Beausejour in 2010
|Full name||Jean André Emanuel Beausejour Coliqueo|
|Date of birth||1 June 1984|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left winger / Left wing-back|
|Universidad de Chile|
|2002–2003||→ U. de Concepción (loan)||30||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:31, 24 May 2015 (UTC).
Jean André Emanuel Beausejour Coliqueo (Spanish pronunciation: [ʝam boseˈʝur]; born 1 June 1984), nicknamed Palmatoria, is a Chilean footballer who plays for Primera División club Colo-Colo as a left back.
Early life and career
Beausejour was born in Santiago, the son of a Haitian father and a Chilean-Mapuche mother. He began his professional career at Universidad Católica. In 2002 he debuted after being loaned to Universidad de Concepción where had an impressive season alongside future star Jorge Valdivia.
In 2004, he joined Switzerland's Servette in a one-year deal, reuniting with Valdivia to face the UEFA Cup. After spending one year in Swiss football he moved to Brazilian Grêmio in 2005, where he helped the team to won the Série B title. He joined KAA Gent of Belgium in January 2006, but made no appearances for the club, and returned to Chile in 2007 where he signed for Cobreloa.
In January 2008, Beausejour joined O'Higgins where was used as left winger by Jorge Sampaoli and re-gained status after impressing again. However his performances led him to the national team coached by Marcelo Bielsa who usually used him in the same place.
On 1 December 2008, it was reported that Beausejour completed a three-and-half year deal with Mexican powerhouse club América. He made his debut on 4 January 2009 during a 1–1 draw with rivals Guadalajara, scoring the game opening goal on 36th minute.
Following one-and-half year spell in México DF–based side and his FIFA World Cup participation too, he signed a three-year contract with Premier League side Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee in August 2010.
Manager Alex McLeish stated that Beausejour was a player that had been on their "list of targets for a long time because he is strong and quick with the ability to beat his man and get crosses in." His debut was delayed while he awaited a working visa, but he made his first appearance on 18 September as a late substitute, replacing Alexander Hleb in the 83rd minute as Birmingham lost 3–1 at West Bromwich Albion. He made more impact on his first start, setting up goals for Hleb and Nikola Žigić in the 3–1 League Cup victory over MK Dons. Described by the Sunday Mirror as "at the heart of everything good about Birmingham" in the FA Cup third round against Millwall, Beausejour provided the assist for the opening goal and "crashed a 20-yard strike off the bar". He scored his first goal for the club, six minutes into the FA Cup fifth-round defeat of Sheffield Wednesday, with a side-footed shot from a Lee Bowyer cut-back. He was a second-half substitute as Birmingham won the 2011 League Cup, beating favourites Arsenal 2–1 at Wembley Stadium, thus earning qualification for the Europa League. On 5 March 2011, Beausejour scored his first league goal for the club in a 3–1 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion, and his second came four days later in a 1–1 draw at Everton. But his club struggled with injuries for most of the 2010–11 season, and The Blues were eventually relegated from the Premier League.
Beausejour was the Birmingham Mail's man of the match in Birmingham's first appearance in major European competition for nearly 50 years, the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, which finished goalless. Just days after manager Chris Hughton suggested he wanted more from Beausejour in an attacking role, the player had an eventful man-of-the-match performance as Birmingham beat Leicester City 2–0. In the first few minutes of the second half, he "hit the angle of post and bar with a fierce shot", was considered fortunate by visiting manager Sven-Göran Eriksson to escape a second yellow card, and was tripped by Andy King to earn a penalty kick from which Marlon King opened the scoring. In the Europa League group stage, an error by Beausejour led to Club Brugge's second goal, but he scored from the rebound after Žigić's shot was blocked and was fouled for the penalty from which King equalised. His first league goal of the season came against Burnley in November, again from a rebound, in the second minute of a match that Birmingham won 2–1 in stoppage time.
On 25 January 2012, Beausejour joined Premier League club Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut in the 3–1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 31 January. On his home debut, against Everton, his man-of-the-match performance featured a "low cross [that] struck Phil Neville on the foot, before heading in the direction of Tim Howard, but the ball spun sharply, slipping through the American's grasp" for an own goal. Since joining Wigan Beausejour has slotted well into the 3–4–3 formation playing at left wing back. With The Latics he won the FA Cup in 11 May 2013, even though Beausejour was unavailable for the final at Wembley against Manchester City due to an injury. However, three days later Beausejour was relegated from Premier League for the second time in his football career, following the 4–1 defeat of Wigan at the hands of Arsenal. He left Wigan Athletic in June 2014 when his contract expired.
After his participation in the World Cup, it was reported that Beausejour would return to Chile for play at recent league champion Colo-Colo which agreed a US$1.5 million fee with Wigan Athletic for his services. He reached a two-season deal with Pedreros team and a $34 million pesos (US$68.000) salary per month. His official debut came on 27 June against Deportes Iquique for Torneo Apertura's second week where Colo-Colo won 2–0 with a brace of Esteban Paredes. During his arrival to the club, he was quickly adapted as left back in the starting lineup by coach Héctor Tapia as in the national team with Jorge Sampaoli, so he relegated Luis Pavez. On 31 August, Beausejour scored his first goal for the club in a 4–0 home win over Deportes Antofagasta. His second goal came on 14 September against Palestino in a 3–1 away win at Valparaíso where later was sent off after elbowing Leonardo Valencia. He received a two-game ban. After completing the punishment he returned to the court on 19 October just for Chilean Derby against Universidad de Chile where scored the second goal of his side's 2–0 victory at Estadio Monumental. However weeks later Colo-Colo lost the race for the title to the same Universidad de Chile after lost 2–0 with Santiago Wanderers during tournament's last week whilst its rivals beat Unión La Calera.
Beausejour made his debut for Chile national team in 2004, and scored his first international goal on 10 June 2009 against Bolivia in a 2010 World Cup qualifier. A member of Chile's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he scored the only goal of the group H match against Honduras on 16 June, the first match Chile had won at a World Cup since 1962. He played four matches at the tournament as Chile were eliminated by Brazil in the second round.
Together with four team-mates, Beausejour was dropped from the national team before a World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay in November 2011 after arriving late and in a condition described by coach Claudio Borghi as "not adequate for the Chilean national team, for a professional player", reportedly drunk. The Chilean Football Federation later suspended them for ten matches, and Borghi said he would not select either Beausejour or Jorge Valdivia in the near future. Borghi has since been sacked and Beausejour has returned to play for the national team.
He was selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With a shot from outside the box, he scored the last goal in Chile's 3-1 victory over Australia in the first group match. This made him the only Chilean to score in two different World Cup finals.
|Chile national team|
|1.||10 June 2009||Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile||Bolivia||1–0||4–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
|2.||16 June 2010||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa||Honduras||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|||
|3.||29 March 2011||Kyocera Stadion, The Hague, Netherlands||Colombia||2–0||2–0||Friendly|||
|4.||14 August 2013||Brøndby Stadium, Brøndbyvester, Denmark||Iraq||4–0||6–0||Friendly|||
|6||13 June 2014||Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, Brazil||Australia||3–1||3–1||2014 FIFA World Cup|
- Universidad Católica
- Birmingham City
- Wigan Athletic
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- Jean Beausejour career statistics at Soccerbase
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- Jean Beausejour at Football Lineups