Youssoufa Moukoko

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Youssoufa Moukoko
Personal information
Full name Youssoufa Moukoko
Date of birth (2004-11-20) 20 November 2004 (age 16)[1]
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 18
Youth career
2014–2016 FC St. Pauli
2016–2020 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2020– Borussia Dortmund 2 (0)
National team
2017 Germany U16 4 (3)
2020– Germany U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2020

Youssoufa Moukoko (born 20 November 2004) is a German footballer who currently plays for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He is known for his scoring ability.[2] Born in Cameroon, Moukoko represents Germany internationally.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Moukoko played in the under-13 team of FC St. Pauli from 2014 to 2016 and scored 23 goals in 13 games as a striker. In July 2016, Moukoko was transferred to Borussia Dortmund's youth academy. He played as the only 13-year-old in the Under 17 Bundesliga for Dortmund. Moukoko moved up to the under-19 team for the 2019–20 season at the age of 14, scoring six goals in his first match in the Under 19 Bundesliga in a 9–2 win against Wuppertaler SV.[3] He completed his first UEFA Youth League match on 17 September 2019 against FC Barcelona, becoming the youngest player to be fielded in this competition.[4] In a game against Inter Milan, the striker scored the 1–0 goal on 23 October of the same year, making him the youngest scorer in the Youth League.[5]

Breakthrough at Dortmund[edit]

Since January 2020, Moukoko has also been allowed to train with BVB's senior team under Lucien Favre.[6] As the previous DFB age restrictions were changed in 2020, he became eligible to play in the Bundesliga after his sixteenth birthday.[7][8] On the following day, at the age of 16 years and 1 day, he made his debut for Dortmund as an 85th-minute substitute for Erling Haaland against Hertha BSC. With the appearance, he became the youngest player in league history, breaking the previous record of 16 years and 334 days held by Nuri Şahin.[9] The away match finished as a 5–2 win for Dortmund.[10]

International career[edit]

Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Moukoko played for the German U16 national team for the first time on 11 September 2017 in a 3–1 victory over Austria. Two days later, in his second match against the same opponent, he scored both goals for Germany in a 2–1 victory. At that time he was the youngest player in the U16 national team. In order to protect Moukoko from too much media attention, the BVB and DFB decided not to continue using him in selected teams for the time being.[11]


Moukoko has had an advertising contract worth €10 million with the sporting goods manufacturer Nike since 2019.[12]

Personal life[edit]


In the first ten years of his life, Moukoko grew up with his grandparents in Cameroon's capital Yaoundé in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood. His father, who has lived in Hamburg as a German citizen since the 1990s, brought his son to Germany in the summer of 2014. Youssoufa Moukoko has four siblings.[13] Youssoufa Moukoko's older brother Borel has been playing for Schwarz-Weiß Essen since 2019.

Age controversy[edit]

Moukoko, who is called a child prodigy because of his great on-field performance, has been accused of lying about his age. The question of whether his age is true or not is a matter of public debate and has been the subject of intense debate in the German sports press.[14] Moukoko's father repeatedly pointed out the authenticity of his son's birth certificate in numerous interviews, and his claims are supported by official documents. His father has refused to do an age test for his son[15], however there are no age tests that can give a definitive answer.


  1. ^ a b "Youssoufa Moukoko" (in German). Borussia Dortmund. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  2. ^ Welle (, Deutsche. "Youssoufa Moukoko: Borussia Dortmund's star in the making | DW | 12 August 2019". DW.COM. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  3. ^ Benjamaa, Mostafa (12 August 2019). "Youssoufa Moukoko Scores 6 Goals in BVB U19 Debut". Ultimate Borussia. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  4. ^ Wöckener, Lutz (17 September 2019). "Debüt in der Youth League: Moukoko führt BVB zum Sieg über den FC Barcelona". DIE WELT (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Internazionale-Dortmund | UEFA Youth League". Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  6. ^ Germany, RevierSport, Essen (26 December 2019). "BVB-Jahrhunderttalent Moukoko darf bei den Profis mittrainieren". Reviersport (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  7. ^ Bourgeois, Blaise (9 June 2020). "Dortmund remaining cautious over Youssoufa Moukoko's development". OneFootball. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  8. ^ Eckner, Constantin (20 November 2020). "Youssoufa Moukoko: Meet Borussia Dortmund's 16-year-old 'wunderkind'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Golden Boy Haaland gets four goals as five-star Dortmund crush Hertha and Moukoko creates history in Berlin". Bundesliga. 21 November 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Viererpack in Berlin: Gegen Haaland ist kein Kraut gewachsen". kicker (in German). 21 November 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Nur zwei Spieler in DFB-Kadern". (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  12. ^ "BVB: Youssoufa Moukoko bekommt Millionen-Vertrag mit Nike". (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  13. ^ Müller, Oliver (14 October 2017). "BVB: Die rätselhafte Spur des Wunderkindes Youssoufa Moukoko". DIE WELT. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  14. ^ ONLINE, RP. "Große Zweifel an Alter von Moukoko: Ist dieses BVB-Wunderkind wirklich erst zwölf?". RP ONLINE (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Borussia Dortmund: Dokumente belegen Alter von Moukoko |". (in German). Retrieved 22 January 2020.

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