Borussia Dortmund’s 12-year-old wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko nets hat-trick for U-17 to reach 16 goals in seven matches

Youssoufa Moukoko, the 12-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacker, scored a hat trick at the weekend to bring an emphatic end to his one-match goal drought.

Earlier this month, Moukoko had failed to score in a game for the first time since breaking into Dortmund’s under-17 side as his teammates battled to a 3-2 win at Preussen Munster, but he single-handedly fired them to a 3-1 success over Arminia Bielefeld’s youngsters after they had fallen behind to an early goal.

The hat trick means Moukoko has now scored 16 goals in seven matches for BVB’s U17 team and is already close to the “minimum of 20 goals” that his old Dortmund U15 coach, Peter Wazinski, tipped him to score in the age group.

His goals begin at the 3:50 mark in this video from the German Football Association.

Moukoko was born in Cameroon but has already represented Germany at U16 level, scoring twice when starting against Austria.


Bundesliga results: Dortmund stay perfect to top league; Cologne lose to suffer worst start

FC Cologne 0 – 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Freiburg 1 – 1 Hannover 96
Hamburger SV 0 – 3 Borussia Dortmund
Hertha Berlin 2 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen
Mainz 05 2 – 3 Hoffenheim

Peter Bosz became the first manager in Bundesliga history to guide his side to a clean sheet in his first five games as Borussia Dortmund beat Hamburg 3-0 to remain top of the table.
Goals from Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic took them to 13 points.
This leaves them a point better off than Bayern Munich, who beat Schalke 3-0 on Tuesday.
The victory was also Dortmund’s 750th in the history of the competition.
Aubameyang, last season’s top Bundesliga scorer, headed against the post from an Andriy Yarmolenko cross before Japan midfielder Kagawa slotted in from close range in the 25th minute.
Aubameyang got on the scoresheet in the 63rd minute, finishing off a quick Dortmund break and he should have scored another when he had only keeper Christian Mathenia to beat soon after.
Pulisic made sure of the three points with his shot going in off the post.

Hoffenheim climbed to third, on 11, after recovering from a two-goal deficit to snatch a 3-2 stoppage-time win at Mainz thanks to Mark Uth’s late winner
Danny Latza and Yoshinori Muto had put Mainz aheadm before Nadien Amiri annd Sandro Wagner drew Hoffenheim level.

Hanover 96 failed to keep pace and dropped to fourth after their 1-1 draw at Freiburg.
Nil Petersen’s late goal for the host cancelled Martin Harnik’s 65 minute goal.
Niederlechner missed a penalty for Freiburg.

Cologne made it five losses in a row, their worst Bundesliga start in the club’s history, after their 1-0 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt, courtesy of a Sebastien Haller’s first half penalty .

Bayer Leverkusen lost to Hertha Berlin 2-1 at the Olympiastadion.
First half goals by Mathew Lecke and Salomon Kalou ensured that Julian Brandt late goal was a mere consolation.

UCL: Group H results – Ronaldo scores twice to condemn APOEL; Kane’s brace help Tottenham beat Dortmund and break Wembley woes

Real Madrid 3 – 0 APOEL Nicosia
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Borussia Dortmund

  • Real Madrid 3 – 0 APOEL Nicosia

Champions League holders Real Madrid beat APOEL Nicosia 3-0 in Group H on Wednesday night, with Cristiano Ronaldo straight back in the goalscoring groove.

Ronaldo is currently serving a domestic ban for pushing the referee after being sent off in the Spanish Supercopa clash with Barcelona last month.

But the Portuguese superstar scored twice on his return – taking his Champions League career goals tally to a record 107 – and Sergio Ramos added a spectacular overhead kick.
The breakthrough came on the counter-attack in the 12th minute as Isco ran past a series of defenders before laying the ball off to Bale, whose low cross through the box came perfectly to Ronaldo, who made the finish look easy.
Madrid were soon dealt a blow however, when Mateo Kovacic injured himself while passing and was replaced by Toni Kroos.
Ronaldo came close to adding a second goal in the 34th minute but couldn’t turn a sliding effort on target, and early in the second half came inches from scoring when his volley hit the crossbar and came down on the goalline.
The Portuguese star pleaded with the fourth official, though goal-line technology showed that only about half the ball had crossed the line.

But his second did come five minutes later after Roberto Lago was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, and Ronaldo despatched the penalty.
Sergio Ramos added a third goal in the 61st minute after Bale’s header took a high deflection, and the defender adjusted his body to put the ball into the net with an overhead kick.

Real Madrid have won their first game of a Champions League season played at Santiago Bernabeu in each of the 11 times they have started the campaign at home.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more home goals (55) than any other player in Champions League history (Lionel Messi, 54).

Ronaldo has scored more penalties (12) than any other player in Champions League history (Lionel Messi, 11).

  • Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Borussia Dortmund

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund to get their Champions League campaign off to a positive start and end their winless run at Wembley.

Kane’s instinct in front of goal was the difference as Spurs were largely forced on the back foot by an impressive German side who dominated territory and possession.

His first goal – a rising angled finish following a determined run down the left – capped a frantic opening 15 minutes in which Son Heung-min’s opener from an angle was cancelled out by a superb curling finish from Dortmund’s Andriy Yarmolenko.

The England forward’s second was a low finish inside the far post on the hour mark to give his side the edge they needed as they overcame the threat of their dangerous and relentless opponent.
However, the home side ended the game with 10 men as defender Jan Vertonghen was shown a second yellow card for catching Dortmund substitute Mario Gotze with a swinging arm.

The visitors can point an accusing finger at the officials, who ruled out a perfectly good goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for offside.

