Wonderkid Wednesday: Breel-Donald Embolo



Full Name: Breel Donald Embolo

DOB: 14/2/1997 (18)

HEIGHT: 6 ft 1

CLUB: FC Basel

NATIONALITY: Switzerland (Swiss)

POSITION: Striker, Right/left winger

Breel-Donald Embolo has lit up the Swiss Super League with a string of strong performances spearheading the 2014/15 Swiss champions’ attack, showing rare maturity in his play not often seen in teenage players these days.

The young striker at the tender age of 18 shows a presence that could be likened to Didier Drogba, he also has raw pace and shown a calm head in front of goal in his early career.

Last season saw Embolo break through into Basel’s first team and he was thrown into the squad for Champions League and Europa League clashes last season despite having only turned 18 in February.

Debuting in the 2013/14 Europa League against FC Salzburg aged 17, Embolo also made his league debut three days later, scoring his first professional goal only four minutes after coming off the bench.

Basel had enough confidence in the young forward to let him spearhead their attack in Champions League group stage games against the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool.


Embolo is also part of an elite group, he’s the sixth-youngest goalscorer in Champions League history after finishing against Ludogorets. The 18-year-old striker had a breakthrough season for FC Basel last campaign, scoring 11 goals in 36 appearances for the Swiss outfit.

The Striker breaths confidence and has recently been called up for the Swiss National team under Bosnian Vladimir Petković, he started against England in the European Qualifiers at Wembley and put in a strong performance.

Embolo has also attracted interest from some major clubs around the the continent including Spurs, West Ham and West Brom. For the 2015/2016 season, Breel Donald Embolo will be playing his football for Swiss Giants FC Basel but there is no doubt this young striker will go on to ply his trade at one of Europe’s finest clubs in the years to come.

By Pauric Clerkin on 20/01/2016 (originally published on 14/09/2015)


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