Aurélien Djani Tchouaméni (born 27 January 2000) is a French professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for La Liga club Real Madrid and the France national team.
Early Life and Career
Tchouaméni was born in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, but grew up in Bordeaux, Gironde. He is of Cameroonian descent.
Aurélien Djani Tchouaméni was born on the 27th day of January 2000, to his father, Fernand Tchouameni, and a little known Mum, in the city of Rouen, northern France.
_ Tchouaméni made his first team debut for Bordeaux in a 1–0 UEFA Europa League away win to Latvian side Ventspils in the second qualifying round on 26 July 2018, starting the match and playing 89 minutes. He scored his first goal of his senior club career on 9 August, netting the final goal in Bordeaux’s 3–1 Europa League away victory over Mariupol.
_ On 29 January 2020, Tchouaméni signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Ligue 1 side Monaco. After about a year playing for the club, he registered his first league goal, netting the second goal in a 3–1 win against Marseille on 23 January 2021. On 14 May 2022, he delivered an assist for his captain Wissam Ben Yedder and, thus, participated in the ninth win in a row for his side.
_ On 11 June 2022, it was announced that Tchouaméni would be transferred to La Liga side Real Madrid on 1 July 2022, signing a six-year contract with the club. The transfer fee was reported to be €80 million, which could rise to €100 million due to additional fees.
On 26 August 2021, Tchouaméni received his first call up to the France senior squad. On 1 September, he made his international debut in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Bosnia and Herzegovina replacing Thomas Lemar in the 46th minute. On 25 March 2022, Tchouaméni scored his first goal for the national team in a friendly against Ivory Coast. In November 2022, he was named in the final squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. On 11 December, he scored his first World Cup goal in a 2–1 win over England in the quarter-finals.
Parents and Family
Aurelien Tchouameni came to the world as the first son and child of his family. Aurelien is one of three children (himself, a brother and sister) – all born of the union between his parents.
Aurélien’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Tchouaméni.
Tchouameni spent most of his childhood days with his Dad – mostly on the football field. He grew up watching his father push so hard to earn a professional football contract. Fernand often called his son – his first fan – because the boy was always following him to the field.
Unfortunately, Aurelien Tchouameni watched his Dad fail to make it a professional. It was truly hard for Fernand to deal with the outcome of his failed football dreams. Because of that, he vowed he would once again live his dreams through his beloved son.
The French football star comes from a comfortable middle-class household. Starting with Aurelien Tchouameni’s Dad, he (after a failed football career) went on to work with a vaccine production plant. In simple terms, Fernand is a trained pharmacist by profession.
Aurelien Tchouameni’s Dad rose up from a pharmacy to become a director of a French-based vaccine production plant. His mother, on the other hand, is a senior education advisor. Together, both parents lived and fared comfortably as middle-class French citizens.
By nationality, he is a French citizen with Rouen (in North France) being his city. However, in terms of Aurelien Tchouameni’s origin, you can refer to him as a Franco-Cameroonian.
When the time got right, the midfielder (age 6) got enrolled in a Roulen based French elementary school – one that suits his ilk. In an interview, Aurelien once stated that he wasn’t disruptive but rather, a big talkative – while in school. According to him;
I wouldn’t say I was disruptive (smile), but rather, talkative,… very, very, very talkative. When I was little, I really loved talking to my classmates too much.
Afterwards, over the years, I did manage to gain some maturity in relation to that. But frankly, I was a serious talker.
All the time the teachers would get tired of my talking and say; “Oh Aurélien shut up!
The boy who was accused of talking too much in the class decided he would transfer and do that talking on the pitch. Hence, Aurelien Tchouameni started playing football at a very young age – in his neighbourhood academy – SJ Artigues.
Very quickly, Aurélien became the driving force of his team, thanks to his passion for football. The older he got, the more the boy realized he could do something for his family in football. Most importantly, Aurélien believed he would help Dad to live his dreams again.
The fantastic kid on the block grew up to be a wide midfielder known for his work rate. Also, the penchant for unpredictability, creativity, and close control at speed.
In fact, Aurelien Tchouameni’s playing style (while he was at SJ Artigues) combines the elegance of a Rolls Royce with the engine of a Mustang.
Bordeaux scouts took notice of him, as they saw the youngster’s drive and determination being his most valuable assets. Aurelien Tchouameni at age 11, was invited to come have trials with Bordeaux – which he passed in flying colours.
Enrolling with Bordeaux, he finally left the Artiguaise soccer neighbourhood – where he began his football and spent most of his childhood. Contrary to what you might expect, Aurelien Tchouameni didn’t have a good start to life in his new surroundings.
In an interview, he revealed he had bad memories of his early training with Bordeaux. At age 14, poor Aurelien got injured twice – really terrible injuries. Next, that followed for him and his teammates were some painful defeats during important tournaments.
Research (upon investigation) revealed that the boy suffered from the above – partly because he was homesick. Aurelien Tchouameni’s parents had just moved to Lyon at the time he joined Bordeaux. He found himself so alone, and that was truly complicated.
Aurélien Tchouaméni is currently single and not in an open relationship for now. Aurélien Tchouaméni is also not married.
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