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Youssoufa Moukoko, 16, could become youngest player in Bundesliga history

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko could potentially add to his burgeoning reputation this weekend by becoming the youngest player in Bundesliga history.

(CNN)Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko could potentially add to his burgeoning reputation this weekend by becoming the youngest player in Bundesliga history.

Moukoko turned 16 on Friday, the day before Dortmund travels to face Hertha Berlin, with a recent rule change now allowing 16-year-olds to play in Germany's top division.

Former Dortmund player Nuri Sahin currently holds the record as the Bundesliga's youngest ever player.

Now playing for Turkish club Antalyaspor, Sahin made his debut aged 16 years, 11 months and one day for Dortmund against Wolfsburg in August 2006.

The Deutsche Fußball Liga's new rules allow players to play in the Bundesliga from the day they turn 16.

Moukoko has regularly played several years above his age group throughout his young career and started training with Dortmund's first team back in August.

"At my first training session I thought: 'Wow, where have I ended up?'" Moukoko told Borussia Dortmund TV.

That record is currently held by Céléstine Babayaro, who was aged 16 years and 87 days when he played for Anderlecht in a group stage match during the 1994/1995 season.

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"I was sleeping and Ciro [shirt printer] messaged me, saying: 'I'm doing the shirts, do you want to do your first shirt?'" Moukoko recalls with grin.

It was so cool, seeing your name and number on your shirt for the fan shop is a huge thing, an amazing thing, for a young player because that doesn't happen to you every day. "

"The first time I arrived I made a video because I'll never experience another day like that," said Moukoko.

Whether he makes his debut this weekend or not, Moukoko seems like to break the Bundesliga record at some point this season.

In a recent Kicker interview, Sahin said he was happy the Bundesliga's youngest player record would continue to be held by a Dortmund player.

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