Youssoufa Moukoko, 16, could become youngest player in Bundesliga history

Moukoko became 16 on Friday, the day sooner than Dortmund travels to stand Hertha Berlin, with a up to date rule trade now permitting 16-year-olds to play in Germany’s best department.

Former Dortmund participant Nuri Sahin lately holds the document because the Bundesliga’s youngest ever participant. Now taking part in for Turkish membership Antalyaspor, Sahin made his debut elderly 16 years, 11 months and at some point for Dortmund in opposition to Wolfsburg in August 2006. The Deutsche Fußball Liga’s new regulations permit avid gamers to play within the Bundesliga from the day they flip 16.

Moukoko has steadily performed a number of years above his age team right through his younger profession and began coaching with Dortmund’s first workforce again in August.

“At my first coaching consultation I believed: ‘Wow, the place have I stopped up?'” Moukoko instructed Borussia Dortmund TV. “However I do not pay attention to what other folks say, I apply my very own trail. I wish to lend a hand the workforce — that is why I am right here.

“I am not truly enthusiastic about whether or not it [debut] will occur … I do know my debut will come someday. I learn what is written within the media, however I am not hanging any drive on myself.”

Moukoko may just additionally turn into the Champions League’s youngest participant on November 24 if he faces Membership Bruges. That document is lately held by way of Céléstine Babayaro, who was once elderly 16 years and 87 days when he performed for Anderlecht in a gaggle level fit all through the 1994/1995 season.

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Youssoufa Moukoko could make his first team debut with Dortmund this weekend.Youssoufa Moukoko could make his first team debut with Dortmund this weekend.

‘Wonderful factor’

A part of Moukoko’s step as much as the primary workforce was once being given his first squad quantity: 18. Of all of the reports that include being rapid tracked throughout the adolescence ranks and being thrust into the limelight, he says this was once a number of the maximum surreal.

“I used to be slumbering and Ciro [shirt printer] messaged me, announcing: ‘I am doing the shirts, do you need to do your first blouse?'” Moukoko recollects with grin. “I used to be like: ‘Ooh, I will’t leave out this!’

“I messaged him instantly announcing I used to be coming and I ran downstairs. It was once so cool, seeing your title and quantity to your blouse for the fan store is a big factor, an ideal factor, for a tender participant as a result of that does not occur to you each day.”

Having most effective up to now observed his now teammates on TV — or taking part in as them on FIFA video video games in Dortmund’s adolescence 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 will by no means revel in every other day like that,” stated Moukoko. “I may just say: ‘Now I am with the primary workforce’ and it was once an entire new feeling.

“It was once wonderful. I went house and I nonetheless could not get my head round it. I used to be so glad in coaching, however afterwards I understood that it was once what I would labored for. I am right here now and I want to do my absolute best.”

Youssoufa Moukoko has risen through Dortmund's youth ranks.Youssoufa Moukoko has risen through Dortmund's youth ranks.

Moukoko has scored 13 objectives in 4 appearances for the membership’s Underneath-19s this season and 141 objectives in 88 video games since becoming a member of the membership’s adolescence ranks from St. Pauli in 2016.

Born in Cameroon, Moukoko has represented Germany at the world level with the Underneath-16s and Underneath-20s and is already being touted as certainly one of Ecu soccer’s maximum prodigious skills.

Whether or not he makes his debut this weekend or no longer, Moukoko turns out like to damage the Bundesliga document someday this season.

In a up to date Kicker interview, Sahin stated he was once glad the Bundesliga’s youngest participant document would proceed to be held by way of a Dortmund participant.

“The solar is most effective shining with him, he hasn’t ever had wet days,” added Sahin, reflecting on what may lie in retailer for Moukoko.

“However those wet days will come. Then it can be crucial that you’ve got folks round you who accompany you and make you mindful that damaging headlines are a part of it.”

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