Dayot Upamecano Biography
Dayot Upamecano, born 27 October 1998 in Evreux, France, is a French international football player who plays as a defender for the French national team and RB Leipzig in Bundesliga.
After various youth teams, when he was 15 Dayot joined the Valenciennes academy where he was noticed by many scouts. After a successful run at the European Under-17 Championship, major clubs were interested in him. Among others, there were rumours of interest from Manchester United but in July 2015, Dayo moved to Red Bull, who were more persistent and paid €2.2m for the transfer.
The player was sent to Austrian club Liefering, in Austria's first league, to gain playing experience and training. There, Dayo made his debut on 31 July 2015, appearing in the main squad for the encounter against St Pölten. Upamecano played a total of 16 games for the Liefering.
During the winter break, Dayo was called up to the main team. On 19 March 2016, he made his Austrian Bundesliga debut against Mattersburg, appearing in the main squad and playing the entire game. Upamecano traded Red Bull Salzburg for RB Leipzig in January 2017, which was halfway through his first ever season in the Bundesliga.
On 14 February 2021, it was announced that the defender would transfer to Bayern after the end of the season, the contract being until 2026. According to media reports, the transfer fee was €40m plus a €2m bonus.
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Dayot was a key player for France's youth national teams. He became European U-17 Champion in 2015, playing in all five games at the tournament. He also participated in the 2015 FIFA Youth World Cup.
On 5 September 2020, he made his debut for the French national team in a UEFA Nations League match against Sweden and on 8 September, also in a UEFA Nations League match, he scored the winning goal for France. The match ended 4-2 for France.
Dayot Upamecano Information
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Dayot Upamecano Bio
- Full Name: Dayotchanculle Oswald Upamecano
- Nickname: The Rock
- Profession: Professional Footballer
Dayot Upamecano Physical Stats
- Weight: 90 Kg
- Height: 1.86 m
- Eye Color: Black
- Hair Color: Black
Dayot Upamecano Football Information
- Position: Defender
- Jersey Number: 5
- Professional Debut: 2015
Dayot Upamecano Date of Birth and Personal Info
- Date of Birth: 27 October 1998
- Birth Place: Évreux, France
- Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
- Nationality: French
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Dayot Upamecano Early Life
At the age of 6 years old, Dayot joined the youth academy of Vaillante S. Angers, learning how to play football for three years, when in 2008 he joined FC De Prey. After just one year, then 11 years old Dayot moved to Évreux. In 2013, he joined the Valenciennes youth team and managed to show his talent.
In the summer of 2015, Dayot Upamecano appeared to be a promising prospect. He had not yet played a single professional match for Valenciennes, but the physical qualities of the 16-year-old defender were already apparent. Marcelo Bielsa's OM has made him their priority in central defence. The young player fitted in perfectly with the new vision of the club based on youth, which president Vincent Labrune wanted to put in place.
However, another team decided to go for the player from Valenciennes. According to Goal.com, Red Bull Salzburg have met with Upamecano's family. The Austrians presented him with a PowerPoint containing a detailed career plan as well as a high-quality accommodation structure. These details apparently seduced the family, and on 11 July 2015, the Frenchman signed for nearly €2m in Salzburg.
Dayot Upamecano Profile
After signing for Red Bull Salzburg, the club decided to loan him out to FC Liefering which was playing in the Erste Liga. The two clubs belonged to one owner. On 31 July 2015, Dayot played his first match for FC Lieferering in the opening match of the Erste Liga’s new season in the home match against SKN St. Pölten.
The next match against SV Kapfenberg was his first start for FC Liefering where he played the whole 90 minutes and they lost 5-2. On 14 August against FC Wacker Innsbruck, he was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in 13 minutes.
That season, Dayot Upamecano played a total of 16 matches for FC Liefering in the Este Liga. He also played two matches for Red Bull Salzburg in Bundesliga and three matches for the team in UEFA Youth League.
