Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi (German pronunciation: [ˈʃkoːdʁan ˈmʊstafiː]; born 17 April 1992) is a German professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for English Premier League club Arsenal and the Germany national team.

Shkodran Mustafi
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Mustafi training with Arsenal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Shkodran Mustafi[1]
Date of birth (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 20
Youth career
1. FV Bebra
SV Rotenburg
2006–2009 Hamburger SV
2009 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Everton 0 (0)
2012–2014 Sampdoria 51 (1)
2014–2016 Valencia 64 (6)
2016– Arsenal 99 (7)
National team
2008 Germany U16 5 (0)
2008–2009 Germany U17 24 (5)
2009–2010 Germany U18 6 (1)
2010–2011 Germany U19 9 (2)
2011–2013 Germany U20 10 (3)
2013 Germany U21 7 (0)
2014– Germany 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:51, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:58, 8 October 2017 (UTC)

Mustafi began his career in the youth ranks of Hamburger SV and English club Everton, where he made one substitute appearance in ​2 12 years before leaving to Sampdoria in January 2012. He signed a five-year deal at Valencia in August 2014, and moved to Arsenal for a reported £35 million two years later.

Mustafi made his full international debut against Poland on 13 May 2014, and was part of the German teams that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, also competing at UEFA Euro 2016.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Mustafi was born in Bad Hersfeld, Hesse,[4] to a Macedonian Albanian family originally from Gostivar, in the former Yugoslavia.[5] Mustafi started his career in the youth system of local 1. FC Bebra, and had a stint with SV Rotenburg, before joining Hamburger SV's youth setup in 2006.[citation needed]

EvertonEdit

 
Mustafi playing for Everton in 2011

In May 2009, Mustafi joined Everton, initially assigned to the Academy team.[6] He later stated that "Goodison Park feels like home", after turning down offers from Manchester City and Newcastle United.[7]

Mustafi made his competitive debut on 16 December 2009, replacing Tony Hibbert in the 75th minute of a 0–1 home loss against BATE Borisov, for the season's UEFA Europa League.[8] He was also named on the bench for the Premier League matches against Arsenal and Manchester City in January. Mustafi only appeared on the bench nine times in the following two campaigns, but never played in any further matches.[citation needed]

SampdoriaEdit

In January 2012, Mustafi moved to Italian Serie B side Sampdoria, on a free transfer.[9] Mustafi was released by Everton after he asked manager David Moyes to allow him to move on for more game time.[10]

Mustafi made his Samp debut on 26 May 2012, starting and playing the full 90 minutes of a 1–3 loss at Varese.[11] It was his maiden appearance in the competition, as Sampdoria returned to Serie A at first attempt. He made his debut in the Italian top flight on 11 November 2012, starting in a 0–2 loss at Palermo.[12]

On 26 October of the following year he scored his first professional goal, netting the game's only against Atalanta at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.[13]

ValenciaEdit

 
Mustafi playing for Valencia in 2015

On 7 August 2014, Mustafi signed a five-year deal with La Liga's Valencia CF, for an undisclosed fee,[14] rumoured to be €8 million.[15] He debuted for his new team on 25 September, against Córdoba in an eventual 3–0 home win.[16] A month later, he scored his first goal for the team, opening a 3–1 home win over Elche.[17] In Valencia's next match on 2 November, against another regional rival, Villarreal, Mustafi scored a brace in a 3–1 away win to put Valencia into second place in the league.[18]

On 3 March 2016, Mustafi received a straight red card in the first half of Valencia's 7–0 loss at Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, after conceding a penalty with a foul on Lionel Messi. He then pleaded for the team's forgiveness by the Che supporters.[19]

ArsenalEdit

On 30 August 2016, Mustafi joined English club Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in excess of £35 million.[20][21] He made his debut in Arsenal's 2–1 Premier League win over Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on 10 September.[22] Mustafi beat Bacary Sagna's record unbeaten start of 17 games at the club in Arsenal's 3–3 draw against Bournemouth with his 18th game without defeat.[23] On 22 January 2017, he scored his first goal for the club in a home 2–1 league win over Burnley.[24] Because of illness, he missed Arsenal's 2–1 win over Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup Final on 27 May.[25][26]

International careerEdit

 
Mustafi celebrating Germany's victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Eligible to represent Germany, North Macedonia and Albania,[27][28] Mustafi played for his country of birth at youth level; with the under-17 team he won the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[citation needed]

Joachim Löw called up Mustafi to the German national squad for a friendly match against Chile in February 2014,[29] he made his full international debut in a friendly match against Poland, playing the full 90 minutes of a goalless draw at the Volksparkstadion on 13 May 2014.[30]

Mustafi was selected in Germany's 30-man provisional squad before the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Löw. After initially not making the squad for the finals,[31] he was subsequently nominated as the replacement for the injured Marco Reus.[32] He appeared as a substitute in Germany's opening World Cup game against Portugal, coming on in the 73rd minute in place of Mats Hummels to win his second cap.[33] In the team's second match, he again came on as a substitute, replacing Jérôme Boateng at half time against Ghana.[34] He was selected to start at right-back in Germany's round of 16 match against Algeria, but was substituted in the 70th minute for Sami Khedira due to an injury in his left thigh.[35] It was later confirmed by the DFB that Mustafi would take no further part in the World Cup due to the torn fibre muscle.[36]

Mustafi was also called up for UEFA Euro 2016. In Germany's opening match against Ukraine in Lille, he headed a delivery from Toni Kroos to open a 2–0 win.[37] He was also part of their squad that won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia,[38] but was omitted from the following year's World Cup in the same country due to a poor season with Arsenal.[39]

Personal lifeEdit

Mustafi is a practising Muslim.[40] In July 2016, he married Albanian model Vjosa Kaba in Gostivar,[41] and she gave birth to their daughter in July 2017.[42]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 18 July 2020[43]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Everton 2009–10[43] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 1 0
2010–11[43] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[43] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Sampdoria 2011–12[43] Serie B 1 0 1 0
2012–13[43] Serie A 17 0 0 0 17 0
2013–14[43] Serie A 33 1 2 0 35 1
Total 51 1 2 0 53 1
Valencia 2014–15[43] La Liga 33 4 3 0 36 4
2015–16[43] La Liga 30 2 4 0 10[d] 0 44 2
2016–17[43] La Liga 1 0 1 0
Total 64 6 7 0 10 0 81 6
Arsenal 2016–17[43] Premier League 26 2 4 0 0 0 7[e] 0 37 2
2017–18[43] Premier League 27 3 0 0 3 0 8[c] 0 38 3
2018–19[43] Premier League 31 2 1 0 2 0 6[c] 1 40 3
2019–20[43] Premier League 15 0 3 0 2 0 7[c] 1 27 1
Total 99 7 8 0 7 0 28 1 142 9
Career total 214 14 17 0 7 0 39 1 277 16
  1. ^ Includes Coppa Italia, Copa del Rey, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Seven appearances in UEFA Champions League, three in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

InternationalEdit

As of match played 8 October 2017[30]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany
2014 6 0
2015 3 0
2016 6 1
2017 5 1
Total 20 2
As of match played 8 October 2017. Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mustafi goal.[43]
List of international goals scored by Shkodran Mustafi
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 June 2016 Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France 11   Ukraine 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016
2 10 June 2017 Stadion Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany 16   San Marino 5–0 7–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

 
Mustafi holding the FIFA World Cup Trophy at Germany's victory parade in Berlin

Arsenal

Germany U17

Germany

ReferencesEdit

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