Denis Zakaria

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Denis Zakaria
Personal information
Full name Denis Lemi Zakaria Lako Lado
Date of birth (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Geneva, Switzerland
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Number 8
Youth career
2004–2015 Servette
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Servette 6 (2)
2015–2017 Young Boys 50 (2)
2017– Borussia Mönchengladbach 47 (3)
National team
2014–2015 Switzerland U19 8 (2)
2015–2016 Switzerland U21 8 (0)
2016– Switzerland 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 January 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2019

Denis Lemi Zakaria Lako Lado (born 20 November 1996) is a Swiss professional footballer who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Borussia Mönchengladbach and the Switzerland national team.

Club career[edit]

Zakaria joined BSC Young Boys in June 2015 from Servette FC for an undisclosed fee signing a four-year contract.[2] He made his Swiss Super League debut on 18 July 2015 against FC Zürich in 1–1 away draw replacing Alexander Gerndt after 79 minutes.[3]

In June 2017, Zakaria signed a five-year contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach. He was transferred as a replacement for Mahmoud Dahoud who left the club for Borussia Dortmund. The transfer fee paid to Young Boys for Zakaria was reported as €10 million.[4]

International career[edit]

Zakaria played for various Swiss youth national teams.

He made his debut for the senior Switzerland national football team in a friendly 1–2 loss to Belgium on 28 May 2016.[5] He was part of the squad for the 2016 European Championships.[5]

He was included in the Switzerland national football team 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Zakaria was born in Geneva, Switzerland to a Sudanese mother and a Congolese father.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of 23 March 2019[8]
Switzerland
Year Apps Goals
2016 3 0
2017 6 0
2018 9 1
2019 1 1
Total 19 2

International goals[edit]

Switzerland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Zakaria goal.

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 8 September 2018 Kybunpark, St. Gallen, Switzerland 13  Iceland 2–0 6–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A [9]
2 23 March 2019 Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia 19  Georgia 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 21 June 2018. p. 30.
  2. ^ "U19-Nationalspieler Zakaria zu den Young Boys". Berner Zeitung (in German). 26 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. ^ "FC Zürich vs. BSC Young Boys - 18 July 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Bis 2022: Zakaria unterschreibt in Gladbach". kicker Online (in German). 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Switzerland include three teenagers in final squad for Euro 2016". ESPN FC. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/sports/dcunited/switzerland-opts-for-experience-in-world-cup-squad/2018/06/04/86572ee2-680a-11e8-a335-c4503d041eaf_story.html
  7. ^ Wuillemin, Dominic (3 October 2015). "Zackig". Berner Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Denis Zakaria". European Football. 25 June 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/season=2019/matches/round=2000959/match=2024031/index.html
  10. ^ https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/season=2019/matches/round=2000959/match=2024031/index.html

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