Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang (French pronunciation: [pjɛʁ ɛməʁik obaməjɑ̃ɡ]; born 18 June 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal and the Gabonese national team. He is known for his speed, having clocked 30 metres in 3.7 seconds, and his capability of playing as a forward or a winger.
Aubameyang in 2014
|Full name||Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang|
|Date of birth||18 June 1989|
|Place of birth||Laval, France|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1995–1997||ASL L'Huisserie Football|
|1998–1999||ASL L'Huisserie Football|
|2008–2009||→ Dijon (loan)||34||(8)|
|2009–2010||→ Lille (loan)||14||(2)|
|2010–2011||→ Monaco (loan)||19||(2)|
|2011||→ Saint-Étienne (loan)||33||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2018.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 October 2017
He began his career at Milan, who loaned him to four French clubs before he joined Saint-Étienne permanently in 2011. After winning the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue Final, he joined Dortmund, where he has twice won the DFL-Supercup in 2013 and 2014. Despite playing once for France Under-21, Aubameyang made his senior international debut for Gabon in 2009, and has represented them at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Aubameyang was the winner of the CAF's African Footballer of the Year award in 2015, becoming the first Gabonese player to win the award. In December 2016, he was named by The Guardian as the eighth-best footballer in the world. He is the son of former Gabonese captain Pierre Aubameyang.
Aubameyang joined Milan's youth team in January 2007. In August, he was part of the squad that finished fourth in the inaugural Champions Youth Cup held in Malaysia, where he made a name for himself and attracted the attention of scouts internationally. He scored against every opponent Milan played, finishing with seven goals in six matches. He was awarded the Roberto Bettega Trophy for being the top scorer of the competition.
For the 2008–09 season, Aubameyang was loaned out to Dijon in France in order to gain first team experience. His performances there led him to appear in World Soccer's Talent Scout section in Summer 2009. He finished with a total of ten goals and two assists in all competitions (two assists and eight goals in the league, two goals in the Coupe de la Ligue. His coach, Daniel Joseph, said, "Pierre's performance is impressive considering the fact he is only 18 ... he has tremendous physical ability, a willingness to run at defenders and a long time ahead of him to improve."
On 24 June 2009, it was announced Ligue 1 club Lille had decided to sign Aubameyang on loan. Relative to his previous season, however, Aubameyang did not perform as well, scoring just two goals in 14 appearances, four as a starter.
For the 2010–11 season, Aubameyang was loaned for the season to Monaco. On 21 August 2010, he scored his first goal for Monaco in an away match against Lens, then scored again on 29 August at home to Auxerre, where Monaco won 2–0. In January 2011, after six months with the club, Aubameyang was loaned to Saint-Étienne until the end of the 2010–11 season, finishing the season with four goals and three assists. In July 2011, the loan was extended for the entire 2011–12 season.
On 22 December 2011, Aubameyang signed with Saint-Étienne on a permanent deal. He was quickly added to the starting line-up and was given the number 7 jersey. In February 2012, he scored his first hat-trick against Lorient. He became an integral part of the squad, scoring half of the team's away goals during the season, and went on to be Ligue 1's top goalscorer with 16 goals.
During the warm-up in a match against Lyon, he wore a £2,500 pair of swarovski crystals encrusted boots. On 20 April 2013, Aubameyang was in the starting line-up for Saint-Étienne in the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue Final. Les Verts won the match 1–0 with a goal from Brandão to give Aubameyang his first major trophy as a professional footballer. He finished the season with 18 goals and seven assists in all competitions.
In the 2012–13 season, Aubameyang ended second in the competition's top-goalscorers list, scoring 19 goals and finishing behind only Zlatan Ibrahimović. From his 37 appearances, he also provided eight assists. The season was widely regarded as his breakout year—he appeared in the Ligue 1 team of the season and he won the Ligue 1 African Player of the Year award.
On 4 July 2013, Aubameyang joined 2012–13 Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract. He made his competitive debut for his new club on 27 July 2013 against Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup, replacing Jakub Błaszczykowski for the last 18 minutes of Dortmund's 4–2 victory, assisting Dortmund's final goal, scored by Marco Reus.[unreliable source?] On 10 August, Aubameyang made his Bundesliga debut and scored a hat-trick against FC Augsburg, including a goal from his first shot in the league. In the process, Aubameyang also became the first Gabonese player to appear in the Bundesliga. On 27 November, he scored his first Champions League goal in a 3–1 win against Napoli in the group stage of the 2013–14 competition. He later took a penalty against 1860 Munich that propelled Dortmund into the next round of the DFB-Pokal, finishing the year with 13 league goals and 16 goals in all competitions.
