Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc told the German daily Bild: “We will put him on the B list” for the group stage of the Champions League. Dortmund pulled Zenit Saint Petersburg, Bruges and Lazio in Group F.
Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc told the German daily Bild “We’ll put him on the B list” for the group stage of the Champions League. Dortmund pulled Zenit Saint Petersburg, Bruges and Lazio in Group F.
The 15-year-old Moukoko, who is already a successful goalscorer in German youth football, is not on the A-list of the club that is registered for the Champions League competition.
However, he will be on the B-list, which under UEFA regulations means a 16-year-old can play provided he has been with the club for at least two years and Moukoko joined Dortmund in 2016.
He will be 16 years old four days before Dortmund hosts Bruges in the group stage on November 24, when he could become the youngest player in the history of the Champions League.
The record is currently held by the now 42-year-old Nigerian Celestine Babayaro, who was 16 years and 86 days old when he played for Anderlecht in 1994 against Steua Bucharest.
He was known to last only 34 minutes before being sent off but spent eight years at Chelsea.
In 2018/19 Moukoko scored 50 goals in 28 games for the Dortmund U17 team against much older opponents.
Last season he was promoted to the U19 squad at the age of 14 and scored 38 goals in 28 games.
Last month the 15-year-old scored a hat trick in his first U19 game and has already trained with Dortmund’s senior national team.
He also made his debut in September for the German U20 national team.
Sebastian Kehl, head of the Dortmund player department, told the AFP subsidiary SID, however, that the club wanted to dampen the hype about its child prodigy.
Making his professional debut would be “a big step and he’s only 15 years old. We have to give him the necessary rest and time, ”added Kehl.
Dortmund currently has two 17-year-olds on their first team in Giovanni Reyna and England’s junior international Jude Bellingham.
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