Gerald Asamoah (German pronunciation: [ˈgeːʁalt ʔazaˈmoː.aː]; born 3 October 1978) is a Ghanaian-born German former footballer who played as a forward. He was known for his pace and strength.
Asamoah in 2016
|Full name||Gerald Asamoah|
|Date of birth||3 October 1978|
|Place of birth||Mampong, Ghana|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1991–1994||BV Werder Hannover|
|2010–2011||FC St. Pauli||27||(6)|
|2013–2015||Schalke 04 II||49||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in in Mampong, Ghana, Asamoah and his family emigrated to Germany in 1990.
Asamoah started his career with Hannover 96 where he played 79 games before moving to Schalke in 1999. He played over 275 league games for the club over 11 years with the team. On 1 June 2010, Asamoah signed a two-year contract with the then Bundesliga-promoted club St. Pauli. In June 2011 he terminated this contract. From 12 July 2011 on, Asamoah was at VfB Hüls, keeping himself fit. After six months without a club, Asamoah signed for SpVgg Greuther Fürth on 10 January 2012. Asamoah won the second division title with SpVgg Greuther Fürth and played in the Bundesliga in the 2012–13 season. On 15 July 2013, it was announced that Asamoah will return to Schalke 04 as a player for Schalke's second team.
Asamoah made his debut for Germany in 2001 against Slovakia, making him the first African-born black player to ever play for the side, as Erwin Kostedde and Jimmy Hartwig, two previous internationals with black ancestry, were both born in Germany to African-American fathers. He scored on his debut, and went on to play in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
|1996–97||Hannover 96||Regionalliga Nord||25||5||1||0||-||-||2||0||28||5|
|2011–12||Greuther Fürth||2. Bundesliga||10||5||2||0||-||-||-||-||12||5|
|Schalke 04 total||279||44||30||12||51||5||21||3||381||64|
- 1.^ Includes Champions League and Europa League.
- 2.^ Includes 2. Bundesliga playoffs, German League Cup and UEFA Intertoto Cup
|1.||29 May 2001||Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany||Slovakia||Friendly|
|2.||13 February 2002||Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany||Israel||Friendly|
|3.||21 December 2004||Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand||Thailand||Friendly|
|4.||4 June 2005||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||Friendly|
|5.||21 June 2005||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany||Argentina||2005 Confederations Cup|
|6.||17 August 2005||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||Friendly|
Asamoah is married and has two children, twins Jada and Jaden (born 26 February 2007). He suffers from a heart condition, hypertrophic non-obstructive cardiomyopathy. In his case, the flesh lobe that separates the right and left heart chambers is extremely thick, which can cause an arrhythmic heartbeat. Asamoah's brother Lewis last played for 1. FC Wülfrath and his cousin Emmanuel plays for the U-17 of FC St. Pauli. On 13 January 2016, Asamoah accepted the 2015 FIFA Fair Play Award on behalf of football organizations and clubs around the world, working to support refugees in the face of conflict.
- "Asamoah, Gerald" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- On the recording, the pretonic syllable of the surname (/za/) is pronounced with a voiceless [z̥], which is the normal pronunciation in southern accents. It is still not an [s], as it is weaker.
- "Asamoah spielt wieder für Schalke" (in German). kicker.de. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Player Profile". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- Arnhold, Matthias (4 June 2015). "Gerald Asamoah - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
- "FC St. Pauli verpflichtet Gerald Asamoah" (in German). Focus. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- "Asamoah wird Kiezkicker: 31-Jähriger erhält Zwei-Jahres-Vertrag" (in German). FC St. Pauli. 31 May 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- "Asamoah geht zu St. Pauli – Rückkehr zum S04 vertraglich fixiert" (in German). FC Schalke 04. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- "Fürth verpflichtet Asamoah" [Fürth signs Asamoah] (in German). DFL. 10 January 2012. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- Arnhold, Matthias (4 June 2015). "Gerald Asamoah - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
- "Gerald Asamoah "I know that I'm playing with my life"". FIFA. 14 January 2002. Retrieved 22 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "Gott weiß, was er tut". Der Spiegel (in German). 9 November 1998. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
- "1.FC Wülfrath: Lewis und Gerald Asamoah über Neid, Gegenspieler und Zukunft" [1.FC Wülfrath: Lewis and Gerald Asamoah about envy, opponents and future] (in German). reviersport.de. 7 August 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "FACTSheet FIFA awards" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.