Ousmane Dembélé

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Ousmane Dembélé
Ousmane Dembélé 2018.jpg
Dembélé with France at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Ousmane Dembélé[1]
Date of birth (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Vernon, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 11
Youth career
2004–2009 Madeleine Évreux
2009–2010 Évreux
2010–2015 Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Rennes II 22 (13)
2015–2016 Rennes 26 (12)
2016–2017 Borussia Dortmund 32 (6)
2017– Barcelona 25 (6)
National team
2013–2014 France U17 8 (4)
2014–2015 France U18 5 (0)
2015 France U19 3 (1)
2016– France U21 4 (0)
2016– France 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:55, 8 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2018

Ousmane Dembélé (born 15 May 1997) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the French national team.

Born in Vernon, Dembélé began his career at Rennes before joining Dortmund in 2016. He won the DFB-Pokal with die Borussen in the 2016–17 season, scoring a goal in the final. A year later, he transferred to Barcelona for an initial fee of €105 million, becoming at the time the joint-second most expensive footballer ever alongside compatriot Paul Pogba. Dembélé subsequently won the double of La Liga and Copa del Rey in an injury-riddled first season in Spain.

After winning 20 caps and scoring five goals at youth level, Dembélé made his senior international debut for France in 2016. He was chosen in France's squad for the 2018 World Cup which they won.

Early life and career[edit]

Dembélé was born in Vernon, Eure, in Normandy. His mother is French of Mauritanian and Senegalese descent, while his father is from Mali.[3][4] He took his first footballing steps in nearby Évreux, first at ALM Évreux and then at Évreux FC 27 between the ages of 12 and 13.[5][6]

Club career[edit]

Rennes[edit]

Dembélé made his senior debut for Rennes' reserve side in the Championnat de France Amateur, on 6 September 2014, coming on as a 78th-minute substitute for Zana Allée. He effectively set up Alseny Kourouma for the second goal of a 2–0 home win over the reserves of Breton rivals Guingamp.[7] On 9 November, he scored his first career goal, again coming off the bench in a game at the Stade de la Piverdière, this time against the reserves of Laval.[8] He totalled 13 goals in 18 games in his first season, including a hat-trick on 16 May 2015 in a 6–1 win over Hérouville.[9]

Dembélé during his time with Rennes in 2015.

On 6 September 2015, Dembélé made his professional debut for Rennes' first team in Ligue 1 against Angers, replacing Kamil Grosicki for the last 5 minutes of the game.[10] On 22 November, he scored his first Ligue 1 goal for the first team against Bordeaux, opening a 2–2 draw at Roazhon Park.[11] On 9 January 2016, Dembélé found the net again for Les Rouges et Noirs, as they came from 0–2 down to draw 2–2 against regional rivals Lorient at home.[12] On 6 March, he scored his first Ligue 1 hat-trick in a 4–1 victory over Nantes in the Derby Breton.[13]

Rennes' sporting director Mikaël Silvestre compared Dembélé to Cristiano Ronaldo, whom he had seen arrive at Manchester United around the same age.[5]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Dembele training with Borussia Dortmund in 2017

On 12 May 2016, Dembélé signed a five-year contract with German club Borussia Dortmund, effective 1 July.[14] On 14 August 2016, he made his debut in a 2–0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup.[15] He scored his first goal for die Borussen on 20 September 2016, in a Bundesliga encounter against VfL Wolfsburg, which Dortmund won 5–1 at the Volkswagen Arena.[16] On 22 November 2016, he scored the first Champions League goal of his career as the German club defeated Legia Warsaw 8–4 in a group stage meeting.[17]

On 26 April 2017, Dembélé assisted Aubameyang's goal and scored the 74th-minute winner against Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal's semi-final, helping Dortmund reach the cup final.[18] In the decisive game on 27 May, he scored the first goal of a 2–1 victory as Dortmund clinched their first major title in five years by winning the 2017 DFB-Pokal Final against Eintracht Frankfurt. Dembélé was subsequently named Man of the Match.[19] After the end of the season, Dembélé was named to the Bundesliga Team of the Season and awarded the league's Rookie of the Season award.[20][21]

Barcelona[edit]

