Meet Tom Rothe, Youngest Goalscorer in Bundesliga Debut

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1NEWS – The Bundesliga never stops watching talented youngsters achieve great results. The most recent is Tom Rothe. The Borussia Dortmund player immediately scored in his debut match at the age of 17 years 169 days. He was the youngest to do so.

Last weekend will be recorded in the history books of Germany’s elite competition with the birth of a star candidate. At that time, Dortmund managed to beat VfL Wolfsburg 6-1.

However, it is not the result of the match that many people talk about. German football fans are more interested in discussing Rothe’s actions. For whatever reason, the young man who was born in 2004 was deliberately included by Marco Rose in the starting line-up against Die Wolfe.

The decision turned out to be right. Because, it only took 24 minutes after kick-off, Rothe opened Dortmund’s advantage through a header at the near post. After that, five other goals were scored by Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji, Emre Can, and Erling Haaland (two goals).

“It’s amazing. I have goosebumps. And, it’s indescribable. No one ever thought I would do this,” Rothe told Sky Sports Germany after the game.

Having the full name Tom Alexander Rothe, the 192 cm young man plays as a left back. He is not a product of the Dortmund academy, but St Pauli. Rothe came to Signal Iduna Park in the summer transfer window of 2021. By the media in Germany, his game was considered similar to Roberto Carlos, despite his very tall stature.

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“Of course we’ve had Tom on the (main player) list for a long time. We know his qualities. He’s been in summer training camp and generally doing a very good job. It’s time to give this kid more chances,” said Rose.

As a future player for Germany, Rothe has also received a call-up to the national team, even at the junior level. He is recorded as having one cap for Germany U-17 and three caps for Germany U-19.

“With that goal, he will have more certainty. As I know, Tom has a very good game for his age. It is inspiring. I hope this will be important for Dortmund, to be able to continue to produce young talent,” concluded Rose.

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