Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang 2014.jpg
Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund's team presentation on 9 August 2014
Personal information
Full name Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang[1]
Date of birth (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Laval, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[2]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 17
Youth career
2007-2008 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Milan 0 (0)
2008–2009 Dijon (loan) 34 (8)
2009–2010 Lille (loan) 14 (2)
2010–2011 Monaco (loan) 19 (2)
2011 Saint-Étienne (loan) 14 (2)
2011–2013 Saint-Étienne 87 (37)
2013– Borussia Dortmund 65 (29)
National team
2009 France U21 1 (0)
2012 Gabon Olympic 3 (1)
2009– Gabon 39 (16)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2015

Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang (French pronunciation: ​[pjɛʁ ɛməʁik obaməjɑ̃ɡ]; born 18 June 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for the German club Borussia Dortmund and the Gabon national football team.[3] He is known for his speed, having clocked 30 meters in 3.7 seconds, and his capability of playing as a striker or a winger.[4]

He began his career at A.C. Milan, who loaned him to four French clubs before he joined Saint-Étienne permanently in 2011. After winning the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue Final, he joined Dortmund, where he has twice won the DFL-Supercup in 2013 and 2014. He has a good friendship with Hamza Akhund.

Despite playing once for France Under-21, Aubameyang made his senior international debut for Gabon in 2009, and has represented them at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2012 Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Aubameyang joined A.C. Milan youth team in January 2007. In August, he was part of the squad that finished fourth in the inaugural Champions Youth Cup held in Malaysia where he made a name for himself and attracted the attention of scouts internationally. He scored against every opponent A.C. Milan played in every single match finishing with seven goals in six matches .[5] He was awarded the Roberto Bettega Trophy for being the top scorer of the competition.

France[edit]

Aubameyang at Saint-Étienne in 2011

2008–09 season[edit]

For the 2008–09 season, Aubameyang was loaned out to Dijon FCO, in order to gain some first team experience.[6] His performances there led him to appear in World Soccer's Talent Scout section in Summer 2009.[7] He finished with a total of 10 goals and 2 assists in all competitions, 2 assists and 8 goals coming in the league and 2 goals in the Coupe de la Ligue. His coach, Daniel Joseph, said "Pierre's performance is impressive considering the fact he is only 18 ... he has tremendous physical ability, a willingness to run at defenders and a long time ahead of him to improve."

2009–10 season[edit]

On 24 June 2009, it was announced Ligue 1 club Lille OSC had decided to sign Aubameyang on loan.[8] In comparison to his last season, he couldn't really perform in Lille partly due to a lack of participation being given only four starts throughout the season finishing with only 2 goals and no assists in 14 appearances.

2010–11 season[edit]

In the following season, he was loaned out again, this time to AS Monaco. On 21 August 2010, Aubameyang scored his first goal for Monaco in an away match versus RC Lens. He scored again on 29 August at home to AJ Auxerre where his Monaco team won 2–0.[9] In January 2011, after six months at Monaco, Aubameyang was loaned to AS Saint-Étienne until the end of the 2010–11 season. He finished the season with 4 goals and 3 assists . In July 2011, the loan was extended for the entire 2011–12 season.

AS Saint-Étienne[edit]

He was quickly added to the starting line-up and was given the number 7 jersey. On 22 December 2011, Aubameyang signed with Saint-Étienne on a permanent deal. In February 2012, Aubameyang scored his first hat-trick against FC Lorient. He became an integral part of the squad scoring half of the teams away goals and went on to be the highest league goal scorer with 16 goals. In a warm up in a match against Olympique Lyonnais, he wore a £2,500 pair of swarovski crystals encrusted boots. On 20 April 2013, Aubameyang was in the starting line-up for Saint-Étienne in the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue Final. Les Verts won the match 1–0 with a goal from Brandão to give Aubameyang his first major trophy as a professional footballer. He finished the season with 18 goals and 7 assists in all competitions.

