Youssoufa Moukoko is the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history. It’s not enough for BVB to win at Union Berlin, but Edin Terzic is proud of his youngster. .
“Moukako”, said Béla Réthy once, “Moukako” a second time later. The ZDF commentator of the Friday evening live game corrected himself equally well both times. Borussia Dordmund’s defense was as confused as it was with his vowels. And so only this remained in good memory for the footballers and fans of BVB from the 13th matchday: Youssoufa Moukoko was the youngest player to hit the post in the Bundesliga in the 45th minute, he was in the 59th minute youngest player to ever miss a ball into the goal by two centimeters – but in the 60th minute, at 16 years and 28 days, he became the youngest scorer in the Bundesliga ever.
However, his historic goal was of no use to the Dortmunders to equalize 1: 1 in the meantime. You suffered your first defeat in the second game under the new head coach Edin Terzic and your fifth overall in the 13th game this season. The 1: 2 (0: 0) at Union Berlin means a progressive distance from the top of the table. “But we have other problems than the table at the moment,” said goalkeeper Roman Bürki on ZDF, and that sounded a bit dramatic.
There is a lack of self-confidence and well-being
Because somehow you don’t understand why this top-class, market-worthy and high-quality squad actually has such playful problems. The goalkeeper Bürki and the coach Terzic were asked that explicitly and tried to explain in a purely tactical way what didn’t work out. However, if you looked at the body language and the willingness to run of such footballers as Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho or Giovanni Reyna, you got the feeling that not only the routes and pace were wrong, but also the self-confidence and the general sense of well-being.
It takes an opponent like Union Berlin to see whether attackers are really ready to work, to smear themselves, to try anything. In the midst of the massive defensive of the Köpenickers, feeling and running into any space is currently one of the greatest challenges of all in the Bundesliga. “We don’t leave any rooms,” said Union central defender Marvin Friedrich. That is why the BVB goalkeeper Bürki would have wished “that we bombed the penalty area with balls from the outside”, but the Dortmunders who leisurely played back and forth did not level these paths either. At most, the very committed looking Moukoko had two or three chances. But he only used one, and that was not enough.
Two corners, two goals against
So came against the standard-versed Unioner what had to come: With two corners, the Dortmund conceded two goals and lost the game. Taiwo Awoniyi after a corner from Christopher Trimmel in the 57th minute and Friedrich after a corner from Cedric Teuchert in the 78th minute, the Berlin team repeated their home win against Dortmund from last season (3: 1).
The Dortmunders complained all the more when they knew exactly how good the Berliners are at corners. But Trimmel tried to make them feel guilty by saying sympathetically, “Certain things are just difficult to defend.”
The Berliners now have only one point less than Dortmund in the table. You have only lost once in the last eleven games. Should teams like Real Madrid and Manchester United appear in the stadium at the Alte Försterei next season and also grit their teeth?
For Dortmund in any case, the actually indispensable qualification for the Champions League in this condition will be a tremendous game. And for coach Terzic with such performances there is probably no future as head coach. “It’s all open,” sporting director Michael Zorc had said before the game, but when you see him suffering in his little chair on the edge of the field during the game, you could imagine that he would be on a long list for over Christmas a coaching engagement is working next summer. With the BVB squad, you get the feeling that new software has to be installed.
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Mats Hummels trudged in the direction of the TV interview. Despite the record goal by talent Youssoufa Moukoko, Borussia Dortmund suffered their first defeat in the second game under the new coach Edin Terzic. BVB lost 1: 2 (0: 0) at 1. FC Union on a cold Friday evening in Berlin. “We put ourselves in the pan, we are responsible for our defeats,” said Hummels at DAZN and denounced the goals conceded after corners. “It also has something to do with how badly you want to win.”
Moukoko could not celebrate his goal premiere extensively either. At the age of 16 years and 28 days, he scored to equalize (60th) as the youngest goalscorer in the Bundesliga. Taiwo Awoniyi (57th) was successful for the hosts before that, Marvin Friedrich (78th) afterwards. “Today there was again a lot of passion for over 90 minutes. No opponent has it easy against us,” said Christopher Trimmel on ZDF and congratulated Moukoko: “That is also something very special.”
BVB had a hard time
In a good mood, Terzic said shortly before kick-off that his team should play “not only successfully, but also a little nicer”. The successor to Lucien Favre ordered Moukoko for the second time in the starting line-up, to which national player Emre Can returned. During the game, Terzic kept shouting instructions on the pitch – but his team had a hard time.
