Angelo Stiller has flown through the youth age groups at Bayern Munich and, having only recently turned 19, already finds himself the first name on the teamsheet for Sebastian Hoeneß's reserves, but what else is there to know about the talented midfielder?
bundesliga.com has the scoop…
Position: Defensive midfielder
Country: Germany (U18 cap)
Born in Munich in April 2001 - a month before Bayern won the fourth of their five European Cups with victory over Valencia in Milan - Stiller was spotted by local scouts when playing for TSV Milbertshofen in the north of the city and made the switch to the record champions at the age of nine in 2010.
He raced through the youth age groups at Säbener Strasse and was captaining the U17s to Bundesliga South/South-West glory in 2018 aged 16. The Bavarians had ended that particular 26-game season with a +73 goal-difference. Although he tends to anchor the midfield, Stiller has proven almost as adept at setting up chances as he is at stopping them at the other end.
Promoted to the U19s two years ahead of the curve at the start of last season, Stiller was almost ever-present for the side co-managed by Danny Schwarz and Martin Demichelis, missing just three games all season. He also contributed some seven assists, two of which came in UEFA Youth League draws with Ajax and Benfica.
After adding another three goals and nine assists in all competitions this season, Hoeneß had seen enough and called Stiller up for the reserve team squad. Despite having the likes of Mickaël Cuisance - signed last summer from Borussia Mönchengladbach - for competition in his position, Stiller started every game since the turn of the year as Bayern II have won six out of seven matches.
Plays a bit like: Nuri Sahin
A deep-lying play-maker just as willing to create as convert chances with a wand of a left foot? Stiller has more than a little in common with Nuri Sahin, the Borussia Dortmund legend who remains the Bundesliga's youngest ever debutant aged 16 years, 11 months and one day and now struts his stuff for Werder Bremen.
If there is one difference, it's that Stiller is just as able to burst forward and attack as he is to sit deep and dictate play. Sahin spent two seasons away from Dortmund at Real Madrid and Liverpool between 2011 and 2013. Injuries aside, he was also used in more advanced positions than he was comfortable with. Stiller gives his side options, being equally happy playing as a No.6 or No.8.
Did you know?
Stiller may now have an eye on Thiago Alcantara's and Joshua Kimmich's positions as double pivots in the first team, but he originally wanted to be an attacking player - perhaps that explains all the assists - and grew up idolising Bayern great Franck Ribery.
The Frenchman left Bayern at the end of last season with 23 honours and 182 assists to his name. If Stiller can manage half as much, both player and club will be doing very well indeed.
Watch: Ribery - 12 years, 12 goals, worthy of anyone's admiration
What they're saying:
"It's a dream come true. I've been following them since I was little. I've been a Bayern fan for as long as I can remember. Ribery was on my first jersey and now I'm sharing a pitch with him and the whole team!" - Stiller on training with the first team last summer
"He's already very mature. Stiller has a cool head and has adapted very quickly to the higher intensity in the third division." - Hoeneß after Stiller's impressive performances for Bayern II
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