A 15-year-old has been impressing Julian Nagelsmann during Bayern Munich’s pre-season training and with a name like Arijon Ibrahimovic, he won’t be forgotten anytime soon...
bundesliga.com has the scoop on Bayern's newest teen sensation…
Club: Bayern Munich
Position: Attacking midfield
Country: Germany (U16 2 caps)
Born in Nuremberg to Kosovan parents in 2005, Ibrahimovic - who has no relation to Sweden star Zlatan - made his first steps in club football at Greuther Fürth. In 2014, aged nine, Ibrahimovic moved to hometown club Nuremberg to continue his youth development. After only four years there, Bavaria's biggest club came knocking and he joined Bayern.
Since being a part of the youth setup at Bayern's campus, Ibrahimovic has developed into one of the most highly regarded young talents at the club, quickly climbing through the age groups. The teen made his debut for Bayern's U17 team aged just 14, scoring twice and assisting three times in five appearances last season. Despite being only 15, he is set to be a part of the U19 team in 2021/22.
His name came into sharper focus, however, when he trained with Julian Nagelsmann's first-team squad during their pre-season ahead of the 2021/22 campaign. Ibrahimovic took to the pitch against the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, and even scored during a training match.
Much like the youngest player in Bundesliga history, Youssoufa Moukoko, Ibrahimovic will have to wait until he turns 16 - on 11 December - before he is eligible to make his Bundesliga debut for Bayern.
Plays a bit like: Leon Goretzka
A box-to-box midfielder who is just as happy to do the dirty work in defence as he is to race forward and support attack, Ibrahimovic has been likened to Bayern's industrious Germany international Leon Goretzka.
Ibrahimovic has displayed impressive technical skills on the ball, as well as in-game intelligence in terms of pressing and positioning with have impressed his coaches at the home of the record Bundesliga champions.
Did you know?
The young Ibrahimovic is well aware of his namesake in Zlatan, and has even described him and Cristiano Ronaldo as his idols. The 15-year-old showed his similar mentally to Zlatan in an Instagram post recently, with a quote akin to that once famously said by the former AC Milan, Inter Milan and PSG striker: "Lions do not compare themselves to humans."
This post instead reads: "The tiger and the lion may be stronger. But the wolf doesn't perform in the circus."
What they're saying
"Well, I play in attack and score a few goals. But he's a bit better than me. Later I'd like to become a professional footballer, but that'll take time. Until then, I want to play well with the team and score many goals." - Ibrahimovic on his namesake and his hopes for the future.