Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Choupo-Moting at Schalke 04 in 2015
|Full name||Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting|
|Date of birth||23 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Hamburg, West Germany|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2003–2004||FC St. Pauli|
|2007–2011||Hamburger SV II||31||(1)|
|2009–2010||→ 1. FC Nürnberg (loan)||25||(5)|
|2011–2014||1. FSV Mainz 05||74||(20)|
|2013||1. FSV Mainz 05 II||2||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:13, 17 March 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:33, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (German pronunciation: [ɛˈʀɪk maksˈɪm ˈtʃʊ.pøː ˈmɔ.tɪŋ]; born 23 March 1989) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger for Championship club Stoke City and the Cameroon national team.
Choupo-Moting began his career with Hamburger SV, making his Bundesliga debut in August 2007. He spent the 2009–10 season on loan at 1. FC Nürnberg and in August 2011 he joined 1. FSV Mainz 05. After three seasons with Mainz he moved on to Schalke 04 in August 2014. He became a regular for the Gelsenkirchen club, and made over 100 appearances, before joining Premier League side Stoke City in August 2017.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Style of play
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Choupo-Moting was born in Hamburg to a German mother and a Cameroonian father and began playing football at an early age. He played in the youth teams at Teutonia 05, Altona 93 and FC St. Pauli before joining Hamburger SV in 2004. He played semi-professional football with Hamburger SV II in the Regionalliga Nord before breaking into the first team in August 2007.
Choupo-Moting made his first appearance as a Hamburger SV player in a Bundesliga match on 11 August 2007, being sent on as a substitute in the 69th minute against Hannover 96. Choupo-Moting struggled to establish himself in Martin Jol's side and he spent the 2009–10 season on loan at 1. FC Nürnberg with whom he scored six goals in 27 appearances helping Nürnberg retain their Bundesliga status. On his return to Hamburg, Choupo-Moting struggled to make much impact in 2010–11 and after scoring just two goals by January he was set for another loan move this time to 1. FC Köln, however the move fell through after registration documents were faxed to the German Football Association too late. After his botched transfer he spent the second half of the campaign with the reserves.
On 18 May 2011, Choupo-Moting signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga side Mainz 05 on a free transfer from Hamburg. Choupo-Moting enjoyed a successful 2011–12 season with the club, scoring ten times in the Bundesliga. However, he missed most of the 2012–13 season with a knee injury and was therefore unable to make an impact. He returned to form in 2013–14, scoring ten goals in 32 appearances helping Mainz secure seventh position and qualification to the UEFA Europa League, however at the end of the campaign he decided not to renew his contract with the club.
On 5 July 2014, after Choupo-Moting's contract expired at Mainz, Schalke 04 confirmed he had signed a three-year professional contract with them until 30 June 2017. The transfer was reported as a free transfer by Schalke's sport and communications manager Horst Heldt. Choupo-Moting was assigned the squad number 13.
On 7 August 2017, Choupo-Moting joined Premier League side Stoke City on a three-year contract. He made his debut for Stoke on 12 August 2017 against Everton. Choupo-Moting scored both goals in a 2–2 draw against Manchester United on 9 September 2017 and was named man of the match by BBC Sport. Against Everton, he came on as a substitute, scored within five minutes of his arrival, but injured himself in the process and Stoke lost 2–1. Choupo-Moting played 32 times in 2017–18, scoring five goals as Stoke suffered relegation to the EFL Championship.
Choupo-Moting has a German passport and represented his country of birth and his mother's country Germany at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification for the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship and at the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
On 11 May 2010, Choupo-Moting earned his first call-up for the Cameroon national team and represented Cameroon at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He was also called up for Cameroon's World Cup squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On 3 January 2017, he announced that he would not play in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Cameroon eligibility investigation
The Tunisian Football Federation, which governs the Tunisia national team, had questioned FIFA on whether Choupo-Moting fulfilled nationality criteria to play for Cameroon. "With regards to the protest lodged by the Tunisian Football Federation in relation to the eligibility of Choupo-Moting representing Cameroon, FIFA had communicated to the Tunisia Football Federation that no breach of the FIFA regulations has been committed by the Cameroon Football Federation," a FIFA spokesman told BBC Sport. Choupo-Moting played for both the Germany national youth football teams and the Germany national under-21 team, including being born in Germany and growing up in Germany with German parentage, but had his switch of national allegiance approved by FIFA before representing Cameroon. The Tunisian Football Federation's complaint came during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Third Round despite Choupo-Moting playing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Style of play
Choupo-Moting is often stationed as a striker or on the left wing. He is a composed finisher and possesses purposeful and powerful dribbling ability, comfortable on either left or right flanks or through the middle of the pitch. Choupo-Moting is known for high work rate, long stride and powerful, direct dribbling ability.
|Hamburger SV II||2006–07||Regionalliga Nord||12||1||—||—||—||12||1|
|1. FC Nürnberg (loan)||2009–10||Bundesliga||25||5||1||0||—||2[c]||1||27||6|
|1. FSV Mainz 05||2011–12||Bundesliga||34||10||3||0||—||1||0||38||10|
|1. FSV Mainz 05 II||2012–13||Regionalliga Südwest||2||0||—||—||—||2||0|
|Stoke City||2017–18||Premier League||30||5||1||0||1||0||—||32||5|
- As of match played 30 May 2016. Cameroon score listed first, score column indicates score after each Choupo-Moting goal.
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- "Choupo-Moting, Eric Maxim" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
- "Choupo-Moting verzichtet auf Afrika-Cup". kicker.de (in German). 3 January 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- "Choupo-Moting gets Hamburg chance". UEFA. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
- "Choupo-Moting's star still ascendant". Bundesliga. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
- "Late Fax Foils Hamburger SV Striker Choupo-Moting's Move To FC Köln". Goal. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
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- "Choupo-Moting, Eric Maxim" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- Moody, Oli (6 February 2014). "Bundesliga stars at the World Cup – Mainz' Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting". bundesligafanatic.com. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- "Choupo-Moting will miss the season opener". 1. FSV Mainz 05. 7 August 2013. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- "S04 sign Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting". schalke04.de. 5 July 2014. Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "Choupo-Moting hat-trick brings more misery for Stuttgart". kicker. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
- "Potters swoop to sign highly-regarded forward on three-year deal..." Stoke City. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
- "Stoke City sign Cameroon winger Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
- "Everton 1–0 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
- "Stoke 2–2 Man United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- Falkingham, Katie (17 March 2018). "Stoke City 1–2 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- "Swansea 1–2 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
- Cavell, Nick; Hughes, Ian (28 November 2013). "Tunisia appeal over Cameroon players rejected by Fifa". BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
- Crocker, Sam (13 June 2014). "Everything you need to know about... Eric Choupo-Moting". fourfourtwo.com. FourFourTwo. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
- "Choupo wurde Papa!" [Choupo became a Dad!]. Bild (in German). 18 October 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
- Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting at Soccerway. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- "Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting". fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- "Maxim Choupo-Moting". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- "Choupo-Moting erhält Fritz-Walter-Medaille" [Choupo-Moting receives the Fritz Walter Medal]. focus.de (in German). Focus. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
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