Finally, a talented goalkeeper from our own youth setup in the senior squad: Luca Unbehaun, an U17 and U19 champion, has been the Borussia Dortmund third goalkeeper since the start of the 2019/20 season. The 18-year-old believes he has lots to learn from Roman Bürki and Marwin Hitz. Born and raised in Bochum, Luca Unbehaun started his footballing journey with SC Union Bergen, before joining VfL Bochum as an eight-year-old and Borussia Dortmund in 2016.
Luca Unbehaun possesses all the qualities a modern goalkeeper needs. Lightning-quick with his hands and skillful with his feet, the youngster has the necessary height (186 centimetres) and the required composure in critical match situations. "As a goalkeeper, I would like to convey composure and strong nerves to give my team-mates a feeling of security. I'm a goalkeeper that likes to play and to initiate our attacks. In the way that Manuel Neuer or Marc-André ter Stegen do, for example," said the junior international of himself. His goalkeeping coach at the BVB academy, Marco Knoop, said: "Luca has strong nerves and is ambitious, but also down to earth and outgoing. He is a safe pair of hands who puts everyone at ease. His development has been more than positive."
Last season, Luca Unbehaun became the fourth Black & Yellow – after Marc-André Kruska, Sebastian Tyrala and Mario Götze, who received the award twice – to receive the Fritz Walter bronze medal. The English newspaper "The Guardian" listed him among the 60 most talented youngsters born in 2001. He won the U17 German Championship in 2018 and lifted the U19 title the following year. However, the No. 1 missed the final due to a knee injury which required surgery and kept him sidelined over the summer break. He is still eligible to play for the U19s – an arrangement which allows him to train with the senior squad while simultaneously getting minutes under his belt with the youth teams or the U23s. He has already featured as a substitute for the senior squad in a competitive match – the DFB Cup tie in Bremen at the beginning of February.