About Kwadwo Asamoah
Kwadwo “Kojo” Asamoah , born 9 December 1988 in Accra is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays as a left midfielder, left wing-back or as an offensive central midfielder for Italian club Juventus and the Ghana national football team.
He began his professional career with Italian club Udinese in 2008; his consistent performances earned him a transfer to Juventus in 2012, where, with his energy, versatility, and technical skills, he played a key role in helping the club to five consecutive Serie A titles. At international level, he has represented Ghana in four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and two FIFA World Cups.
Asamoah was awarded CAF Most Promising African Player in 2010 and named Ghana Player of the Year twice consecutively for 2012 and 2013. In 2013, Asamoah was ranked as the 27th best footballer in the world by Bloomberg.
Asamoah was scouted playing for a local based club, which belongs to Kamara and was recommended by the scout Mr. Charles Mensah Gapson to the late Alhaji Sly Tetteh, former CEO of Liberty Professionals. He joined Swiss club Bellinzona and was loaned to Italian side Torino in the winter of 2007–08.
In June 2008 Asamoah was signed by Serie A club Udinese where he established him self and became a linch pin. He eventually established himself for both club and country. After some good performances at the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations, he became a target of top clubs in Europe.
Asamoah and Udinese teammate Mauricio Isla both joined Juventus in July 2012 on co-ownership agreements, with Juventus paying €9 million for 50% of Asamoah’s contract. He made his debut on 11 August 2012 against Napoli in the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana, scoring a goal as Juventus went on to win 4–2 after extra time. Due to his impressive performance against Napoli, Antonio Conte, who was Juventus’s coach at the time, decided to start him in the opening league match of the 2012–13 season, against Parma, on 25 August: he made an immediate impact, by setting up Stephan Lichtsteiner’s goal in a 2–0 home win. On 16 September, he scored his first goal with his new club in a 3–1 away league win over Genoa. Juventus went on to win the Serie A title that season. Asamoah was bought outright by Juventus in June 2013, signing a four-year deal with the club.
On 9 March 2014, Asamoah scored a notable goal in a 1–0 home victory over Fiorentina, as Juventus went on to defend the Serie A title and the Supercoppa Italiana that season.
During the 2014–15 season, Asamoah suffered a severe knee injury in the 10th league match of the season, on 1 November 2014, against Empoli, ruling him out for most of the season. He was only first able to return to the team and resume training towards the end of the season, as Juventus won the Serie A title; he was therefore not able to appear in Juventus’s Coppa Italia victory over Lazio in the final. He returned to the pitch on 23 May 2015, in a 3–1 home win over Napoli.
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On 23 July 2016, Asamoah started for Juventus as captain on pitch in the opening game of 2016 International Champions Cup Australian version, as the club were drawn 1–1 with Melbourne Victory (Melbourne Victory won 4–3 on penalties), at Melbourne’s Melbourne Cricket Ground. On 25 September 2016, it was confirmed that Asamoah would be sidelined for six weeks after limping off the pitch a day before away to Palermo with a sprained right knee; tests at the J-Medical center revealed he suffered the complete tear of the medial meniscus ligament.
On the international level, Asamoah was given his debut for the Ghana national team, Black Stars, in 2006, under French manager Claude Le Roy. He represented Ghana in 2008 and 2010 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, winning a bronze and a silver medal in the respective tournaments, and later in the 2012 and 2013 editions. He also appeared for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Style of play
A dynamic, hardworking, energetic, versatile and tactically intelligent player, Asamoah is primarily known for his pace, strength, stamina, and his outstanding technical characteristics, as well as his ability to read the game; although he primarily serves as a ball-winner, these attributes allow him to be effective both offensively and defensively, and enable him to play in several positions along the pitch in defence or midfield. A predominantly left-footed player, with Juventus, Asamoah has usually been deployed as a full-back, wing-back, or wide-midfielder on the left flank, although he had previously also been used in the centre as a defensive, central, box-to-box, or offensive midfielder prior to joining the club. In addition to his physical and athletic attributes, he is a very agile footballer, with good vision and an ability to make attacking runs and get into good offensive positions from which he can create chances for teammates; he is also a neat passer, a powerful striker of the ball from distance, and a skilful dribbler. Despite his ability, Asamoah has often been sidelined through injury.
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The Black Stars midfielder has decided to remain in Turin and fight for a place in Massimiliano Allegri’s team
Updated On:17th June 2017
A representative of Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has revealed that his client will remain at Juventus next season.
Eduardo Crnja said there would be no move for the 28-year-old utility player in the current transfer window amid reports in the media suggesting that the former Udinese man has tendered in a transfer request.
It has been widely speculated that Asamoah is determined to leave the Old Lady in a bid to gain regular game time elsewhere but Crnia has moved to quash those reports.
“Kwadwo Asamoah will stay at Juventus” Crnja told Sports Italia
The news will surely be welcomed by mixed emotions by Ghanaians who were hoping the Kumasi-born moves to where he will see regular game time, especially after announcing his imminent return to the Black Stars following a three-year absence.
Asamoah featured 24 times across all competitions for the Turin side in their double clinching campaign last season.