Red Bull Salzburg
For the 2016/17 season, he returned to Red Bull Salzburg. On 23 July 2016, Dayot played his first match of the season in Austrian Bundesliga against SK Sturm Graz, in a match in which they lost 3-1. In that match, he played as a defensive midfielder and gave the assist of his team’s only goal to Fredrik Gulbrandsen in the 82nd minute.
On 20 August 2016, in the home 3-1 win against SV Mattersburg, he was once again able to provide an assist to his teammate, this time to Stefan Lainer. On 6 November 2016, he was sent off after receiving his second yellow card in the 90th minute of the away match against SV Mattersburg, thus he was suspended from his team’s next game against Rapid Vienna which was an important match for them.
On 11 December 2016, Dayo Upamecano was sent off after receiving a direct red card in the 70th minute of the 0-1 away win against SK Sturm Graz. That season, he also played in the UEFA Champions League Qualifying match against the Estonian club FK Liepaja.
He also debuted in the Europa League for Red Bull Salzburg in the first match of the Group I on 15 September 2016 against Russian side FK Krasnodar, where they lost 0-1. He went on to play three other Europa League matches that season for his team.
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In the winter transfer window of the 2016/17 season, Upamecano moved to the German Bundesliga club and partner RB Leipzig, where he signed a contract until June 2021. He played his first Bundesliga match on 4 February 2017 away against Borussia Dortmund, when he came up as a replacement for Rani Khedira in the 66th minute. The match was lost 1-0.
In the next match against Hamburger SV, he started in the team’s lineup for the first time, however, he was substituted very early in the 31st minute when Yussuf Poulsen came on to replace him. On 18 March 2018 Upamecano played his first full 90 minutes match in the away match against SV Werder Bremen, where the team lost 3-0.
After another full match played against SC Freiburg and sitting on the bench in an away match against FC Schalke 04, he started all of the 4 remaining matches of Bundesliga against FC Ingolstadt 04, Hertha BSC, Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt, playing the whole 90 minutes in each match. At the end of the season, he finished runner-ups behind Bayern Munich in Bundesliga.
During his second season (2017/18), Upamecano developed into a regular in defence alongside his partner Willi Orban and was regularly used from the start in both the European Cup and DFB Cup as well as in the Bundesliga when fit.
He played his first match of the new season on 13 August 2017 in the DFB Pokal first round against Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen, where they won 0-5. Six days later, he played his first Bundesliga match of the season against FC Schalke 04. He played the whole match which they lost 2-0.
On 12 December 2017, Dayot was sent off in the 1-1 match against VfL Wolfsburg after getting two yellow cards and as he was a regular starter for RB Leipzig, he was suspended for the next match against 1.FSV Mainz 05. Dayot Upamecano on 9 February 2018, when they faced FC Augsburg at home. He scored this goal with a right-footed shot on an assist from Yussuf Poulsen.
On 21 April 2018, RB Leipzig was about to face TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Red Bull Arena, in the 31st matchday of Bundesliga. Dayot Upamecano started the match on the bench and came on to pitch in the 62nd minute to replace Willi Orban when they were down 1-4. Two minutes after his entry, Lukas Rupp scored Hoffenheim’s fifth goal. In the 88th minute, with an assist from Ademola Lookman, Dayot scored his second goal of the season.
In the last match of the 2017/18 Bundesliga season, RB Leipzig played against Hertha BSC at Olympiastadion Berlin and won the match 2-6. Dayot scored his third and last goal of the season in 2nd minute of the match with a header, on an assist from Kevin Kampl.
That season, Upamecano played a total of 41 matches for RB Leipzig in all competitions, including 28 matches in Bundesliga (3 Goals), 6 matches in Europa League, 5 matches in Champions League and 2 matches in DFB Pokal.
In 2018, Upamecano was one of the 20 finalists of the Golden Boy Award, which the Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport presents every year to the best U21 player in the world.
The young footballer started the 2018/19 season in the first round of DFB Pokal against FC Viktoria Köln, which they won 1-3. He was also present in the first match of Bundesliga on 26 August 2018, where they lost 4-1 against Borussia Dortmund. Until 19 January 2019, he had already played in 14 Bundesliga matches for his team.
