24 Facts About Ousmane Dembele


Masour Ousmane Dembele is a French professional footballer who plays as a winger for La Liga club Barcelona and the France national team.

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Ousmane Dembele subsequently won the double of La Liga and Copa del Rey in an injury-riddled first season in Spain.

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Ousmane Dembele was a member of the France squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, featuring at UEFA Euro 2020.

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Ousmane Dembele's mother is Mauritanian-Senegalese from Waly Diantang, while his father is Malian.

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Ousmane Dembele took his first footballing steps in nearby Evreux, first at ALM Evreux and then at Evreux FC 27 between the ages of 12 and 13.

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Ousmane Dembele made his senior debut for Rennes' reserve side in the Championnat de France Amateur, on 6 September 2014, coming on as a 78th-minute substitute for Zana Allee.

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On 6 November 2015, Ousmane Dembele made his professional debut for Rennes' first team in Ligue 1 against Angers, replacing Kamil Grosicki for the last five minutes of the game.

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On 12 May 2016, Ousmane Dembele signed a five-year contract with German club Borussia Dortmund, effective 1 July.

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On 26 April 2017, Ousmane Dembele assisted Aubameyang's goal and scored the 74th-minute winner against Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal's semi-final, helping Dortmund reach the cup final.

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Ousmane Dembele was handed the number 11 shirt previously worn by Neymar.

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Ousmane Dembele was given the medical all-clear on 2 January 2018, but a couple weeks later, he again injured himself against Real Sociedad and was ruled out for up to four weeks.

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Ousmane Dembele won both the Copa del Rey and La Liga winners' medals in his first season in Spain, with the 20-year-old scoring four goals in 24 appearances across all competitions.

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Ousmane Dembele won the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week for that goal.

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On 14 July 2022, Ousmane Dembele extended his contract with Barcelona until 30 June 2024.

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Ousmane Dembele was called up to the senior France squad for the first time to face Italy and Belarus in August 2016 after Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir withdrew through injury.

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Ousmane Dembele is a winger who can play on either flank, due to his ability to use both feet, and to utilise his technical ability, speed, and agility in order to get past opponents or beat defenders in one-on-one situations.

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Ousmane Dembele's clinical finishing and eye for goal allow him to be deployed in a more offensive role as a striker.

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Ousmane Dembele has great quality in terms of his shooting ability from distance.

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Ousmane Dembele has received praise from former team captain Andres Iniesta for his game-changing qualities.

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Ousmane Dembele is well-known for his ability to use either foot; a highly skilful player, his dribbling skills and ability to perform elaborate moves allow him to cut through from the left or right wing in order to score or create goalscoring opportunities for his teammates.

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In March 2019, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted that Ousmane Dembele, "is better than Neymar", who previously played for the club.

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Ousmane Dembele has been married to a Moroccan woman in a traditional ceremony in Morocco since December 2019.

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Ousmane Dembele is a supporter of Premier League club Leeds United.

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In July 2021, Ousmane Dembele was embroiled in a racism controversy, when video footage of him along with fellow teammate Antoine Griezmann circulated online, in which he was seen making racial comments against the Asian technicians in their hotel room.

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