In the 2012–13 Ligue 1 season, Aubameyang ended second in the competition's top-goalscorers list scoring 19 goals with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the highest. From his 37 appearances he also provided eight assists. This season is widely regarded as his breakout season, he appeared in the Ligue 1 team of the season and he won the Ligue 1 African Player of the Year award.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

Aubameyang in action against Rot-Weiss Essen in July 2014

2013–14 season[edit]

On 4 July 2013, Aubameyang joined Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract.[10] He made his competitive debut for his new club on 27 July 2013 against Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup, replacing Jakub Błaszczykowski for the last 18 minutes of Dortmund's 4–2 victory assisting the final goal which was scored by Reus.[11] On 10 August 2013, Aubameyang made his Bundesliga debut and scored a hat-trick against FC Augsburg, including a goal from his first shot in the league. In the process, Aubameyang also became the first Gabonese player to appear in the Bundesliga.[12] On 27 November 2013, Aubemayang scored his first Champions League goal in a 3–1 win against Napoli in the group stage of the 2013–14 competition.[13] He took a penalty against 1860 Munchen that propelled Dortmund into the next round of the DFB Pokal. He finished with 13 league goals and 16 goals in all competitions.

2014–15 season[edit]

On 13 August 2014, Aubameyang assisted Borussia Dortmund's first goal and scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup.[14] After scoring the goal, he celebrated by putting on a Spider-Man mask.[14] In Dortmund's next match, a 4–1 win over Stuttgart Kickers in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, Aubameyang scored two second-half goals and provided the assist for Adrián Ramos's goal.[15] On 13 September, Aubameyang scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season, netting Dortmund's final goal of their 3–1 win over SC Freiburg.[16]

Three days later, Aubameyang scored Borussia Dortmund's second goal in a 2–0 win over Arsenal in the first group match of the Champions League.[17] He scored a goal in Dortmund's 2-2 draw with Stuttgart. In the next game, he scored the only goal for Dortmund in a 2-1 loss to FC Schalke 04.

In their Champions league match against Anderlecht, he assisted Adrian Ramos' second goal to make the scores 3-0. Two games later, he scored a first half brace against Galatasaray S.K. in the Champions League. He assisted Marco Reus' goal in the derby against Bayern Munich in what was eventually a 2-1 loss for Dortmund. In the reverse fixture of the groupstage match against Galatasaray, he assisted a Ciro Immobile goal to make it 3-0. The match eventually ended 4-1.

In a match against SC Paderborn 07, he scored a 12th minute goal to give Dortmund an early lead. he then assisted the second goal which was scored by Reus, the match ended 2-2. He assisted the only goal in a 1-0 win against TSG Hoffenheim. He then went on to score a goal in what ended in a 2-2 draw against Wolfsburg. He was runner up to Yaya Toure in the CAF African Player of the year with Nigerian shot stopper Vincent Enyeama coming in third. In a match against FSV Mainz 05, Aubameyang assisted Marco Reus' 9th minute goal and scored 2 goals to make the final score 3-0.

In their next game against SC Freiburg, he scored the third goal in a match that ended 4-2 in favor of Dortmund. Maintaining his goal scoring form he netted the opener in their next match against VfB Stuttgart in what was Dortmund's third win in a row and extended his scoring streak to three games. Aubameyang continued his amazing form by scoring Borussia Dortmund's first goal in a 3-0 win vs FC Schalke 04 in the Revierderby. The goal was famous for his Bat-Man celebration with Marco Reus who wore a Robin mask in the same celebration. This goal meant that he had scored 5 goals in his last four games. In February, Aubameyang then scored a brace against Hannover 96. In the quarterfinals of the DFB Pokal he scored the second equaliser against Hoffenheim, Dortmund went on to win the game 3-2 and proceed to the semifinals. He scored another goal against Paderborn which ended 3-0. He scored again in the next game against Eintracht Frankfurt. He scored in the third game running against Bayern Munich in the semifinals of the cup. It was the most important goal of the game since it was a late equaliser. The game went into extra time and eventually a penalty shoot out which Dortmund won 3-0. He scored the only goal for Dortmund in a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg . He scored in the next game against Werder Bremen which ended 3-2 in favor of Dortmund. He furthered his streak when he scored the opener in the final of the DFB Pokal against Wolfsburg. Dortmund still lost the game 3-1 making it their second consecutive final in which they failed to win the cup. He was the third highest league goal scorer with 16 goals, just 3 behind top scorer Alexander Meier and 1 behind Arjen Robben. He also made 6 assists. He finished with a total tally of 26 goals and 10 assists in all competitions making him Dortmund's highest goal scorer and also having the highest number of assists both in the league and all competitions.

