Others agree. [4] On 23 October 2019, Moukoko scored the opening goal in a game against Inter Milan, making him the youngest scorer in the Youth League. Sahin's record as the youngest to ever play a Bundesliga match will soon be broken by Moukoko. He also addressed those who insulted him by saying that they "can hate and slander me, but you can never hold me down.". He played for the U-17’s at the age of 12 and for the U-19’s at the age of … In the first ten years of his life, Moukoko grew up with his grandparents in Cameroon's capital Yaoundé in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood. This debut has been a long time coming with many coaches and players praising his talent. An original version of this story was published on 20 November 2020. So both Borussia Dortmund and Germany's football asoociation have opted to take things slowly. He completed his first UEFA Youth Leaguematch on 17 September 20… Borussia Dortmund's 16-year-old striker Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest-ever player to feature in a Bundesliga game when he came on as a second-half substitute against Hertha Berlin on … Moukoko went to his first training session in running shoes, as he wasn't used to organised football. 16 years. Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko made history on Saturday as he became the youngest player ever to feature in a Bundesliga match. Youssoufa Moukoko and Gio Reyna share a common dream - to become the best players in the world, wearing the black and yellow of Borussia Dortmund. The latest rumours and stories from around the world of football. He is known for his scoring ability. Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko becomes youngest ever Champions League player at the age of 16 and 8 days People started questioning his age. After scoring his third goal, spectators were screaming that they would "break all your bones" and Moukoko should "lie down in your grave". The two have been in touch for a few years. Birthplace. ", "He was challenged mentally early on," Michael Feichtenbeiner, his former coach with Germany's Under-16 team, said. Moukoko, … [10] On 8 December 2020, Moukoko made his debut for Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League as a substitute against Zenit Saint Petersburg, becoming the youngest player in the competition's history at the age of 16 years 18 days. He is a left-footer and a right-footer. Height. Youssoufa Moukoko once told reporters: "It is my goal to become a professional player in Dortmund, capture the Champions League with Borussia, and win the Ballon d'Or.". Youssoufa Moukoko; Borussia Dortmund Squad » Tables » Fixtures & Results » Under/Over stats » Handicaps stats » Squad » Top scorers » Goals statistics » Goalkeepers; Roman Buerki 7 games; Stefan Drljaca 0 games; Marwin Hitz 2 games » Defenders; Raphael Guerreiro 5 games; Mats Hummels 9 games; Thomas Meunier 9 games; Mateu Morey 0 games; Felix Passlack 3 games; Lukasz Piszczek … Moukoko, aged 16 years and 18 days, replaced Felix Passlack in the 58th minute. … "We don't have to cram the rucksack he has on his back even more," Ricken said. Moukoko has already had to deal publicly with abuse and criticism. [13] Youssoufa Moukoko's older brother Borel has been playing for Schwarz-Weiß Essen since 2019. His father, who has lived in Hamburg as a German citizen since the 1990s, brought his son to Germany in the summer of 2014. In July 2016, he was transferred to Borussia Dortmund's youth academy. "I will continue to do my thing. Dortmund did not hang around - handing the youngster his debut one day after his 16th birthday. He started at Dortmund's Under-16s at the age of 12, and proved a prolific scorer against much older defenders. Turning 16 is a big deal in the USA. He is known for his scoring ability. But that didn't prevent him from scoring goals right from the beginning. For Youssoufa Moukoko, his 16th Birthday meant much more than cake and itchy sweaters. Moukoko has had an advertising contract worth €10 million with the sporting goods manufacturer Nike since 2019. He played as the only 13-year-old in the Under 17 Bundesliga for Dortmund. How to get into football - the most popular sport in the world, with clubs and facilities throughout the UK. Last updated on 21 November 202021 November 2020.From the section European Football. He hasn't had any rainy days, but these rainy days will come," Nuri Sahin, a former Dortmund midfielder, told German football magazine Kicker. [5], Since January 2020, Moukoko has also been allowed to train with BVB's senior team under Lucien Favre. They didn't sign a back-up for striker Erling Braut Haaland during the summer transfer window, because they trust Moukoko to become exactly that in the near future. Get latest scores and headlines sent straight to your phone, sign-up to our newsletter and learn where to find us on online. Injuries wore him down and destroyed his ambitions. December 12, 2020 . 