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André Ayew
André Ayew

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André "Dede" Ayew is a French-born Ghanaian international footballer who plays for French Ligue 2 club AC Arles-Avignon on loan from Olympique de Marseille.


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Created: 10th Jun 2010
Modified: 10th Jun 2010
Professional Information
Professional Areas:
Soccer
Employer:
Ghana Football Association
Position:
Professional footballer
Working primarily in:
Ghana

Biographical Information
André Ayew
(At a Glance)
Date of Birth: Dec/17/1989
Gender: male
Place of Origin: France

Club career Ayew was born in Lille, France, when his father was playing Professional football at OSC Lille and has dual French-Ghanaian nationality. His father was the great Abedi Pele.

The teenage prodigy has long been touted as one of the best youngsters in France and received four call-ups into the French National Youth team, but was prevented from joining them because of minor injuries.

He began his career in 2003 under his father Abedi Pele by Nania F.C. and played with his team by the U-19 youth cup in Altstetten 2004. Olympique Marseille He is a prodigious left-footed attacking midfield product of the Marseille Youth academy.

He joined Marseille as a trainee in 2005 and impressed by scoring 11 goals with the second team in 2006–07 season. His younger brother, Jordan, is also on the books of the Marseille youth side. On 28 May 2007, the young midfielder was promoted to the Marseille professional team and signed a three-year deal to keep him at the club until June 2010.

"I am grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to play for the first team of this great club," Dede told BBC Sport, "I know this is the result of the hard work I have done since joining the club two years ago.

I will not let this opportunity slip past me as I will do everything possible to justify the confidence reposed in my ability." Marseille coach Albert Emon praised Dede's performance after the teenager played in all pre-season matches for the French giants.

But the youngster is aware that he faces an uphill task to win a first-team shirt at the club where his father won the 1993 UEFA Champions League and also won the French league titles in 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92 and 1992–93.

"I was very happy when I was told by journalists that the coach praised me during press conference, I am also aware that we have a large squad of highly experienced players so I am patient and I will wait for my chance," Dede said.

On November 6, 2007, he made his full debut start for Marseille during the UEFA Champions League 2007–08 away game against F.C. Porto at the Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal.

He won all-round praise in the French media for his performances, especially in the individual match-up with Porto defender José Bosingwa shrugged off the post-match comments stressing that keeping his place in the side will be his biggest challenge.

"It is good to hear the praise from everybody but the most important thing is to stay in the squad and play better in every game," Ayew told BBC Sport. According to British and French media reports, Ayew has been closely watched by Arsenal scouts, with the possibility of a summer deal and a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

FC Lorient On August 12, 2008, Ayew was loaned to French Ligue 1 club FC Lorient from Olympique de Marseille, where he spent the 2008/09 Season. AC Arles On August 31, 2009, it was announced that Ayew would spend the 2009–10 season on loan at French Ligue 2 club AC Arles-Avignon.

After a successful season in which Avignon was promoted to Ligue 1. Clubs like Everton FC, Fulham, and Birmingham City looked to sign Ayew. International career He is the son of legendary Olympique de Marseille and former Ghanaian maestro and captain Abedi Pelé.

The teenage prodigy is keen to emulate his father, who also won his first Ghana cap as a young 17 year old in the 1982 African Cup of Nations and won the African Footballer of the Year award three consecutive times in the 1990s as the captain of the Black Stars. "Obviously my first choice is to play for my country, for the people of Ghana and to represent Africa in the right way in the eyes of the World.

"Every father wants his son to follow in his footsteps and if God permits I want to better what my father did for our country and Africa. "But if the country that my father did everything for doesn't give me the opportunity, I have to respect the French coaches who have shown confidence in me".

After playing so well at Youth level and making it into the professional l'OM team, a senior International call up was imminent.

On 7 August 2007, young 17 year old André was called up by Ghana Coach Claude Le Roy for a FIFA International friendly match against Senegal in the New Den Stadium in London, England on 21 August 2007.

He made his debut for Ghana after coming on as a substitute in the 1–1 draw game. He was selected for Ghana's 2008 African Cup of Nations Squad and will wear the number 12 jersey.

In the 2009 edition of the U20 African Youth Cup in Rwanda, Dede captained the Ghana Black Stars to a gold medal. He scored 2 goals and played in every match even though he battled with injury during the tournament. He will lead his team to the World edition of the tournament in Egypt later in 2009.

As an inspirational captain of the Black Satellites (the Ghana U-20 side), Andre 'Dede' Ayew has inspired his colleagues by cheering them up when their morale is down. He powered the Satellites into the quarter finals with an equalizer from a well crossed free-kick in the 32' minute after the South African 'Amajitas' had taken the lead.

He inspired the Black Satellites to a well deserved 4 – 0 win over England in Ismaili, Egypt during the second group match at the Under 20 World Cup summing a good display with a cracker of a shot in the 57' minute of the match.

Andre Ayew created history on Friday October 16 2009, becoming the first African captain to hold aloft an international World title at under 20 level. Ghana beat Brazil 4–3 on penalties kicks after a 0–0 draw. He is sure to be named among the star performers of the championship.

Andre scored his first senior team goal, coming from a header in a 1–0 win over Burkina Faso at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. He was named to Ghana's preliminary 30-man squad for the 2010 World Cup.

Source: Wikipedia



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