It is true that BVB, which competes in the Cup at Eintracht Braunschweig on Tuesday, gained more possession of the ball early on and put the hosts under pressure with high pressure. Jadon Sancho, who often swapped positions on the wings with Giovanni Reyna, missed the first chance to take the lead (10th). Union coach Urs Fischer had cleverly set his team defensively, and the Berliners were always waiting for counterattacks, which surprised BVB several times. After a mistake by Thomas Meunier, Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki held strong against Taiwo Awoniyi (17th), who had finished after 92 seconds, but was probably slightly offside. The hosts, who had to do without top scorer Max Kruse and six other professionals, got stronger during this phase. The Berliners delivered the rooms in a well-organized manner and defended with great intensity.
Moukoko with a strong left-footed shot
BVB made unnecessary mistakes in the structure and sometimes played too awkwardly. The almost 70 percent possession in the first half was too seldom used by Dortmund in dangerous scenes in front of the Berliner Tor. In one of the few finishes, Moukoko was also unlucky, his shot only hit the post (45th).
Terzic had warned against the courageous and stable Berliners, who held against it with great effort even after the break. Cedric Teuchert checked Bürki (54th), before Awoniyi took the lead after a corner.
The Dortmund team then acted more and more compelling – and cheered with Moukoko, who equalized with a strong left-footed shot. In the past few weeks, the 16-year-old made his debut as the youngest player in the history of the Bundesliga and the Champions League. The joy did not last long, however, BVB still lacked the ultimate consequence without striker Erling Haaland. Friedrich punished the negligence with the renewed Berlin leadership with a head after a corner.
Borussia Dortmund won the group in the Champions League after a lot of hard work. In the historic debut of Youssoufa Moukoko, BVB won 2-1 (0-1) at Zenit St. Petersburg in the freezing cold even without nine ailing professionals and kept Lazio Rome, which played 2-2 at the same time against FC Bruges, at a distance.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said captain Marco Reus after the game at Dazn. “It was a dirty victory, but finally another victory.” So the Dortmunders avoid giant opponents in the Manchester City or Liverpool FC category in the round of 16. “We are first in our group. That is important, ”said BVB coach Lucien Favre with relief. “We conceded an unnecessary goal, we were very brave in the second half, we turned the game around. But that cost us a lot of energy. You saw that. The players ran out of strength. But we did it.”
Lukasz Piszczek (68th) and the former Zenit professional Axel Witsel (78th) scored for BVB, who had made it to the knockout round early last week. Sebastian Driussi (16.) had put the hosts in the lead. There was no longer any chance of third place, which leads to the Europa League, for the bottom of the league, Zenit.
With his substitution (58th) at the age of 16 years and 18 days, Moukoko became the youngest player in the history of the premier class. BVB lacked a complete team, which affected the teamwork. In addition to top star Erling Haaland, Thomas Meunier and Thomas Delaney, Manuel Akanji and Raphael Guerreiro also did not get fit in time. Mahmoud Dahoud, Reinier and Mateu Morey stayed at home. Jadon Sancho, Gio Reyna and goalkeeper Roman Bürki, whom Marwin Hitz replaced, were initially spared. “We really want to win the group,” said sports director Michael Zorc to the team via Sky, although coach Lucien Favre had named first place “not relevant” a few days earlier.
Reus struggled to replace Haaland at minus five degrees Celsius like against Lazio (1: 1), but BVB rarely came into dangerous positions. Before the first chance by Thorgan Hazard (19th) the guests were already behind because Nico Schulz refused to fight Alexej Sutormin on the left. Mats Hummels faked Driussi’s shot untenable.
BVB became more active, but remained too open at the back. After a through pass, Serdar Azmoun overcame the hopeless heat from a narrow offside position (33.). On the other side, Jude Bellingham headed freestanding over the Zenit goal (43.), Reus then had bad luck with a flick on the post.
The substitution of Moukoko after just under an hour brought a breath of fresh air. Ultimately, however, it was not the young stars who made the decision, but the experienced: After Piszczek equalized, Witsel scored an untenable 2-1 from around 18 meters.
Security in the Corona hotspot was more important to BVB than the sporty. After a training ground, the club hadn’t even looked around: “Airport – hotel – game – airport” was the motto. Accordingly, the players stretched on a carpet in the hotel room at noon, and the landing in Paderborn was planned for 2.15 a.m. on Wednesday night.
After that, the hunt for appointments continues at an undiminished pace: Before Christmas, three league games and the second cup round at Eintracht Braunschweig are on the program. The following miniature break ends on January 3rd.