The Frenchman was out between January and May 2019 due to a serious knee injury but was able to return for the final match of the Bundesliga on 18 May 2019, where they lost 2-1 against SV Werder Bremen. A week later, he also played in the final of DFB Pokal against Bayern Munich, where they lost 0-3, failing to win the cup.
Because of his injury, that season Dayot played only 22 matches for his club, with 15 matches in Bundesliga, 3 matches in DFB Pokal and 4 matches in Europa League.
Dayot missed the first four matches of the new Bundesliga season due to injuries and fitness problems and managed to play his first game of the season on 21 September 2019 against SV Werder Bremen. On 18 January 2020, in the home match against 1.FC Union Berlin, he gave his first assist of the season to Marcel Sabitzer.
He was sent off in the match against SC Paderborn 07 after he got two yellow cards in the first half and after being suspended for the next match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, he came back to the squad with another assist in the match against Fortuna Düsseldorf.
The defender finished the 2019/20 season, which was interrupted for several weeks by the COVID-19 pandemic, with Leipzig again in third place in the table, and his contract was subsequently extended until June 2023.
In the Champions League, which continued after the European league competitions, at the beginning of August 2020, he reached the round of 16, the quarter-finals and finally even the semi-finals with the team for the first time in succession.
Upamecano played a total of 38 matches that season, with 28 games in Bundesliga (two assists), 8 matches in Champions League and 2 matches in DFB Pokal.
The talented French footballer started the 2020/21 season in the first round of DFB Pokal against 1.FC Nuremberg, which they won 0-3. Eight days later, he played the whole 90 minutes in the opening match of Bundesliga against 1.FSV Mainz 05, which they won 3-1. On 24 October 2020, he scored his first goal of the season in the 2-1 home win against Hertha BSC.
On 23 January 2021, in the return match against 1.FSV Mainz 05 he gave an assist to Marcel Halstenberg to make the score 1-2 for Leipzig, however, they lost the match 3-2.
So far during the 2020/21 season, Dayot has played a total of 32 matches for his club, with a goal and assist in Bundesliga. On 12 February 2021, Bayern Munich paid the €40 million release clause and the player is about to join his new club on 1 July 2021.
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France National Team
His first call-up to the national team was for the Aegean Cup with the U-16s. He made his France debut on 21 January 2014, playing in the starting line-up against Scotland in a 1-1 draw. On 23 January, he played the full match against Norway, played the entire game against Martin Ødegaard and won 4-1. The final match was for third place, against Ukraine, which he started and they won 3-2.
He was called up to play in the qualifying round of the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, France was drawn in group 4 with Cyprus, England and Macedonia.
He made his debut for the French U17s on 27 October, playing 80 minutes against Cyprus and defeating their opponents 4-0. His next match was against England on 30 October, he played from the start but was replaced and they lost 3-1. Despite the defeat they qualified for the Elite Round as second in their group with 6 points, in the first place were the English who won all 3 matches.
He was called up to defend the national team in the Elite Round, they were in group 1 with Spain, Israel and Sweden. On 20 March he played against Israel and they won 1-0. His second game was on 22 March against Sweden, they won 7-1. The last game of the group was against Spain on 25 March, where they drew 1-1. Dayot played all of the 3 games and qualified as first to the finals of the U17 European Championship.
Coach Jean-Claude Giuntini called Upamecano to play in the finals of the championship in Bulgaria. France was drawn in Group C with Scotland, Greece and Russia.
Their first opponent was Scotland, on 7 May they met, he started and won 5-0. On 10 May they played against Russia, he started the match, his teammate Odsonne Edouard scored the only goal of the match in the 50th minute to get the 3 points. Already qualified for the next phase, there was one match left to play to secure first place. The group stage ended on 13 May against Greece, he entered the pitch in the second half, and they won 1-0.
