Bellingham Becomes Second-Youngest Scorer In Champions League Knockouts

Dortmund’s English midfielder Jude Bellingham (C)and Manchester City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva (L) vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between BVB Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in Dortmund, western Germany, on April 14, 2021. (Photo by Ina Fassbender / various sources / AFP)

 

 

Jude Bellingham became the second-youngest scorer in the history of the Champions League knockout stages with the opening goal in Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg with Manchester City.

Englishman Bellingham, who is 17 years and 289 days old, curled a superb 15th-minute strike into the top corner in Dortmund to level the tie 2-2 on aggregate and put the Germans ahead on away goals.

Only one younger player has netted in a Champions League knockout tie — Bojan Krkic, who scored for Barcelona against Schalke in April 2008 aged 17 years and 218 days.

 

Dortmund’s English midfielder Jude Bellingham (2nd L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammates during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between BVB Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in Dortmund, western Germany, on April 14, 2021. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / various sources / AFP)

 

Bellingham had scored his first Bundesliga goal for Dortmund in their 3-2 win at Stuttgart on Saturday.

He signed for Dortmund in the close season for 26 million euros ($30 million) after impressing for English Championship side Birmingham City last campaign.

Dortmund will face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals if they hold on to beat Pep Guardiola’s City.

 

 

Dortmund’s English midfielder Jude Bellingham (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammate Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between BVB Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in Dortmund, western Germany, on April 14, 2021. (Photo by Ina Fassbender / various sources / AFP)

Dortmund Announce Signing Of 17-Year-Old Jude Bellingham

A picture of Jude Bellingham published by Borussia Dortmund on July 20, 2020.
A picture of Jude Bellingham published by Borussia Dortmund on July 20, 2020.

 

English teenager Jude Bellingham has joined Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund from English Championship side Birmingham city, the German club announced Monday.

The 17-year-old has signed a “long-term contract” and is to join the first team squad from July 30, Dortmund said in a statement.

Neither club disclosed further details, but the transfer fee is reported to be around 22 million euros ($25 million).

 

“I can’t thank Birmingham City enough for what they have done for me, not just this past year but since the age of seven,” said Bellingham.

“However, I’m incredibly excited to have joined one of Europe’s biggest clubs. The direction they are heading in and how much they help to improve young players made it an easy decision for myself and my family.”

After the success of Jadon Sancho, who broke into the England team in 2018 on the back of his Dortmund performances, Bellingham hopes to be the latest Englishman to follow in his footsteps.

“Jude has enormous potential, and we want to help him develop in the coming years,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

The German club also posted a video on social media with first-team players singing the Beatles hit “Hey Jude”.

Midfielder Bellingham has long been linked with a move to Dortmund, having impressed at Championship side Birmingham over the last 12 months.

He became the club’s youngest ever first-team debutant last August, and has since made three appearances for England Under-17s.

His displays for Birmingham also attracted the attention of Manchester United, who reportedly tried to sign him in January.

 

 

AFP