International career[edit]

Aubameyang playing for Gabon against South Korea at the 2012 Olympics

Aubameyang was invited to play for Italy U-19s after a good season with Dijon, but he debuted for the France U-21 team in February 2009 in a friendly match against Tunisia.[18]

On 25 March 2009, Aubameyang was selected for the Gabon national football team[19] and made his debut for the team. He scored his first goal in a 3–2 victory over Morocco. He then scored a goal each in friendly matches against Benin, Togo,Algeria and Senegal. Aubameyang was a key member of the Gabon national side that reached the quarter finals of the 2012 African Cup of Nations as co-hosts of the competition. He netted three goals in total, finishing the tournament as one of the top scorers. On 5 February 2012, he set up the opening goal for his team and hit the post in the quarter-final against Mali. However, the match ended 1–1 after extra time and Aubameyang had his penalty saved in the shootout to decide the game.

In July 2012, Aubameyang represented Gabon at the 2012 Olympic Games held in London. He scored in the team's opening game against Switzerland, which was Gabon's first Olympic goal, and would also prove to be Gabon's only goal of the tournament. They were eliminated in the group stage.

On 15 June 2013, Aubameyang scored a hat-trick of penalty kicks in Gabon's 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Niger.He then scored a brace against Burkina Faso in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification.

Aubameyang captained Gabon at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring the team's opening goal of the tournament in their 2–0 win over Burkina Faso on 17 January 2015.[20] He also scored a brace against Mali on 25 March 2015. He is Gabon's highest goal scorer.

Playing style[edit]

Aubameyang is described as a versatile attacker capable of playing anywhere in front of a three-man attack formation as well as an attacking midfielder. He is a very good set piece taker capable of scoring direct free kicks which he has shown several times and penalties which was best expressed in his hat-trick of penalties against Niger Republic in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Aubameyang has good ball control and dribbling ability enabling him to beat most players one on one. He possesses good vision witnessed by the number of assists he makes. He is unarguably one of the fastest players in the modern game having clocked a time of 3.70 seconds over 30 meters which is marginally faster than the time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt recorded in the first 30 meters of his record breaking 100 meter run. He is tied with Arjen Robben for the fastest sprint recorded on the pitch. In addition to his blistering speed, he also possesses excellent acceleration being able to reach his top speed in few strides. This has caused problems for officials tracking his runs and has led to some of his goals being wrongly discredited as offside. This also makes him a major threat on counter-attacks. Teammate Neven Subotic said that "he is one of those players with the rare natural ability of immense speed. He is very difficult to mark. I would not like to defend against him and I don't know anyone who would". Bloomberg described him as "speed merchant supreme". He is also quite physical; he doesn't get tired easily and also doesn't go to the ground in physical duels. The combinations of all these traits make him a complete modern winger. Even though he is traditionally a winger, he played more than half of the 2014/2015 season as a center forward (to fill in the gap left by Lewandowski which new signing Ciro Immobile was unable to do) and has become very efficient and has been building a name for himself as a topflight striker being among the top 3 goal scorers in almost all competitions he enters.

