Germany’s U17 World Cup Stars


In a spectacular run to the World Cup final, Germany’s U17 team has not only captured the attention of football enthusiasts but also provided a promising preview of the nation’s footballing future. As EURO 2024 approaches, these young talents have become the focal point of optimism for German football. Let’s delve into the standout players who have shone brightly in the tournament:

1. Assan Ouédraogo

  • Club: Schalke
  • Position: Central Midfield
  • Age: 17 (9 May 2006)

Ouédraogo, a midfield powerhouse, made history as Schalke’s youngest-ever player and scorer in Bundesliga 2. Despite an injury-shortened World Cup stint, his imposing presence and bright future continue to impress.

2. Paris Brunner

  • Club: Borussia Dortmund
  • Position: Centre-Forward/Winger
  • Age: 17 (15 February 2006)

Drawing comparisons with Youssoufa Moukoko, Brunner’s dazzling attacking style and goal-scoring prowess were pivotal in Germany’s U17 European Championships triumph. His clutch performances in the World Cup quarter-final and semi-final further highlight his potential.

3. Max Schmitt

  • Club: Bayern Munich
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Age: 17 (8 January 2006)

Schmitt, a towering goalkeeper, played a crucial role in Germany’s journey, making vital saves in the knockout stages. Despite illness sidelining him in the semi-final, his past heroics, including saving a penalty in the European championship final, hint at a promising top-level future.

4. Max Moerstedt

  • Club: Hoffenheim
  • Position: Centre-Forward
  • Age: 17 (15 January 2006)

As the resurgence of classic centre-forwards gains momentum, Moerstedt’s robust style and goal-scoring form in the U17 Bundesliga showcase his effectiveness. His powerful headers and contribution to Germany’s World Cup success underline his potential impact.

5. Finn Jeltsch

  • Club: Nuremberg
  • Position: Centre-Back
  • Age: 17 (17 July 2006)

In the realm of attacking talents, a solid defensive foundation is indispensable. Jeltsch, a key figure in Germany’s U17, combines defensive prowess with leadership. Despite his youth, he captains Nuremberg’s U19 side and is poised for a Bundesliga debut.

The final against France beckons, offering these young talents an opportunity to etch their names in history. Germany aims for U17 World Cup glory for the second time, with the last triumph dating back to 1985. As the kick-off approaches, the football world eagerly anticipates witnessing the emergence of the next generation of stars in Surakarta on Saturday at 13:00 CET.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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