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André Ayew

André Morgan Rami Ayew ( ) (born 17 December 1989) is a Ghanaian Ghana national football team who plays for French club Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1. André Ayew is often referred to as simply Dédé. Ayew plays as a Midfielder Winger, but can play as a striker. André Ayew is the second-born son of the three-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year award and FIFA 100 member Abedi Pele and has two brothers, Abdul Rahim Ayew and Jordan Ayew, who also play football.

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André Ayew biography


André Morgan Rami Ayew ( ) (born 17 December 1989) is a Ghanaian Ghana national football team who plays for French club Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1. André Ayew is often referred to as simply Dédé. Ayew plays as a Midfielder Winger, but can play as a striker. André Ayew is the second-born son of the three-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year award and FIFA 100 member Abedi Pele and has two brothers, Abdul Rahim Ayew and Jordan Ayew, who also play football.

Ayew began André Ayew career in André Ayew home country of Ghana playing for Nania F.C.. André Ayew made André Ayew debut for the club at age 14. In 2005, André Ayew signed with André Ayew father's former club, Marseille, and spent two seasons in the club's youth academy before making André Ayew debut for the club in the 2007–08 Ligue 1. In the following two seasons, Ayew played on loan with FC Lorient and AC Arles-Avignon helping the latter team earn promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time. In 2010, Ayew returned to Marseille and became an integral part of the first team under manager Didier Deschamps.

Though born in France, Ayew is a Ghana national football team. At youth level, André Ayew starred for and captained the Ghana national under-20 football team that won both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. At senior level, Ayew made André Ayew debut on 21 August 2007 against Senegal national football team at the New Den Stadium in London. André Ayew has since represented André Ayew nation at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations editions of the Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On December 16, 2011, a day to André Ayew 22nd birthday, André Ayew was named as the BBC's African Footballer of Year.

Personal life

Ayew was born in Seclin, a Communes of France in the Arrondissements of France of Lille, to Ghanaian parents. André Ayew father, Abedi Pele, was a professional footballer and was playing for French club Lille OSC at the time of André Ayew birth. André Ayew father comes from a football family. Ayew is the nephew of Kwame Ayew and Sola Ayew, both of whom are former international footballers. Ayew also has two brothers; Abdul Rahim Ayew and Jordan Ayew, and a sister, Imani. Ibrahim currently plays for Belgian club Lierse SK and Jordan stars alongside Ayew at Marseille.

Club career

Early career

Ayew began André Ayew career at the age of ten playing for Nania F.C., a club whom André Ayew father is currently the chairman of, in Accra, Ghana. After four years of plying André Ayew trade in the club's youth academy, Ayew was promoted to the team's senior squad at the age of 14. Despite being on the senior team, André Ayew still participated in youth-sanctioned events, such as the 2004 edition of the Altstetten U-19 Tournament, in which André Ayew was named one of the tournament's most famous players. Ayew played professional football at Nania for two seasons before departing the club and returning to France to play for André Ayew father's former club Olympique de Marseille. Ayew joined the club on an aspirant (trainee) contract and, upon André Ayew arrival, was inserted into the club's youth system and placed onto Marseille's under-17 team. While there, André Ayew impressed coaches and teammates scoring 11 goals during the team's league campaign. Ayew also participated in training sessions with the senior team training alongside Salomon Olembé, Habib Beye, and Bixente Lizarazu. Following the season, on 27 May 2007, Ayew signed André Ayew first professional Association football contracts agreeing to a three-year deal. André Ayew was officially promoted to the senior team and assigned the squad number 29 shirt.

Marseille

Ayew made André Ayew professional debut for Marseille on 15 August 2007 in a league match against Valenciennes FC coming on as a Substitute (association football) for Modeste M'bami in the 89th minute. Marseille lost the match 2–1. On 6 November, André Ayew made André Ayew UEFA Champions League debut against Portugal champions F.C. Porto at the Estádio do Dragão playing on the left wing in place of Bolo Zenden. Ayew played 77 minutes before being substituted out as Marseille were defeated 2–1. Ayew earned praise from the media for André Ayew performance of containing Porto Defender (football) José Bosingwa. Five days later, Ayew earned André Ayew first league start against Olympique Lyonnais at the Stade de Gerland. Ayew again featured in the team as Marseille pulled off a 2–1 victory. Ayew finished the season with 13 total appearances; nine in league play, two in cup play, and two Champions League appearances. Ayew's first season with the club drew the attention of Premier League club Arsenal F.C. who reportedly offered Marseille Pound sterling5 million for the player. However, Marseille denied the approach.

Loan moves

For the 2008–09 Ligue 1, Ayew switched to the Squad number (association football) 8 shirt, however, due to the arrival of attackers Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Wiltord, Bakari Koné, and Mamadou Samassa, Ayew was deemed surplus to requirements for the season and was loaned out to fellow first division club FC Lorient for the entire season. Ayew was inserted by Coach (sports) Christian Gourcuff as one of the team's focal points of the attack alongside Fabrice Abriel, Kevin Gameiro, and Rafik Saïfi and made André Ayew debut on 16 August 2008 coming on as a substitute in a 0–0 draw against Lyon. On 27 September 2008, Ayew scored André Ayew first professional Goal (sport) Association football after netting the opener in the team's 1–1 draw with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard. A month later, André Ayew scored André Ayew second career goal in a 4–1 rout of AS Saint-Étienne. Despite the initial success, Ayew was limited throughout the league campaign to just appearing as a substitute. André Ayew finished the season with 22 league appearances and three goals and, on 30 June 2009, returned to Marseille.