Personal life[edit]

Aubameyang is the son of former Gabonese international Pierre Aubameyang and younger brother of Catilina and Willy, who have both played for Milan youth teams. His mother is Spanish.[21] On 17 July 2013, he bought a mansion worth £1.2 million in Germany. Aubameyang enjoys spending time with his son and frequently thanks God for things in his life.[22][23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Aubameyang with Borussia Dortmund in 2014.
As of 30 May 2015.
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Continental[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dijon (loan) 2008–09 34 8 5 2 39 10
Total 34 8 5 2 39 10
Lille (loan) 2009–10 14 2 1 0 9 0 24 2
Total 14 2 1 0 9 0 24 2
Monaco (loan) 2010–11 19 2 4 0 23 2
Total 19 2 4 0 23 2
Saint-Étienne 2010–11 14 2 0 0 14 2
2011–12 36 16 2 2 38 18
2012–13 37 19 7 2 44 21
Total 87 37 9 4 96 41
Borussia Dortmund 2013–14 32 13 7 2 9 1 48 16
2014–15 33 16 5 6 8 4 46 26
Total 66 29 12 8 17 5 95 42
Career total 216 79 31 13 26 5 277 97
  1. ^ Includes Coupe de la Ligue, DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup
  2. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

National team[edit]

As of 25 March 2015.[24]
Gabon national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 6 2
2010 9 3
2011 4 0
2012 9 4
2013 4 3
2014 4 2
2015 4 3
Total 40 17

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Gabon's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 March 2009 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca  Morocco 1–0 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
2. 11 August 2009 Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou  Benin 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3. 19 May 2010 Stade François Coty, Ajaccio  Togo 2–0 3–0
4. 11 August 2010 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Algeria 2–0 2–1
5. 17 November 2010 Stade Michel Hidalgo, Sannois  Senegal 1–2 1–2
6. 23 January 2012 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville  Niger 1–0 2–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
7. 27 January 2012 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville  Morocco 1–1 3–2
8. 31 January 2012 Stade de Franceville, Franceville  Tunisia 1–0 1–0
9. 15 June 2013 Stade de Franceville, Franceville  Niger 1–1 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
10. 2–1
11. 4–1
12. 11 October 2014 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville  Burkina Faso 1–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification
13. 2–0
14. 17 January 2015 Estadio de Bata, Bata 1–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
15. 25 March 2015 Stade Pierre Brisson, Beauvais  Mali 2–2 4–3 Friendly
16. 3–2

Honours[edit]

Aubameyang in October 2011.

Club[edit]

AS Saint-Étienne (1)
Borussia Dortmund (2)

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Details – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang". CAF Online. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.bvb.de/eng/Teams/First-Team/Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang
  3. ^ http://www.lfp.fr/joueur/aubameyang-pierre-emerick
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  7. ^ Gleeson, Mark (Summer 2009). "Talent Scout: Tomorrow's Stars Today". World Soccer (IPC Media). p. 75. 
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  10. ^ "Borussia Dortmund sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from St-Etienne". The Guardian. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 4 Bayern Munich 2: Revenge for Klopp as Reus double earns Super Cup victory in repeat of Champions League final". Daily Mail. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
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  13. ^ "Borussia Dortmund gain lifeline after turning on the style against Napoli". The Guardian. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "German Supercup: Borussia Dortmund 2–0 Bayern Munich". BBC Sport. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Aubameyang packt auch ohne Spider-Man doppelt zu". Kicker (in German). 16 August 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Rückkehrer Kagawa schlägt voll ein". Kicker (in German). 13 September 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Arsenal's Champions League Group D campaign got off to a poor start as Borussia Dortmund scored either side of half-time to secure a deserved victory.". BBC Sport. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
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  19. ^ "Giresse turns to Aubameyang youngsters". FIFA.com. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Gabon defeat Burkina Faso 2-0 in Africa Cup of Nations". France24. 17 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: "Mon rêve, c'est de jouer au Real Madrid"". 
  22. ^ "Aubameyang P-E". 
  23. ^ "Aubameyang P-E". 
  24. ^ "Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick". National Football Teams. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 

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