The England U20 international hit the back of the net with his first effort on goal in the 2-1 defeat to Fortuna Düsseldorf, becoming only the seventh Englishman to score in Germany's top tier. bundesliga.com shines a light on the first six...
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Club: Borussia Dortmund
Jadon Sancho has set tongues wagging with almost every ball he’s kicked in the Bundesliga since joining Borussia Dortmund from the Manchester City youth set-up in summer 2017. Granted, he’s only made 14 appearances, but there’s no arguing with the teenage winger’s record of a goal or assist every 105 minutes.
Sancho opened his account in a match against Bayer Leverkusen on 21 April 2018, collecting a pass from a certain Christian Pulisic and curling a fine effort into the bottom corner. In the process, he became the youngest Englishman - both overall and in Dortmund history - to score in the Bundesliga. He’s also laid on five assists.
Previous clubs: Charlton Athletic, RB Leipzig
Picking up Sancho’s trail, Ademola Lookman jumped at the chance to spend the second half of the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign on loan at RB Leipzig from English Premier League side Everton. The England U21 international wasted no time in ingratiating himself with the RBL masses, stepping off the bench to score a debut winner against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 3 February 2018.
Lookman struck again in a 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen and put two past Wolfsburg, before adding to his tally in a 6-2 rout of Hertha Berlin that sealed Leipzig’s place in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds on the final day of the season. In total, the Everton ace chimed in with five goals and three assists in 11 Bundesliga outings.
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Age: 37 (retired)
Previous clubs: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City
Some 12 years, 11 months and 13 days sandwiched Sancho’s maiden Bundesliga goal and the last English effort in the German top flight. Calgary-born Owen Hargreaves was the scorer, bringing the curtain up on the 2005/06 campaign with the opener in Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over old rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach.
It was the former England international’s fifth and final Bundesliga goal, a modest return spread over 145 Bundesliga appearances. Hargreaves broke his duck at the 58th attempt in January 2003 with his first of three career Bundesliga strikes against Gladbach. The four-time Bundesliga winner put his other two past Hannover. Talk about favoured opposition.
Age: 67 (retired)
Previous clubs: Scunthorpe United. Liverpool, Hamburg, Southampton, Newcastle United, Blacktown City
A trailblazer for English players on the continent, Kevin Keegan joined Hamburg in 1977, fresh from winning the European Cup with Liverpool. His career in Germany got off to a rocky start, but he came into his own during the second half of 1977/78, scoring in games against Kaiserslautern, Bremen, Hertha and Duisburg.
The shackles off, King Kev was instrumental as HSV won the Bundesliga title for the first time in 19 years in 1978/79, his 17-goal tally bettered only by Rüdiger Abramczik, Klaus Fischer (18 and 21 goals respectively, both Schalke) and Torjägerkanone winner Klaus Allofs (22 goals, Fortuna Düsseldorf). He added a further nine goals to his résumé the following season, and is one of only three Englishmen to have scored against Bayern.
Age: 62 (retired)
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Lincoln City, Doncaster Rovers, Cologne, Arsenal, Fortuna Köln
Tony Woodcock, who joined Cologne after winning the European Cup with Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in 1979, is another. Two of the former England international forward’s 39 Bundesliga goals came against Germany’s record champions, while his first fell in a game with another of Germany’s football juggernauts, Dortmund.
Woodcock enjoyed two spells with Cologne, totalling six seasons. He scored a career-best 15 goals in 32 appearances in 1981/82, before returning another double-digit haul upon his return in 1986/87. The 42-time England international is the second Englishman after Keegan to score a hat-trick in the German top flight, but the only one to serve up more than three goals in a single Bundesliga game, having rattled off four in a 5-0 drubbing of Bremen in May 1980.
Age: 57 (retired)
Previous clubs: Gillingham, Schloß Neuhaus, Stuttgarter Kickers, Hannover, Eintracht Frankfurt, Paderborn-Neuhaus, Arminia Bielefeld, Rot-Weiss Essen, LR Ahlen
Now here’s one you might not have heard of: Peter Hobday. Other than two formative years as a professional at boyhood club Gillingham, the London-born midfielder spent his entire playing career in Germany, amassing 61 and 202 Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 appearances respectively, as well as 86 in the lower leagues.
Hobday scored five Bundesliga goals in total, with his first coming for Hannover in August 1987. He went on to register a further three goals - including one against Bayern - in his debut Bundesliga campaign, but had to wait until July 1989 to get his name on the scoresheet again - by which point he had joined Eintracht Frankfurt. He won promotion to the Bundesliga for the second time as a player in 1995/96, with Arminia Bielefeld.