CAMEROON- Breel Embolo, a Cameroonian-born forward, scored the only goal to ensure the indomitable Lions lost 1-0 to Switzerland at the Al Janoub Stadium, in Qatar, World Cup 2022.
The hearts of Cameroonian fans were broken by none other than Embolo, who originated in the Central African country. But who is he?
Who is Breel Embolo?
Breel Donald Embolo was born on 14 February 1997 in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon. While he was a child, his parents separated and his mother moved to France to attend school when he was five or six years old. In that city, she met her future husband, a Swiss national. Basel was the family’s new home the following year. On December 12, 2014, he was naturalized as a Swiss citizen.
Having worked his way through Basel’s junior teams, Embolo made his professional debut in March 2014 and won the Swiss Super League all three seasons before moving to Schalke 04 for an initial €20 million. He suffered an ankle injury shortly after moving to the Bundesliga, which ruled him out for nearly a year.
In March 2015, Embolo made his senior international debut and represented Switzerland at UEFA Euro 2016, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2020, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Cameroonian Embolo plays forward for Ligue 1 club Monaco and for the Switzerland national team.
When Embolo scored for the Swiss team against his country of birth on Thursday, he promised not to celebrate. It was Switzerland’s only goal in the match, as they beat Cameroon 1-0.
“I would have liked him to be on my side,” said Cameroon coach Rigobert Song, who played in four World Cups for his home country, “but that’s not the way it went.”
“I am happy for him and also proud of him. He’s my little brother. We’ve often spoken to each other on the phone,” said Song, who was asked what he said to Embolo on the field after the game.
“I thought he played a great game and I wanted to tell him. We’re still brothers at the end of the day.”
Switzerland coach Murat Yakin said he had offered some advice to Embolo about dealing with his emotions.
“You can be friendly up to kickoff,” Yakin said, “and after that,they are our opponents.”
Embolo spoke to Swiss television after the match and wished Cameroon luck for the rest of the tournament.