On 13 August 2014, Aubameyang assisted Borussia Dortmund's first goal and scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup. After scoring the goal, he celebrated by putting on a Spider-Man mask. In Dortmund's next match, a 4–1 win over Stuttgarter Kickers in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, Aubameyang scored two second-half goals and provided the assist for Adrián Ramos' goal. On 13 September, Aubameyang scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season, netting Dortmund's final goal of their 3–1 win over SC Freiburg. Three days later, Aubameyang scored Dortmund's second goal in a 2–0 win over Arsenal in the first group match of the Champions League.
Aubameyang ended his second season in Dortmund with 25 goals from 46 appearances, including one in the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, where Dortmund were defeated 3–1 by VfL Wolfsburg at the Olympiastadion.
On 31 July 2015, Aubameyang signed a new contract to last until 2020, saying, "Every part of me wants to be here and I have never wanted to leave." On 20 August, he scored a brace as Dortmund came from 0–3 down to win 3–4 at Odds BK in the first leg of their Europa League play-off.
By scoring in Dortmund's 1–1 draw with 1899 Hoffenheim on 23 September, Aubameyang became the first player in Bundesliga history to score in each of his team's opening six matches of a season. He later extended this record to eight matches, scoring in the team's next two fixtures against Darmstadt 98 and Bayern Munich, before failing to score for the first time in the Bundesliga season in a 2–0 win at Mainz 05.
On 22 October, Aubameyang scored a hat-trick in a UEFA Europa League match against Gabala FK of Azerbaijan. Three days later, he scored another hat-trick in a 5–1 defeat of Augsburg at the Westfalenstadion.
At the halfway stage of the Bundesliga season, Aubameyang was the league's top scorer with 18 goals from 17 appearances.
Aubameyang reached 30 goals in all competitions in a 3–1 victory over VfB Stuttgart in the quarter-final of the 2015–16 DFB-Pokal. In addition to scoring himself, he assisted the side's other two goals scored by Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
On 10 March 2016, Aubameyang scored for Borussia in their 3–0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first-leg. A week later, he scored both goals in the 2–1 second-leg victory at White Hart Lane, taking him to 35 goals for the season.
In scoring two goals in a 5–1 win against VfL Wolfsburg on 30 April, Aubameyang reached 25 goals in the Bundesliga season, thus ending as the league's second-top scorer behind Robert Lewandowski of FC Bayern.
Aubameyang began his 2016–17 season in the Bundesliga with a double against Mainz 05 on 27 August in a 2–1 victory, while also scoring twice against VfL Wolfsburg on 20 September. Aubameyang scored three days later against recently promoted SC Freiburg, bringing his season total to 5, into a tie atop the scoring charts with Lewandowski early in the season. Following an injury to Marcel Schmelzer, Aubameyang wore the captain's armband for Dortmund for the first time on 22 October, also scoring a goal in the 3–3 draw at FC Ingolstadt.
Aubameyang also got off to an excellent start in Dortmund's Champions League group stage matches, scoring in each of their first leg matches as Dortmund were joint top of their group with Real Madrid. However, Aubameyang was left out of the squad by Thomas Tuchel for their return leg against Sporting CP on 2 November due to an "internal issue". It turned out that he received a one-game suspension for breaking club rules, by traveling to Milan instead of staying in Dortmund. Expected to return that weekend at Hamburger SV, Aubameyang exploded with a four-goal performance in a 5–2 victory, their first in five tries in the Bundesliga, while also assisting Ousmane Dembélé for Dortmund's final goal.
On 19 November, Aubameyang scored the only goal of a 1–0 defeat of Bayern Munich at the Westfalenstadion. This was Dortmund's first Klassiker victory in the league since April 2014.
On 16 December, Aubameyang scored his 100th goal for Borussia Dortmund in a 2–2 draw away to 1899 Hoffenheim.
On 4 March 2017, Aubameyang passed 20 Bundesliga goals for the second consecutive season with two goals in a 6–2 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen. Four days later, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 win over S.L. Benfica to put Dortmund into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
On 31 January 2018, Aubameyang signed for Premier League club Arsenal for a club record fee of a reported £56 million. On 4 February, Aubameyang made his debut for Arsenal against Everton in the Premier League in a 5–1 home victory, scoring the team's fourth goal after latching onto a pass from new teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan and chipping the ball over a grounded Jordan Pickford.