Two months later, on 31 August 2009, the last day of the transfer window, new manager Didier Deschamps confirmed that Ayew would be joining newly promoted Ligue 2 club AC Arles-Avignon on Loan (sports) for the entire 2009–10 Ligue 2. Ayew was given the number 10 shirt on arrival and was inserted into André Ayew favorable right wing position. André Ayew made André Ayew debut with the club on 11 September appearing as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with Angers SCO. The following week, André Ayew scored André Ayew first goal for the club in a 4–2 defeat to Tours FC. André Ayew was ever present in the team's fall campaign, but due to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, missed the month of January. Ayew returned to the team on 5 February 2010 and appeared as a starter in all of the team's matches for the rest of the campaign. On 9 April, with the team in the midst of a promotion battle, Ayew scored a double in the team's 2–1 victory over Le Havre AC. The following week, André Ayew struck again scoring the opener in the team's 1–1 draw with En Avant de Guingamp. On 14 May, Arles-Avignon secured promotion to Ligue 1 following the team's 1–0 win over Clermont Foot. Ayew started and played the entire match. André Ayew finished the campaign with Arles-Avignon appearing in 26 total matches and scoring four goals.

Return to Marseille

After the successful league campaign with Arles-Avignon, on 16 May 2010, Marseille manager Didier Deschamps confirmed that Ayew would be returning to the team and that André Ayew will be earning some significant playing time with the club for the 2010–11 Ligue 1. On 5 August, Ayew signed a three-year contract extension with Marseille. The new deal keeps André Ayew at the club until June 2014. Despite the arrival of Loïc Rémy, Ayew was inserted as a starter by Deschamps and scored André Ayew first goal in the second league match of the season against Valenciennes FC in a 3–2 defeat. Following the International football break in September, André Ayew scored a double against André Ayew former club Arles-Avignon in a 3–0 win. In the Coupe de la Ligue, Ayew scored goals in victories over En Avant de Guingamp and AS Monaco FC in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals, respectively. On 20 November, André Ayew scored the only goal in a victory over Toulouse FC. Ayew scored the goal two minutes from time. On 27 April 2011, Ayew scored André Ayew first professional Hat-trick Football .28Association football.29 in a 4–2 victory over OGC Nice. André Ayew younger brother, Jordan, converted the other goal for Marseille in the win. Because of André Ayew outstanding performances throughout the season, Ayew was nominated for Ligue 1 Young Player of the Season, along with Marvin Martin and Yann M'Vila. Andre Dede Ayew was voted Marseille Best Player for the season 2010-2011.

Ayew was named in the squad for the 2011 Trophée des Champions match against Lille OSC held on 27 July 2011 at the Stade de Tanger in Morocco.

André Ayew scored a hat-trick, including two 90th minute penalties, ensuring Marseille a 5-4 victory.

International career

Due to having dual France-Ghanaian citizenship, Ayew was eligible for both France national football team and Ghana national football team. He, initially, chose France citing the failed inquiries of the Ghana Football Association to contact André Ayew as André Ayew reason why, but declared Ghana to be André Ayew first option citing André Ayew father. Ayew was, subsequently, called up and participated in a training camp with the France national under-18 football team. In 2007, André Ayew turned down several offers to play for the country's France national under-21 football team. Ayew later warned the Ghana Football Association that André Ayew was on the verge of representing France at international level stating "At this moment there is only one choice to make because I have only received an invitation from one country and that is France". On 7 August 2007, Ayew was called up for the first time by Ghana coach Claude Le Roy for the team's Exhibition game against Senegal national football team on 21 August. André Ayew made André Ayew international debut in the match appearing as a late-match substitute. On 11 January 2008, Ayew was named to the Ghana squad to play in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

At youth level, Ayew represented Ghana at Ghana national under-20 football team and Captain (association football) the team to victory at both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. At the African Youth Championship, Ayew scored two goals against Cameroon national football team in the group stage and South Africa national under-20 football team in the semi-finals. The 4–3 semi-final result progressed Ghana to the final where the team defeated group stage opponents Cameroon 2–0. The championship victory resulted in the team qualifying for the ensuing U-20 World Cup. In the tournament, Ayew scored twice against England national under-20 football team in a 4–0 rout and the equalizing goal against South Africa in the Round of 16. Ghana later won the match in extra time through a goal from Dominic Adiyiah. Ayew then captained the team to victories over the Korea Republic national under-20 football team and Hungary national football team in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively, to reach the final where they faced Brazil national under-20 football team. In the final, Ghana defeated the Brazilians 4–3 on penalties to win the U-20 World Cup. Ayew converted Ghana's first penalty in the Penalty shoot-out (association football).

Ayew made André Ayew second major international tournament appearance by appearing at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. On 19 January 2010, in the team's final group stage match against Burkina Faso national football team, André Ayew scored André Ayew first international goal in 30th minute connecting on a header. Ghana won the match 1–0 and reached the final where they were defeated 1–0 by Egypt national football team. Ayew appeared in all five matches the team contested. On 7 May 2010, Ayew was named to coach Milovan Rajevac's 30-man preliminary squad to participate in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. André Ayew was later named to the 23-man team to compete in the competition alongside André Ayew brother Ibrahim. On 12 June, Ayew made André Ayew FIFA World Cup debut in the team's opening group stage match against Serbia national football team starting ahead of the much more experienced Sulley Muntari. André Ayew later started in the team's ensuing group stage matches against Australia national soccer team and Germany national football team. In the team's Round of 16 match against the United States men's national soccer team, Ayew Assist (football) on the game-winning goal scored by Asamoah Gyan after sending a –Passing (association football) into the United States Defense (sports), which Gyan collected and then converted. For André Ayew performance in the match, Ayew was named Man of the Match by FIFA. Ayew missed the team's 2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage Uruguay vs Ghana defeat on penalties to Uruguay national football team due to Yellow card (sports) Yellow card accumulation.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Ayew

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