Junior | 15/06/2019

U17 German Championship

FC aim to end eight-year championship wait

1. FC Köln travel to Borussia Dortmund and Stadion Rote Erde on Sunday, as they bid to become under-17 German champions. It would be the first time that FC have won the trophy since 2011, when they got the better of SV Werder Bremen in a five-goal thriller. Sunday has all the makings of being just as entertaining.

BVB were crowned champions of the B-Junioren-Bundesliga West this season, finishing nine points ahead of FC and Bayer Leverkusen. However, that lead wasn’t stretched until the final two games of the season, where Martin Heck’s men fell to defeats against Fortuna Düsseldorf and Bayer Leverkusen.

That said, 1. FC Köln were one of just three sides to take points off Borussia Dortmund. The team, coached by Sebastian Geppert, have not lost all season and boasted an incredible goal difference of 79 after the end of the regular season. A 6:1 aggregate win over VfL Wolfsburg was enough to bring them to the showpiece final, meaning that they have scored an almighty 99 goals this campaign.

49 of those have, unsurprisingly, came from Youssoufa Moukoko. The 14-year-old wonderkid has led Dortmund’s front-line in superb fashion. He is ably assisted by the likes of Rilind Hetemi, and is set to make the jump up to the under-19 team next season.

However, FC have a few starlets of their own. The semi-finals saw Marvin Obuz and Jan Thielmann steal the headlines with some fine performances, as well as Florian Wirtz. The 16-year-old was hoisted into the under-17s this season and has not disappointed in the slightest. Wirtz, who is a tricky attacking midfielder, managed two assists and a goal in the second leg.

4:0 wins against Bayern don’t come around too often, and the way that FC went about their business in the second leg was particularly impressive. After a deserved but dogged win in Munich, Martin Heck’s men returned to Köln and were cheered on by 3,700 at Franz-Kremer-Stadion. After a tricky first half, the man advantage told in the second period.

Unlike in Munich, Heck’s side were methodical and picked Bayern apart when the chance arose. It could have been even more than four, but goals from Marvin Obuz, Joshua Schwirten, Jan Thielmann and Florian Wirtz capped off a memorable day for the squad. Nevertheless, that’s not where they want the journey to come to a close. All focus now lies on Sunday and Borussia Dortmund.

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
16 1. FSV Mainz 05 9
17 1. FC Köln 7
18 SC Paderborn 07 4