Michael Essien

  • Date of birth : 03/12/1982
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Ghana Ghana
 
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Michael Essien

Michael Essien

Clubs: SC Bastia, Olympique Lyonnais, Chelsea FC, Real Madrid CF (loan)

• Born in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, he joined Bastia in 2000 and helped  the Corsican club qualify for the UEFA Cup before leaving for Lyon − after rejecting a move to Paris Saint-Germain FC − in 2003; won back-to-back Ligue 1 titles and was named French player of the year in 2005.

• Settled quickly in England after becoming Chelsea's record signing and won the Premier League title in his debut season, completing a personal hat-trick of domestic titles; also won both domestic cup competitions in 2007 and a second FA Cup in 2009.

• A runner-up in the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup, he played for Ghana at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals but was suspended for the last-16 match against holders Brazil; prominent in the Black Stars' qualification for the 2010 finals in South Africa, appearing in 11 of 12 games.

• Sustained knee ligament damage playing for Ghana in September 2008 but returned after six months out, scoring twice for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League knockout phase − against Juventus and FC Barcelona.

• Injury struck again when he broke down with another knee problem at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, causing him to miss the rest of the season − including Chelsea's double-winning achievement − and the FIFA World Cup.

• Returned for the start of 2010/11, scoring three goals in four days during September against West Ham United FC and MŠK Žilina, but missed the first half of the 2011/12 campaign with an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in pre-season.

• Moved to Real Madrid CF for a season-long loan at the start of the 2012/13 season, helping Los Merengues to runners-up finishes in Liga and the Copa del Rey, as well as to a UEFA Champions League semi-final. 

UEFA honours
UEFA Champions League:
 runner-up 2008, winner 2012

Last updated: 03/07/13 13.06CET

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Match log

DateCompetitionPhaseMinsGSA
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 02/09/2014 02:07 CET
16.06.2014FIFA World CupFinal tournament - Group stageGhanaGhana1-2USAUSA1900
31.08.2014Italian Serie AMilanMilan3-1LazioLazio2200

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General info

  • Name: Michael Essien
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 03/12/1982 (31)
  • Country: Ghana
  • Squad number: 15
  • Club: Milan ( ITA)

  • Height: 177cm
  • Weight: 85kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2013/14
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    17/09/03: Lyon 1-0 Anderlecht
  • National team: UEFA Meridian Cup (First round)
    29/01/99: Ghana 3-0 Portugal

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Ghana MERI40
Total40

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Lyon185
Real Madrid70
Milan20
Chelsea496
Total7611
Last updated: 27/06/2014 01:06 CET
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