Junior | 17/06/2019

3:2 win in Dortmund

U17: Champions of Germany

83rd minute. Full-time. Celebrations. It was a memorable afternoon for FC under-17s in Dortmund, who put in a performance that typified the family feeling within the team.

An historic triumph. 1. FC Köln were crowned under-17 German champions on Sunday after an incredible 3:2 win over Borussia Dortmund. It was a game fit for any occasion – one which attracted a sold-out crowd at Stadion Rote Erde – as 10,000 fans packed in to watch FC claim victory in a dramatic 80 minutes of end-to-end football.

That FC played as they did was no surprise. The togetherness, the willingness to go the extra mile. That was clear from what captain, Sebastian Papalia said before the game: “The climate within the team was always good and through the semi-finals, that’s only gotten better. From that, a family comes together and that’s great to see.”

Jacob Jansen’s brace gave FC an early lead, largely thanks to his persistence and perseverance. Youssoufa Moukoko pulled a goal back for Borussia Dortmund but Rilind Hetemi saw a late first-half penalty masterfully saved by Daniel Adamczyk. Ansgar Knauff then restored parity for BVB but Meiko Sponsel answered four minutes later. A dogged and determined effort then saw Heck’s men through.

It is the third time in history that FC have been crowned champions of the under-17 section. The last triumph came in 2011, as FC overcame Werder Bremen in a similarly entertaining final with the same scoreline. FC continue to hold their 100% record when it comes to the final, having previously beaten out VfB Stuttgart in the showpiece final in 1990. Only five clubs have claimed B-Junioren glory more than FC.

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PL. Team Pt.
1 1. FSV Mainz 05 0
1 1. FC Union Berlin 0
1 1. FC Köln 0

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