When Lucien Favre watches Youssoufa Moukoko training, he often smiles. “It’s good to see him. He doesn’t know which foot to play with, ”said the BVB head coach when asked what he particularly liked about Moukoko:“ He’s left-footed, he’s right-footed, he has great potential. It’s fun to train him. “
Next Saturday the exceptional talent could finally step into the limelight of the Bundesliga, because the day before he will be 16 years old. His club has been working meticulously towards this day for years. This also harbors dangers, as people around him and former child prodigies know.
It’s the debut with the biggest drum roll in advance: Youssoufa Moukoko is about to make his Bundesliga premiere – and already in the focus of the football world.
When Lucien Favre, Borussia Dortmund coach, is asked at a press conference or during an interview to give an assessment, to answer a clearly posed question, it often becomes a tough and tiring affair. Because the Swiss like to avoid clear words when interacting with the media, which for them seems rather agonizing.
All the more remarkable was a brief press conference after a session in the BVB summer training camp in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. Suddenly, in mid-August, the Dortmund coach surprisingly did not hold back when it came to the player that the Borussia officials had taken with them so that he could prove himself in the units for the first time in direct duels with the Bundesliga players: Youssoufa Moukoko.
“He’s very good, he has great potential,” Favre sounded almost euphoric and immediately named one of the 15-year-old’s great strengths: “You don’t know which foot he’s playing with. He’s left-footed, right-footed.” As befits a talented striker, the thoughtful finish on the goal is one of Moukoko’s outstanding qualities. “He’s very, very efficient,” confirmed Favre, who was highly satisfied three months ago when he concluded: “It’s nice to see that. It’s fun to train him.”
BVB talent: Moukoko shortly before the record debut
Since then, the BVB coach has not commented on Moukoko, but little has changed in his opinion of the attacker in the meantime. And on Saturday, Favre and his opinion on Moukoko will be important: Then the Borussia coach should make the youngster, who will be 16 on Friday, the youngest Bundesliga player of all time. In the duel at Hertha BSC in Berlin, Moukoko could crack the old Nuri Sahins brand (16 years, 11 months, 1 day), as a rule change by the DFL means that players from their 16th birthday can now be used in the Bundesliga.
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The past months, weeks and days have shown that Lucien Favre is not alone in praising Youssoufa Moukoko.
We have the voices for the steep ascent Youssoufa Moukokos collected:
“It’s actually hard to believe that someone his age can score so many goals in the U19 Bundesliga against players who are every two to three years older than him. He’s an extraordinary talent. It’s very difficult when you can is two years younger. Moukoko has been outstanding in all youth teams so far. “
Joachim Löw, Germany’s national coach, source: bundesliga.com
“When the new rule came, I quickly realized that my record would soon be broken. Youssoufa now has to take the next step – the U19s are too easy for him. So far only the sun is shining on him, he has not had rainy days. But these rainy days will come. It is then important that you have people around you who accompany you and make you aware that negative headlines are part of it. “
Nuri Sahin, Antalyaspor midfielder, youngest Bundesliga player of all time for Borussia Dortmund, source: kicker
Kehl on BVB jewel Moukoko: “This is a big step for him”
“Youssoufa brings a lot of talent with him. But his path is only just beginning. This is a big step for him, a process. We have to give him the necessary rest and time.”
Sebastian Kehl, licensed player boss Borussia Dortmund, source: kicker
“To be honest, I wasn’t as good as him when I was 15. It’s great to see how strong he is.”
Erling Haaland, striker Borussia Dortmund, source: BVB-TV
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“Personally, as a coach, I don’t think it’s good that such a maddening hype is made around such a young man. It’s not good for anyone. The first low is the hardest.
Stefan Kuntz, U21 national coach Germany, source: Sky
“We would all do well to accompany Youssoufa’s development with all relaxation and patience. With his talent, a great future can lie ahead for him. We have been in contact with him and his parents for a long time and are pleased that we are leading the way with him can walk together. “
Joti Chatzialexiou, Sporting Director of the DFB U-National Teams, Source: Funke Mediengruppe
“He is 15 years old and the next big player for me after Messi. As Lionel is getting older, we could prepare the future at Barcelona well. With Antoine Griezmann and Youssoufa on the front line, the team would be in a great position.”
Samuel Eto’o, former world-class striker at FC Barcelona, among others, source: Goal and SPOX
“You can hate me, but you will never get me down”
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Youssoufa Moukoko single-handedly shoots FC Schalke in the U19 Bundesliga. During the game, the BVB striker was insulted by Schalke fans. The 15-year-old now speaks in detail.
