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 contemporary rule trade now permitting 16-year-olds to play in Germany’s most sensible department.

Former Dortmund participant Nuri Sahin lately holds the file because the Bundesliga’s youngest ever participant. Now enjoying for Turkish membership Antalyaspor, Sahin made his debut elderly 16 years, 11 months and in the future for Dortmund towards Wolfsburg in August 2006. The Deutsche Fußball Liga’s new laws 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 crew during 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 folks say, I apply my very own trail. I need to assist 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 striking any power on myself.”

Moukoko may additionally turn into the Champions League’s youngest participant on November 24 if he faces Membership Bruges. That file is lately held via Céléstine Babayaro, who was once elderly 16 years and 87 days when he performed for Anderlecht in a bunch degree fit throughout 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.

‘Superb 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 studies that include being rapid tracked throughout the adolescence ranks and being thrust into the limelight, he says this was once a few of the maximum surreal.

“I used to be napping 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 be able to’t leave out this!’

“I messaged him in an instant 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 awesome factor, for a tender participant as a result of that does not occur to you on a daily basis.”

Having best up to now noticed his now teammates on TV — or enjoying 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 enjoy some other day like that,” stated Moukoko. “I may say: ‘Now I am with the primary workforce’ and it was once an entire new feeling.

“It was once 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 was once what I might labored for. I am right here now and I want to do my perfect.”

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

Moukoko has scored 13 targets in 4 appearances for the membership’s Beneath-19s this season and 141 targets 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 degree with the Beneath-16s and Beneath-20s and is already being touted as one in all Eu soccer’s maximum prodigious skills.

Whether or not he makes his debut this weekend or now not, Moukoko turns out like to wreck the Bundesliga file someday this season.

In a contemporary Kicker interview, Sahin stated he was once satisfied the Bundesliga’s youngest participant file would proceed to be held via a Dortmund participant.

“The solar is best 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 is important that you’ve got folks round you who accompany you and make you mindful that destructive headlines are a part of it.”

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