Junior | 14/06/2019

Borussia Dortmund U17

Opposition preview: More than Moukoko

Champions of the West section and comfortably through to the final. Borussia Dortmund’s under-17s are closing in on an unbeaten season as they head towards Sunday’s showpiece against 1. FC Köln. What can FC expect this weekend?

There is only one place to start. 14-year-old, Youssoufa Moukoko. He has lit up the league and attracted the attentions of the world media. After managing 37 goals in the B-Junioren-West as a 13-year-old, he has surpassed Donis Avdijaj’s record (44) to fire in 46 goals and continue his incredible form. Another three goals in the semi-final puts him one away from 50 this term ahead of the final.

However, FC can be cautiously optimistic. While Moukoko has torn through every defence in the division since his arrival, the same can’t be said of his luck against 1. FC Köln. Martin Heck’s men are not only one of just three sides to avoid defeat against Dortmund this season, but Moukoko has managed just one goal in four games against FC. Against no other side has he scored so few.

Like all good teams, it won’t just be about the man who grabs all the goals. Captain, Rilind Hetemi is another who has earned plenty of plaudits this season. The midfielder has shown just what he can do, tallying up six goals and 19 assists in the league. Not only that, Hetemi’s one outing for BVB under-19s in the UEFAY Youth League saw him find the back of the net against Monaco.

The attacking talent does not stop with just Moukoko and Hetemi. Despite playing just over 1,100 minutes, Ansgar Knauff has made hay on the wings. The 17-year-old averages a goal or assist every 83 minutes this campaign. Two more of BVB’s forwards will be hoping to end their time in Dortmund off on a high, with both Ware Pakia (HSV U19) and Stanislav Fehler (Schalke U19) venturing to pastures new after strong seasons.

Dortmund’s defence has also allowed the attacking flair to come through. The duo of Tim Böhmer and Albin Thaqi have been the building blocks at the heart of defence, while Ömer Özden has made the right-back spot his own. Maximilian Meier has been the usual face at left-back, making 20 apperances to date. Overall, Dortmund have kept an impressive 18 clean sheets in 28 games.

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Total table
9TSG 1899 Hoffenheim36
101. FC Köln34
11Hertha BSC34