Aubameyang was also eligible to play for Spain because he has Spanish nationality. However, he decided to represent Gabon because his father once captained the team but maintains close relationship with Spain and dreams to play in the Spanish league.
On 25 March 2009, Aubameyang was selected for the Gabon national team and made his debut for the squad. He scored his first goal in a 3–2 victory over Morocco, then scored a goal each in friendly matches against Benin, Togo, Algeria and Senegal.
Aubameyang was a key member of the Gabon national side that reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations as co-hosts of the competition. He netted three goals in total, finishing the tournament as one of the top scorers. On 5 February 2012, he set up the opening goal for his team and hit the post in the quarter-final against Mali. However, the match ended 1–1 after extra time and Aubameyang had his penalty saved in the shootout to decide the game.
In July 2012, Aubameyang represented Gabon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He scored in the team's opening game against Switzerland, which was Gabon's first-ever Olympic goal, and would also prove to be Gabon's only goal of the tournament. They were eliminated in the group stage.
On 15 June 2013, Aubameyang scored a hat-trick of penalty kicks in Gabon's 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Niger. He then scored a brace against Burkina Faso in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification.
Aubameyang captained Gabon at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring the team's opening goal of the tournament in their 2–0 win over Burkina Faso on 17 January 2015. He also scored a brace against Mali on 25 March 2015. He is Gabon's highest goalscorer. He rejected a callup for a pivotal World Cup qualifier at home to the Ivory Coast, which they lost 3–0. 
- As of 10 February 2018
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Dijon (loan)||2008–09||Ligue 2||34||8||4||2||1||0||—||—||39||10|
|Lille (loan)||2009–10||Ligue 1||14||2||0||0||1||0||9[a]||0||—||24||2|
|Monaco (loan)||2010–11||Ligue 1||19||2||1||0||3||0||—||—||23||2|
- As of 7 October 2017
|Gabon national team|
- Gabon score listed first, score column indicates score after each Aubameyang goal.
|1.||28 March 2009||Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca||Morocco||1–0||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||11 August 2009||Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou||Benin||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|3.||19 May 2010||Stade François Coty, Ajaccio||Togo||2–0||3–0|
|4.||11 August 2010||Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers||Algeria||2–0||2–1|
|5.||17 November 2010||Stade Michel Hidalgo, Sannois||Senegal||1–2||1–2|
|6.||23 January 2012||Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville||Niger||1–0||2–0||2012 Africa Cup of Nations|
|7.||27 January 2012||Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville||Morocco||1–1||3–2|
|8.||31 January 2012||Stade de Franceville, Franceville||Tunisia||1–0||1–0|
|9.||14 October 2012||Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville||Togo||1–2||1–2||2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|10.||15 June 2013||Stade de Franceville, Franceville||Niger||1–1||4–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13.||11 October 2014||Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville||Burkina Faso||1–0||2–0||2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|15.||17 January 2015||Estadio de Bata, Bata||1–0||2–0||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|
|16.||25 March 2015||Stade Pierre Brisson, Beauvais||Mali||2–2||4–3||Friendly|
|18.||5 September 2015||Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville||Sudan||4–0||4–0||Friendly|
|19.||9 October 2015||Stade Olympique de Radès, Tunis||Tunisia||1–1||3–3||Friendly|
|20.||25 March 2016||Stade de Franceville, Franceville||Sierra Leone||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|21.||2 September 2016||Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum||Sudan||1–1||2–1||Friendly|
|22.||14 January 2017||Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville||Guinea-Bissau||1–0||1–1||2017 Africa Cup of Nations|
|23.||18 January 2017||Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville||Burkina Faso||1–1||1–1|
- Ligue 1 Best African Player: 2012–13
- Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2012–13
- CAF Team of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Prix Marc-Vivien Foé: 2013
- UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2015–16
- Borussia Dortmund Highest Goalscorer 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Borussia Dortmund Highest Assists 2014–15
- Borussia Dortmund Player of the Season: 2014–15
- Bundesliga Team of the Year: 2016–17
- African Footballer of the Year: 2015
- Bundesliga Player of the Year: 2015–16
- Facebook FA Bundesliga Player of the Year: 2016
- Bundesliga Top Goalscorer: 2016–17 (31 goals)
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