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The Life of Moukoko

A diary entry story of Youssoufa Moukoko's professional football career. Follow all the highs and lows and see if he can reach the potential that is on the tip of everyone's tongue right now. He is arguably the best 15 year old since Freddy Adu.
Started on 6 March 2021 by FMBlake
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17 August 2020
Diary Entry 1

My name is Youssoufa Moukoko, and this is the story of my football career. Before I tell you my story, let me give you a brief bit of history.

I was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Yaoundé is the capital city of my country, so you could say I am a ‘big city boy’. In Cameroon I grew up with my Grandparents, as my parents lived in Germany. My father lives in Hamburg and has been a German citizen since the 1990’s. He was the one who brought me to Germany where I live now, but I will tell you more about that later.

As a kid growing up I always wanted to be a professional footballer. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I told everyone I knew that I was going to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world one day. My dream is to play for the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Juventus. When I was younger I had a number of idols, but one player was my hero. Every boy from Cameroon looks up to this guy, he is like a God in my country. Samuel Eto’o is one of, if not my favourite player of all time. I remember watching videos of him playing for Barcelona everyday after school, then I would go outside and recreate his goals. I wanted to grow up and play just like Eto’o, I only wanted to score goals.

Moving on a little, I ended up moving to Germany to live with my Father and this is when I had the opportunity to trial for a number of academies in Germany. I played quite well at numerous trials and one club decided to take a chance. My professional career started at FC St. Pauli when I signed with them in 2014. I started off playing for the under-13s team and in my first season I scored 23 goals in 13 games. Not bad aye? Another year later a scout from Borussia Dortmund came to one of my games where I scored 4 goals in 27 minutes. After the match he pulled me to the side and said that he has been watching me play for about 9 months, and he wanted me to sign for Dortmund. He said I would have the chance to play alongside Marco Reus, Kagawa and Dembélé. But the thing he said to me that I liked the most was “You remind me of Eto’o”. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t say no. Then the next day I signed, packed my bags and headed to Dortmund.

When I moved to Dortmund it was the first time in my life that I was living away from my family. I was a little nervous, but I knew what I had to do, I had to focus on my football, and continue doing what I do best, scoring goals. As I settled into my life in Dortmund, I felt unbelievably confident and couldn’t stop scoring goals. I scored 90 goals in 56 games for the U17s. The next season I was moved to the U19s and I continued my hot form, scoring 44 goals in 23 games. I started getting a lot of media attention. I gained millions of fans on Instagram, I was touted as the next ‘wonderkid’ and I couldn’t be happier with the direction my football career was heading. Then, the moment I had worked so hard for, finally came. I was called up into the first team squad at Borussia Dortmund at just 15.

This is where I am at now, I am in the Dortmund squad, but due to the Bundesliga rules I cannot play for the senior team until I turn 16. I am counting down the days until I can play, my birthday is on November 20, so I still have a few months before I can play. Until then I will be training with the senior squad, but I will ask the staff if I can play for the youth team to keep match sharpness.

Last thing before I head off to bed, I saved the best news for last. 2 days ago we had a new manager appointed at Borussia Dortmund, and I thought I was dreaming when I heard the news… Samuel Eto’o is our new head coach! This is his first real managerial opportunity after he had a short interim spell in Turkey. I cannot wait to meet him tomorrow and tell him how he is my idol. I believe under the tutorship of Eto’o, sky's the limit for my career and I cannot wait to share my story with the world. Until next time.

Y Moukoko.

Getting to play under his idol will be incredible for Moukoko.
hope he dont flop

20 August 2020

Diary Entry 2

Today we had our first preseason game. Pre-season has gone really well so far. We have been training hard and getting to learn more about how the gaffer (Eto’o) wants us to play this season. He wants us to play high intensity, attacking football. During one of our training sessions he pulled me aside to have a chat about pre-season. He said “Mou, you have been training really well, I am going to start you in our first preseason game”. I was so happy and nervous at the same time, but I felt ready to make my senior debut, even if it was just a friendly. The day before the game the gaffer called us into the meeting room and explained how everyone was going to have an opportunity to impress in pre-season. He said that he would make 11 changes at half-time in every pre-season game so everyone could get game time. Most of the lads responded well, especially the younger players who don’t often get to play.

Our first preseason game was against SC Paderborn 07. I started up top and felt confident going into the game. Just 4 minutes in I had my first chance, Marco Reus played a perfect through ball in behind the back line and I was one on one with the keeper. I didn’t think twice, I just hit it as hard as I could, and it went in! I scored my first senior goal! All the boys ran over to celebrate with me and as I walked back to halfway Eto’o was clapping me, it felt like a dream. I didn’t end up doing too much else, but we won the game 4-1, it was good to get a win in our first game under Eto’o and I cannot wait to play the rest of the preseason games. Until then.

