Dodi Lukebakio is a name that most Bayern Munich fans will remember for all the wrong reasons. Regardless of which club he’s playing for, he always seems to give amazing performances when he plays against Bayern and scores goals and stealing points. He scored a slightly fortunate deflected goal for Berlin in Bayern’s Bundesliga opener at the Allianz Arena that came against the run of play en route to a 2-2 draw and a valuable away point for Berlin.
The current Hertha Berlin man left former side Fortuna Düsseldorf during the summer transfer window after a fantastic 2018/2019 campaign under manager Friedhelm Funkel, scoring 14 goals and providing 5 assists across competitions. Easily his best performance last season came in Düsseldorf’s 3-3 draw against Bayern at the Allianz Arena in November 2018, a match in which he bagged a hat-trick after Bayern had gone up 2-0 and then 3-1. In a recent interview for Bundesliga International, the 21-year-old Belgian described how it felt to score three goals against such a big club at one of Europe’s most historic footballing grounds:
Unbelievable, because it is one of the biggest clubs in the football world and the best in Germany, so it was special for me to score three goals against them. On the other side, it is motivation for me to do more and stay with both feet on the ground, because it is not nothing, it is something big and I try to take this example to do more.
Additionally, Lukebakio described how much it means to him to be playing in the Bundesliga, a league he says is unlike any other. It’s the pinnacle of his career after gaining experience in the Belgian top flight, Ligue 1, and the Premier League:
I really like it. It is a reason why I came here also, because I wanted to go to a team who play in the Bundesliga. I really like the league, I really like the stadiums, the fans. It is something special and not in every league, so yes, I like this league.
Moving to Hertha Berlin, he said, was just the natural next step in his career for him after the club had showed significant interest in him:
I thought it would be the best way for me to experience something else. They showed a lot of interest in me and it’s a club with a lot of ambition, it’s a big club in Germany, so for me it was just the right way for me to improve.
Hertha investor and German businessman Lars Windhorst aspires to make Hertha a true capital club, and Lukebakio is one of the first signings toward realizing that goal. Although Hertha is off to a slow start this season, they should right the ship soon enough.