Fri, 04/06/21, 17:37
Goalgetter with joie de vivre: Choupo-Moting's special blend
The deal is inked! Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will remain with FC Bayern after his contract expires in the summer and has now signed a new deal with the German record champions until the end of June 2023. In his debut season in Munich, the 32-year-old left a lasting impression - fcbayern.com lists five reasons why all Bayern fans can look forward to two more years of the attacker at FCB.
Choupo-Moting did not need much time to get going at FC Bayern. Ten days after his arrival at Säbener Straße, the Cameroon international put on the number 13 shirt for the first time in a competitive match and immediately picked up a "Man of the Match" award in the 3-0 DFB Cup win against 1. FC Düren. The attacking player scored two goals and also earned the penalty that Thomas Müller converted to make it 2-0. Choupo-Moting almost broke a club record, as no player has ever scored more than twice in his first game for Bayern.
Great on and off the pitch
In addition to his footballing quality, Choupo-Moting is also characterised by his undisputed joie de vivre. "He is very popular. I'm glad he's in our team because he's not only a great player but also a great person," said outgoing FCB head coach Hansi Flick about his player in mid-April. When Choupo is not battling away on the pitch, he is always in a good mood - whether in the dressing room or from the bench. His dance with Serge Gnabry after Gnabry's goal against Stuttgart in mid-March is emblematic of this. You could see that Choupo-Moting was just as happy as if he had scored the goal himself.
Always on hand when needed
When Robert Lewandowski returned from international duty with an injury in March, Choupo-Moting gave everything to make the best player in the world's absence affect the team as little as possible. In the six games the Polish goalgetter missed, Choupo scored four goals - two in the Champions League clashes against his former club Paris Saint-Germain alone, although ultimately that did not prevent Bayern's unlucky elimination in the quarters. After his goal in the second leg (1-0), which allowed FCB to celebrate their first-ever win in a competitive match against the club from the French capital, the attacker also scored in the following matches at VfL Wolfsburg and against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, equalling his personal record from his time in Mainz.
Cosmopolitan with great experience
Hamburg, Nuremberg, Mainz, Stoke-on-Trent, Paris and now Munich - Choupo-Moting has seen a lot in his career. With well over 350 games at club level and more than 50 appearances for Cameroon, the attacker has bundles of experience. "I've experienced so much and I can really say: you never stop learning. My experience is that you should never hang your head for too long. Especially in football, you can be the hero in the next game after having a bad game - and if you believe in yourself, you will achieve your goals," the seasoned pro explained in April's issue of "51". Especially in the big games at European level, this composure stood him in good stead in the past season. With four goals in seven Champions League matches, he was the second best FCB scorer after Lewandowski (5).
Title chaser with Bayern in his heart
But even for such experienced professionals as Choupo-Moting, there are still firsts. In addition to the Club World Cup triumph, he also celebrated winning the German championship in his first seven months at FCB - winning both titles for the first time in his career. But it was not only the hunger for success that contributed to his decision to join the German record champions: "It's huge fun at this club. Everything I had promised myself beforehand about FC Bayern has been more than affirmed," the Hamburg native revealed in April, adding: "I go into training every day with a smile on my face. It's an honour to play here." He can now exude this joie de vivre for two more years at FC Bayern!
All info on the contract extension here: