Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang (French pronunciation: [pjɛʁ ɛməʁik obaməjɑ̃ɡ]; born 18 June 1989) is a Gabonese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Arsenal and captains the Gabonese national team.
Aubameyang in 2018
|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)||14||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:29, 7 October 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:52, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
Born in Laval as the son of former Gabonese captain Pierre Aubameyang, Aubameyang began his senior career in 2008 after being promoted from the youth-setup at Milan. However, he never appeared for the first team, and was instead loaned out multiple times to Ligue 1 clubs. Although renowned for his speed, having clocked 30 metres in 3.7 seconds, he was often used sparingly on loan until joining Saint-Étienne in 2011. Following multiple good individual performances to guide a depleted team to mid-table in 2012, Aubameyang built upon his performances to include goalscoring the following season. After establishing himself as the core component of the team, he ended the campaign as Ligue 1's second-top goalscorer, with 19 goals, while also winning the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue. This garnered him a move to Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, for a rumored fee of €14 million.
In Germany, Aubameyang, under the tutelage of Jürgen Klopp, adapted his game from a winger, to a complete forward. Winning the 2013 DFL-Supercup in his debut, he received plaudits for his technical skills and finishing; gaining comparisons to Thierry Henry. In the following seasons at Dortmund, Aubameyang established himself as one of the best forwards in the world, as he recorded 141 goals in 213 games, including a 31-goal haul in 2016–17 as he won the league's top scorer award. However, after only recording another DFL-Supercup and a DFB-Pokal to his name in Germany, he voiced his desire to leave, and relocated to England to join Premier League side Arsenal in a club-record deal worth £56 million (€64 million), making him the most expensive Gabonese player of all time.
At international level, Aubameyang has played 57 matches for the Gabon national team since his debut in 2009, scoring 23 goals. He represented his country in three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics. For his performances at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Aubameyang was named CAF's African Footballer of the Year, becoming the first Gabonese player to win the award.
—Aubameyang on the influence of his idol, Brazilian striker Ronaldo, on his own career.
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.
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).
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 future club 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. On 8 November, Aubameyang scored the winning goal for Dortmund in a 3–2 Revierderby victory over rivals FC Schalke 04. At the halfway stage of the Bundesliga season, Aubameyang was the league's top scorer with 18 goals from 17 appearances.
On 30 January 2016, Aubameyang scored his 19th and 20th league goals of the season to give Dortmund a 2–0 home victory over FC Ingolstadt. 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 7 December, Aubameyang scored Borussia's first goal in a 2–2 comeback draw with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to secure qualification to the next stage as group winners. 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 20 May, Aubameyang scored twice in Borussia's final day defeat of SV Werder Bremen to end the season as the Bundesliga's top scorer with 31 goals.
On 3 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, chipping the ball over a grounded Jordan Pickford. After missing the Europa League matches against Östersunds FK for the Gunners due to being cup-tied, Aubameyang registered his first away goal for the club in the team's 2–1 away defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion. Aubameyang registered his first assist for the team, setting up Henrikh Mkhitaryan's goal in a 3–0 win over Watford, Aubameyang also scored the Gunners' second goal (which was assisted by Mkhitaryan), rounding the goalkeeper.
Aubameyang kept up his fine goalscoring form by scoring twice in Arsenal's 3–0 home win against Stoke City. Aubameyang's goals against Stoke (one of which was also his first converted penalty for the club) made him the first player to score five times in his first six games for the club. He netted his second brace for Arsenal, in manager Arsène Wenger's final home game for the club, opening and closing the scoring, whilst also assisting Alex Iwobi's goal, in an eventual 5–0 win over Burnley. Aubameyang followed this up by scoring the only goal in Arsenal's 1–0 away win against Huddersfield Town. Aubameyang ended the season with ten goals and four assists in thirteen Premier League games and was the last goalscorer for Arsenal under Arsène Wenger.
Aubameyang scored his first goal of the new season in a 3–2 away win over Cardiff City. After a flick from Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang took a touch, before curling the ball past the Cardiff goalkeeper. Aubameyang's strike from outside the box ended his personal run of 76 consecutive goals from inside the box in club football and was also his 150th goal in league football. Aubameyang made his European debut for Arsenal, in the 4-2 home win over FC Vorskla Poltava, scoring two goals, before being substituted for Mesut Özil in the 57th minute. Aubameyang's goals meant that he had been directly involved in 12 goals in 10 appearances for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
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 match played 7 October 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 match played 12 October 2018
|Gabon national team|
- As of match played 8 September 2018. 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|
|24.||8 September 2018||Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville||Burundi||1–1||1–1||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
- 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 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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