Vincent Aboubakar

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Vincent Aboubakar
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Aboubakar with Porto in 2014
Personal information
Full name Vincent Paté Aboubakar
Date of birth (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Porto
Number 9
Youth career
2006–2008 Coton Sport
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Coton Sport 15 (7)
2010–2013 Valenciennes 72 (9)
2011–2013 Valenciennes B 4 (3)
2013–2014 Lorient 37 (17)
2014– Porto 75 (36)
2016–2017Beşiktaş (loan) 27 (12)
National team
2009 Cameroon U20 14 (4)
2010– Cameroon 65 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2018

Vincent Paté Aboubakar (born 22 January 1992) is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a striker for Porto and the Cameroon national football team.

He began his career at Coton Sport and moved to Europe in 2010, playing for Ligue 1 clubs Valenciennes and Lorient, totalling 109 appearances and 26 goals in France's top division. In 2014, he signed for Porto. He won the Turkish Süper Lig while on loan at Beşiktaş in 2016–17.

Aboubakar has earned over 60 caps for Cameroon since his international debut in May 2010. He was part of their squads for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and 2017. He scored the winning goal in the final of the latter.

Club Career[edit]

Valenciennes and Lorient[edit]

On 26 May 2010, Aboubakar signed with Valenciennes FC in France.[2] He was assigned the number 9 shirt and made his debut in the club's opening league match of the season against Nice appearing as a substitute. He scored his first goal and hat-trick against Boulogne in Coupe de la Ligue.

Aboubakar signed for Lorient on a free transfer on 1 July 2013.[3] He made his debut for the Breton team on 10 August, playing the full 90 minutes of a 1–0 loss at Lille, and scored his first goal eight days later, equalising in a 2–1 win over Nantes at the Stade du Moustoir.[4] He came joint second top scorer over the season with 16 league goals from 35 appearances, including braces in a 4–0 win at Évian on 23 November and a 4–4 home draw with Montpellier on 20 April 2014.[5][6]

Porto[edit]

Aboubakar signed for Porto on 24 August 2014, signing a four-year contract for a fee of €3 million, equivalent to 30% of his economic rights. He had previously been a target for Hull City.[7][8]

He made his debut on 14 September in a 1–1 Primeira Liga draw at Vitoria S.C., replacing Héctor Herrera in added time. Three days later in the UEFA Champions League, after coming on for Jackson Martínez, he scored his first Porto goal to conclude a 6–0 home win over BATE Borisov in the UEFA Champions League group stage.[9] On 25 October, again as the Colombian's replacement, he scored a first league goal to wrap up a 5–0 victory at F.C. Arouca.[10] He was used almost exclusively as a substitute over the season, as Porto finished runners-up to S.L. Benfica.

In his second season in Portugal, following the sale of Martínez, Aboubakar played much more regularly. He opened the season on 15 August 2015 with two goals in a 3–0 win over Vitória at the Estádio do Dragão,[11] and scored twice the following 10 January in a 5–0 win at city rivals Boavista FC.[12] He scored once in five games as the team reached the final of the Taça de Portugal, and scored the only goal of the fifth-round win at C.D. Feirense on 16 December 2015.[13]

Loan to Beşiktaş[edit]

On 27 August 2016, Süper Lig reigning champions Beşiktaş signed Aboubakar on a season-long loan.[14] He made his debut for the Istanbul-based club on 10 September, replacing Olcay Şahan for the last six minutes of a 3–1 home win over Kardemir Karabükspor. He did not score until his eighth match, in which he contributed two goals to a 3–2 Champions League win at Napoli on 19 October 2016 that was his club's first win in the competition since November 2009.[15] Four days later he scored his first league goal, also assisting Talisca in a 3–0 victory over Antalyaspor at Vodafone Park.[16] In March 2017, he scored in each leg of a 5–2 aggregate win over Olympiakos in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League, although he was sent off in the second game for fighting with Panagiotis Retsos.[17] He finished the season scoring 12 goals in 27 league appearances, as the Black Eagles retained their league title.

Return to Porto[edit]

After returning to Portugal, Aboubakar was part of a three-pronged attack made of African players, alongside the Malian Moussa Marega and Algeria's Yacine Brahimi.[18] He scored his first hat-trick for the Dragons on 20 August 2017 in a 3–0 home win over Moreirense FC.[19] On 13 September, as the Champions League campaign began with a 3–1 home loss to Beşiktaş, he celebrated with his former teammates in their changing room.[20] He scored five times in the group as Porto advanced, including two-goal hauls in both wins over French champions AS Monaco.[21] On 10 December, he scored another hat-trick in a 5–0 win at Vitória F.C. that put Porto back on top of the table.[22]

International career[edit]

On 18 August 2009, Aboubakar was called up to the Cameroon national under-20 football team squad for the Francophone Games in Beirut.[23]

In May 2010, aged only 18, he was named to the Cameroon 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Aboubakar was the only player in the squad who was based in Cameroon.[24][25] He made his debut in the friendly match on 29 May 2010 against Slovakia.[26] On August 11, 2010 Aboubakar scored his first goal for the national team, in a friendly against Poland.

