The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) released their list of the eleven best youth footballers in the world in both the men’s and women’s game in the year 2020. Their gaze was fixed on the Bundesliga, and Bayern Munich in particular for this list, as three of the eleven spots in the men’s list went to players in the German top flight. Two German women who play in the Frauen Liga were included in the Women’s Youth World Team of the Year, including another member of Die Roten.
Women’s Youth Team of the Year
With both teams lining up in a 4-3-3, one of the most crucial roles in this team was given to a Bayern Munich player.
Bayern Frauen midfielder Sydney Lohmann was put in the center attacking midfield role in recognition of her prowess in scoring and assisting. Over the course of 15 games in this season, Lohmann has bagged nine goals and five assists. Her attacking rate of 1.21 goals+assists/90 is enough to turn anyone’s attention and is one of the key reasons why Bayern Munich are in the position they are in the Frauen Liga.
Joining her in the midfield is VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Lena Oberdorf. While not getting nearly as many starts as Lohmann in this campaign, her three goals and six assists in six games is beyond impressive. The two-time Fritz Walter Medal winner has been able to carve out a niche for herself in a seasoned and veteran Wolfsburg side and has proven to be an important part in their future.
The squad includes a number of youth players in teams across Europe and the United States, including Lyon defenders Selma Bacha and Ellie Carpenter, Paris Saint-Germain striker Jordyn Huitema, and Penn State University defender Kate Wiesner.
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- Catalina Coll (Spain / Sevilla / FC Barcelona)
- Ellie Carpenter (Australia / Olympique Lyon)
- Kate Wiesner (USA / Penn State)
- Laia Aleixandri (Spain / Atletico Madrid)
- Selma Bacha (France / Olympique Lyon)
- Lena Oberdorf (Germany / VfL Wolfsburg)
- Sydney Lohmann (Germany / Bayern Munich)
- Sophia Smith (USA / Portland Thorns)
- Linda Caicedo (Colombia / Deportivo Cali)
- Jordyn Huitema (Canada / Paris Saint-Germain)
- Lauren Hemp (England / Manchester City)
Men’s Youth Team of the Year
Bayern Munich’s youth system was on full display in these lists, with the Bavarians being the only team to have players represented on both lists.
Two of Bayern’s promising defenders broke into this list — American center-back Chris Richards and Canadian left back Alphonso Davies. Richards was a key piece in an FC Bayern II side which managed to win the 3. Liga trophy last season. He logged 11 appearances across the first team and the amateur side before being loaned out to Hoffenheim this year.
Davies’ talents were out in full force last season, as he showed the world that he was capable of adapting to his new position at left back. He quickly became one of the best in the world to defend the left flank. His three goals and five assists in 29 games across all competitions showed that he had the ability to contribute to the offense as well. He has become a key cog in this Bayern system and will remain one for years to come.
The third addition from Germany to this list is Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. The towering Norwegian has made his mark on the game and is widely considered to be ready to join Kylian Mbappe to take up the mantle of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. After joining Dortmund from RB Salzburg midway through the season, Haaland’s 13 goals in 15 games was good for the second highest goal scoring total on the team. This season, his scoring touch has been exemplary with 33 goals in 32 games cross all competitions.
Others joining this list include Richards’ countryman Sergino Dest at right-back, Bayern target Eduardo Camavinga, and Barcelona left winger Ansu Fati.
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- Ersin Destanoglu (Turkey / Besiktas)
- Sergino Dest (USA / Ajax / FC Barcelona)
- Wesley Fofana (France / Leicester City)
- Chris Richards (USA / Bayern Munich)
- Alphonso Davies (Canada / Bayern Munich)
- Sandro Tonali (Italy / AC Milan)
- Phil Foden (England / Manchester City)
- Eduardo Camavinga (France / Stade Rennais)
- Rodrygo Silva De Goes (Brazil / Real Madrid)
- Erling Haaland (Norway / Borussia Dortmund)
- Ansu Fati (Spain / FC Barcelona)