Luca Unbehaun, a champion at U17 and U19 level, has been the third goalkeeper in the Borussia Dortmund senior squad since he was promoted from the youth set-up at the start of the 2019/20 season. The 19-year-old believes he still has lots to learn from Roman Bürki and Marwin Hitz. Born and raised in Bochum, Unbehaun started out SC Union Bergen, before joining VfL Bochum as an eight-year-old and Borussia Dortmund in 2016.
He first made the senior squad for the DFB Cup tie aggainst Werder Bremen in February 2019. His first inclusion in the Bundesliga squad came on Matchday 33 of the 2019/20 season when BVB travelled to Leipzig.
Luca Unbehaun possesses all the qualities a modern goalkeeper needs. Lightning-quick with his hands and skilful 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. 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 in history – after Marc-André Kruska, Sebastian Tyrala and Mario Götze, who received the award twice – to be honoured with 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.