Qoo6: Jean Makoun

Jean Makoun

Jean Makoun
Name: Jean Makoun
Position: Midfielder
Date of birth (age): 29/05/1983
Country: Cameroon
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Jean II Makoun (born 29 May 1983) is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Greek Superleague club Olympiacos on loan from Aston Villa. He also plays in the Cameroon national football team.

Makoun began his career in his native Cameroon at Cotonsport Garoua, where he was part of the team's youth setup. Following this, he spent time at other Cameroonian clubs Jeunesse Star and Tonnerre Yaoundé, before moving to France, to join Ligue 1 club Lille.

Makoun became a firm fixture in the Lille side, making more than 150 appearances for the team in the league, and playing UEFA Champions League football. His performances attracted interest from clubs around Europe, including Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as Serie A club Juventus, and French clubs AS Monaco, Marsielle, and Lyon.

On 16 June 2008, Makoun signed with seven time French champions Olympique Lyonnais on a four year contract. The fee is worth €14 million with Lille set to receive another €1 million based on incentives. During his time with Lyon, Makoun wore the number 17 shirt, which was retired in 2003 after the death of Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé. Makoun, also from Cameroon and a native of Yaoundé, stated on wearing the number: "In memory of Marc, for me and for the whole Cameroon, this will be for something."

On 16 February 2010, Makoun scored the only goal in Lyon's first leg UEFA Champions League knockout round win over Real Madrid at Stade Gerland by hitting a looping shot from 25 yards out over the head of goalkeeper Iker Casillas and into the top corner of the net in the 47th minute.

On 13 January 2011, Lyon revealed via their official website that Makoun had travelled to England in order to discuss a possible move to Premier League club Aston Villa, managed by former Lyon boss Gérard Houllier. Two days later, on 15 January 2011, Aston Villa completed the signing of Makoun on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £6.2m. On 21 January 2011, Villa and Makoun were handed international clearance and a work permit, with this announcement it was also revealed that he would take over the number 17 shirt from fellow West African Moustapha Salifou. He made his Premier League debut for Villa in an away match against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on 25 January 2011 in a 2–1 win. On 12 February 2011, Makoun was sent off after receiving a straight red card for a tackle on Blackpool's DJ Campbell. Following the departure of Houllier, Makoun struggled to hold down a first-team position at Villa Park. His first appearance of the 2011–12 season came in a 2–0 League Cup victory over Hereford United on 23 August 2011.

On 28 August 2011, Makoun joined the Greek club Olympiacos on a season-long loan deal. He chose the number 77 for his shirt. On 13 September 2011, he made his club debut for Olympiacos in their 1-0 loss to Marseille in the UEFA Champions League, coming on as a substitute in the 67th minute.

He was part of the Cameroonian 2004 African Nations Cup team, who finished top of their group in the first round of competition, before failing to secure qualification for the semi-finals. Makoun also participated in the 2006 African Nations Cup, 2008 African Nations Cup and 2010 African Nations Cup.He participated in all of Cameroon's games in their disappointing 2010 FIFA World Cup.