Yussuf Poulsen

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Yussuf Poulsen
Testspiel Rasenballsport Leipzig gegen FC Liefering (9.August 2016) 03.jpg
Poulsen in 2016
Personal information
Full name Yussuf Yurary Poulsen
Date of birth (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
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 191 (53)
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)
2013–2015 Denmark U21 15 (4)
2013 Denmark League XI 1 (0)
2014– Denmark 39 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:02, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2019

Yussuf Yurary Poulsen (Danish pronunciation: [jusuf ˈpʰɒʊ̯lsn̩]; born 15 June 1994) is a Danish professional footballer who plays for German club RB Leipzig[2] as a striker or winger. He also sometimes used Yurary as his shirt name.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Yussuf Yurary 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 Yurary Poulsen was moved to a position as a striker.[3]

Lyngby BK[edit]

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. Yussuf Yurary 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.[4]

RB Leipzig[edit]

His achievements attracted the interest of foreign and domestic clubs, and on 3 July 2013, he signed a contract with the newly promoted 3. Liga German side RB Leipzig.[3][5] He finished the 2013–14 season with 10 goals in 27 appearances.[6] Yussuf Yurary Poulsen earned promotion with Leipzig to the 2. Bundesliga in 2014 and the German top-flight Bundesliga in 2016. He had scored 12 goals in 32 appearances during the 2014–15 season[7] and seven goals in 32 appearances during the 2015–16 season.[8] On the 6th match of the 2016–17 season, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 2–1 victory at home against FC Augsburg.[9][10] He finished the 2016–17 season with five goals in 30 appearances.[10] He finished the 2017–18 season five goals in 41 appearances.[11]

On 30 March 2019, during a 5–0 win over Hertha BSC, he became the first-ever Leipzig player to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga and in the process helped the club record its 50th ever win in the competition. His treble also took him to 15 league goals for the campaign which meant he became only the third Danish player, after Ebbe Sand and Allan Simonsen to score more than 14 Bundesliga goals in a single season.[12]

International career[edit]

Poulsen made his debut for the Danish national team on 11 October 2014 against Albania.[13] On 13 June 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.[14] In May 2018 he was named in Denmark's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[15] On 16 June 2018, Poulsen scored the lone goal in Denmark's first matchup of the World Cup against Peru. His general performance on the pitch led to his nomination as the man of the match.

Personal life[edit]

Yussuf Yurary Poulsen is the son of a Danish mother and a Tanzanian father.[16] His father worked on a container ship, oscillating between Tanga and Denmark before he settled in Copenhagen.[3] He died of cancer when Yussuf was only six years old. Yussuf visited Tanzania several times as a child in 1996 and 2002, and again in 2008 and 2011. Yussuf was eligible to play for Tanzania but did not receive any offers from the Tanzanian federation; as a result, he chose to represent his native Denmark.[17][18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of matches played on 23 April 2019.
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Total Ref.
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lyngby 2011–12 Superliga 5 0 0 0 5 0 [4]
2012–13 1st Division 30 11 2 0 32 11 [4]
Totals 35 11 2 0 37 11
RB Leipzig 2013–14 3. Liga 36 10 1 0 37 10 [6]
2014–15 2. Bundesliga 29 11 3 1 32 12 [7]
2015–16 32 7 2 0 34 7 [8]
2016–17 Bundesliga 29 5 1 0 30 5 [10]
2017–18 30 4 2 1 9[b] 0 41 5 [11]
2018–19 27 15 5 2 8[c] 2 40 19 [4]
Totals 183 52 14 4 17 2 214 58
Career totals 218 63 16 4 17 2 254 69
  1. ^ Appearances in the Danish Cup and German Cup.
  2. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
  3. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 10 June 2019.[19]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Denmark 2014 3 0
2015 8 2
2016 7 1
2017 6 0
2018 12 2
2019 3 1
Total 39 6

International goals[edit]

As of match played 10 June 2019. Denmark score listed first, score column indicates score after each Poulsen goal.[20]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 June 2015 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 5  Serbia 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
2 17 November 2015 11  Sweden 1–2 2–2
3 8 October 2016 National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland 16  Poland 2–3 2–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 9 June 2018 Brøndby Stadium, Brøndby, Denmark 28  Mexico 1–0 2–0 Friendly
5 16 June 2018 Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia 29  Peru 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
6 10 June 2019 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 39  Georgia 4–1 5–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Yussuf Poulsen". danskfodbold.
  3. ^ a b c RasenBallsport Leipzig GmbH (publisher) (2013). "AUS DEM KLUBMAGAZIN: Yussuf Yurary Poulsen UND SEIN WEG ZU RB LEIPZIG!". DIE ROTEN BULLEN (Vereinswebsite von RB Leipzig) (in German). Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Y. Poulsen". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  5. ^ Olympia Verlag GmbH (publisher) (4 July 2013). "Poulsen wird ein roter Bulle". kicker online (in German). Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Yussuf Poulsen". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Yussuf Poulsen". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Yussuf Poulsen". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  9. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Record-setting Leipzig up to third after beating Augsburg". DW.COM. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  10. ^ a b c "Yussuf Poulsen". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Yussuf Poulsen". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Yussuf Poulsen hits hat-trick as five-star RB Leipzig rout Hertha Berlin". Bundesliga. 30 March 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Danmark - Albanien 1 - 1".
  14. ^ "Olympics: Dane turns down Rio to prepare for Bundesliga". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists - Goal.com".
  16. ^ Unterschrieben: Yussuf Poulsen verstärkt RB Leipzig – erste Einsätze am Wochenende, www.lvz-online.de vom 4. Juli 2013
  17. ^ Venner fra barnsben: Yussuf Yurary Poulsen hjælper Højbjerg igennem sorgen, http://www.bt.dk 10 October 2015
  18. ^ Derfor brød Pierre-Emile sammen i gråd: Poulsen og Højbjerg har en fælles fortid, http://www.bt.dk 14 June 2015
  19. ^ Yussuf Poulsen at National-Football-Teams.com
  20. ^ "Yussuf Yurary Poulsen". DBU. Retrieved 9 June 2018.

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