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What you (absolutely) need to know about Breel Embolo

Arrived in the Principality this Friday to commit until 2026 with AS Monaco, the 25-year-old Swiss international striker will know his 4th club in his career. Before his debut with the Red and Whites, here’s what you need to know about his journey.

He already has more than 300 pro matches despite his young age (25). Revealed in Switzerland at FC Basel where he completed his training and became a man in the Bundesliga, at Schalke then at Mönchengladbach, to change at the same time as part of the Swiss selection, Breel Embolo already has a lot of experience behind him. With 39 European matches, including 20 in the Champions League, he has thus strengthened AS Monaco, with whom he has signed up until 2026. Before seeing him in action, here is what you need to know about this very powerful and swift attacker.

He was born in Cameroon and raised in Switzerland

Breel Embolo was born on February 14, 1997 in Yaoundé, the capital of the country of the great Samuel Eto’o. But at the age of only five, the young French-speaking man took the direction of Switzerland to live there with his mother. After passing the eligibility exams for Swiss nationality, he finally obtained his passport in December 2014 and then chose to represent his adopted country in selection. 🇨🇲🇨🇭

In life, nothing is given to you. There are a lot of people who have nothing, you always have to keep that in mind.

Breel Embolo

Big prospect on FIFA and Football Manager

If you’re a big fan of football simulation games, you must have heard of him for about ten years! Already on the FIFA 14 edition, when he had not yet celebrated his 17th birthday, Breel Embolo had an overall rating of 66, with a potential rating of… 84! Football Manager buffs also ticked his name first, when it came to moving from the Danish 3rd division to the Champions League in three seasons. We know you know. 🎮

It only took 2 minutes to score his first pro goal

What is certain is that it did not take long to confirm its potential! His 17 springs celebrated for barely a month, the new number 36 of FC Basel strikes for his second pro match. After a stealthy appearance just before the final whistle against Salzburg in the Europa League on March 13, 2014, he put his second start to good use to score in the league against Aarau (5-0 success). He had only been on the pitch for a minute, when he shook the net with his right foot on a serve from David Degen. No time ! 💨

6th youngest goalscorer in C1 in the 21st century

You will have understood, Breel has always been precocious. We only have to wait eight more months to see him slam his first achievement in the Champions League. Aligned up front against Ludogorets Razgrad, he proved decisive in the 34th minute. At 17 years, 8 months and 21 days… which makes him the 14th youngest scorer in the history of the competition, the 6th in the 21st century behind former Barcelona players Ansu Fati, Cesc Fàbregas and Bojan Krkic in particular. “You don’t talk to me about age! » 🎯

His current coach had launched him in Basel

The Swiss centre-forward can in any case thank a person for having believed in his qualities so early. His coach at the time and current coach of the National Team: Murat Yakin. In the spring of 2014, therefore, the former Swiss international did not hesitate to launch his young nugget into the deep end at FC Basel. Wink of fate, the two men find themselves in the national team seven years later, in 2021. In the meantime, the little Embolo has become great and is even part of the executives of the selection from the top of his 56 caps (9 goals). There are no coincidences in life… 🤝

An Italian as a childhood idol

In addition to his 87 meters and his imposing physique, the new Red and White striker has many similarities with his childhood idol, who is none other than Mario Balotelli! Barely 10 years old when “Super Mario” already scored his first goals with Inter Milan, Breel Embolo was inspired by him to perfect his game. Very comfortable controlling the ball with his back to goal and turning , it also shows a very nice burst of speed. Added to that his skill with both feet and his agility in the air… 🇮🇹

He played with a great Dutch striker

During his first experience in the Bundesliga at Schalke 04, the new Monegasque had the opportunity to rub shoulders with a great scorer, finalist of the 2010 World Cup with the Netherlands. He thus started the 2016-2017 season alongside a certain Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, before the latter returned to the country to delight Ajax Amsterdam. Play it like KJH! 🏆

The birth of my daughter is the most beautiful thing that has happened to me. It gives me even more strength and serenity in my life. Besides, it’s quite special, since she was born between two rounds of the World Cup.

Breel EmboloNew AS Monaco striker

His daughter was born during the World Cup

He says it himself bluntly, the year 2018 was probably the most important in his young life. In an interview with his former club Gelsenkirchen, Breel reveals that he flew to Russia for the 2018 World Cup with Switzerland, when his wife was pregnant with their first child. Opposed to Costa Rica in the round of 16 of the competition, he delivered an assist before seeing his country go to the penalty shootout (2-2). As soon as the match is over, he is allowed to go back and forth to attend the birth of his daughter, before facing Sweden in the quarter-finals. An engraved memory! 👶

Holder against the Blues at Euro 2020

More recently, he made miseries for the French team with the Nati, at Euro 2020… disputed in 2021. Once again in the round of 16 of the competition, he is aligned at the forefront of the attack at the alongside Haris Seferovic. Before seeing his teammates win a new penalty shootout thanks to a save from his partner at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Yann Sommer in front of Kylian Mbappé. 🇨🇭

He already knows Ligue 1 well

Besides the fact that he is French-speaking, Breel Embolo has already had a good idea of ​​the attractiveness of the French championship. In the Bundesliga, he indeed had the opportunity to play, among others, with Benjamin Stambouli and Amine Harit at Schalke 04, where he also knew the former Monegasque Naldo. Before distinguishing himself in Mönchengladbach with the ex-Rennes Ramy Bensebaini, Marcus Thuram, Alassane Pléa or the international Espoirs tricolor and former TFC, Kouadio Manu Koné. So he is on familiar ground. 🇬🇧

He rolled over Bayern Munich in the German Cup

It is certainly one of his most successful matches in his career! Opposed to the winner of the 2020 Champions League and nine-time defending champion in the second round of the German Cup last season, Breel Embolo did not disassemble. He even chose this gala match to shine with a thousand lights, since he offered himself a double of assists that day… before making the net shake twice in the 2nd period. Result Borussia wins 5-0 and he is logically named man of the match, being involved in four of the five achievements. Hat ! 🎩

His speciality ? The returnees acrobatic

The story begins very early, again and again. Already a confirmed goalscorer in the youth teams, Breel quickly turns into a specialist in the upturned scissors, like this time when he sends the ball into the skylight from the entrance to the opposing area. And it continues in Germany, where he takes advantage of this spectacular championship that is the Bundesliga, to put his head upside down again and delight the Borussia public, especially during this meeting won against Wolfsburg. A trademark! ✂

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