- Many hot prospects set to take over the 2016 Supercup.
- Dortmund and Bayern likely to name sides brimful of talented youngsters.
- Game staged at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on 14 August.
With the prospect of two of the youngest selections ever to start a Supercup, bundesliga.com introduces five of the youthful star names set to grace the stage on Sunday, looking back on where they were a year ago and predicting where their path will take them in the season to come.
Ousmane Dembele Age: 19 (15/05/97)
A year ago... ‘Ousmane who?’ would have been the reply for all but the most devoted Stade Rennais FC fans when asked about Dembele in summer 2015. The youngster had only just been asked to join the first-team squad, and would not make his Ligue 1 debut until November.
What now? The Normandy-born teenager’s promising first steps in a Dortmund shirt have reinforced the hope BVB have unearthed yet another world-beater-to-be, though competition for places in Thomas Tuchel’s 4-2-3-1 is likely to be fierce.
Joshua Kimmich Age: 21 (8/2/95)
A year ago... Kimmich had already convinced then-Bayern coach Pep Guardiola of his worth ahead of the 2015/16 season, though it was not until a Rückrunde defensive crisis that he became a first-team regular, albeit in a position which was unfamiliar to this midfielder by trade. "I love Joshua Kimmich," famously stated Guardiola, who saw his young charge excel for club and then country at UEFA EURO 2016.
What now? After establishing himself as a firm Guardiola favourite following some mature-beyond-his-years displays at centre-back last season, Bayern's summer signing of Mats Hummels means increased competition at the back, so perhaps Kimmich could find himself reverting to midfield under Carlo Ancelotti.
Emre Mor Age: 19 (24/07/97)
A year ago... Whispers of a potential star on the rise were circulating before Mor signed for FC Nordsjælland during the 2015 winter break. Yet the attacking midfielder – like Dembele – remained in the shadows before finally featuring for the first team in November.
What now? UEFA EURO 2016 changed much for the Turkey international. His cameo in the opening-game defeat to Croatia – and his country’s subsequent early exit – meant the Denmark-born starlet earned a maiden starting place against the Czech Republic. He returned the favour by setting up a goal in a 2-0 win - Dortmund fans will be hoping it was a taste of even better things to come.
Kingsley Coman Age: 20 (13/6/96)
A year ago... The French youngster had won one French Ligue 1 and one Italian Serie A title as little more than a fringe player at Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus when FC Bayern came calling. He completed his move to Bavaria after representing his country at Under-19 level, although it would not be long before he would make the step up to the senior French squad.
What now? The 20-year-old attacking midfielder was largely satisfied with his first season with Bayern, although he does now hope to hold down a more regular starting berth under Ancelotti. His versatility certainly stands him in good stead to be first choice this term.
Christian Pulisic Age: 17 (18/09/98)
A year ago... Given BVB brought Pulisic across the Atlantic as soon as he turned 16, it was clear the Pennsylvania-born midfielder had something special. Yet, he was little more than one name among a clutch of homegrown fledgling talents, who – 12 months later – could barely have expected to be a bona fide first-teamer and senior USA international.
What now? Pulisic picked up experience of a major international tournament at this summer’s Copa America Centenario, but was used only sparingly by USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann. Following his explosive impact in the Bundesliga last season, he can surely expect to be given more responsibility by Tuchel this term.