Meet Breel Embolo: the Swiss wonderkid wowing Europe's top clubs

Basel's powerful attacking starlet attracting Premier League interest gets the FFT treatment...

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  • Date of birth: February 14, 1997
  • Place of birth: Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Height: 6ft
  • Position: Striker
  • Club: FC Basel (50 apps, 18 goals)
  • International: Switzerland (3 caps, 0 goals)

Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon's capital city, Breel-Donald Embolo has lit up the Swiss Super League with a string of strong performances spearheading the 2014/15 champions' attack, showing rare maturity in his play not often seen in teenage attackers.

Moving to the northern region of Switzerland aged six, Embolo grew up in a city known for its relative footballing excellence, rising through the ranks of Basel’s smaller clubs, Nordstern and BSC Old Boys, on his way to the Swiss Super League.

Last season saw Embolo break through into Basel's first team, though, and he has even been thrown into the squad for Champions League and Europa League clashes 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.

A great finish to the season (five goals in his last nine games) has fuelled the hype around him, yet there were a few rough patches of form throughout the last campaign that could cause concerns for any serious observers of Basel's 2013 Young Player of the Year.

Why you need to know him

In Embolo’s first full season, he demonstrated impressive goalscoring prowess, firing 10 goals in 26 league games and complementing leading scorers Shkëlzen Gashi and veteran Marco Streller. His large, muscular physique and overall presence on the pitch has garnered comparisons to the likes of Didier Drogba.

Breel Embolo playing for Switzerland and against Liverpool

Embolo playing for Switzerland and against Liverpool

He's the sixth-youngest goalscorer ever in the Champions League after finishing against Ludogorets in a comfortable 4-0 win

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 gr