He was called up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and subsequently for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. In the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Aboubakar scored an 88th-minute goal in the final to hand Cameroon a comeback 2–1 victory against Egypt to end his nation's 15-year wait for a continental crown.[27]

Later that year, he was part of the Cameroonian squad at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. He scored a consolation goal in their 3–1 loss to world champions Germany in Sochi on 25 June.[28]

Style of play[edit]

In November 2017, Goal.com's Solace Chukwu wrote that Aboubakar had much in common with his Porto strike partner Marega in that both are physically imposing but have insufficient technical ability. He added that Brahimi's skill set made up for this deficit and was a factor in the team's success.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 24 September 2018[29][30]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coton Sport 2009–10 Elite One 15 7 0 0 15 7
Total 15 7 0 0 15 7
Valenciennes 2010–11 Ligue 1 17 1 1 0 2 3 20 4
2011–12 Ligue 1 27 6 4 2 0 0 1[c] 2 31 8
2012–13 Ligue 1 28 2 1 1 1 0 3[c] 1 30 3
Total 72 9 6 3 3 3 4 3 81 15
Lorient 2013–14 Ligue 1 35 16 1 0 0 0 36 16
2014–15 Ligue 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 37 17 1 0 0 0 38 17
Porto 2014–15 Primeira Liga 14 4 0 0 2 1 4[d] 3 20 8
2015–16 Primeira Liga 28 13 5 1 1 1 8[e] 3 42 18
2017–18 Primeira Liga 28 15 5 4 4 2 6[d] 5 43 26
2018–19 Primeira Liga 5 4 0 0 0 0 1[d] 0 1[f] 0 7 4
Total 75 36 10 5 7 4 19 11 1 0 112 56
Beşiktaş (loan) 2016–17 Süper Lig 27 12 2 1 9[g] 6 38 19
Total 27 12 2 1 9 6 38 19
Career total 226 81 19 9 10 7 28 17 1 0 284 114
  1. ^ Appearances in Coupe de France, Taça de Portugal and Turkish Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in Coupe de la Ligue and Taça da Liga
  3. ^ a b Appearances and goals for Valenciennes B in the Championnat de France Amateur (not accounted for the total statistics)
  4. ^ a b c Appearances in Champions League
  5. ^ Six appearances and three goals in Champions League, two appearances in Europa League
  6. ^ Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
  7. ^ Six appearances and three goals in Champions League, three appearances and three goals in Europa League

International goals[edit]

As of match played 25 March 2018. Cameroon score listed first, score column indicates score after each Aboubakar goal.[29]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 August 2010 Stadion Miejski, Poznań, Poland 5  Poland 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2 5 March 2014 Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal 22  Portugal 1–1 1–5 Friendly
3 6 September 2014 Stade TP Mazembe, Lubumbashi, DR Congo 27  DR Congo 2–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4 10 September 2014 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 28  Ivory Coast 2–1 4–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5 3–1
6 15 November 2014 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 30  DR Congo 1–0 1–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
7 10 January 2015 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville, Gabon 32  South Africa 1–0 1–1 Friendly
8 25 March 2015 Gelora Delta Stadium, Sidoarjo, Indonesia 36  Indonesia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
9 6 June 2015 Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, France 37  Burkina Faso 1–1 3–2 Friendly
10 14 June 2015 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 39  Mauritania 1–0 1–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11 6 September 2015 Independence Stadium, Bakau, Gambia 40  Gambia 1–0 1–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
12 13 November 2015 Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey, Niger 42  Niger 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 30 May 2016 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France 45  France 1–1 2–3 Friendly
14 12 November 2016 Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam, Cameroon 48  Zambia 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 5 February 2017 Stade de l'Amitié , Libreville, Gabon 54  Egypt 2–1 2–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
16 24 March 2017 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet , Monastir, Tunisia 55  Tunisia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
17 10 June 2017 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 57  Morocco 1–0 1–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
18 25 June 2017 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia 60  Germany 1–2 1–3 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
19 4 September 2017 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 62  Nigeria 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
20 25 March 2018 Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait 65  Kuwait 1–0 3–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Coton Sport
Beşiktaş
Porto

International[edit]

Cameroon

References[edit]

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