On 25 August 2017, La Liga side Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement to sign Dembélé for €105 million plus a reported €40 million add-ons.[22][23] On 28 August, he had his medical and signed a five-year contract, with his buyout clause set at €400 million.[24] Barcelona had just sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million, so the deal meant that Dembélé became the joint-second most expensive player (in euros), along with Paul Pogba. Rennes received a reported €20 million from Borussia Dortmund as a result of the sale,[25] and Évreux 27 were also due part of the fee.[6] He was handed the number 11 jersey that was previously held by Neymar.[26][27]

Dembélé made his debut on 9 September as a 68th-minute substitute for Gerard Deulofeu in a 5–0 Derbi barceloní win over Espanyol at the Camp Nou, assisting the final goal by Luis Suárez.[28] In his first league start eight days later at Getafe, he injured his hamstring and was ruled out for four months.[29] He was given the medical all-clear on 2 January 2018,[30] but a couple weeks later, he again injured himself against Real Sociedad and was ruled out for up to four weeks.[31] On 14 March 2018, Dembélé scored his first goal for Barcelona, netting the second goal in a 3–0 second leg win in the Champions League round of 16 against Chelsea.[32] On 17 April, he scored his first La Liga goal for Barcelona, notching the opening goal in an eventual 2–2 draw with Celta Vigo.[33] On 9 May, Dembélé scored twice, marking the first brace of his Blaugrana career, in a 5–1 home victory over Villarreal.[34] Dembélé won both the Copa del Rey and La Liga winners' medals in his first season in Spain, with the 20-year old scoring four goals in 24 appearances across all competitions.[35]

On 12 August 2018, Dembélé scored the winning goal against Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup, in an eventual 2–1 victory to win Barcelona their 13th Supercopa de España title.[36] He opened his La Liga season's goal tally by scoring the only goal of the game against Real Valladolid, on 25 August, away at the José Zorrilla.[37] A week later, on 2 September, Dembélé notched his first home goal of the season, as the Blaugrana demolished newly promoted Huesca 8–2.[38] Dembélé was again on the scoresheet the very next game, on 15 September, netting his third match winner of the campaign in a 2–1 away victory over Real Sociedad at the Anoeta.[39] On 18 September, Dembélé scored his first Champions League goal of the season, helping Barça defeat PSV Eindhoven 4–0 at the Camp Nou.[40]

International career[edit]

Dembélé lining up for France, March 2018.

Dembélé was called up to the senior France squad for the first time to face Italy and Belarus in August 2016 after Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir withdrew through injury.[41] He made his debut on 1 September against the former at the Stadio San Nicola, replacing Antoine Griezmann for the final 27 minutes of a 3–1 friendly win over Italy.[42] On 13 June 2017, Dembélé scored his first France goal in a 3–2 friendly victory against England.[43]

On 17 May 2018, he was called up to the 23-man French squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[44] On 15 July, he was an unused substitute, as France beat Croatia 4–2 in the final.[45]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 8 October 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rennes II 2014–15[46] CFA 18 13 18 13
2015–16[46] CFA 4 0 4 0
Total 22 13 22 13
Rennes 2015–16[46] Ligue 1 26 12 2 0 1 0 29 12
Borussia Dortmund 2016–17[47] Bundesliga 32 6 6 2 10[c] 2 1[d] 0 49 10
2017–18[35] Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[d] 0 1 0
Total 32 6 6 2 10 2 2 0 50 10
Barcelona 2017–18[35] La Liga 17 3 3 0 3[c] 1 23 4
2018–19[48] La Liga 8 3 0 0 1[c] 1 1[e] 1 10 5
Total 25 6 3 0 4 2 1 1 33 9
Career total 105 37 11 2 1 0 14 4 3 1 134 44
  1. ^ Appearances in Coupe de France, DFB-Pokal, and Copa del Rey
  2. ^ Appearances in Coupe de la Ligue
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b Appearance in DFL-Supercup
  5. ^ Appearance in Supercopa de España

International[edit]

As of match played 11 October 2018[49][50]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2016 3 0
2017 4 1
2018 12 1
Total 19 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list France's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Dembélé goal.[50]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 June 2017 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 7  England 3–2 3–2 Friendly
2 1 June 2018 Allianz Riviera, Nice, France 11  Italy 3–1 3–1

Honours[edit]

Dembélé holding the FIFA World Cup Trophy

Borussia Dortmund

Barcelona[2]

France

Individual

References[edit]

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