EOnce again he did what he does best: score goals. Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko single-handedly shoots down their arch rivals when they beat FC Schalke 04 3-2 in the U19 Bundesliga. The BVB striker scored all three goals and after the third matchday already had six goals on his account. The 15-year-old also plays in his own league in the U19.
While Moukoko shone on the pitch, some fans in the stands gave themselves verbal total failures. They insulted the young striker who could make his professional debut in November. A fan shouted: “I’ll break all your bones.” The live stream of the game broadcast by the DFB also showed how Moukoko was denigrated as a “son of a bitch” and “piss off” and “go to the grave” should.
One day after the terrible insults, Moukoko spoke up in a statement via Instagram: “Dear football fans! I thank you for all your nice words and comments. At this point I would like to say that there should be no place for racism in football or on a human level! That has nothing to do with Schalke, because they are not football fans, but people who want to spread hatred. A derby is always emotional for players and fans, but in the end the sport should connect us and be fun and not set any boundaries between us. “
FC Schalke apologized for the hatred of its fans immediately after the game. “It is of course to be strongly condemned what happened there. And nowadays it is slowly no longer possible to put into words what some people in our society allow themselves, ”said Sports Director Jochen Schneider Sky. He announced that he would find the fans: “I have briefly Hans-Joachim Watzke (BVB managing director, editor’s note) written and apologized to the player and Borussia Dortmund. “
“God made us all beautiful”
Moukoko met the hatred that hit him with remarkable serenity. “We are opponents on the pitch, but we are united in this matter, don’t forget that we all share a love for football. God made us all beautiful, we are all special, because no matter whether poor, rich, black, white, at the end of the day we all bleed the same. Anyone who says otherwise is just jealous and, as is well known, envy is the highest form of recognition. Don’t let anyone dissuade you from doing what you love, ”he wrote on Instagram.
And further: “You can hate and insult me, but you will never get me down, because what I love, I will always do, and that is play football and score goals. We say NO to racism, there is enough hatred in the world, let’s stick together. Black lives matter! “
Moukoko shoots Schalke and is massively insulted
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His opponents cannot stop him. Youssoufa Moukoko scores three times in the Junior Bundesliga against Schalke. But there are unpleasant scenes. At BVB, the anticipation for the expected professional debut is great.
Er just keeps on hitting as he wants. Youssoufa Moukoko continues to work on his outstanding goal rate in the Junior Bundesliga. After his three-pack in the first game of the season against Münster (5-0), he now scored all three goals in the derby against Schalke. In the end, BVB won 3-2.
The black and yellow hope for the next generation impressively underpinned the hymn of praise from BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke. The 61-year-old had said less than twelve hours earlier in the ZDF sports studio that he thought “a lot” of the 15-year-old.
“He’s a great boy, very grounded and professional. But we mustn’t overload him with expectations. But he’s a great gamer. People can look forward to it, ”said Watzke.
Insults against Moukoko
Moukoko’s lead (10th) had Schalke equalized directly in return (own goal Gürpüz / 11th). After that, the show belonged entirely to the BVB youngster again: First Moukoko met in the 39th after he left his opponent in the penalty area with a body deception. In the 62nd minute, the striker then put a long shot flat into the left corner. Schalke only managed to hit Pavlidis (64th).
While Moukoko convinced on the pitch with a strong performance, some spectators fell completely out of their role. The 15-year-old was massively insulted several times from the stands. A spectator shouted: “I’ll break all your bones.”
The insults could be heard clearly in the livestream that the DFB broadcast on YouTube. “There are a few unqualified comments in the audience. We want to distance ourselves from that, ”said reporter Marcel Pramschüfer, who commented on the game.
Schalke has apologized for the behavior of its fans on Twitter. “We can only apologize to Youssoufa Moukoko for the statements made by some fans during the Knappenschmiede game. With all the emotions in the derby – we condemn such insults in the strongest possible way and expressly reject them, ”wrote the club. One will initiate “the necessary measures”.
The DFB control committee also wants to investigate. “The German Football Association generally does not tolerate any form of racism in its seats and resolutely opposes any form of it,” said Thomas Bergmann, who is responsible for the A-Junior Bundesliga committee. The incident will be investigated “at the beginning of the week”.
Moukoko wasn’t the only prominent name on the square. The brother of Bayern star Leroy Sané, 24, Sidi Sané, 17, was also used in front of the Schalke bosses (Baum, Naldo, Schneider and Knäbel), who had mixed in with the 300 spectators. He was substituted on a quarter of an hour before the end.