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Breel Embolo

Breel Embolo
Personal information
Full name Breel-Donald Embolo
Date of birth (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FC Basel
Number 36
Youth career
2006–2008 Nordstern
2008–2010 Old Boys
2010– Basel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Basel 43 (15)
National team
2012–2013 Switzerland U16 4 (1)
2013 Switzerland U17 0 (0)
2014– Switzerland U20 3 (0)
2014– Switzerland U21 4 (0)
2015– Switzerland 7 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2015, 18:56 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2015

Breel-Donald Embolo (born 14 February 1997) is a Swiss professional footballer, who plays for Swiss Super League side FC Basel. He plays as striker or midfielder for Switzerland's U21 team and has made various appearances in their first team.

Club career

Early career

Embolo started his youth football with Nordstern. Via Old Boys he transferred to the youth system of Basel in 2010. In the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons he played in Basel's U-16. With the U-16 team he won the Swiss Championship title twice at this level.[1][2] He received various individual prizes, such as the Basel youngster of the year 2013.[3] Just three weeks after his 16th birthday he signed his first professional contract with the club.[4] In summer 2013 he rose to play in their U-18 and U-21 teams.

FC Basel

Embolo made his professional debut on 13 March 2014 as a 90th-minute substitute for Geoffroy Serey in the Europea League round of 16 first leg in St. Jakob-Park.[5] The match against Red Bull Salzburg ended in a goalless draw.[6] Just three days later, on 16 March, he made his Swiss Super League debut in the 5–0 home win against Aarau, entering as a substitute in the 85th minute. He scored his first goal for the team only four minutes later, the final goal of the game.[7] At the end of the 2013–14 Super League season he won the league championship with Basel.[8] They also reached the final of the 2013–14 Swiss Cup, but were beaten 2–0 by Zürich after extra time.

On 4 November 2014 he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League, opening a 4–0 home group win against Ludogorets Razgrad.[9]

On 19 August 2015, Embolo scored in a 2–2 draw against Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv at St. Jakob-Park in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs.[10] He was scouted by several German and English clubs due to his performances, among them Aston Villa and Borussia Dortmund.[11]

Club statistics

As of match played 31 October 2015
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Basel 2013–14 Swiss Super League 7 1 0 0 4 0 11 1
2014–15 26 10 5 6 8 1 39 17
2015–16 10 4 0 0 6 2 16 6
FC Basel Total 43 15 5 6 18 3 67 24
Career total 43 15 5 6 18 3 67 24

International career

Embolo made four appearances for the Switzerland U16 national team. He scored his first international goal on 1 November 2012 in the 3–0 away win against the Ukraine U16. He was also eligible to play for Cameroon, however in December 2014 he pledged his international allegiance to Switzerland.[12] He made his senior international debut on 31 March 2015, replacing Josip Drmić after 56 minutes of an eventual 1–1 friendly draw against the United States in Zürich.[13] On 9 October, he scored his first international goal, a penalty in a 7–0 win over San Marino at the AFG Arena in St Gallen, converting after Alessandro Della Valle fouled Eren Derdiyok; the result qualified the Swiss to UEFA Euro 2016. In the same game, he also set up Michael Lang for the first goal and won a spot-kick scored by Johan Djourou.[14]

Personal life

Embolo was born in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. His mother settled with her two sons in Basel, believing there was no future for them in Cameroon. Embolo received Swiss citizenship on 12 December 2014.[15][16]





  • FC Basel Young Player of the Year: 2013 [3]


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External links

  • Profile at FC Basel (German)
  • Profile at
  • Breel Embolo Profile at Topforward
  • Breel Embolo profile at Soccerway
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