Asamoah in 2014
|Full name||Kwadwo Asamoah|
|Date of birth||9 December 1988|
|Place of birth||Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2006–2007||Liberty Professionals, Accra|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2016.
Kwadwo "Kojo" Asamoah (Akan: pronunciation: // //, kwu-JOE ə-sah-MOH-ah; born 9 December 1988 in Accra) is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays as a left midfielder, left wing-back or as an offensive central midfielder for Italian Serie A club Juventus and the Ghana national football team.
He began his professional career with Italian club Udinese in 2008; his consistent performances earned him a transfer to Juventus in 2012, where, with his energy, versatility, and technical skills, he played a key role in helping the club to four consecutive Serie A titles. At international level, he has represented Ghana in four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and two FIFA World Cups.
Asamoah was awarded CAF Most Promising African Player in 2010 and named Ghana Player of the Year twice consecutively for 2012 and 2013. In 2013, Asamoah was ranked as the 27th best footballer in the world by Bloomberg.
Asamoah was scouted playing for a local based club, which belongs to Kamara and was recommended by the scout Mr. Charles Mensah Gapson to the late Alhaji Sly Tetteh, former CEO of Liberty Professionals. He joined Swiss club Bellinzona and was loaned to Italian side Torino in the winter of 2007–08.
In June 2008 Asamoah was signed by Serie A club Udinese where he established him self and became a linch pin. He eventually established himself for both club and country. After some good performances at the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations, he became a target of top clubs in Europe.
Asamoah and Udinese teammate Mauricio Isla both joined Juventus in July 2012 on co-ownership agreements, with Juventus paying €9 million for 50% of Asamoah's contract. He made his debut on 11 August 2012 against Napoli in the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana, scoring a goal as Juventus went on to win 4–2 after extra time. Due to his impressive performance against Napoli, Antonio Conte, who was Juventus's coach at the time, decided to start him in the opening league match of the 2012–13 season, against Parma, on 25 August: he made an immediate impact, by setting up Stephan Lichtsteiner's goal in a 2–0 home win. On 16 September, he scored his first goal with his new club in a 3–1 away league win over Genoa. Juventus went on to win the Serie A title that season. Asamoah was bought outright by Juventus in June 2013, signing a four-year deal with the club.
During the 2014–15 season, Asamoah suffered a severe knee injury in the 10th league match of the season, on 1 November 2014, against Empoli, ruling him out for most of the season. He was only first able to return to the team and resume training towards the end of the season, as Juventus won the Serie A title; he was therefore not able to appear in Juventus's Coppa Italia victory over Lazio in the final. He returned to the pitch on 23 May 2015, in a 3–1 home win over Napoli.
On the international level, Asamoah was given his debut for the Ghana national team, Black Stars, in 2006, under French manager Claude Le Roy. He represented Ghana in 2008 and 2010 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, winning a bronze and a silver medal in the respective tournaments, and later in the 2012 and 2013 editions. He also appeared for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Style of play
A hardworking, energetic and tactically versatile player, Asamoah is primarily known for his pace, strength, stamina, and his outstanding technical, physical, and athletic characteristics; these attributes allow him to be effective both offensively and defensively, and enable him to play in several positions along the pitch, although he primarily serves as a ball-winner. A predominantly left-footed player, he is also very agile, and is a neat passer and a skilful dribbler.
- As of 8 May 2016.
1Includes Coppa Italia.
3Includes Supercoppa Italiana.
- As of September 2014.
|Ghana national team|
- Serie A (4): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Supercoppa Italiana (3): 2012, 2013, 2015
- Coppa Italia (2): 2014–15, 2015–16
- CAF Most Promising African Player (1): 2010
- Ghana Player of the Year (2): 2012, 2013
- Serie A Team of the Year (1): 2014
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