From Erling Haaland and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Andre Silva and Sebastien Haller, Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt share a historical past of creating among the most feared goalscorers within the enterprise.
Forward of Saturday’s top-six conflict between the 2 golf equipment, bundesliga.com takes a better have a look at among the prolific forwards the pair have seen plunder objectives for them throughout the a long time.
Erling Haaland: Borussia Dortmund 2020-22
Subsequent time a Dortmund striker makes a debut in opposition to them, Augsburg have to be terrified of what’s going to occur. Aubameyang was one factor (see beneath), Haaland was one other as he got here off the bench to attain a 23-minute hat-trick, and set the tone for his goal-stacked stint in black-and-yellow.
Watch: All of Erling Haaland’s Bundesliga objectives
Braces in his subsequent two matches made him the primary participant in Bundesliga historical past to attain seven instances in his first three appearances, and he simply continued from there. The numbers beggar perception: 62 objectives in 67 Bundesliga matches, 86 in 89 Dortmund appearances in all competitions, together with 15 in 13 UEFA Champions League video games.
“Generally folks say to me that I am not regular,” Haaland instructed SportBild throughout his time in Germany. “Possibly they’re proper [laughs].” Having seen how he has began life within the English Premier League following his summer time 2022 swap to Manchester Metropolis, maybe they’re! And he reckons he isn’t anyplace close to the completed article.
“I all the time attempt to enhance issues, even when they’re truly good already,” Haaland stated. “That drives me. I undoubtedly have sufficient potential to proceed to enhance in lots of areas over the subsequent 10 years. After I’m 30 years outdated, I’ve to see if I can actually do the whole lot. However possibly will probably be even higher then .”
Tony Yeboah: Eintracht Frankfurt, 1990-95
Followers of Leeds United will bear in mind Yeboah’s objective in opposition to Liverpool… In truth, any soccer fan in England within the Nineteen Nineties will bear in mind the previous Ghana worldwide’s thunderbolt of a blast that exploded in off the crossbar. Frankfurt supporters on the time had been in all probability saying to themselves, ‘Yep, seen that earlier than!’.
That is as a result of he scored quite a few spectacular strikes within the 68 he netted in simply 123 Bundesliga appearances for them, turning into the primary African participant to complete because the Bundesliga’s prime scorer when he performed for the Eagles from 1990 till he moved to Leeds in January 1995 .
Tony Yeboah (second from proper) completed the Bundesliga’s prime scorer on two events whereas with Eintracht Frankfurt. – imago sportfotodienst
“It was unimaginable,” admitted Yeboah, who – together with Andy Möller and Uwe Bein – fashioned a formidable attacking trio. “I now typically watch movies of our video games and might hardly consider the objectives I scored.”
Yeboah’s goalscoring prowess had initially come to the fore for second division Saarbrücken when he moved to Europe in 1988, and he returned to Germany following his stint in England, scoring 28 instances in 100 league Bundesliga video games for Hamburg till leaving in 2001.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Borussia Dortmund 2013-18
Yeboah gained the Torjagerkanone twice whereas at Frankfurt, Aubameyang did not fairly emulate him, however did prime the Bundesliga’s scoring charts in 2016/17 with 31 objectives – a file for a foreign-born participant on the time – because the Gabon ahead displayed his finely honed nostril for objective at Dortmund.
Watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s dream Dortmund debut
Having joined from French facet Saint-Etienne in summer time 2013, he raced out of the blocks by turning into the primary Dortmund participant to attain a hat-trick on his league debut, and would go on to internet his 97th Bundesliga objective in December 2017. That moved him forward of Yeboah to turn out to be the highest-scoring African within the division’s historical past, and he would lengthen that to 98 in 144 league appearances earlier than becoming a member of Arsenal in January 2018.
“After we scouted him at Saint-Etienne he performed extra from the wing and he performed extra for me at Dortmund on the wing as properly as a result of for us it was not clear how he might hold the ball up entrance together with his again to the opponent, stuff like that,” stated ex-BVB boss Jürgen Klopp. “However then he ended up doing that actually properly as properly.”
Luka Jovic: Eintracht Frankfurt 2017-19 & 2021
Jovic has – to date – by no means been pretty much as good as when he performed for Frankfurt. And after we say ‘good’, we imply ‘sensational’. The Serbia ahead arrived on mortgage from Benfica in 2017, and after a modest 2017/18, he exploded the next marketing campaign with 17 objectives in 32 league video games and a staggering 10 in 14 UEFA Europa League appearances to assist Frankfurt attain the semi-finals. 5 of these got here on one scintillating show in opposition to Fortuna Düsseldorf in October 2018.
