Mubarak Wakaso

Mubarak Wakaso (Arabic: مبارك واكاسو‎; born 25 July 1990) is a Ghanaian footballer who currently plays for Chinese club Shenzhen. He also plays for the Ghana national team as a midfielder.

Mubarak Wakaso
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Wakaso playing for Ghana in 2015
Personal information
Full name Mubarak Wakaso
Date of birth (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth Tamale, Ghana
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shenzhen
Number 22
Youth career
Adelaide
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Ashanti Gold
2008–2011 Elche 58 (1)
2011 Villarreal B 5 (1)
2011–2012 Villarreal 17 (0)
2012–2013 Espanyol 26 (3)
2013–2016 Rubin Kazan 16 (2)
2014–2015Celtic (loan) 5 (0)
2015–2016Las Palmas (loan) 20 (1)
2016–2017 Panathinaikos 8 (1)
2017Granada (loan) 11 (1)
2017–2020 Alavés 66 (1)
2020 Jiangsu Suning 18 (0)
2021– Shenzhen 5 (0)
National team
2005 Ghana U17
2012– Ghana 58 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:22, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

He spent the better part of his career in Spain, starting out at Elche in 2008 and going on to also represent Villarreal, Espanyol, Las Palmas, Granada and Alavés. He also competed professionally in Russia, Scotland, Greece and China.

Wakaso appeared with the Ghana national team at the 2014 World Cup, as well as four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Club careerEdit

 
Wakaso before a game with Villarreal in 2011

Early years / SpainEdit

Born in Tamale, Northern Region, Wakaso began his senior career in Ashanti Gold SC. In 2008, he moved abroad and signed with Elche CF in Spain on a five-year contract, but only joined the club nearly two months later, however, due to international duty.[1]

In late January 2011, after several bouts of indiscipline and internal codes violations,[2] Wakaso was released by the Valencians.[3] Shortly after, he joined another side in the region and Segunda División, Villarreal CF's B-team.

On 27 February 2011, Wakaso made his La Liga debut, coming on as a substitute for José Catalá in the last minutes of a 2–2 away draw against Racing de Santander.[4] He only played six matches in his first full season, and the Yellow Submarine was also relegated after 12 years in the top flight.

Wakaso signed for RCD Espanyol on 11 July 2012, penning a four-year contract.[5] He started in 23 of his league appearances for the Catalans in his first and only season.

Rubin KazanEdit

In the last days of the 2013 summer transfer window, Wakaso moved to the Russian Premier League with FC Rubin Kazan.[6] On 28 August 2014, he joined Celtic on a season-long loan.[7]

Wakaso scored on his competitive debut for Celtic, netting the first in a 2–2 away draw against FC Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Europa League group stage.[8] On 30 August 2015, after appearing rarely, he was loaned to UD Las Palmas for one year.[9]

PanathinaikosEdit

On 10 July 2016, Wakaso signed a three-year contract with Superleague Greece club Panathinaikos F.C. for an undisclosed fee.[10] On 15 September, in the last minute of a Europa League group phase home fixture against AFC Ajax, he was sent off – as teammate Ivan Ivanov midway through the second half of the eventual 1–2 home loss[11]– and UEFA subsequently suspended him a further two games after his initial ban was over.[12]

On 1 February 2017, Wakaso was loaned to another Spanish top flight side, Granada CF.[13][14] He scored his first club for them on 1 March, helping to a 2–1 home win over Deportivo Alavés.[15]

AlavésEdit

On 17 July 2017, the day after mutually terminating his contract,[16] Wakaso signed a three-year deal with Alavés.[17] He scored his only competitive goal for the Basques on 18 May 2019, in a 2–1 home defeat of Girona FC who were relegated as a result.[18]

Jiangsu SuningEdit

On 18 January 2020, Wakaso transferred to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning FC.[19]

ShenzhenEdit

On 12 April 2021, Wakaso transferred to Chinese Super League side Shenzhen after Jiangsu Suning was annulled due to financial issues.[20]

International careerEdit

Wakaso represented Ghana at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru, playing two matches in an eventual group stage exit (three draws).[21] He made his full international debut on 13 October 2012, in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi.[22]

Wakaso scored his first goal for Ghana in a friendly with Cape Verde on 14 November 2012.[23] He was picked for the squad that appeared at the 2013 CAN in South Africa, notably netting the game's only goal in a group stage contest against Mali, through a penalty kick,[24] then scoring both in the 2–0 quarter-final win against Cape Verde.[25]

