Although only 25, Eric Choupo-Moting can already look back at seven years of professional football at the highest level. The striker, who was born in Hamburg to a German mother and a Cameroonian father, played his first Bundesliga match as an 18-year-old in August 2007. After initially getting regular matches with HSV, however, he spent most of his time on the bench after the winter break and struggled in the following seasons. In the summer of 2009 he was loaned out to Nuremburg. It proved a shrewd move and despite playing in an unfamiliar role on the left wing, he weighed in with five goals and seven assists in 25 outings. At the end of the season he returned to Hamburg and played regularly in the first half of the season. Choupo-Moting signed with Mainz for the start of 2010/11 in what turned out to be a highly successful move for him. His performance has grabbed the attention of several German and Italian clubs.
Choupo-Moting played international youth football for Germany but never progressed to the senior side, which left him open for an approach from Cameroon officials. He was duly called up for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in January 2010, but the rangy player was ultimately unable to travel due to administrative problems. Cameroon did not give up on him though, and he made the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ squad and played his first game on the global stage. Since then, he has been a regular in the Indomitable Lions squad. He played five matches in the Brazil 2014 qualifiers, scoring a goal in each of hs first two, as Cameroon secured a second-consecutive appearance at the World Cup.