Watch: The most effective of Luka Jovic
“He is been the discuss of Europe” stated Frankfurt managing director Fredi Bobic of Jovic, who signed a everlasting take care of Frankfurt in April 2019 solely to then transfer to Actual Madrid that summer time. “He is explosive and an actual menace in entrance of objective, and can be a giant miss – however it’s a giant switch for us. We’re pleased with how we have been capable of assist him on his approach, and we want Luka the easiest in Madrid.”
Frankfurt didn’t miss him for lengthy as he was again with them on mortgage from Madrid in January 2021, scoring 4 instances in 18 league appearances, together with an off-the-bench brace on his second debut for the membership in a 3-1 win over Schalke.
Sebastien Haller: Frankfurt 2017-19, Dortmund 2022-
Haller’s medical situation has meant he’s but to make his Dortmund debut since his summer time transfer from Ajax, however Bundesliga followers already know what a large number he could make of opposition defenders following his spell at Frankfurt alongside Jovic and Ante Rebic at Frankfurt.
Like Jovic, Haller’s first season within the Bundesliga following his transfer from Dutch outfit Utrecht wouldn’t have stuffed a postcard to put in writing residence; his second, nonetheless, was a for much longer and extra profitable story because the Côte d’Ivoire ahead and his cohorts clicked in devastating concord all through the 2018/19 marketing campaign.
Haller plundered 15 league objectives and tallied 9 assists – a objective involvement complete solely bettered that season by Robert Lewandowski – as Frankfurt completed narrowly outdoors the highest 4. He additionally contributed 5 European strikes to their Europa League semi-final run, all of which should have Dortmund followers licking their lips with Haller fortunately on the path to restoration.
“My first goal is to return again on the pitch, play in entrance of the Yellow Wall and rating my first objective in entrance of them,” he stated after attending a Champions League recreation on the Sign Iduna Park in September. “It is going to be a great and emotional second as a result of I acquired a number of help from everybody [at Dortmund], despite the fact that I used to be solely there for 2 weeks. I wish to say suppose you to everybody who gave me the facility and the energy to undergo. And due to them I can be again on the pitch actually fast.”
Andre Silva: Eintracht Frankfurt 2019-2021
Silva made his Bundesliga debut in opposition to Augsburg, however – not like Haaland and Aubameyang – failed to attain in a defeat after becoming a member of on mortgage from AC Milan in summer time 2019. Given the Portugal worldwide striker’s purpose was to spice up his stuttering profession, it was hardly the beginning he wished. Fortuitously, issues bought an entire lot higher.
With the heavy burden of just about single-handedly changing Jovic, Haller, and Rebic, who moved to Milan as a part of Silva’s deal, the previous Porto prodigy confirmed he had the shoulders to bear it. After 12 objectives in 25 Bundesliga matches in his maiden season in Germany, he struck a implausible 28 objectives in 32 league appearances in 2020/21, helped by a prolific January.
“I began in soccer as a result of I wished to really feel one of these fireplace within me,” Silva instructed bundesliga.com en path to breaking Bernd Hölzenbein’s 44-year-old membership file for a single season tally earlier than becoming a member of RB Leipzig in 2021.
“I all the time felt fireplace in me to realize a number of objectives and to make my finest on a regular basis, and I believe one factor is to make the very best for me, and the opposite factor is to make the very best for the folks which might be supporting us. It feels excellent, and I can say it makes my day when this occurs. That is what I play for.”
Randal Kolo Muani: Eintracht Frankfurt, since 2022
The French striker is simply at first of his Bundesliga profession, however the summer time arrival from Nantes has already proven his high quality.
In his first 10 appearances within the German prime flight, he scored three objectives and supplied six assists, displaying each a pointy leading edge and an understanding together with his new teammates that has developed with unimaginable velocity, regardless of not fairly having hurdled the language barrier.
Watch: Kolo Muani and Daichi Kamada – Frankfurt’s lethal duo
“It is precisely what I used to be on the lookout for: uncover a brand new league, a brand new life-style, a brand new surroundings,” Kolo Muani, whose type earned him a first-ever call-up to France’s senior facet for the primary worldwide break of the 2022/ 23 season, instructed French sports activities each day The Staff just lately. “The language remains to be a bit troublesome, however I am having two classes per week, and for the second, we get by talking English within the dressing room.”
“I’ve turn out to be ‘shy Randal’ once more,” added the ahead who grew up in Bondy, the identical Parisian suburb as Kylian Mbappé, William Saliba and Jonathan Ikoné. “I am targeted on soccer, even when I attempt to make enjoyable of some of my teammates sometimes.”