16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko becomes Bundesliga's youngest-ever player

Someday after his 16th birthday Moukoko got here on as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s conflict with Hertha Berlin, changing into the youngest participant to play in a qualified fit in Germany.
The Cameroon-born German changed 20-year-old Erling Haaland with simply over 5 mins final in Dortmund’s Five-2 victory.

Moukoko broke former Dortmund participant Nuri Sahin’s earlier report having made his debut elderly 16 years, 11 months and someday for Dortmund towards Wolfsburg in August 2006. New Bundesliga laws permit gamers to play from the day they flip 16.

Haaland, left, and Moukoko hug each other after the end of the game against Hertha Berlin.Haaland, left, and Moukoko hug each other after the end of the game against Hertha Berlin.

Moukoko, who has incessantly performed in older age teams, has inspired his teammates since becoming a member of first workforce coaching, with Haaland — who scored 4 targets towards Hertha Berlin — calling him “the largest skill on the planet” after Saturday’s sport.

“I would really like to play along him,” mentioned Haaland — who lately gained the 2020 Golden Boy award for the most productive under-21 participant taking part in in a Ecu nation’s most sensible department.

“I feel he is the largest skill on the planet presently. He is 16 years and someday outdated, that is superb. He has a large profession forward of him. We are fortunate to have him.”

Moukoko may just additionally transform the Champions League’s youngest participant on November 24 if he faces Membership Bruges. That report is these days held via Céléstine Babayaro, who used to be elderly 16 years and 87 days when he performed for Anderlecht in a bunch degree fit all through the 1994/1995 season.

He has been prolific for the formative years groups at Dortmund, scoring 141 targets in 88 formative years video games, together with 13 in simply 4 appearances for the membership’s U19 facet this season.

Having most effective in the past noticed his now teammates on TV — or taking part in as them on FIFA video video games in Dortmund’s formative years amenities — lining up along the likes of Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland got here as one thing of a surprise.

“The primary time I arrived I made a video as a result of I’m going to by no means revel in any other day like that,” Moukoko instructed Borussia Dortmund TV. “I may just say: ‘Now I am with the primary workforce’ and it used to be a complete new feeling.

Moukoko turns with the ball against Hertha Berlin. Moukoko turns with the ball against Hertha Berlin.

“It used to be superb. I went house and I nonetheless could not get my head round it. I used to be so satisfied in coaching, however afterwards I understood that it used to be what I might labored for. I am right here now and I wish to do my best possible.”

Dortmund supervisor Lucien Favre praised Moukoko for his arduous paintings within the little while he had with the primary workforce.

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“He is educated with us now for 14 days. Seven or 8 gamers had been away on global responsibility. It used to be Five-2 and it used to be excellent for him to play his first Bundesliga sport however after all he has to stay operating,” Favre told ESPN after the sport. 

“He is very, very younger. We now have numerous attacking gamers, so much who have not performed lately.”


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