One To Watch – Breel Embolo (Switzerland)

Breel Embolo

Image from ESPN

Overview of Player:

Name: Breel Embolo
Position: Stiker
Age: 21
Nationality; Swiss (Cameroon born)
Club: Schalke 04
World Cup Influence: 5/10

Breel Embolo is a young striker who has been labelled as one of the best youngsters in football today, the Swiss man was seen playing for Basel as just a 17 year-old and scored in just his second game, he went on to play 61 games and scored 21 goals. In 2016 he made the move to Schalke 04 for a reported 20 million pounds, a injury hit 2 seasons has meant Breel has only played 28 games scoring 5 goals, with the majority of the games coming in the 17/18 season. Embolo has scored 3 goals in 24 appearances for his country at the young age of just 21.

The athletic striker has been known for being a physical specimen which makes him well suited to the Swiss games, he allows Xherdan Shaqiri and Josip Drmic to float and cause havoc with opposition defences. For a striker Breel has an good defensive work rate making 0.8 tackles a game.

A big negative in Breel’s game is his passing. The Cameroon born striker on average has only pulled off 0.2 key passes a game this season in the Bundesliga, one of the lowest for a striker in the league. As well as attracting fouls Breel is also liable to a few fouls of his own giving away an average of 2 fouls per game which is higher again than a lot of players in the Bundesliga.

 Overview of Nation:

Switzerland missed out on automatic qualification on goal difference to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal missing out by a 8 goal swing. Switzerland did still qualify though via the play offs in controversial fashion beating Northern Ireland 1-0 despite the penalty of which Switzerland scored being wrongfully given in the fist leg. The Swiss enter their fourth World Cup in a row hoping finally to make it past the round of 16 for the fist time since 1954.

Performance Of Player In Qualification:

Breel netted in Swtizerland’s first qualification match in a 2-0 win against Portugal but didn’t feature for the next 4 matches due to injuries sustained playing for his club side,  he returned to the Swiss camp for their last 2 games of the campaign playing in Switzerland’s 5-2 win against Hungary and their disappointing 2-0 defeat at Portugal.

Why is he one to watch:

Breel’s breakthrough at such a young age showed the belief in the big man from Basel and it wasn’t long until, at 18, he played and scored his first goal for the national side, Breel featured at EURO 2016 and will hope to be successful in Russia this year. The big man could play a big part in the Swiss attack with his hold up playing and willingness to track back to help his side will be a blessing for the Swiss manager and something that surely puts Breel at the top of his list to start as Switzerland hope to push through their group this year.

Video of player/compilation

Breel in action for Schalke last season.

Football Manager Attributes

Breel on FM

Breel’s work effort is shown on the game with a work rate and a bravery rating of 17, his Strength is a key aspect of his game and the Big man has got an abundance of strength and has clear finishing capabilities with 15 finishing and a decent 13 composure. Physically Embolo is a bit of a machine according to Football Manager and the Swiss man would be an issue for any defence in the game.   His fairly determined personality is also a good trait as well as being described as a “enthusiastic striker” showing Breel’s determination which will hopefully flourish in real life at the World Cup!


This isn’t the only ‘One to Watch’, we are releasing a one to watch article for every nation in the World Cup. An hour before each team kick off their first World Cup Group Stage game, we will release that nations one to watch. These can be viewed here – One to Watch for all Nations in World Cup 2018


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