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Jamal Musiala
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Musiala in 2022
Personal information
Date of birth (2003-02-26) 26 February 2003 (age 20)
Place of birth Stuttgart, Germany
Height 1.84 m
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 42
Youth career
2008–2010 TSV Lehnerz
2010–2011 Southampton
2011–2019 Chelsea
2019–2020 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2020 Bayern Munich II 10 (2)
2020– Bayern Munich 71 (20)
National team
2016–2017 England U15 3 (4)
2018 Germany U16 2 (0)
2018–2019 England U16 5 (2)
2019–2020 England U17 9 (2)
2020 England U21 2 (1)
2021– Germany 17 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:22, 12 November 2022 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:42, 26 September 2022 (UTC)

Jamal Musiala (born 26 February 2003) is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or winger for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.

Born in Germany to a Nigerian father and German mother, he was raised from the age of seven in England. Musiala represented both Germany and England at youth level, and eventually pledged his allegiance to the Germany national team for future games in February 2021, representing the side at UEFA Euro 2020.

Early life

Musiala was born in Stuttgart, Germany to a Nigerian Yoruba father and German mother of Polish roots. He lived in Fulda until the age of seven, before moving to England with his family, where he went for the rest of his childhood. He went to primary school at the Corpus Christi School in New Malden. For secondary school he went to the Whitgift School in Croydon. He was in the Chelsea academy for the lasting years of his childhood.

Club career

2019–20: Move to Bayern Munich and debut

In July 2019, aged 16, Musiala left Chelsea to join Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. On 3 June 2020, Musiala made his professional debut, coming on as a substitute for Bayern Munich II in their 3–2 win over Preußen Münster in the 3. Liga. On 20 June 2020, he made his Bundesliga debut against SC Freiburg, and he became the youngest player to play a match for Bayern in the Bundesliga, aged 17 years and 115 days. Musiala was a part of the squad that won the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, although he did not make any appearances in the tournament.

2020–21: First-team breakthrough

On 18 September 2020, Musiala scored his first Bundesliga goal in an 8–0 win over Schalke, to become Bayern's youngest goalscorer, aged 17 years 205 days, breaking the previous record of Roque Santa Cruz, aged 18 years 12 days. On 3 November, Musiala made his Champions League debut as a substitute to Thomas Müller in a 6–2 away win over Red Bull Salzburg. On 1 December, he started his first Champions League match in a 1–1 away draw against Atlético Madrid. On 23 February 2021, Musiala scored his first Champions League goal in a 4–1 away win over Lazio in the first leg of the round of 16 tie, becoming the competition's youngest goalscorer of both English and German nationalities. On 5 March, he signed his first professional contract at Bayern Munich until 2026.

2021–22

On 25 August 2021, Musiala scored his first two goals of the season in a 12–0 DFB Pokal away win over Bremer SV. Three days later, he then scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season in a 5–0 win over Hertha BSC. On 8 December 2021, Musiala scored his first Champions League goal of the season in a 3–0 win over Barcelona. On 23 April 2022, Musiala's strike sealed the title in a 3–1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker, giving Bayern their tenth straight Bundesliga title.

International career

Musiala, who was also eligible to play for Nigeria via his father, has represented both England and Germany at youth international level.

Youth

Jamal Musiala October 2019
Musiala with England in 2019

In November 2020, Musiala was called up to the England under-21 squad for the first time for their 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches. He made his U21 debut as a substitute during a 3–1 victory over Andorra under-21s at Molineux Stadium on 13 November 2020. He scored his first under-21 goal during a 5–0 win over Albania at Molineux Stadium on 17 November 2020. After choosing to represent England's under-21s, the German football association indicated that they had stopped pursuing Musiala, with youth team coach Meikel Schonweitz stating: "He has clearly signalled to us that he currently sees his future with the English national teams. We accept his decision and wish him all the best for his sporting career." Musiala had previously indicated that he felt more comfortable playing for England at youth level than for Germany, as he grew up as a footballer at Chelsea with other English players, whereas for Germany he did not know any of the other players.

Senior

On 24 February 2021, Musiala announced he had decided to represent his birth nation, Germany, for full international matches. He subsequently received his first call up to the senior team for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March 2021, making his debut on 25 March 2021 as a 79th minute substitute in a 3–0 win against Iceland and scoring his first goal in a 4–0 win over North Macedonia on 11 October. On 19 May 2021, he was selected to the squad for the UEFA Euro 2020. On 23 June 2021, he became the youngest German player to feature in a major tournament in a 2–2 draw with Hungary in Euro 2020, aged 18 years and 117 days. During the match, Musiala set up Leon Goretzka's late equalizer which sent Germany through to the Round of 16. In doing so, he received praise from pundits and fans worldwide.

Style of play

As a versatile player, Musiala plays both on the wings and at all positions of the midfield. According to Hansi Flick, who gave Musiala his debut at FC Bayern Munich, "He has a great eye and feeling for choosing the right spaces. He is very confident on the ball and can play well between the lines."

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League DFB-Pokal Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayern Munich II 2019–20 3. Liga 8 2 8 2
2020–21 3. Liga 2 0 2 0
Total 10 2 10 2
Bayern Munich 2019–20 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2020–21 Bundesliga 26 6 2 0 6 1 3 0 37 7
2021–22 Bundesliga 30 5 1 2 8 1 1 0 40 8
2022–23 Bundesliga 14 9 2 2 5 0 1 1 22 12
Total 71 20 5 4 19 2 5 1 100 27
Career total 81 22 5 4 19 2 5 1 110 29

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany 2021 9 1
2022 8 0
Total 17 1
Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Musiala goal
List of international goals scored by Jamal Musiala
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 11 October 2021 Toše Proeski Arena, Skopje, North Macedonia 9  North Macedonia 4–0 4–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Bayern Munich II

Bayern Munich

Individual

  • IFFHS Men's Youth (U20) World Team: 2021
  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2021–22

See also

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