2015–16 Austrian First League 16 0 16 0
Red Bull Salzburg 2015–16 Austrian Bundesliga 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17 Austrian Bundesliga 15 0 1 0 5[a] 0 21 0
Total 17 0 1 0 5 0 23 0
RB Leipzig 2016–17 Bundesliga 12 0 0 0 12 0
2017–18 Bundesliga 28 3 2 0 11[b] 0 41 3
2018–19 Bundesliga 15 0 3 0 4[c] 0 22 0
2019–20 Bundesliga 28 0 2 0 8[d] 0 38 0
2020–21 Bundesliga 29 1 5 0 7[d] 0 41 1
Total 112 4 12 0 30 0 154 4
Bayern Munich 2021–22 Bundesliga 28 1 1 0 8[d] 0 1[e] 0 38 1
Career total 174 5 14 0 43 0 1 0 231 5
  1. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, six appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearance in DFL-Supercup

International[edit]

As of match played 16 November 2021[34]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2020 3 1
2021 3 0
Total 6 1
As of match played 16 November 2021.
Scores and results list the France's goal tally first. Score column indicates score after each Upamecano goal[34]
List of international goals scored by Dayot Upamecano
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 September 2020 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 2  Croatia 3–2 4–2 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A

Honours[edit]

Bayern Munich

France U17

France

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Dayot Upamecano: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Dayot Upamecano". FC Bayern Munich. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Dayot Upamecano, l'autre Français de Leipzig". leprogres.fr. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e Jucha, Nicolas (2 March 2019). "Dayot Upamecano: J'ai toujours eu un corps d'adulte". SOFOOT.com (in French).
  6. ^ a b Crépin, Timothé (15 May 2020). "Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), la douce puissance". France Football (in French). Archived from the original on 18 August 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Dayot Upamecano: The RB Leipzig defender with the world at his assured feet". Bundesliga. 2018.
  8. ^ "Manchester United target Dayot Upamecano signs for FC Red Bull Salzburg". International Business Times. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Red Bull Salzburg 2–0 Malmö FF". Eurosport. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  10. ^ "FC Liefering gewinnt zu neunt gegen St. Pölten" (in German). FC Red Bull Salzburg. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Salzburg 2–1 Mattersburg". Soccerway. 19 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Europas Wunderkinder: Dayot Upamecano" (in German). UEFA. 13 January 2017.
  13. ^ "RB Leipzig sign Dayot Upamecano from Red Bull Salzburg". Goal.com. 13 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Leipzig 1–1 Monaco". UEFA. 2018.
  15. ^ "Verdienter Erfolg von RB gegen Augsburg". Sky Sport (in German). 10 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Pulisic, Upamecano and more: Meet the Bundesliga's 5 Golden Boy nominations for 2018". Bundesliga. 2018.
  17. ^ "Arsenal dealt major blow as transfer target signs new RB Leipzig contract". Talksport. 31 July 2020.
  18. ^ "RB Leipzig 0–3 Paris Saint-Germain UEFA Champions League semi-final: as it happened!". Bundesliga. 2020.
  19. ^ "FC Bayern sign Dayot Upamecano". FC Bayern Munich. 14 February 2021. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  20. ^ "Upamecano's €42.5m release clause confirmed with Bayern target to choose between Bundesliga and Premier League". Goal.com. 31 January 2021. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
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  22. ^ "Bayern boss Nagelsmann won't panic over transfer activity". Goal.com. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  23. ^ TomAdams71 (18 July 2021). "Dayot Upamecano had "good feelings" during his Bayern Munich debut in 3–2 friendly loss vs. FC Koln". Bavarian Football Works. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
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  25. ^ "Lewandowski breaks Muller goals record". BBC Sport. 17 December 2021. Archived from the original on 19 December 2021.
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  27. ^ a b "Dayot Upamecano" (in French). French Football Federation. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  28. ^ "USA win 2014 Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup". Turkish Football Federation. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
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  30. ^ "Team of the Tournament". UEFA. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  31. ^ "France – Etats-Unis" (in French). French Football Federation. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  32. ^ UEFA.com. "Sweden-France | Line-ups | UEFA Nations League". UEFA. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  33. ^ "France 4–2 Croatia: Les Bleus win replay of 2018 World Cup final". Yahoo! Sports. 8 September 2020.
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  37. ^ "Team of the Tournament". UEFA. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  38. ^ "UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season". UEFA. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  39. ^ "ESM reveal Team of the Year for 2019/20". Marca. 31 August 2020. Retrieved 3 September 2020.

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