Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko could potentially add to his burgeoning reputation this weekend by becoming the youngest player in Bundesliga history.
Moukoko turned 16 on Friday, the day before Dortmund travels to face Hertha Berlin, with a recent rule change now allowing 16-year-olds to play in Germany’s top division.
Former Dortmund player Nuri Sahin currently holds the record as the Bundesliga’s youngest ever player. Now playing for Turkish club Antalyaspor, Sahin made his debut aged 16 years, 11 months and one day for Dortmund against Wolfsburg in August 2006. The Deutsche Fußball Liga’s new rules allow players to play in the Bundesliga from the day they turn 16.
Moukoko has regularly played several years above his age group throughout his young career and started training with Dortmund’s first team back in August.
“At my first training session I thought: ‘Wow, where have I ended up?'” Moukoko told Borussia Dortmund TV. “But I don’t listen to what other people say, I follow my own path. I want to help the team — that’s why I’m here.
“I’m not really thinking about whether it [debut] will happen … I know my debut will come at some point. I read what’s written in the media, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself.”
the youngest player, Moukoko could also become the Champions League’s youngest player on November 24 if he faces Club Bruges. That record is currently held by Céléstine Babayaro, who was aged 16 years and 87 days when he played for Anderlecht in a group stage match during the 1994/1995 season.
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