Wilfrid Kaptoum

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Wilfrid Kaptoum
Personal information
Full name Wilfrid Jaures Kaptoum
Date of birth (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Betis
Number 21
Youth career
Samuel Eto'o Academy
2008–2015 Barcelona
2009–2010Sant Andreu (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2018 Barcelona B 44 (6)
2015–2016 Barcelona 0 (0)
2018–2019 Betis B 17 (0)
2018– Betis 11 (0)
National team
2014–2015 Cameroon U20 8 (2)
2019– Cameroon 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 August 2019

Wilfrid Jaures Kaptoum (born 7 July 1996) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Real Betis.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Born in Douala, Kaptoum joined FC Barcelona's youth ranks in 2008, aged 12, after a stint in Samuel Eto'o's foundation.[2] He was subsequently loaned to neighbouring UE Sant Andreu,[3] and in June 2014 was promoted to the reserves in Segunda División.[4]

Kaptoum played his first match as a professional on 23 August 2014, starting in a 0–2 away loss against CA Osasuna.[5] He scored his first goal on 19 October, netting the second in a 4–1 home win against AD Alcorcón.[6] On 28 October 2015, Kaptoum made his debut for Barcelona's first team, starting in a goalless draw away to CF Villanovense in the season's Copa del Rey.[7]

Kaptoum's first appearance in the UEFA Champions League came on 9 December 2015, in a 1–1 draw away to Leverkusen.[8][9] In another 1–1 draw game against Valencia CF on 10 February 2016, he scored his debut goal for the first team 2 minutes after coming in as a substitute in the second leg of Copa del Rey semifinals.[10][11] His goal also served to extend FC Barcelona's unbeaten run to 29 games, breaking the previous record of 28 games set under Pep Guardiola in the 2010–11 season.[12]

Kaptoum sustained a knee injury which kept him out of action for five months. He returned to fitness in December 2017.[13] On 29 January 2018, he agreed to terminate his contract with Barcelona.[13]

Betis[edit]

On 31 January 2018, two days after leaving Barcelona, Kaptoum signed with Real Betis and was initially assigned to the B-team.[14] He made his first team debut on 4 October, replacing Sergio León in a 3–0 home defeat of F91 Dudelange, for the season's UEFA Europa League.[15]

Kaptoum made his La Liga debut on 3 February 2019, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Atlético Madrid.[16]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 24 February 2019[17]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2014–15 3 1 3 1
2015–16 25 3 25 3
2016–17 16 2 2[a] 0 18 2
Total 44 6 2 0 46 6
Barcelona 2015–16 0 0 2 1 1[b] 0 3 1
Total 0 0 2 1 1 0 3 1
Betis B 2017–18 12 0 0 0 12 0
2018–19 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Betis 2018–19 3 0 3 0 2[c] 0 8 0
Total 3 0 3 0 2 0 8 0
Career total 59 6 5 1 3 0 2 0 69 7
  1. ^ Two appearances in Segunda División B play-offs
  2. ^ All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ All appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Barcelona

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kaptoum". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  2. ^ Kaptoum, el único mediocentro africano (Kaptoum, the only African central midfielder); El Mundo Deportivo, 9 May 2012 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Kaptoum, un Zidane de color y vestido del Barça (Kaptoum, a black Zidane and wearing Barça); Sport, 14 May 2014 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Kaptoum tiene muchos números para subir al Barça B (Kaptoum has many numbers to rise to Barça B); Sport, 20 June 2014 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Un doblete de Nino endulza la vuelta a Segunda tras 14 años (A Nino's double makes the return to Segunda after 14 years sweeter); Marca, 23 August 2014 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Adama Traoré se disfraza de gacela para devorar al Alcorcón (Adama Traoré uses a gazelle costume to devour Alcorcón); Marca, 19 October 2014 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Kaptoum y Aitor debutan con el primer equipo del Barcelona" [Kaptoum and Aitor debut with Barcelona's first team] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Cámara y Kaptoum debutan en Champions" [Cámara y Kaptoum make their debut in the Champions League]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 9 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Bayer Leverkusen 1 - 1 Barcelona Player & Team ratings - 09/12/2015 UEFA Champions League". goal.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Valencia 1-1 Barcelona (agg 1-8): Neville denied rare win as Barça break record". goal.com. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Barça salvage 1-1 King's Cup draw against improved Valencia". Reuters. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  12. ^ "El FC Barcelona, a la final de la Copa del Rey con récord" [Kaptoum extends Barça's unbeaten run as Luis Enrique's side stroll into Copa final]. Sport (in Spanish). 10 February 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  13. ^ a b Rojo, Luis F. (29 January 2018). "Barcelona youngster Kaptoum to join Real Betis". Marca. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  14. ^ Gillingham, Geoff (31 January 2018). "La Masia poster boys Bartra and Tello reunite at Real Betis". Marca. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Betis 3–0 Dudelange". UEFA.com. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Canales cierra los caminos" [Canales blocks the pathways] (in Spanish). Marca. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  17. ^ Wilfrid Kaptoum at Soccerway
  18. ^ "First Youth League title goes Barcelona's way". UEFA.com. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015.

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