He is the new star at BVB. The 17-year-old scored in his first competitive game – and set a club record. His talent is no coincidence: it is innate.
When Borussia Dortmund signed Jude Bellingham for around 25 million euros, the Bundesliga was amazed. After all, the midfielder is only 17 years old. But at the latest since his first goal for BVB in the cup against Duisburg Nobody is surprised anymore about the sum. Because the Englishman showed a good passing game, exuded security and was dangerous for goals.
In addition, with his goal Bellingham cracked the record for the youngest scorer in club history (17 years and 77 days) in a competitive game and ousted team-mates Giovanni Reyna (DFB-Pokal / 17 years 83 days) and Nuri Sahin (Bundesliga / 17 years 82 days) Places two and three. The talent of the BVB– Newcomers don’t come from anywhere – it runs in the family.
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Dad made 700 goals in minor leagues
Jude’s father, Mark Bellingham, is a full-time police officer. But he also lives for football, has kicked below the professional four leagues in England and scored over 700 goals there for the clubs Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield and Bromsgrove Rovers, among others. In a 2016 interview he said of “The Non-League Paper”: “I’m 40 years old now, I think this will be my last season”.
A passion that he passed on to his son. “Jude is one of those players you can learn from by playing,” former Birmingham manager Pep Clotet told The Athletic.
“He was way ahead in terms of age group”
“He’s a right footed, but his left foot isn’t weak. His dad Mark put a lot of work into honing his technical skills when he was young.” The coach added: “In terms of development in his age group, he was way ahead.”
Birmingham City: Jude Bellingham with his then coach Pep Clotet. (Source: PA Images / imago images)
Bellingham already played in the club’s U23 at the age of 15, switched to the pros in July 2019 and made 44 games there before moving to Dortmund, scoring four goals and making three assists. He was 16 years and 38 days old when he made his professional debut in Birmingham.
His ex-trainer Clotet also told the English portal: “I’ve heard so often from previous colleagues ‘He’s too young’ or ‘He won’t be able to handle it’, but I believe talent will find a way.”
At Dortmund, Bellingham is well on the way to becoming a top performer. He was already in the starting line-up against Duisburg. Trainer Lucien Favre then raved about the fact that he had “good acceleration”, but was also “very good defensively”.
His shows that the midfielder has already arrived Instagram-Account. There he proudly posted a photo and wrote: “Great team performance and my first goal”. His account is already black and yellow