Dean Campbell

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Dean Campbell
Dean Campbell v Andorra.jpeg
Dean Campbell UEFA under 17 qualifier v Andorra 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (2001-03-19) 19 March 2001 (age 18)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Aberdeen
Number 24
Youth career
2009– Aberdeen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Aberdeen 16 (1)
National team
2015 Scotland U14 3
2015 Scotland U15 1
2016–2017 Scotland U16 7
2016–2018 Scotland U17 12 (4)
2018 Scotland U18 1 (0)
2018– Scotland U19 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:30, 9 November 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:46, 19 October 2019 (UTC)

Dean Campbell (born 19 March 2001) is a Scottish professional footballer, who plays for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

Club career[edit]

Campbell made his professional debut for Aberdeen in a league match against Celtic on 12 May 2017, aged 16 years, 1 month, 23 days.[1] In doing so he became the youngest ever Aberdeen player, breaking a record previously held by Jack Grimmer,[2] and also became the first player from the Scottish Football Association's performance school programme to make their senior competitive debut. Earlier the same day he sat an English exam at his school, Hazlehead Academy.[3]

A few days prior to his debut, Campbell had been named as the club's Academy 'Player of the year' for the third year in succession.[4][5][6]

Campbell's second league appearance came one year and one day after his first, against the same opponents Celtic; again he was introduced as a substitute, and played his part in a 1–0 win for his team (a first league victory at Celtic Park since 2004) which secured runners-up spot on the last day of the season.[7]

On 10 September 2018 Campbell signed a contract extension, keeping him at the club until Summer 2021.[8] He scored his first professional goal on 29 December 2018, the second in a 2–1 away win at Livingston in the Scottish Premiership.[9]

On 12 March 2019, while still 17 years old, Campbell made his first start for Aberdeen in a 2–0 Scottish Cup quarter-final replay victory against Rangers at Ibrox Stadium.[10] On 3 April 2019, two weeks after his 18th birthday, he made his first league start for the Dons in a 3–1 Premiership win against Motherwell.[11]

International career[edit]

Campbell was a member of the Scotland under-16 squad for the 2016 Victory Shield tournament.[12]

On 13 February 2018, Campbell scored twice (both goals from the penalty spot) as Scotland under-17s beat Spain 2–1 in Marbella, the first Scottish national team to win in Spain since the full team did so in 1963.[13]

On 10 October 2018, Campbell captained Scotland under-18s as they drew 1-1 with Uzbekistan in a friendly international.[14]

Campbell was named in the Scotland under-19s squad for the first round of qualifiers for the Euro 2019 U19 championships and made his debut in a 5-0 win against San Marino on 17 November 2018,[15] and was a second half substitute in a 2-2 draw against Sweden 3 days later,[16] a result which guaranteed Scotland topped their section and progression to the elite round of qualification, eventually missing out, losing out in the final game to defending champions Portugal.

He was named in the Under 19 squad for the first round of qualifiers for the Euro 2020 U19 championships, starting all three games, including a 1-0 victory over Germany. This result meant Scotland again topped their group and progressed to the elite qualification round.

On 11 November 2019, he received his first call up to the Scotland under-21s for a Euro 2021 qualifier against Greece

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 November 2019[17]
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aberdeen 2016–17 Scottish Premiership 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18 Scottish Premiership 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2018–19 Scottish Premiership 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
2019–20 Scottish Premiership 6 0 0 0 2 0 5[N 1] 0 13 0
Total 16 1 2 0 2 0 5 0 25 1
Aberdeen U20/U21[N 2] 2017–18 2 0 2 0
2018–19 1 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
Career total 16 1 2 0 2 0 8 0 28 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Matches in the Scottish Challenge Cup, in which teams from the SPFL Development League compete against senior clubs

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacArthur, Scott (12 May 2017). "Young Guns". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Dons boss McInnes praises teenager Dean Campbell - Evening Express". Evening Express. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Campbell makes performance school history". Scottish Football Association. 16 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Dean becomes the youngest Don". Official website. Aberdeen F.C. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  5. ^ "AFC Youth Academy Player of the Year Awards Ceremony 2014/15". Official website. Aberdeen F.C. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  6. ^ "AFC Youth Academy Player of the Year Awards Ceremony 2015/16". Official website. Aberdeen F.C. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Aberdeen win at Champions Celtic to secure second place in the Scottish Premiership". BBC Sport. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Dean signs new deal". Aberdeen F.C. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Dons end year on high with victory over Livingston". AFC Heritage Trust.
  10. ^ "Dean Comes Of Age". Football Scotland. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  11. ^ "McGinn brace restores that Pittodrie winning feeling". AFC Heritage Trust.
  12. ^ "Under-16 Victory Shield squad announced". Scottish Football Association. 13 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Scotland Under-17 goal hero Dean Campbell savours win over Spain". Scottish Football Association. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Scotland 1–1 Uzbekistan". Scottish Football Association. 10 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Scotland 5–0 San Marino". Scottish Football Association. 17 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Scotland 2–2 Sweden". Scottish Football Association. 20 November 2018.
  17. ^ Dean Campbell at Soccerway

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