The captain of the A-Junior side that won the title in 2019, Tobias Raschl has since been promoted to the Borussia Dortmund senior squad. The central defensive midfielder has now been with the Black & Yellows for five years.
Raschl was born in Düsseldorf in February 2000 and joined the Borussia Mönchengladbach youth academy from his childhood club SG Unterrath in the summer of 2011. He then transferred to Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2013, before a move to Borussia Dortmund followed two years later. He has been playing for BVB since U16 level. As a soon-to-be high school graduate at the Geschwister-Scholl-Gesamtschule in Dortmund-Brackel, Raschl was given his first proper taste of professional life in January 2019 when coach Lucien Favre included him in the squad for the winter training camp in Marbella. He subsequently returned to the U19s, whom he captained to the title. In the final, a 5-3 victory over VfB Stuttgart, the Black & Yellows initially found themselves 3-1 down – and it was in large part thanks to Raschl's contribution that they came from behind to win.
His A-Youth coach Benjamin Hoffman highlighted Raschl's footballing brain, speed of action and tough tackling as some of his protégé's biggest strengths, adding: "Tobi is a very determined player who always leads the way with a professional attitude. He has an unflinching will to win." Raschl sees himself as a deep-lying playmaker in central midfield whose strengths include composure on the ball, technique and vision. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that Andres Iniesta is his role model. "He plays in my position and I like the way he plays football. I would like to play like that too."
The youth international – as of July 2019, he had made two appearances for Germany's U16s and played once for the U19s – still has a long way to go if he is to emulate his idol. But his time at the Borussia Dortmund youth academy will certainly have given him all the tools he needs to forge a professional career.