Youssoufa Moukoko turns into the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever participant

At some point 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 an expert match in Germany.
The Cameroon-born German changed 20-year-old Erling Haaland with simply over 5 minutes remaining in Dortmund’s 5-2 victory.

Moukoko broke former Dortmund participant Nuri Sahin’s earlier file having made his debut aged 16 years, 11 months and in the future for Dortmund in opposition to Wolfsburg in August 2006. New Bundesliga guidelines enable 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.

Moukoko, who has frequently performed in older age teams, has impressed his teammates since becoming a member of first crew coaching, with Haaland — who scored 4 objectives in opposition to Hertha Berlin — calling him “the most important expertise on this planet” after Saturday’s sport.

“I’d like to play alongside him,” mentioned Haaland — who not too long ago received the 2020 Golden Boy award for the very best under-21 participant enjoying in a European nation’s prime division.

“I believe he is the most important expertise on this planet proper now. He is 16 years and in the future previous, that is wonderful. He has an enormous profession forward of him. We’re fortunate to have him.”

Moukoko might additionally grow to be the Champions League’s youngest participant on November 24 if he faces Membership Bruges. That file is at present held by Céléstine Babayaro, who was aged 16 years and 87 days when he performed for Anderlecht in a bunch stage match in the course of the 1994/1995 season.

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

Having solely beforehand seen his now teammates on TV — or enjoying as them on FIFA video video games in Dortmund’s youth amenities — lining up alongside the likes of Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland got here as one thing of a shock.

“The primary time I arrived I made a video as a result of I will by no means expertise one other day like that,” Moukoko advised Borussia Dortmund TV. “I might say: ‘Now I am with the primary crew’ and it was an entire new feeling.

Moukoko turns with the ball against Hertha Berlin.

“It was wonderful. I went residence 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 what I would labored for. I am right here now and I must do my finest.”

Dortmund supervisor Lucien Favre praised Moukoko for his arduous work within the brief time he had with the primary crew.

“He is skilled with us now for 14 days. Seven or eight gamers have been away on worldwide responsibility. It was 5-2 and it was good for him to play his first Bundesliga sport however after all he has to maintain working,” Favre advised ESPN after the sport. 

“He is very, very younger. We’ve got loads of attacking gamers, lots who have not performed as we speak.”

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