Our player to be profiled this week is Stoke City winger Eric Choupo-Moting, the man whose double halted Manchester United’s perfect start to the Premier League season.
Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was born on March the 23rd, 1989, in Altona, Germany to a German mother and Cameroonian father. He began his career with Hamburg in 2007 and spent four years at the Imtech Arena, where he made more league appearances for the reserves than the senior side.
In May 2011, at the expiration of his Hamburg contract, he joined fellow Bundesliga club Mainz and had a more than decent first season, scoring 10 times, but in his second campaign he was restricted by injuries and missed most of it. By July 2014, his contract at Mainz expired, then he signed on a free with Schalke 04.
It was another three-year spell for Choupo-Moting in Gelsenkirchen, as, after his contract ran out once again, he sought pastures new, and this summer he joined Stoke, and he made his debut in the opening day defeat to Everton.
Choupo-Moting represented Germany at the Under-19 and Under-21 levels, but opted to play for the Cameroonian national side at senior level.
He has appeared in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments with the Indomitable Lions, but didn’t play in his country’s triumphant African Cup of Nations campaign last January. He has 13 goals in 45 caps for Cameroon.
Choupo-Moting is married to Nevin, and they have a son, Liam, who was born on October the 17th.