ScottT! Thank you for writing in to me, I always love to hear from the fans. I am really am excited to play under Eto'o, I think he is the perfect manager to teach me at such an early stage of my career.
Deadzpool, I hope I don't flop too mate...I am confident player, I work hard and I am playing in a great team, so everything is set up for me to succeed.

Y Moukoko.

13 September 2020
Diary Entry 3

Wow what a busy man I have been. I haven’t really had the chance to sit down and write, so today I want to share all of my thoughts about our preseason. Last time I discussed my first team debut, which went perfect as I scored a goal. But since then, not everything has gone as I planned. In our second preseason game we played Burnley. We won the match 3-1 and I played the second 45 minutes but didn’t really contribute anything in that match. We then played a lower division German team called Rhede, we won 10-0 but again I didn’t score. I was beginning to doubt myself for the first time in my young career, was I in the first team too soon? I can’t remember the last time I went two games without scoring! I must say it has been amazing working with Eto’o and training with Reus, Haaland, Sancho and the boys but at times I do feel like I am not quite good enough. At the end of the day I am still a kid, and I know that I have to act mature if I want to succeed but at times I think, what if I wasn’t a footballer and I could just party and have fun like all the other 15 year old's in Dortmund.

Even though I doubt myself at times, I know that I have to keep trying my best. This is my dream job and I am the only person who will be in control of my success. In our 4th preseason game we played Lotte and won 8-0. Yet again I failed to score, but I wasn’t frustrated because I know I have to be patient. Before we played our next game we were told some big news. One of the first team players had been sold to Bayern… man, it always happens. Bayern signed Julian Brandt from us for £19.25 million. I wish him all the best there but I hope he doesn't play well against us! Julian is a quality player and to be honest I am surprised that the gaffer let him go. But I am not the boss, and at the end of the day, that is one less player I have to compete with in the first team.

We played in a preseason cup that was just two rounds. First we played the semi final which if we won we would get to play in the final. My first opportunity to win a trophy with the senior team. In the semi-final we played a Turkish club, Kayserispor. I started on the bench but I knew I would get my chance in the second half. The gaffer has stuck to his word and given everyone in the squad the chance to play in preseason. When I came on at half-time I was determined to make my mark on the game and get a goal. 54 minutes in, our right back Mateu Morey got the ball, I saw him look up and we made eye contact. I knew what was coming next. In training he always likes to aim for the near post with his crosses. We have talked about this a couple of times, and so I knew I had to run in front of the defender towards the near post and I would have a chance to score. Morey whipped a perfect cross, to the near post and I volleyed it in! My goal put us 2-0 up and we won the match 3-0 to progress into the preseason cup final. I regained my confidence straight away with that goal, it was a very important moment for me.

We went on to win the preseason cup final 3-2 against Serie A side SPAL. I didn’t score in that match but I didn’t care, I got to lift a trophy and celebrate with the lads, except they were all teasing me because I couldn’t drink the champagne. I didn’t care too much, I don’t even like alcohol, while they stayed and partied, I went home to play Football Manager. I love playing video games and right now I am managing Real Madrid on FM, I am in my second season and I won La Liga in my first, now I am trying to win the Champions League.

3 days ago, I arrived at training and Erling came up to me straight away. “Hey Mou! Did you see who we signed last night?”. I said eh? No who? Erling replied, “Bro, he’s a baller, but he isn’t better than me!”. Who is it I asked! Erling is so cocky, but me and him get along well. “We signed Edouard from Celtic bro!”. I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t even hear of any rumours so it was a bit of a surprise. I am glad we signed a quality player but I hope I still get chances in the first team. I am going to see how it goes the next couple of weeks, but maybe I will have to ask the gaffer for a loan, I will see how it goes. I told you this would be a long one today! Now my wrist is getting sore from all this writing. Until next time.

Y Moukoko.
Love the idea. Looking forward to reading more. :)
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19 September 2020
Diary Entry 4

5 days ago the first team had their first competitive game of the season. We faced VSG Altglienicke in the DFB-Pokal first round. I am still ineligible to play so I watched on as a fan from the stands. Erling picked up an injury last week playing for Norway, so our new signing Odsonne Edouard started up front. I haven’t really spoken to Odsonne much at training yet because his German isn’t the best and when he speaks English he has a Scottish accent so I can’t really understand him. Anyway, I was quietly happy he didn’t score, and we won the match 5-1. When we win and the strikers can't score I am happy because I feel like I will get my chance soon. Marco was the man of the match as he scored a hat-trick.

