Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Choupo-Moting at Schalke 04 in 2015
|Full name||Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting|
|Date of birth||23 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Hamburg, West Germany|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2003–2004||FC St. Pauli|
|2007–2011||Hamburger SV II||31||(1)|
|2009–2010||→ 1. FC Nürnberg (loan)||25||(5)|
|2013||Mainz 05 II||2||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:18, 27 February 2021 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2019
Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (German pronunciation: [ɛˈʀɪk maksˈɪm ˈtʃʊ.pøː ˈmɔ.tɪŋ]; born 23 March 1989) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Cameroon national team.
Choupo-Moting began his career with Hamburger SV, making his Bundesliga debut in August 2007. He spent the 2009–10 season on loan at 1. FC Nürnberg and in August 2011 he joined 1. FSV Mainz 05. After three seasons with Mainz he moved on to Schalke 04 in August 2014. He became a regular for the Gelsenkirchen club, and made over 100 appearances, before joining Premier League side Stoke City in August 2017. Struggling for minutes in the EFL Championship with Stoke, he decided to move to Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain on a 2-year deal in August 2018. After his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired, Choupo-Moting joined Bundesliga club Bayern Munich in October 2020 on free transfer.
Choupo-Moting was born in Hamburg to a German mother and a Cameroonian father and began playing football at an early age. He played in the youth teams at Teutonia 05, Altona 93 and FC St. Pauli before joining Hamburger SV in 2004. He played semi-professional football with Hamburger SV II in the Regionalliga Nord before breaking into the first team in August 2007.
Choupo-Moting made his first appearance as a Hamburger SV player in a Bundesliga match on 11 August 2007, being sent on as a substitute in the 69th minute against Hannover 96. Choupo-Moting struggled to establish himself in Martin Jol's side and he spent the 2009–10 season on loan at 1. FC Nürnberg with whom he scored six goals in 27 appearances helping Nürnberg retain their Bundesliga status. On his return to Hamburg, Choupo-Moting struggled to make much impact in 2010–11 and after scoring just two goals by January he was set for another loan move this time to 1. FC Köln, however the move fell through after registration documents were faxed to the German Football Association too late. After his botched transfer he spent the second half of the campaign with the reserves.
On 18 May 2011, Choupo-Moting signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga side 1. FSV Mainz 05 on a free transfer from Hamburg. Choupo-Moting enjoyed a successful 2011–12 season with the club, scoring ten times in the Bundesliga. However, he missed most of the 2012–13 season with a knee injury and was therefore unable to make an impact. He returned to form in 2013–14, scoring ten goals in 32 appearances helping Mainz secure seventh position and qualification to the UEFA Europa League, however at the end of the campaign he decided not to renew his contract with the club.
On 5 July 2014, after Choupo-Moting's contract expired at Mainz, FC Schalke 04 confirmed he had signed a three-year professional contract with them until 30 June 2017. The transfer was reported as a free transfer by Schalke's sport and communications manager Horst Heldt. Choupo-Moting was assigned the squad number 13.
On 7 August 2017, Choupo-Moting joined Premier League side Stoke City on a three-year contract. He made his debut for Stoke on 12 August 2017 against Everton. Choupo-Moting scored both goals in a 2–2 draw against Manchester United on 9 September 2017 and was named man of the match by BBC Sport. Against Everton, he came on as a substitute, scored within five minutes of his arrival, but injured himself in the process and Stoke lost 2–1. Choupo-Moting played 32 times in 2017–18, scoring five goals as Stoke suffered relegation to the EFL Championship.
On 31 August 2018, Choupo-Moting joined Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. He made his debut for the club on 18 September 2018 in the 3–2 Champions League away defeat against Liverpool before scoring on his Ligue 1 debut against Rennes five days later. On 7 April 2019, Choupo-Moting made a mistake in the Ligue 1 home match against Strasbourg; when a shot from teammate Christopher Nkunku was about to cross the goal line, Choupo-Moting attempted to touch the ball with his left foot across the goal line but instead unintentionally diverted the ball onto the near post and prevented a certain goal. The BBC described it as "one of the worst misses in the history of football".
