Asamoah in 2016
|Full name||Gerald Asamoah|
|Date of birth||(1978-10-03) 3 October 1978 (age 43)|
|Place of birth||Mampong 22, Ghana|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1991–1994||BV Werder Hannover|
|2004||Schalke 04 II||1||(0)|
|2010–2011||FC St. Pauli||27||(6)|
|2013–2015||Schalke 04 II||49||(8)|
|2016–2021||Schalke 04 II|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
During his playing career, Asamoah played as a forward, and he was mainly known for his pace, his physical strength and his hard-working approach. He has bonded the most part of his career to Schalke, where he has been widely appreciated not only for his accomplishments as a player, but also for his relaxed and positive attitude and his role as a community leader off the pitch.
Born in Mampong, Ghana, Asamoah and his family emigrated to Germany in 1990.
He immediately started playing football in several local teams, and entered the youth academy of Hannover 96 at the age of 16.
Coming through the youth ranks of Hannover, Asamoah started his professional career with the club from Lower Saxony, scoring five goals in his debut season. He first came to prominence the following year, as he scored 19 goals in 33 games (including a decisive winner in the final match against Eintracht Braunschweig) to help Hannover reach the play-off for the promotion in 2. Bundesliga. Although Die Roten lost the first leg 2–0 against TeBe Berlin, in the second leg Asamoah netted the opener, as his side tied the aggregate and eventually gained promotion after the penalty shoot-outs. Adding his final season in Hannover, Asamoah played 79 games and scored 28 goals for the club.
In the summer transfer window of 1999, Asamoah moved to Schalke 04 for a reported cost of €1,35 million. Despite having rarely hit double figures again during his prolonged time in Gelsenkirchen, the forward instantaneously became a favorite of supporters, thanks to his qualities both on and off the pitch, his good relationship with team-mates and coaches (especially Huub Stevens, who managed Asamoah for three years at Schalke) and his contributions to the club's successes during the first half of the 2000s.
With Die Knappen, the Ghanaian-German striker reached the qualification to the UEFA Champions League at the end of the 2000-01 season, before winning two consecutive German Cups (in 2001 and 2002), two UEFA Intertoto Cups (in 2003 and 2004) and a German League Cup (in 2005).
Asamoah left Schalke at the end of the 2009-10 season, having registered a total of 381 games, 64 goals and 45 assists (between the national league, national cups and continental competitions) for the club over eleven years.
The last years as a player
On 1 June 2010, Asamoah signed a two-year contract with the then Bundesliga-promoted club FC St. Pauli. During his time with the Kiezkicker, he played regularly and scored six goals in the league, including a winner that allowed his team to obtain their first away victory against cross-city rivals, Hamburger SV, since 1977. However, St. Pauli didn't manage to avoid relegation to the 2. Bundesliga, having finished last in the league, and the striker eventually decided to terminate this contract in June 2011.
After spending six months without a club and training with the non-professional side VfB Hüls to keep himself fit, Asamoah signed for Greuther Fürth on 10 January 2012. Come during the second half of the season, Asamoah mainly acted as a reserve of Christopher Nöthe and Olivier Occéan, but still helped the team win the 2. Bundesliga title, as Greuther Fürth achieved their historical first promotion to the Bundesliga.
However, the following year turned out to be more difficult than expected: Asamoah went goalless during the entire season, while the Kleeblätter finished at the bottom of the table, having won only four of their 34 league games, none of which were at home soil.
This was also Asamoah's last season in the Bundesliga, as he amassed the third highest number of substitutions ever in the league (139 times).
Return to Schalke and retirement
In May 2001, Asamoah received his first senior call-up for the Germany national team by coach Rudi Völler and subsequently won his first international cap during a friendly match against Slovakia, making him the first African-born black player to ever play for the side: in fact, Erwin Kostedde and Jimmy Hartwig, two previous internationals with black ancestry, were both born in Germany to African-American fathers and German mothers. He also scored on his debut, at the 50th minute of the game.
Having previously served as a supervisor for the marketing area at Schalke while he was still playing for their reserve team, Asamoah was offered a role as assistant coach for the Royal Blues' U-15 squad immediately after his retirement, in July 2015. In October of the same year, he obtained his UEFA A coaching licence.
In November 2016, he was appointed as head coach of Schalke's U23 squad, a role he maintained until February 2021. Meanwhile, he served as the team manager for the senior team between March and June 2019, as he was temporarily promoted by interim head coach Huub Stevens.
In February 2021, following internal turbulence within the club due to the extreme lack of results throughout the season, Asamoah was appointed as a coordinator for the first team, acting as a link between the players, the coaching team and the board. However, Schalke could not prevent themselves from being relegated for the first time in over thirty years, as they finished at the bottom of the league table.
In May 2021, the new-established sporting director Rouven Schröder decided to appoint Asamoah as Schalke's first-team manager for the following season, in collaboration with head coach Dimitrios Grammozis.
Asamoah is married and has two children, twins born on 26 February 2007.
Asamoah's brother Lewis (born 1984) has played as a footballer, too, spending his whole career in the non-professional tiers of the German football league pyramid, while his cousin Emmanuel (born 1993) played in the youth ranks of St. Pauli and Hamburg before seemingly stepping out of football in 2013.
He suffers from a heart condition, named hypertrophic, non-obstructive cardiomyopathy. In his case, the flesh lobe that separates the right and left heart chambers is extremely thick, which can cause an arrhythmic heartbeat. While this condition didn't hold him back entirely from playing, it was one of the main reasons behind his frequent struggles with fitness.
He has also been leading educational campaigns in public schools and speaking out against racism in several occasions. In August 2019, he openly criticized Schalke's chairman of the supervisory board, Clemens Tönnies, due to his controversial claims against African people during a convention on climate change and the future of the food industry in Paderborn: Tönnies eventually maintained his role within the club's board until his own resignment, almost a year after. In February 2020, Asamoah firmly condemned the racist insults directed towards opponent defender Jordan Torunarigha by Schalke supporters during a home cup match against Hertha BSC. In June 2020, Asamoah joined the group of players and board members across Bundesliga who reacted and manifested support to the protests across the United States and the world following the murder of George Floyd, saying quote: "If you have never experienced racism, you'll never find out what that truly means. It's a pain you carry inside yourself and you can't swallow it. I'll work even harder to visit schools and teach young people that we're all the same."
In 2021, he featured in Schwarze Adler [de], a documentary detailing the experiences of Black players in German professional football.
|Hannover 96||1996–97||Regionalliga Nord||25||5||1||0||–||2[b]||0||28||5|
|Schalke 04 II||2003–04||Regionalliga Nord||1||0||0||0||–||–||1||0|
|FC St. Pauli||2010–11||Bundesliga||27||6||0||0||–||–||27||6|
|Greuther Fürth||2011–12||2. Bundesliga||10||5||2||0||–||–||12||5|
|Schalke 04 II||2013-14||Regionalliga West||28||6||–||–||–||28||6|
- Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Asamoah goal.
|1||29 May 2001||Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany||Slovakia||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||13 February 2002||Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany||Israel||6–1||7–1||Friendly|
|3||21 December 2004||Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand||Thailand||4–1||5–1||Friendly|
|4||4 June 2005||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||1–1||4–1||Friendly|
|5||21 June 2005||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany||Argentina||2–1||2–2||2005 Confederations Cup|
|6||17 August 2005||De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
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