Youssoufa Moukoko determined to lead Germany to Euro U-21 glory

Youssoufa Moukoko (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
Youssoufa Moukoko (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images) /

Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko is ready to play a leading role in Germany’s bid to retain their European U-21 Championship title.

The UEFA European U-21 Championship is about to get underway, and the Germany U-21s will be looking to successfully retain the title they won back in 2021. Youssoufa Moukoko will be leading Germany’s charge in Romania and Georgia. And the Borussia Dortmund striker is determined to give everything to help his side win the tournament.

"“I’m very happy to be at the European Championship. We were European champions two years ago, I want to defend this title and I will give everything to achieve that,” Moukoko told BILD. “I’m also firmly convinced that we can win this tournament! It’s all about who wants it more – and I see this ambition in the whole team.”"

Moukoko is coming off an impressive second full season in professional football with Borussia Dortmund. The 18 year old scored seven goals and assisted a further six in 35 appearances across all competitions for the Black and Yellows, breaking a number of records along the way. And he also signed a contract extension with the club earlier this year.

Moukoko, who also featured for the Germany senior team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, has scored six goals in five appearances for the U-21s. With former Borussia Dortmund winger Ansgar Knauff forced to miss the tournament due to injury, Moukoko will have a key role to play if Antonio Di Salvo’s side are to win the European U-21 Championship title this year.

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Germany U-21s have a number of talented players in their squad, including the likes of Kevin Schade, Josha Vagnoman, Jessic Ngankam, and Luca Netz. They will begin their European U-21 Championship campaign against Israel on Thursday, and will also face Czech Republic and England in the group stage.