Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (German pronunciation: [ɛˈʀɪk maksˈɪm ˈtʃʊ.pøː ˈmɔ.tɪŋ]; born 23 March 1989) is a German-Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for as a striker for FC Schalke 04 and the Cameroon national football team.
Choupo-Moting is known for high work rate, long stride, and powerful direct dribbling ability. He has represented Cameroon at two FIFA World Cups.
Choupo-Moting made his first appearance as a Hamburger SV player in a Bundesliga match on 11 August 2007, being sent on as a substitute in the 69th minute against Hannover 96.
1. FSV Mainz 05
On 18 May 2011, Choupo-Moting signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga side 1. FSV Mainz 05 on a free transfer from Hamburg. Choupo-Moting enjoyed a successful debut season with the club, scoring ten times in the Bundesliga. However, Choupo-Moting missed most of the 2012–13 season through injury and was therefore unable to make an impact.
On 5 July 2014, after Choupo-Moting's contract ran out at 1. FSV Mainz 05, FC Schalke 04 confirmed that Choupo-Moting signed a three-year professional contract with them until 30 June 2017, The transfer was reported as a free transfer by Schalke's sport and communications manager Horst Heldt. Choupo-Moting was assigned the squad number 13.
On 6 December 2014, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 home win over VfB Stuttgart.
Choupo-Moting has a German passport and represented his country of birth and his mothers country Germany at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification for the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship and at the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Cameroon eligibility investigation
The Tunisian Football Federation which governs the Tunisia national football team had questioned FIFA on whether Maxim Choupo-Moting fulfilled nationality criteria to play for Cameroon. "With regards to the protest lodged by the Tunisian Football Federation in relation to the eligibility of Choupo-Moting representing Cameroon, FIFA had communicated to the Tunisia Football Federation that no breach of the FIFA regulations has been committed by the Cameroon Football Federation," a FIFA spokesman told BBC Sport. Choupo-Moting played for both the Germany national youth football teams and the Germany national under-21 football team, including being born in Germany and growing up in Germany with German parentage, but had his switch of national allegiance approved by FIFA before representing Cameroon. The Tunisian Football Federation's complaint came during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Third Round despite Choupo-Moting playing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Tunisian Football Federation were the benefits of a FIFA ruling on ineligible players when the Federação Caboverdiana de Futebol which governs the Cape Verde national football team were deducted three points from the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Second Round for using a player who should have been suspended for the match.
On 11 May 2010, Choupo-Moting earned his first call-up for the Cameroon national football team and represented Cameroon at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Choupo-Moting was also called up for the Cameroon national football team's world cup squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On 3 January 2017, he announced that he will not play in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Club career statistics
- As of 1 January 2017.
|Hamburger SV II||Regionalliga||2006–07||12||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||1|
|Mainz 05 II||2012–13||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
International career statistics
|Cameroon national team|
|Last updated: 30 May 2016|
- As of match played 30 May 2016. Cameroon score listed first, score column indicates score after each Choupo-Moting goal.
|1||5 June 2010||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||2||Serbia||3–4||3–4||Friendly|
|2||4 September 2010||Stade Anjalay, Belle Vue, Mauritius||6||Mauritius||3–1||3–1||2012 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|3||3 September 2011||Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon||11||Mauritius||5–0||5–0||2012 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|4||7 October 2011||Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo||12||DR Congo||3–2||3–2||2012 African Cup of Nations qualification|
|5||29 February 2012||Estádio Lino Correia, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau||14||Guinea-Bissau||1–0||1–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|6||26 May 2012||Stade Armand Micheletti, Amanvillers, France||15||Guinea||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|8||2 June 2012||Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon||16||DR Congo||1–0||1–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9||10 June 2012||Stade Taïeb Mhiri, Sfax, Tunisia||17||Libya||1–1||1–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||26 May 2014||Kufstein-Arena, Kufstein, Austria||24||Macedonia||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|11||29 May 2014||Kufstein-Arena, Kufstein, Austria||25||Paraguay||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
|12||1 June 2014||Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach, Germany||26||Germany||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|13||30 May 2016||Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes, France||42||France||2–2||2–3||Friendly|
Choupo-Moting is often stationed as a striker or on the left wing. He is a composed finisher and possesses purposeful and powerful dribbling ability, comfortable on either left or right flanks or through the middle of the pitch.
- Fritz Walter Medal: U18 Silver Medal 2007
- "Choupo-Moting erhält Fritz-Walter-Medaille" [Choupo-Moting receives the Fritz Walter Medal]. focus.de (in German). Focus. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
Choupo-Moting was born in Altona, Hamburg and he attended Gymnasium Altona. Choupo-Moting was born to a German mother and Cameroonian father.
Choupo-Moting is married to German Nevin Choupo-Moting. They have one son, Liam, who was born on 17 October 2013.