Germany’s Paris Brunner: FIFA U17 WCup 2023 Golden Ball winner

Photo of Paris Brunner, a golden ball winner of FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP for Germany.

Paris Brunner’s style of play, characterized by a combination of high-speed movement and quick dribbles in the offensive third, presented a formidable challenge for France in the final. Germany, a four-time FIFA World Cup winner, achieved a new milestone by securing the inaugural U-17 Men’s World Cup in 2023, prevailing over France in the final through a penalty shootout.

A key player for the German team throughout the tournament, 17-year-old forward Paris Josua Brunner, received recognition as the tournament’s standout player with the Golden Ball Award. Prior to gaining international acclaim, Brunner had already attracted attention in Germany and Europe as one of the most promising young talents in global football.

Commencing his journey with Borussia Dortmund’s youth squad, renowned for its commitment to youth development, Brunner impressively scored 16 goals in just five matches in the Under-17 level of the German league. His outstanding performance earned him a rapid promotion to the under-19 side at the age of 16, where he made a memorable debut by scoring against Bonner SC. Brunner’s speed and attacking prowess drew comparisons to another emerging German talent, Youssoufa Moukoko, who held the title of the youngest player at the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Wearing the German jersey, Brunner showcased both reliability and threat at the under-17 level, notably contributing the equalizer for a 10-man side against Switzerland in the u-17 European Championship quarterfinal, leading the match into a penalty shootout.

Germany secured their place in the World Cup through a 3-2 penalty shootout victory in that particular match.

Demonstrating consistent performance throughout the World Cup, he scored a total of five goals, with four of them occurring in the knockout stages. Notably, he contributed the decisive goal against Spain in the quarterfinals and netted twice against Argentina in the semifinals.

Despite his missed penalty in the final shootout, he succeeded in scoring the opening goal for the German team in the tournament and also found the net during regular time in the final. Brunner’s playing style, characterized by rapid pace and quick dribbles into the final third, presented a challenge that proved formidable for France in the final.

While the 17-year-old has yet to make an appearance for any senior teams, whether at the club or national level, it appears to be only a matter of time before such an opportunity materializes for Brunner.


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