Wakaso was selected by manager James Kwesi Appiah for his 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.[26] He made his debut in the tournament on 21 June, playing 22 minutes in a 2–2 draw against Germany.[27]

On 5 February 2015, Wakaso netted the second goal in Ghana's 3–0 win over Equatorial Guinea in the semi-final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to take them to the final.[28][29] In the decisive match, against the Ivory Coast, he scored his penalty shootout attempt in an eventual 8–9 loss.[30]

Personal lifeEdit

Wakaso's younger brother, Alhassan, is also a footballer and a midfielder. He spent most of his career in Portugal.[31][32]

Wakaso is a practicing Muslim.[33] In October 2018, while heading to Bilbao's Loiu airport to travel to Ghana, he was unhurt following a car accident.[34]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played on 31 December 2020.[35][36]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Elche 2008–09 Segunda División 16 0 0 0 16 0
2009–10 26 0 0 0 26 0
2010–11 16 1 2 1 18 2
Total 58 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 60 2
Villarreal B 2010–11 Segunda División 5 1 5 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Villarreal 2010–11 La Liga 11 0 4 0 15 0
2011–12 6 0 0 0 4 0 10 0
Total 17 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 25 0
Espanyol 2012–13 La Liga 26 3 1 0 27 3
Total 26 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 3
Rubin Kazan 2013–14 Russian Premier League 14 2 0 0 4 0 18 2
2014–15 2 0 2 0
Total 16 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 20 2
Celtic 2014–15 Scottish Premiership 5 0 1 0 5 1 11 1
Total 5 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 11 1
Las Palmas 2015–16 La Liga 20 1 4 1 24 2
Total 20 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 24 2
Panathinaikos 2016–17 Superleague Greece 8 1 1 0 7 0 16 1
Total223 8 1 1 0 7 0 16 1
Granada 2016–17 La Liga 11 1 0 0 11 1
Total 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Alavés 2017–18 La Liga 21 0 3 0 24 0
2018–19 29 1 0 0 29 1
2019–20 16 0 1 0 17 0
Total 66 1 4 0 70 1
Jiangsu Suning 2020 Chinese Super League 18 0 1 0 19 0
Total 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Career total 250 11 13 2 1 0 24 1 288 14

InternationalEdit

As of matches played on 15 July 2019[37]
Ghana
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 1
2013 13 6
2014 10 1
2015 14 3
2016 6 1
2017 6 0
2018 1 0
2019 6 0
Total 58 12

International goalsEdit

[37][23][38][35][39]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 November 2012 Estádio Universitário, Lisbon, Portugal   Cape Verde 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 13 January 2013 Sheikh Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   Tunisia 2–2 4–2 Friendly
3 24 January 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa   Mali 1–0 1–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
4 2 February 2013 Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa   Cape Verde 1–0 2–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
5 2–0 2–0
6 6 February 2013 Mbombela, Nelspruit, South Africa   Burkina Faso 1–0 1–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
7 24 March 2013 Baba Yara, Kumasi, Ghana   Sudan 2–0 4–0 2014 World Cup qualification
8 19 November 2014 Tamale Stadium, Tamale, Ghana   Togo 2–0 3–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
9 5 February 2015 Nuevo Estadio, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea   Equatorial Guinea 2–0 3–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
10 5 September 2015 Amahoro, Kigali, Rwanda   Rwanda 1–0 3–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11 17 November 2015 Baba Yara, Kumasi, Ghana   Comoros 1–0 2–0 2018 World Cup qualification
12 11 October 2016 Moses Mabhida, Durban, South Africa   South Africa 1–0 1–1 Friendly

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Celtic[40]

Jiangsu Suning FC

InternationalEdit

Ghana

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Wakaso Mubarak, cielo e infierno en un mismo lugar (Wakaso Mubarak, heaven and hell in the same place); Rayo Herald, 16 December 2010 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ El Elche despide al ghanés Wakaso Mubarak (Elche fire Ghanaian Wakaso Mubarak) Archived 7 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine; El Diario Vasco, 31 January 2011 (in Spanish)
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  6. ^ МУБАРАК ВАКАСО ПЕРЕШЕЛ В "РУБИН" [Mubarak Wakaso moved to Rubin] (in Russian). FC Rubin Kazan. 28 August 2013. Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
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