10. Youssoufa Moukoko (born 20 November 2004) is a German professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. "I don't know a player who invests so much in training and during the matches.". "I see him being extremely focused," Ricken said. Youssoufa Moukoko made his Bundesliga debut on Saturday and made the record as the youngest Bundesliga player at 16 years and 1 day. Dortmund know that they will walk a tightrope with him. "He has a big career ahead of him. Youssoufa Moukoko has been described as the "biggest talent" in world soccer after becoming the youngest player in Bundesliga history on Saturday. Moukoko's coaches and team-mates stress how professional and determined he is. Moukoko wrote his name into the Bundesliga history books when making his debut in a 5-2 win over Hertha Berlin on November 21, going on to make a … But those who listened to Moukoko thought he might be right. Saint Petersburg [Russia], December 9 (ANI): Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko on Tuesday became the youngest player in the Champions League history. Youssoufa Moukoko has four siblings. Youssoufa Moukoko is set to turn pro on Friday - but already rakes in thousands per week Credit: Getty Images - Getty He's scored a barely-believable 192 goals in … The clip went viral, while Moukoko addressed the situation in the most professional way possible. "He's 16 years and one day old, that's amazing," Haaland said. That is what brings me joy," he wrote on Instagram. "It was hard to deal with all these stories," Moukoko said in 2018. Moukoko, aged 16 years and 18 days, replaced Felix Passlack in the 58th minute. How about when it all goes wrong on the first day. It’s largely seen as a coming-of-age, with lavish parties thrown that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. "It is not my fault that things go so well. ", Dortmund first-team boss Lucien Favre added: "You don't know which foot he uses to play. Borussia Dortmund sensation Youssoufa Moukoko has become the youngest player to ever feature in the Champions League. When he was 10, he moved to live with his father, who had been based in Germany for many years, and joined the youth set-up at St Pauli. What's the story behind the world's most famous sneakers? Youssoufa Moukoko made his debut for Germany Under-20s earlier this year Last year, sportswear company Nike signed Moukoko to a long-term deal. Moukoko will be eligible to make his Bundesliga debut against Hertha Berlin on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, one day after his 16th birthday. Moukoko has always been playing above his age limit. And the spotlight has been on him from very early on. Youssoufa Moukoko statistics – 16 years_old Forward. Moukoko became the youngest person ever to play a professional match in Germany when he came on in Saturday's 5-2 win over Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga. His father presented a birth certificate that was issued by the German consulate in Yaounde, but doubts have continued to follow him. Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest player to play in a professional match in Germany when he came on for the last five minutes of Borussia Dortmund’s 5-2 away win against Hertha Berlin.The Dortmund coach Lucien Favre once more included Moukoko on the bench as the Germans saw out their last Group F match away to Zenit St. Petersburg, with qualification to the last 16 already secured. Moukoko moved up to the under-19 team for the 2019–20 season at the age of 14, scoring six goals in his first match in the Under 19 Bundesliga in a 9–2 win against Wuppertaler SV. Analysis and opinion from our chief football writer. Borussia Dortmund forward Youssoufa Moukoko has become the youngest-ever player to feature in the Champions League after coming on against Zenit St Petersburg. 4 hours ago. Youssoufa Moukoko, 16, from Germany Borussia Dortmund, since 2020 Centre-Forward Market value: €10.00m * Nov 20, 2004 in Yaoundé, Cameroon He played as the only 13-year-old in the Under 17 Bundesliga for Dortmund. As of 15th December 2020 he is the youngest ever player to start a Bundesliga game. "I'm convinced that Youssoufa has the football IQ to find spaces so that he won't be dismantled by experienced defenders. Moukoko, however, has proven that he can deal with the attention and stay focused on what he loves most - playing football and scoring goals. It will be important that he moves in specific zones to stay away from the physical fights. Moukoko broke the record that was set by another Dortmund player, Nuri Sahin, who started against Wolfsburg in August 2005 at the age of 16 years, 11 months and 1 day. "I have never seen such a good 15-year-old in my life.". [9] The away match finished as a 5–2 win for Dortmund. The German FA didn't select Moukoko for any more youth matches until this year, when he made his debut for Germany's Under-20s. Moukoko, who turned 16 this week, is an international sensation thanks to his ridiculous goal rate - he has scored 141 times in 88 youth matches for Borussia Dortmund since 2017. In the summer, Dortmund selected Moukoko for their official Bundesliga squad, knowing they would have to wait a couple of months before the young striker would be eligible to play. At the age of 16 years and 1 day, he becomes the youngest player to ever play in the Bundesliga. "As of yet, the sun always shines for Youssoufa. FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 file photo, Dortmund's Youssoufa Moukoko controls the ball during the first training session of German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund at the training grounds in Dortmund, Germany. Football fans should remember the name Youssoufa Moukoko. [2] Born in Cameroon, Moukoko represents Germany internationally. Moukoko turned … Club officials are convinced that Moukoko has earned his spot in the first team not only because of his talent but also because of his work ethic. 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If he faces Club Bruges on Wednesday, he will become the Champions League's youngest player. Player Analysis. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Last year, sportswear company Nike signed Moukoko to a long-term deal. This broke the record previously held by Celestine Babayaro of 16 years 87 days. "Moukoko is much better than I was at his age," he says. Born in Yaounde, Cameroon, he grew up with his grandparents and a passionate love for football. For Dortmund’s wonderkid striker, Friday the 20th of November signified his eligibility for first team football.