This 16-year-old is what people in soccer Germany talk about

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From: Alexander Kaindl


FC Bayern Munich has two new professionals: Paul Wanner and Lucas Copado made their Bundesliga debut against Gladbach.

Munich – No, it shouldn’t be. And somehow you could already guess: The corona virus hit FC Bayern with full force, so nine players were not available for the second half of the season. And then the team came to the Allianz Arena, which is more fearful opponent for Munich than any other opponent in the German upper house: Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The bench full of regional league or youth players without a single Bundesliga second, several players in unfamiliar positions, no Manuel Neuer in goal and then also ice-cold foals. Ultimately, it was no great surprise that the record champions lost their start to the year. Bayern were defeated by the team from Niederrhein on Friday evening with 1: 2, coach Julian Nagelsmann was served accordingly after the game.

FC Bayern Munich: Paul Wanner and Lucas Copado make Bundesliga debut

Nevertheless, there were rays of hope in the drifting snow from Fröttmaning. To be more precise: the very youngsters from the bank who made their Bundesliga debut. And one thing is already clear: you should remember these two names! Because today all of football Germany is talking about Lucas Copado and Paul Wanner.

Wanner is only 16 years old. And only since December 23rd. Nevertheless, Nagelsmann had no qualms about throwing his youngest of eight reserve field players in a quarter of an hour before the end. Next to him, Copado, another teenager, celebrated his premier league premiere. Copado – ever heard of it? No wonder. His father is Francisco Copado, once a cult striker in the Bundesliga for HSV, Unterhaching, Frankfurt and Hoffenheim. Lucas Copado’s uncle is called Hasan Salihamidzic and is one of the most important employees at FC Bayern Munich – Brazzo is married to Francisco Copado’s sister Esther.

Paul Wanner: At 16 years and 15 days he is the new record player for FC Bayern Munich

“The two boys did well,” said Nagelsmann after the game in which Wanner became the second youngest Bundesliga player in history at the age of 16 years and 15 days – after Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko, who premiered on November 21, 2020 was only 16 years and one day old. At Bayern, Wanner Jamal Musiala overtook the rank that came to 17 years and 115 days at his debut.

Admittedly: Nagelsmann would have liked to have done without bringing the greenhorns, especially if they were behind, but the corona emergency is big with the reds.

  • Paul Wanner
  • FC Bayern Munich
  • Born on December 23, 2005 in Amtzell
  • 16 years
  • Attacking midfield

Nagelsmann then raved about Wanner, born in Amtzell north of Lindau, at the subsequent press conference. With restrictions, however. Wanner is an “incredible talent”: “Left foot, very fast, very good ball, courageous, so an outstanding player”. But? “Paul has to stay clear in his head, then the door will be open to him. If he doesn’t stay clear in his head, things quickly close again. Above it is decided where to go. He can do everything downstairs. “

Shortly before substitution: Paul Wanner (left) and Julian Nagelsmann. © Sven Simon / Imago

Wanner, who moved from FV Ravensburg to Bayern’s offspring in summer 2018, and Arijon Ibrahimovic were recalled from the training camp of the U17 national team in Spain during the week in dire need. Bayern have already pulled the youngest Bundesliga player in their history up to the U19s this season, but he should be back in the professional squad next weekend at 1. FC Köln. (akl/sid)