Video – A History of the Bundesliga’s Youngest Ever Goalscorers

Maximilian Arnold writes a tiny bit of Bundesliga history.

A perfect pass from the left-wing found Maximilian Arnold and the Wolfsburg youngster didn’t hesitate at all. He simply put the ball up into the air with his first touch, and afterwards he smashed the ball into the net past Koen Casteels with his second touch. Certainly one of the most beautiful goals scored on match day 29 in the 2012/13 season.

Arnold is just 18 years and 321 days young, which makes him the youngest goal scorer in Wolfsburg Bundesliga history. However, the Wolfsburg youth player isn’t the youngest player who has scored in the Bundesliga. His goal puts the Wolfsburg youngster actually in 86th place amongst the youngest goal scorers, just above current Bayern president Uli Hoeness.

Historic goals

There are certainly a number of goals scored by younger players which are just as beautiful as Arnold’s goal, or maybe even more so. One example is Marc-André Kruska’s equalizer against Hansa Rostock on match day 34 of the 2005/06 Bundesliga season. The goal made Kruska the 5th youngest goalscorer in the Bundesliga.

Matthias Ginter comes in on number 10 in said list. Last season the striker started what was one of the greatest turnarounds in Bundesliga history, when Freiburg managed to rescue their spot in the Bundesliga under the newly installed Christian Streich. Ginter’s goal on match day 18 of the 2011/12 season was certainly the start Freiburg needed into the Rückrunde.

Julian Draxler’s first goal for Schalke caused a stir. The midfielder had been on the pitch for a couple of minutes in Schalke’s DFB Pokal match against Nürnberg, when he decided to go it alone and take a shot at goal from roughly 20 meters. His shot was hard and well placed and smashed into the net behind a helpless Raphael Schäfer. The controversy occurring after the match was caused by a German teacher who had taken a closer look at the employment law, which states that a person under 18 years isn’t permitted to work after 10 o’clock in the evening. The police in Gelsenkirchen declined to pursue the matter, however.

No such list would be complete without Lars Ricken’s goal in the 1997 Champions League final. The Dortmund youth product had scored his first Bundesliga goal on match day 25 in the 1993/94 season, at the age of 17 years. Ricken was at that point the youngest goal scorer in Bundesliga history. His future teammate Nuri Sahin was even younger when he got on the score sheet for the first time 11 years later. However, the goal most Bundesliga fans have in mind when they think about Ricken is his 3-1 winner against Juventus in the 1997 Champions League final.

The top 10 youngest goal scorers in the Bundesliga

1. Nuri Sahin, Borussia Dortmund – 17 years 2 months and 2 days

2. Julian Draxler, Schalke 04 ­– 17 years 6 months and 11 days old

3. Lars Ricken, Borussia Dortmund – 17 years 8 months and 1 day old

4. Ibrahim Tanko, Borussia Dortmund – 17 years 8 months and 7 days old

5. Marc-André Kruska, Borussia Dortmund – 17 years 10 months and 22 days old

6. Rüdiger Abramczik, Schalke 04– 17 years 10 months and 23 days old

7. Wolfram Wuttke, Schalke 04 – 17 years 11 months and 3 days old

8. Ralf Augustin, Borussia Dortmund – 17 years 11 months and 12 days old

9. Peter Knäbel, VfL Bochum – 17 years 11 months and 13 days old

10. Matthias Ginter – 18 years and 2 days old

Have a look at the entire list over the youngest goal scorers in the Bundesliga on

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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