Today I played for the Under-19s. The gaffer and I had a chat, and he is more than happy for me to play for the U19s until I am 16 then we can discuss first team football. Today's match was against Bielefeld U19. I felt confident after training well this week. I started the game well, and we went 1-0 up after Ken Mata scored in the opening 5 minutes. Around the 40th minute I made a run in behind their back line. Their defenders were so slow I practically had half the field to myself. I was through on goal, one on one and the keeper committed early so I dinked it over him. Man I love a chip. We were 2-0 up and cruising. Bielefeld fought back and brought it to 2-2, but I was able to put us 3-2 up in the 73rd minute. Mata slipped me in, and I finished this time with my weaker right foot. We ended up winning 4-2 and I picked up an assist for the fourth goal. I was awarded man of the match in my first u19 game this season.

Later that night the first team had their opening Bundesliga game of the season against Borussia Mönchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park. I was really tired after playing so I went home and watched the game on TV. The boys played really really well and we won 3-1. We were 3-0 up, Axel, Marco and Thomas scored to seal the win. It was the perfect day really, both Dortmund teams won and no other strikers scored. I was very happy. I am going to keep a tally of my goals in this diary from now on. I want to challenge myself to reach targets each season. I think realistically I should be able to get 15 goals for the u19s and I will set a goal for the first team once I start playing there. I will only count goals in competitive games, let’s see how many I can score this season! Until next time.

Dortmund U19
Games: 1
Goals: 2
Assists: 1

Y Moukoko.
I swear Dortmund sign Edouard in every single one of my saves in the first season! Great idea, keep it up!
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Great start and loving the layout. Good job!
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30 September 2020
Diary Entry 5

Oh boy I cannot wait to tell you guys what happened today. I had my second game today for the U19s, against Bayer Leverkusen U19s. Ken Mata scored early again, this guy is a baller, we were 1-0 up after just 4 minutes. In the 20th minute, I made a darting sprint in behind their back line, received a through ball and with my right foot smashed the ball into the bottom left corner. We scored two more goals and were 4-0 up after just 29 minutes. Leverkusen were getting pumped! 10 minutes later I almost scored my best goal of the season so far. I smacked a volley from the edge of the box into the top left corner, but the stupid linesman called it offside… To be honest that pissed me off. I went on a mission to make that linesman pay. 5 minutes later I got the ball at half way, I ran from halfway to the goal with one intention, I was going to score. I made it all the way inside the penalty area and almost ran the ball into the goal, from just 1 meter away I smashed it in. After I scored I ran straight past the linesman shushing him. That will teach him. Just before half time we went 6-0 up and man it felt good. In the second half we didn’t play as good, but I sealed my hat-trick with a tap in. Leverkusen scored in the last minute but we won the match 7-1! After scoring a hat-trick I was awarded man of the match for the second game in a row. I am beaming with confidence right now and couldn’t stop smiling on the bus back home. We are now top of the U19 league with 5 wins out of 5 games and we have a goal difference of +16, the boys are on fire.

The senior team played FC Augsburg tonight away from home. The lads played well but our shots just didn’t seem to have the right accuracy. We drew the game 1-1 which is a poor result really. Once again none of the strikers scored, this time it was our right back Thomas Meunier. Hopefully the lads bounce back and win their next game.

Anyway, it was a good day for me personally, I am banging in the goals for the U19s and it is getting ever closer to my 16 birthday, less than 2 months now! Until next time.

Dortmund U19
Games: 2
Goals: 5
Assists: 1

Y Moukoko.
Going very well in the Under 19s and going to give Eto'o a real headache once he turns 16, especially if the first team strikers continue failing to score.

5 October 2020
Diary Entry 6

Today was transfer deadline day and I made a big decision that was not easy to discuss with the gaffer. I decided I want to go out on loan, I want first team experience now and I think the U19 competition isn’t really helping me develop. I want to test myself against men, professionals who have more experience than me. I called the gaffer and asked him what he thought. He said “Mou, you should be patient, you have been training well and everyone in the club can see how well you are doing, you are scoring loads for the U19s, give it time, it is only 2 months and then you will be available for the first team”. I hesitated and I gulped before asking, will I actually play for the first team this season? Eto’o said, “I won’t make any promises, but at this rate I have to give you a chance, if you feel the same way in January I will look to loan you out then okay?” It wasn’t what I wanted, but I do agree with the gaffer, I should be more patient. So I am staying here, until January at least.

