Karim Adeyemi, the child from Munich who became the driving force behind Dortmund: “Almost no one on the planet can run faster than him”

Karim Adeyemi, the child from Munich who became the driving force behind Dortmund: “Almost no one on the planet can run faster than him”
Karim Adeyemi, the child from Munich who became the driving force behind Dortmund: “Almost no one on the planet can run faster than him”

He did not score or assist the only goal of the first leg. He wasn’t the most dangerous offensively either. He did not attempt any shots and he is the Dortmund starter who touched the fewest balls in the match. We would even say that he missed it completely if we only relied on the statistics. However, Karim Adeyemi was one of the great gentlemen of BVB last Wednesday at Signal Iduna Park.

Edin Terzic knew it would be difficult for him to express himself offensively against PSG. He therefore entrusted him with an even more important task: to give everything to give Ousmane Dembélé and Achraf Hakimi a nightmare in his left lane. And that’s what he did, using his incredible speed and endurance to pounce on the two Parisians as soon as necessary.

”This is exactly what we need from himrejoiced the Borussia coach. He transformed his potential into real quality. We have seen that there is hardly anyone on the planet who can run faster than him. He’s done an exceptional job and it’s clear he can be a hugely important factor for us.”

To motivate the German international who was coming off some disappointing performances, Edin Terzic used… Loïs Openda, against whom he had just been beaten a few days earlier (4-1). “I told him after the match in Leipzig that I saw a lot of speed in many opposing players, for example Openda. I told him that I didn’t see that in him. It often just depends on his will .”

Fired by Bayern

And when he feels like it, Adeyemi is capable of reaching peaks of 36 km/h. This was the case against PSG. As if he felt entrusted with a mission to help Dortmund… as a Munich resident. Paradoxically, it was in fact with BVB’s great rival that the striker began his career. The son of a Nigerian father and a Romanian mother, he spent his entire childhood in Munich where he quickly started playing in a club in his neighborhood. It was there that Bayern Munich discovered him and took him to their academy at the age of nine.

But the idyll only lasts two seasons. The Bavarian club decided to kick him out because of his lack of discipline: he missed training and often arrived late. Unacceptable for a club like Bayern. The boy therefore turns to a club on a human scale, just near Munich: the SpVgg Unterhaching. There he receives the personalized support necessary to grow on and off the field.

Previously neglectful at school, he learns, for example, to put in effort as a student to be accepted as a player. And, at the same time, he demonstrated his great athletic abilities which would become his greatest asset. At fifteen, he was already playing with the U17s and U19s and several major clubs in Europe began to take an interest in him. He finally opted for Salzburg, an hour and a half by car from Munich. A way to stay close to your family while joining a club recognized for its ability to develop young people.

The rest is more fluid: he explodes in Austria then accepts the offer from Dortmund in 2022 to continue his rise. Sometimes with a role as a full-back rather than an attacker. Especially in important matches. And that’s precisely what was missing when BVB lost 2-0 in Paris last September. Achraf Hakimi had plenty of time to sneak in to score the second goal. We therefore imagine that Terzic’s plan for Adeyemi will not change this Tuesday evening.

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