Samuel Umtiti

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Samuel Umtiti
Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona) (33759153835) (cropped).jpg
Umtiti in March 2017
Personal information
Full name Samuel Yves Umtiti
Date of birth (1993-11-14) 14 November 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 23
Youth career
1999–2001 Menival
2001–2011 Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2016 Lyon 131 (3)
2016– Barcelona 35 (1)
National team
2009–2010 France U17 7 (0)
2010–2011 France U18 7 (0)
2011–2012 France U19 13 (2)
2012–2013 France U20 13 (0)
2013–2014 France U21 7 (1)
2016– France 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 November 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017

Samuel Yves Umtiti (French pronunciation: ​[sa.mɥɛl ym.ti.ti]; born 14 November 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the France national team.

Umtiti began his professional career with Lyon in 2012, winning the Coupe de France and Trophée des Champions that year. He totalled 170 games and three goals before a €25 million transfer to Barcelona in 2016.

After winning 47 caps and scoring three goals at youth level, including winning the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Umtiti represented France at UEFA Euro 2016, where his nation reached the final.

Club career[edit]

Lyon[edit]

Umtiti playing for Lyon against Zenit in 2015

Umtiti was included in a Lyon squad for the first time on 16 August 2011, remaining an unused substitute as they defeated Rubin Kazan 3–1 in the Champions League play-off round first leg.[2] He made his professional debut on 8 January 2012, playing the entire match in a 3–1 victory over local rivals Lyon-Duchère in a Coupe de France game.[3] Six days later, he made his Ligue 1 debut in a 1–0 away defeat against Montpellier, playing the full game.[4] He made a total of 18 appearances in all competitions in his first season.

In the 2012–13 season, he became a more regular member of the Lyon first team. On 12 January 2013, against Troyes in a 2–1 away win, he scored his first career goal.[5] He finished the season with 32 appearances in all competitions and two goals.

At the end of the 2015–16 season he was named as the "Best Player of the Season" by Lyon fans, ahead of Alexandre Lacazette.

Barcelona[edit]

On 30 June 2016, Umtiti signed for Spanish La Liga side FC Barcelona for a fee of €25 million.[6][7] On 17 August, Umtiti made his first appearance for Barcelona in the second leg of the 2016 Supercopa de España which Barcelona won 3–0 versus Sevilla and lifted the trophy.[8] He scored his first goal for the club on 4 March 2017 against Celta de Vigo which Barcelona won 5–0.[9]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Umtiti playing for U-19 France against U-19 Spain in 2012

Umtiti is a France youth international, having represented his nation from under-17 to under-21 levels. He was an integral member of the team that won France's first ever FIFA U-20 World Cup. He played in almost every game but missed the final against Uruguay due to a red card received in the semi-final against Ghana.[10]

Senior[edit]

Umtiti was born and spent his first two years in the Cameroonian city of Yaoundé. The Fédération Camerounaise de Football and former international Roger Milla met his advisors in an unsuccessful attempt to get him to represent their team.[11]

Umtiti, who was uncapped at senior level, was selected by France national team manager Didier Deschamps to be part of his Euro 2016 squad following an injury to fellow centre-back Jérémy Mathieu.[12] Umtiti made his senior debut on 3 July by playing every minute of the quarter-final against Iceland at the Stade de France, replacing the suspended Adil Rami. He became the first outfield player since Gabriel De Michèle at the 1966 FIFA World Cup to win his first cap for France by appearing in the finals of a major tournament and was accurate with all 77 of his passes during the match, which France won 5–2.[13] He later earned extremely positive reviews for his performance in the Euro semifinal against incumbent World Cup champion Germany. [14] This led to a lot of excitement over Umtiti's prospects for his newly signed club, FC Barcelona, and his future as a player.[15]

On 13 June 2017, Umtiti scored his first France goal, equalising against England in an eventual 3–2 victory for Les Bleus.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 November 2017[17]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lyon 2011–12 Ligue 1 12 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 18 0
2012–13 26 1 0 0 0 0 6[a] 1 0 0 32 2
2013–14 28 0 1 0 3 0 10[b] 0 42 0
2014–15 35 1 2 0 1 0 2[a] 1 40 2
2015–16 30 1 2 0 1 0 4[c] 0 1[d] 0 38 1
Total 131 3 8 0 8 0 22 2 1 0 170 5
Barcelona 2016–17 La Liga 25 1 9 0 8[c] 0 1[e] 0 43 1
2017–18 10 0 0 0 4[c] 0 2[e] 0 16 0
Total 35 1 9 0 12 0 3 0 59 1
Career total 166 4 17 0 8 0 34 2 4 0 229 6
Notes
  1. ^ a b All appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Three appearances in UEFA Champions League, seven appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ a b c All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ All appearances in Trophée des Champions
  5. ^ a b All appearances in Supercopa de España

International[edit]

As of match played 14 November 2017.[18]
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2016 4 0
2017 10 1
Total 14 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list France's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 June 2017 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 8  England
1–1
3–2
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lyon
Barcelona

International[edit]

France

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samuel Umtiti - FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona. 
  2. ^ "Lyon recover to lead Rubin". UEFA. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "APRÈS-MATCH LYON-DUCHÈRE - OL". olweb.fr. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "MONTPELLIER VS. OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS 1-0". Soccerway. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "TROYES VS. OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS 1 - 2". Soccerway. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Barcelona confirm €25m Umtiti agreement". ESPN FC. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Samuel Umtiti to transfer to FC Barcelona" (PDF) (Press release). Olympique Lyonnais Group. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Sport (2016-08-18). "Javier Mascherano out injured... Samuel Umtiti to play?". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  9. ^ "Barcelona vs. Celta de Vigo 5-0". Soccerway. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  10. ^ McCauley, Kevin (10 July 2013). "France vs. Ghana, 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Final score 2-1, Florian Thauvin spectacular for Les Bleus". SB Nation. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Ramsay, Arnaud (8 March 2016). "Samuel Umtiti : "Je joue toute ma vie sur le terrain"" [Samuel Umtiti: "I play my whole life on the pitch"]. France Football (in French). Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Parrish, Rob (28 May 2016). "Umtiti replaces Mathieu in France's Euro 2016 squad". Goal. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  13. ^ Fletcher, Paul (3 July 2016). "France 5–2 Iceland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "UEFA EURO 2016 semi-final: Germany 0-2 France - live reaction! - bundesliga.com". bundesliga.com - the official Bundesliga website. Retrieved 2017-11-21. 
  15. ^ "Why didn't Arsenal try to sign Samuel Umtiti before Barcelona?". The Independent. 2016-07-08. Retrieved 2017-11-21. 
  16. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40168358
  17. ^ "Samuel Umtiti Soccerway Profile". Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Samuel Umtiti - national football team player". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Our Champions League breakthrough team of 2016". UEFA.com: The official website for European football. 24 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "2016-2017 World 11: the Reserve Teams - FIFPro World Players' Union". FIFPro.org. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 

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