Yussuf Poulsen

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Yussuf Poulsen
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Personal information
Full name Yussuf Yurary Poulsen
Date of birth (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
RB Leipzig
Number 9
Youth career
BK Skjold
Lyngby BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Lyngby BK 35 (11)
2013– RB Leipzig 108 (29)
National team
2010 Denmark U16 1 (0)
2010–2011 Denmark U17 19 (2)
2011–2012 Denmark U18 7 (4)
2012–2013 Denmark U19 12 (8)
2012 Denmark U20 3 (0)
2013– Denmark U21 15 (4)
2013– Denmark League XI 1 (0)
2014– Denmark 16 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:38, 2 November 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2016

Yussuf Yurary Poulsen (born 15 June 1994) is a Danish footballer who plays for German club RB Leipzig[1] as a second striker or winger.

Club career[edit]

Yussuf Poulsen began playing football at BK Skjold. At first he was a defensive player and in Kenneth Zohore he had a teammate, with whom he was to play later in the Danish youth national teams. After Zohoré joined FC Copenhagen, Yussuf Poulsen was moved to a position as a striker.[2] At the age of 14 he joined the youth ranks of Lyngby BK. He played his first match as a senior on 4 December 2011, when he came on the pitch against AC Horsens after 84 minutes, as a substitute for Mathias Tauber. Poulsen did not immediately establish himself in the starting eleven, and he was at the end of the season only on five appearances. His club, Lyngby were also relegated from Superligaen. 5 August 2012 he scored his first goal at senior level, as well as for his club, when he in the second match in the 1. Division (second Danish league) scored the 1-0 winning goal against AB Gladsaxe. He was a regular player in the starting 11, and played 32 matches, scoring eleven goals.

His achievements attracted the interest of foreign and domestic clubs, and on 4 July 2013, he signed a contract with the newly promoted 3. Liga German side RB Leipzig.[2][3] Poulsen earned promotion with Leipzig to the 2. Bundesliga in 2014 and the German top-flight Bundesliga in 2016. On game day 6 of the 2016-17 season, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 2-1 victory at home against FC Augsburg.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 May 2016.
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Denmark League DBU Pokalen Europe Other Total
Lyngby Boldklub Superliga 2011–12 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1st Division 2012–13 30 11 2 0 32 11
Total 35 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 37 11
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Other[a] Total
RB Leipzig 3. Liga 2013–14 36 10 1 0 37 10
2. Bundesliga 2014–15 29 11 3 1 32 12
2. Bundesliga 2015–16 32 7 2 0 34 7
Total 97 28 5 1 0 0 0 0 103 29
Career statistics 132 39 7 1 0 0 0 0 140 40
  1. ^ Includes DFB-Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup matches.

International career[edit]

Poulsen got his debut for the Danish national team on October 11, 2014 against Albania.[5] On June 13, 2015, he scored his first goal against Serbia in Denmark's 2–0 win.

Poulsen was selected in Denmark's squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics, however he rejected the call-up in order to cement his place at Leipzig.[6]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 June 2015 Parken, Copenhagen  Serbia 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
2. 17 November 2015 Parken, Copenhagen  Sweden 1–2 2–2 UEFA Euro 2016 Q play-offs
3. 8 October 2016 PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland  Poland 2–3 2–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Poulsen is the son of a Tanzanian father and a Danish mother.[7] Poulsen's father had worked on a container ship, oscillating between Africa and Denmark, before he married Poulsen's mother and settled in Copenhagen.[2] His father died of cancer when Yussuf was only 6 years old.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yussuf Poulsen". danskfodbold. 
  2. ^ a b c RasenBallsport Leipzig GmbH (publisher) (2013). "AUS DEM KLUBMAGAZIN: YUSSUF POULSEN UND SEIN WEG ZU RB LEIPZIG!". DIE ROTEN BULLEN (Vereinswebsite von RB Leipzig) (in German). Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  3. ^ Olympia Verlag GmbH (publisher) (4 July 2013). "Poulsen wird ein roter Bulle". kicker online (in German). Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  4. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Record-setting Leipzig up to third after beating Augsburg | Sports | DW.COM | 30.09.2016". DW.COM. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Danmark - Albanien 1 - 1". 
  6. ^ "Olympics: Dane turns down Rio to prepare for Bundesliga". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  7. ^ Unterschrieben: Yussuf Poulsen verstärkt RB Leipzig – erste Einsätze am Wochenende, www.lvz-online.de vom 4. Juli 2013
  8. ^ Venner fra barnsben: Yussuf Poulsen hjælper Højbjerg igennem sorgen, http://www.bt.dk October 10, 2015
  9. ^ Derfor brød Pierre-Emile sammen i gråd: Poulsen og Højbjerg har en fælles fortid, http://www.bt.dk June 14, 2015

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