Arijon Ibrahmovic has been training with the Bayern Munich first-team despite only recently turning 16. - © imago images
Arijon Ibrahmovic has been training with the Bayern Munich first-team despite only recently turning 16. - © imago images
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Arijon Ibrahimovic: Who is the 16-year-old training with the Bayern Munich first-team under Julian Nagelsmann?

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At just 15 years old, Arijon Ibrahimovic impressed Julian Nagelsmann during Bayern Munich’s pre-season preparations and has since been training regularly with the pros. And with a surname like that, he won’t be forgotten anytime soon...

bundesliga.com has the scoop on Bayern's newest teen sensation…

Arijon Ibrahimovic

Age: 16
Club:
Bayern Munich
Position:
Attacking midfield
Country:
Germany (U17 7 caps)

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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.

The teenager has progressed quickly through the Bayern ranks and is a regular participant in first-team sessions. - imago images

Since being a part of the youth set-up 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 in 2020/21. And despite being only turning 16 in December 2021, he has been 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.

And while he only became eligible to be included in a Bundesliga matchday squad upon turning 16, he has been training with the first team at regular intervals as Nagelsmann seeks to further his development

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.

Arijon Ibrahimovic debuted for the Bayern Munich U17 team while he was only 14 during the 2020/21 season. - imago images

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 16-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.

"We’ve got a very good impression of him. Ari’s a very good attacking player, whose quality lies in taking on defenders in one-on-one situations. He can dribble really well." - Nagelsmann on Ibrahimovic