On 25 August 2019, Choupo-Moting came off the bench to replace the injured Edinson Cavani in the 16th minute and scored twice in the second half of a 4–0 home win over Toulouse; his first goal was a superb solo goal scored after he beat four Toulouse defenders in the penalty area. On 12 August 2020, Choupo-Moting scored in the third minute of stoppage time against Atalanta in the Champions League, completing a late turnaround for PSG and sending the team into the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in 25 years. Later on, he came on as a substitute in the Champions League final, which ended in a 1–0 defeat for Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich.
On 5 October 2020, Choupo-Moting joined Bayern Munich on a one-year contract. Choupo-Moting made his debut for Bayern in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on 15 October and scored twice as the club defeated fifth division side 1. FC Düren by a score of 3–0. On 9 December, he scored his first Champions League goal with Bayern Munich in a 2–0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow.
Choupo-Moting has a German passport and represented his country of birth and his mother's country Germany at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification for the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship and at the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
On 11 May 2010, Choupo-Moting earned his first call-up for the Cameroon national team and represented Cameroon at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He was also called up for Cameroon's World Cup squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On 3 January 2017, he announced that he would not play in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Cameroon eligibility investigation
The Tunisian Football Federation, which governs the Tunisia national team, had questioned FIFA on whether Choupo-Moting fulfilled nationality criteria to play for Cameroon. "With regards to the protest lodged by the Tunisian Football Federation in relation to the eligibility of Choupo-Moting representing Cameroon, FIFA had communicated to the Tunisia Football Federation that no breach of the FIFA regulations has been committed by the Cameroonian Football Federation," a FIFA spokesman told BBC Sport. Choupo-Moting played for both the Germany national youth football teams and the Germany national under-21 team, including being born in Germany and growing up in Germany with German parentage, but had his switch of national allegiance approved by FIFA before representing Cameroon. The Tunisian Football Federation's complaint came during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Third Round despite Choupo-Moting playing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Style of play
Choupo-Moting is often stationed as a striker or on the left wing. He is a composed finisher and possesses purposeful and powerful dribbling ability, comfortable on either left or right flanks or through the middle of the pitch. Choupo-Moting is known for high work rate, long stride and powerful, direct dribbling ability.
|Hamburger SV II||2006–07||Regionalliga Nord||12||1||—||—||—||—||12||1|
|1. FC Nürnberg (loan)||2009–10||Bundesliga||25||5||1||0||—||—||2[d]||1||28||6|
|1. FSV Mainz 05 II||2012–13||Regionalliga Südwest||2||0||—||—||—||—||2||0|
|Stoke City||2017–18||Premier League||30||5||1||0||1||0||—||—||32||5|
|Paris Saint-Germain||2018–19||Ligue 1||22||3||4||0||1||0||4[e]||0||0||0||31||3|
- As of match played 23 March 2019. Cameroon score listed first, score column indicates score after each Choupo-Moting goal.
|1||5 June 2010||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||2||Serbia||3–4||3–4||Friendly|
|2||4 September 2010||Stade Anjalay, Belle Vue, Mauritius||6||Mauritius||3–1||3–1||2012 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|3||3 September 2011||Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon||11||Mauritius||5–0||5–0||2012 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|4||7 October 2011||Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo||12||DR Congo||3–2||3–2||2012 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|5||29 February 2012||Estádio Lino Correia, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau||14||Guinea-Bissau||1–0||1–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|6||26 May 2012||Stade Armand Micheletti, Amanvillers, France||15||Guinea||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|8||2 June 2012||Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon||16||DR Congo||1–0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9||10 June 2012||Stade Taïeb Mhiri, Sfax, Tunisia||17||Libya||1–1||1–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||26 May 2014||Kufstein-Arena, Kufstein, Austria||24||Macedonia||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|11||29 May 2014||Kufstein-Arena, Kufstein, Austria||25||Paraguay||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
|12||1 June 2014||Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach, Germany||26||Germany||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|13||30 May 2016||Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France||42||France||2–2||2–3||Friendly|
|14||12 October 2018||Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon||47||Malawi||1–0||1–0||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|15||23 March 2019||Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon||50||Comoros||1–0||3–0||
2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
- Ligue 1: 2018–19, 2019–20
- Coupe de France: 2019–20
- Coupe de la Ligue: 2019–20
- UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2019–20
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