In the quarter-finals, they were paired with Italy and faced each other on 16 May, he was in the starting line-up for the 3-0 win. On 19 May they played against Belgium in the semi-final, he was there from the start, the match ended 1-1 and went to penalties, after several mistakes by both teams, it was left to their goal scorer Edouard for the last penalty and he converted it, qualifying for the final of the European competition.
Germany was undefeated in the competition and met in the final on 22 May in front of more than 14,000 people at the Lazur Stadium, Dayot played the full match and they won 4-1. France won their second title as European Under-17 champions. He was included in the Championship's Dream Team.
The French team qualified for the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile. On 25 September, he was confirmed by the coach in the final squad to play in the U-17 World Cup.
He made his debut at world level on 19 October 2015, he played as a starter with the number 5 jersey against New Zealand and they won 6-1. The second match of the group stage was against Paraguay, he played the whole game and scored his first goal with the national team, they won 4-3. The third match was against Syria, already qualified, he was on the bench without playing, they won 4-0 and advanced to the round of 16 as top of Group F.
In the round of 16, France lost the match 3-5 on penalties against Costa Rica and was knocked out of the competition.
After playing in all of France's youth teams from 2014 to 2020 (from U16 to U23), he was selected by Didier Deschamps for France A team on 27 August 2020, to face Sweden and Croatia in the Nations League. He started in defence with Raphaël Varane and Presnel Kimpembe in a 3-5-2 formation in the first match against Sweden, where Les Bleus won 1-0 at Friends Arena in Solna.
On 8 September 2020, he scored his first goal in his second international match for France, heading in a corner against Croatia (4-2). Stay tuned to this section of Dayot Upamecano biography as we want to share some more information about his playing style.
Style of Play
A very gifted player, he is considered one of the best players in the world of his era. A central defender with an imposing physique, he is good in marking, aerial play and in defensive anticipation. He knows how to initiate play and has good ball control; this allows him to be deployed as a halfback. Due to his characteristics, he has been compared to Mats Hummels and Raphaël Varane.
He is regarded by many pundits to be on his way to becoming one of the best French defenders of his age and while he is on a right track to progress in his career, many believe that he can play at the heart of the French national team’s defensive lines for many years to come.
As a defender, Dayot has scored just 4 goals during his club career and we haven’t seen him celebrating goal very much. On the other hand, he does not have a signature goal celebration.
Dayot Upamecano outside Football
As Dayot Upamecano is a young footballer and is on his early career days, he’s fully concentrated on improving himself and therefore he does not have any other business or activity outside football.
If you go to his Instagram page, you can see some family pictures of him, so we can assume that he spends his spare time with his family these days.
Dayot Upamecano Personal Life
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Family, Children and Relationships
Dayot Upamecano was born on 27 October 1998 in Évreux. He comes from a family of Guinea-Bissau origin, of which he also has a nationality. His parents gave him his first name in honour of a great-grandfather who was king of a village in Guinea-Bissau, the village from which his family originates.
He has four sisters and a younger brother. At the age of 15, he underwent speech therapy to overcome dyslexia and stuttering, which caused him to be very shy and to have some difficulty expressing himself.
Dayot works with SportsTotal Foundation and has donated his signed jerseys to be auctioned through this foundation, which supports children and families in need.
The young footballer has also participated in the charity projects of his club, RB Leipzig.
As of the time of writing this article, there are no reports of any legal issues regarding Dayot Upamecano on media.
Dayot Upamecano Career Statistics
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Since the start of his professional career at Liefering in the 2015/16 season and as of 14 March 2021, the young footballer has played a total of 184 matches, scoring 4 goals. During his career, with 145 games he has played the most of his career for RB Leipzig.
Between 2014 and 2020, Dayot has played a total of 46 matches for various youth teams of France, scoring two goals. Since 2020, he has also played three matches for his country’s senior national team, scoring 1 goal.
Dayot Upamecano Honors
With the France U-17 team, Dayot Upamecano has managed to win the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2015.
He has also been included in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship Team of the Tournament, UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season and ESM Team of the Year.