We did sign one more player for the first team. Oscar joined on loan from Sevilla, and Morey told me he is a quality player. I haven’t seen too much of him yet, so I am looking forward to seeing how he fits in our team.

Yesterday we played against VfL Bochum for the U19s. We won the match 4-2, but it wasn’t my best performance. I got an assist from a corner and scored a late goal to seal the game but I just wasn’t feeling myself. I think it was because I was thinking about moving and I was nervous to call the gaffer. Anyway, that saga is over now and I can get my head down and get back to work.

The first team also played yesterday in a Bundesliga match against Freiburg. You could tell from the first whistle that we were going to win the game. The boys were full of confidence after beating Bayern and Freiburg didn’t stand a chance. My bro Erling scored two goals and we won the game 5-2. That means we are top of the Bundesliga with 7 points from 3 games equal with Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Dortmund U19s
Games: 3
Goals: 6
Assists: 2

Y Moukoko.
Moukoko should definitely be starting once he is 16 and can play in the first team. Also loving the format of the storytelling. I was looking to do something similar with my next story after my Newcastle Sir Alex Challenge.
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17 October 2020
Diary Entry 7

Since the last time I wrote I have played two more games for the U19s and the senior team played tonight. I played against Paderborn for the U19s on 10 October and I have really mixed feelings about the game. I scored a hat-trick! We won 5-1! But something that happened in the game still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I should have had four games… I missed a penalty. In my defence I struck the ball clean, I didn’t hit it too hard or too soft, but it hit the right side of the post and went out. I am usually happy when I score a hat-trick but after that game I was gutted, I couldn’t sleep, I really hate missing penalties. My Grandfather once told me penalties are great because they are a “free goal”, and “you should never miss”. I felt useless, guilty and upset because I know I should always score from the penalty spot.

Anyway, I got over that and played again today. Today we played Borussia Mönchengladbach U19 away from home. I am really starting to enjoy playing in the U19 team. We have a talented group of lads and the banter in the changing room is great. I think this is a big reason why we are doing so well as a team. Against Borussia Mönchengladbach we started a bit slow but ended up winning the match 4-0. I scored two more goals, and picked up one assist, my second was another beautiful chip. I think right now that is my favourite way to finish, I have been watching videos of Messi a lot and I love the way how he always dinks the keeper.

I have been doing well for the U19s and it is just over 4 weeks until my birthday, so I am really hoping to be in the senior squad as soon as I turn 16. Right now the senior team is having a bit of a tough time. They lost their first league match tonight away against Hoffenheim 2-1. We have been a bit inconsistent to start the season, so hopefully we can fix that sooner rather than later.

By the way, I signed Ronaldo on my Real Madrid FM save! My front three is now Hazard, Ronaldo and Vinicius Junior! Hopefully with those three I can win the Champions League. Until next time.

Dortmund U19s
Games: 5
Goals: 11
Assists: 3

Y Moukoko.

24 October 2020
Diary Entry 8

I didn’t take my diary with me! 3 days ago I didn’t play a match but the gaffer invited me to travel with the first team squad to Greece for our opening Champions League game. He thought it would be a good experience for me to learn how we prepare for international games. It was an amazing experience, I have never been to Greece, it was a beautiful country and the lads were great with me and made me feel like part of the team. On the pitch they played well too. Olympiakos are a tough team and we managed to earn all three points thanks to a great goal from Thomas Delaney.

The U19s played Darmstadt on the same day I was in Greece. They won the match 5-1, that was in the youth cup second round. So now we will play Hamburg in the youth cup semi finals. I did however play tonight. What a game it was! We played against RW Essen for the U19s and we played one of our best games of the season so far. Some of the goals scored in the game were crazy! It was like we were playing ameatur mode on FIFA. Ken Mata was the best player and he won man of the match, but I also managed to score a hat-trick. My first goal I used my pace to get in behind, faked the keeper and ran around him for an easy tap in. My second goal was a powerful strike into the roof of the net and my third was a calm finish into the bottom right corner. I was delighted with my performance and don’t think I did much wrong at all in the match, I also picked up one more assist.

The first team squad played Schalke tonight in a derby match at the Signal Iduna Park. The gaffer made it known in training that he was desperate for a win as this was his first derby match against Schalke. The lads really stepped up for Eto’o and slapped Schalke 6-1. My guy Erling scored twice, Sancho got two and Oscar got his first goal for Dortmund. It was another good day in my professional career. The grass is looking very green at the moment. Until next time.

Dortmund U19s
Games: 6
Goals: 14
Assists: 4

Y Moukoko.

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