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Borussia Dortmund forward and Bundesliga top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang is perhaps the most famous African in the Bundesliga / Photo: PEAF

Meet seven African stars who are shaking Germany’s Bundesliga!

The German Bundesliga just kicked off after the winter break. The transfer-window shut down end of January, let’s  take a look at some of the African players in Germany’s top flight league.

A total of 54 players with a citizenship of an African country are contracted to 16 of the 18 Bundesliga teams. Here you will find short introductions to some of the top players, up and coming stars and players who opted to play for Germany.

Ivorian Salomon Kalou (left) signed for Hertha Berlin in 2014 and has scored a total of 25 Bundesliga goals / Photo: KST

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang:
The Gabonese striker (27) is probably the most popular Bundesliga player currently. He signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2013. In a total of 114 matches he scored 71 goals. In 2015, Aubameyang was named African Footballer of the year. He has represented Gabon 48 times (19 goals).

Salomon Kalou:
Recently, the 31 year-old striker has taken part in his sixth Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and has represented Côte d’Ivoire 90 times (28 goals).

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting kicks for Schalke 04 / Photo: Schalke 04

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting:
The Cameroonian missed out being part of the winning team at this year’s AFCON with his national team mates due to unavailability for selection. Since 2014 the 27-year-old striker plays for Schalke 04. He has scored 18 goals in 75 matches . He has appeared for Cameroon 43 times (13 goals).

Naby Keïta:
The 22-year-old Keïta was signed by RB Leipzig in 2016. In a total of 18 matches he scored four goals. He has appeared for Guinea 18 times (two goals). The statistics portal whoscored.com ranked him as the best under-21 player of the current season.

Victor Osimhen:
Osimhen got signed by Wolfsburg in 2017. In 2015, he was the top scorer of the Under-17 World Cup in Chile. The 18 year-old Nigerian striker could have been transferred to FC Arsenal, too. “But Wolfsburg is the best place for me to start my career,” he said in an interview with German sports magazine kicker.

Victor Osimhen, who was the top scorer at the Under-17 World Cup in 2015, plays for Wolfsburg / Photo: ©Maxppp

The Dual Citizens
Twenty players hold a German citizenship in addition to their African one. Here are two who have already earned caps for the German national team.

Jonathan Tah:
German-Ivorian Jonathan Tah plays for Bayer Leverkusen since 2015. In a total of 45 matches he scored one goal. For Germany, the 21-year-old defender has taken to the field three times.

Serge Gnabry:
The German-Ivorian was signed by Werder Bremen in 2016. In a total of 19 matches he scored seven goals. The 21-year-old has played twice for the German National Team, scoring three times.

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