Ethiopian Gedion Zelalem to play for Arsenal midfielder – That is the plan

Gedion zelalem Arsenal FC

According to the Washington post report a 14-year-old Gedion Zelalem is in a right path to become one of Arsenal FC player in the coming 2 years.

Gedion Zelalem German with Ethio pian roots and a U.S. green card who lives in the Washington area might have a future in England.

Gedion Zelalem trained with Arsenal at London Colney for 10 days this summer. Zelalem’s father said a plan is in place for his son, a central midfielder, to join the Gunners system full-time when he turns 16 in January 2013.

Gedion zelalem Arsenal FC
Gedion zelalem with Arsenal FC Coach Arsene Wenger

Arsenal communications manager Dan Tolhurst told the Insider that Zelalem did join the club for workouts but no official agreement has been reached.

Zelalem plays for the Olney Soccer Club Rangers’ under-16 outfit. He’ll enroll at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Md., next month and, as a freshman, plans to play for the varsity squad while continuing to compete for Olney.

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Zelalem’s father is from Ethopia and in 1990 was granted asylum in Germany, where his son was born. Gedion was enrolled in Hertha Berlin’s youth program, his father said.

The family moved to the United States five years ago and settled in the Washington suburbs, where Gedion’s father works as a medical technician. Neither is a U.S. citizen. Gideon holds a German passport and speaks German fluently. He did attend a U.S. youth camp in California this year. However, because he is not naturalized, he is unlikely to become eligible for the United States in the near future.

His father would like him to represent Germany and has been working to make the German federation aware of his son’s ties.

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“It’s my dream,” said Zelalem Woldyes . Gedion’s mother died in 2005 and Woldyes has since re-married. “I want to say thank you to the country that helped me. I’m grateful to Germany.”

With Olney Soccer Club, Gedion is coached by Matt Pilkington, an England native who played at George Washington University in 2000-01. Realizing he had a special talent on his team, Pilkington began searching for a way to get Gedion discovered by a foreign club. He eventually was put in touch with Danny Karbassiyoon, the former Arsenal prospect from Roanoke, Va., who is now the Gunners’ North American scout.

On his Facebook page,Gedion posted a photo of himself and his father posing with a No. 4 jersey — Cesc Fabregas’s former uniform — and Gunners Manager Arsene Wenger.



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  1. i am very………………………… happy about Gideon b/c it is not only for Gideon it is for Ethiopia people also its for me .

  2. amazing gedion for all ethiopian people dream plece came from ethiopia and then etiopian national tem 4 number malya gedion bye good luck

  3. it is anice news . i hope you will be amember of “walyawochu” team. love ethiopian !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. ya it is amazing news. the thing w/c i want to tell to Ethiopian federation is that please invite Gedion to Ethiopia under 20 soccer team.

  5. Hope your future is great with the gunners.
    I was exited when I herad about of you from one of my friend.
    We proud of you as the Arsenal fun, as Ethiopian I wish your success brother…

  6. wow it is a very sweet news Ethiopia can known by the rest of the world like the good runner’s……………………..

  7. Wow great news be a big boy zele,use z best of arsenal coaches and the squad hope to see you in the main team soon……..our would be cesk fab

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