Updated June 7, 2021
WILFRID KAPTOUM AT A GLANCE:
- 24-year-old Cameroonian midfielder developed in FC Barcelona’s academy before six-year professional career with Barcelona, Real Betis, and UD Almería.
- Has earned more than 100 professional caps including appearances La Liga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and Copa del Rey action.
- Joined Barcelona Academy at age 12 and made pro debut with Barcelona B in 2014.
- In 2015-16 with Barcelona, competed in the UEFA Champions League and helped lift the Copa del Rey trophy.
- Made 15 La Liga appearances with Real Betis from 2018-19.
- Represents Cameroon on international stage and made the country’s 2019 African Cup of Nations roster.
MLS CAREER: (2021): Signed by New England Revolution on Dec. 23, 2020 ahead of the 2021 MLS season…Has made five appearances, including two starts, in debut season with New England…Saw limited action due to a minor injury through opening part of the season...(4/17) at CHI: Played seven minutes off the bench in MLS debut…(4/24) vs. DC: Registered first MLS start and first appearance at Gillette Stadium in the 1-0 win…Played 64 minutes in central midfield…(5/22) vs. NY: Recorded second start of the season and played 61 minutes in the 3-1 win.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Owns more than 100 professional appearances across all competitions with FC Barcelona, Real Betis, and UD Almería, including stints with Barcelona B and Real Betis B…Developed at Barça Academy and made pro debut in 2014…Has appeared in La Liga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and Copa del Rey action, as well as in Spain’s second and third divisions…Most recently saw action on loan with U.D. Almería in the Spanish Segunda División, appearing in nine matches, starting seven, and logging 528 minutes before being sidelined by an injury in June 2020…Made six appearances across all competitions for Real Betis during the 2019-20 campaign, starting on three occasions…Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in a 4-0 win over CA Antoniano in the Copa del Rey on Dec. 19, 2019…Appeared in 15 matches across all competitions for Real Betis during the 2018-19 season along with an additional five appearances for Real Betis B…Made 12 appearances with 11 starts for Real Betis B during the 2017-18 season after a joining the club from FC Barcelona B on Jan. 30, 2018…Featured extensively for Barcelona B in Spain’s Segunda División B during his time with the club from 2014-17, scoring six goals with three assists over 46 appearances…Made 16 appearances for FC Barcelona B during the 2016-17 season, scoring two goals…Made 25 appearances for FC Barcelona B during the 2015-16 season, starting 19 times and scoring three goals…Made three appearances for FC Barcelona across all competitions during the 2015-16 season…Scored first senior team goal for Barcelona on Feb. 16, 2016 against Valencia in the 84th minute of the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals…Started and played 62 minutes for Barcelona in a UEFA Champions League Group Stage match against Bayer Leverkusen on Dec. 9, 2015…Joined FC Barcelona B on Jul. 1, 2014 after six years in the club’s Academy program…Started all three matches he appeared in during the 2014-15 season with FC Barcelona B, scoring his first professional goal in a 4-1 win over Alcorcon on Oct. 19, 2014...Suffered season-ending injury in late October 2014…Made two appearances in the UEFA Youth League for the Barcelona Under-19 team in 2014-15…Made the bench for the first time in a professional match for FC Barcelona B on May 31, 2014 but did not see game action…Featured nine times for the Barcelona U-19s in the 2013-14 UEFA Youth League, scoring one goal and adding an assist.
NATIONAL TEAM CAREER (CAMEROON): Represents Cameroon and has received multiple call-ups to the senior team…Available on the bench for much of the country’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign…Most recent call-up came in October 2019 for a friendly against Tunisia…On the bench for Cameroon’s AFCON Qualifying match on Mar. 23 vs. Comoros…Went as an unused substitute for all four of Cameroon’s 2019 African Cup of Nations matches…Received first national team call-up in November 2018 as an injury replacement for an AFCON Qualifier against Morocco and an international friendly against Brazil but did not appear in either match…Represented Cameroon at the U-20 international level, appearing in eight matches and scoring two goals.
PERSONAL: Full name is Wilfrid Jaures Kaptoum…Fluent in French and Spanish…Joined Barcelona’s youth ranks in 2008 at age 12 after impressing during his stint with the Samuel Eto’o Foundation Academy in his native Cameroon…Developed for six years in La Masia…Spent the 2009-10 Academy season on loan from Barcelona at UE Sant Andreu in Catalonia.