This is just the second win of Tottenham’s tenancy at Wembley, which includes all of last season’s home Champions League group stage games and two Premier League matches this campaign.

The victory leaves them second in Group H behind Real Madrid.

Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko’s father confirm son’s age

The father of a 12-year-old boy who has scored three times in two under-16 internationals for Germany has rejected doubts about his son’s true age.

Cameroon-born Youssoufa Moukoko followed his debut goal against Austria on Monday with a double against the same side in a 2-1 win on Wednesday.

He has also scored 13 goals in five games for Borussia Dortmund Under-17s.

“Straight after the birth, I registered him at the German embassy in Yaounde,” said his father, Joseph.

“We have a German birth certificate.”

According to his official birth certificate, Moukok was born on 20 November, 2004 in Cameroon.

There have been some questions in the German press over the youngster’s true age, but the German Football Association (DFB) has said all the paperwork is in order.

“The DFB has already had a number of intensive discussions with Borussia Dortmund at various levels,” it said in a statement.
“There is no doubt about the correctness of the age of the player.”

Under DFB rules, Moukoko will not be allowed to play in the Bundesliga until he is 17.

Borussia Dortmund replaces Ousmane Dembele with CSKA Moscow star Andriy Yarmolenko

Borussia Dortmund have announced the signing of forward Andriy Yarmolenko after Ousmane Dembele’s move to Barcelona.

Yarmolenko, 27, will wear the No 9 shirt at the Bundesliga club after switching from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev to pen a four-year deal at the Westfalenstadion until June 2021.

The move comes on the same day Dembele completed his £97m move to La Liga giants Barcelona.

“I am very grateful that Dynamo Kiev have fulfilled my dream of being able to switch to a big European club. I will work hard in every training to help Borussia Dortmund achieve their highest goals – that’s what I always do,” Yarmolenko said.

Barcelona’s pursuit of a replacement for Neymar had led them to Dembele, despite Dortmund initially insisting the France international would not be leaving.

Dortmund suspended Dembele indefinitely on August 10 when the 20-year-old boycotted training in protest after the German club rejected an opening bid from Barca.

Ultimately Dembele completed his move to the Nou Camp on Monday, and while Yarmolenko would appear a direct replacement for the forward, Dortmund indicated this was a transfer they have planned for some time.

“Andriy is a player we have been pursuing for a long time and who is on top level both at club level and in the service of the Ukrainian national team for football,” said Dortmund’s sports director, Michael Zorc.

Barcelona unveil their club-record and world’s second most expensive signing OUSMANE DEMBELE from Borussia Dortmund

Ousmane Dembele has become the most expensive player in Barcelona’s history after signing a five-year deal with the Catalan club on Monday.

The clubs announced agreement had been reached on a £97m deal on Sunday and Dembele completed his medical on Monday afternoon in the Catalan city.

There was a brief delay, with almost 20,000 fans waiting around for a couple of extra hours, before the 20-year-old appeared alongside Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to put pen-to-paper on a five-year contract.

“I’m really pleased to form part of the Barca family,” Dembele said after signing a deal that could eventually earn the Bundesliga side nearly £135m.

“I have always wanted to play for Barca since I was a kid. I watched all their matches.

“I’m really happy to now be part of the best club in the world with the best players in the world.

“I hope to win lots of trophies and titles here. I’m hoping forward to a good year, a successful year and looking forward to playing here in this stadium.”

The forward’s transfer is the second highest of all time, just behind the £200m Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar earlier this summer.

Dembele joined Borussia Dortmund for £13m from French side Rennes last summer and went on to score 10 goals in 50 appearances in his debut season at the Westfalenstadion.

He could make his Barcelona debut after the international break with Ernesto Valverde’s men facing city rivals Espanyol in their next La Liga game on September 9.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho remains a target and Barca hope the Premier League side will accept a fourth bid for the midfielder having seen three offers turned down so far.

Barcelona confirm club-record €105m signing of Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele for a club-record fee.

The 20-year-old France international forward will undergo a medical on Monday and sign a five-year contract.

A statement on Barcelona’s official site reads:

“FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmundhave reached an agreement for the transfer of Ousmane Dembélé for 105 million euros plus add-ons. The player will sign a five year contract and his buy out-clause is set at 400 million euros.

“Dembélé will arrive in Barcelona on Sunday and he will undergo a medical on Monday morning local time. Shortly, more details of the running order of the player’s presentation on Monday will be available.”

The fee is the second highest of all time, behind just the £200m PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar earlier this summer. Dembele will take Neymar’s number 11 jersey at the club.

Dembele joined Dortmund from French Ligue 1 club Rennes last summer. He scored six goals and contributed 13 assists in 32 Bundesliga matches during his first season at the Westfalenstadion.

Barcelona agree £128m deal with Borussia Dortmund for Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s star winger Ousmane Dembele, reports in France claim.

BeIN Sports AR claim that the Catalan giants have finally agreed a fee with BVB said to be around £110million.

Barca have been searching for a wide man to replace Brazil star Neymar, who left the Nou Camp for Paris Saint-Germain in a £198million deal earlier in the summer.

According to the report, they see 20-year-old Dembele as the ideal man to replace Neymar, and they have been trying to persuade the Bundesliga club to sell their star man all summer.

Dembele himself is allegedly desperate to complete a move to Barcelona and even went missing from the club two weeks ago in an apparent attempt to force a move.

It was believed that BVB would only allow Dembele to move to La Liga for the eye-watering sum of £128m.

However, it appears that the Blaugrana have managed to secure their man for a little less than that.