Jamal Musiala is the youngest player to represent Germany in a World Cup since Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (19 years, 72 days) in 1958.
Jamal Musiala: The Youngest Milfielder in Germany Squad in 64 Years
Musiala is the youngest German player to appear in a World Cup since Karl-Heinz Schnellinger in 1958 (19 years 72 days) – just three German players have appeared at a younger age than Musiala.
Lothar Matthäus compared Musiala to Lionel Messi in the run-up to the tournament, but the 19-year-old remained grounded and focused on his own abilities.
Germany begins its World Cup campaign against Japan before facing Spain and Costa Rica in Group E. A win this afternoon would give Die Mannschaft a strong chance of qualifying for the Round of 16, something they failed to do in Russia four years ago.
Musiala starts behind Kai Havertz in a three-man attack alongside Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry in Germany’s World Cup opener against Japan. It’s the first time Die Mannschaft has faced the Samurai Blue in a competitive setting.
The Bayern Munich attacking midfielder is in top form heading into the World Cup. Musiala has scored 12 goals and contributed 11 assists in 22 games for the Rekordmeister this season.