Youngsters fall just short

The Wolves U17s lost 2-1 to Bielefeld in a thrilling German championship final.

So near, and yet so far. VfL Wolfsburg’s U17s gave it all they had on Sunday in a high-quality Under-17 Bundesliga final, but it was DSC Arminia Bielefeld who ran out 2-1 (0-0) winners. In front of a crowd of 8,384 at the SchücoArena in Bielefeld, Nick Cherny (74th minute) and Henrik Koch (79’) gave the home side a two-goal lead, but the Wolves refused to give up hope and managed to halve the deficit through Louis Grobauer (88’).

Both teams contributed to what was a wonderful advertisement for youth football and the Wolves can be very proud of their performances throughout the season and in particular in the final, although that will be of little consolation to them at the moment.


1-0 Cherny (74’): A corner from the right for Bielefeld is cleared only as far as the edge of the Wolfsburg area, and Cherny finds the back of the net with a volley that takes a deflection from one of the Green-and-Whites before looping home.

2-0 Koch (79’): A short corner routine sees Cherny send a cross into the box, where Koch fends off substitute Eryk Grzywacz and heads home from five metres out.

2-1 Grobauer (88’): Odogu feeds Grobauer, who halves the deficit with an incredible strike into the corner of the net from the edge of the area.


VfL coach Dennis da Silva Felix: “It hurts so much to see the lads suffering like this. We played well in the first half and really got into the game, but we didn’t manage to get the reward that our efforts deserved. Despite it all, it was an incredible season that saw us make history by reaching the final, and we’ll be doing all we can next year to make it back to the final once again and this time finish the season off with some silverware.”

Michael Gentner, VfL Academy director: “We had a good first half and had a lot of possession, but without making the most of it. At the end of the day, we didn’t manage to crown the season, which overall was an excellent one. The lads all have a lot of potential, though, and we’ll carry on working really hard with them so that they can make the most of what they have and be ready to take the step up to senior level.”

Line-ups and stats

DSC Arminia Bielefeld U17: Zaloha – Afolabi, Möllers, Nezir, Lukas – Obermeyer – Kiewitt, Cherny – Krüger – Koch, Tuppeck (85‘ Reiss)

Subs: Kollmeier (GK), Haucap, Toia, Acar, Richter, Lübke

VfL Wolfsburg U17: Börner – Bürger, Odogu, Neininger, Celik – Köhler (83‘ Mohamadou), Prokopp (65‘ Grzywacz) – Aslanidis (83‘ Grobauer), Bröger, Benedict (65‘ Bosacki) – Georgiadi

Subs: Peters (GK), Klipphahn, Schlothauer

Goals: 1-0 Cerny (74‘), 2-0 Koch (79‘), 2-1 Grobauer (88‘)

Yellow cards: - / Aslanidis, Celik

Second yellow card: Krüger (78‘)

Referee: Marvin Tennes (Schönberg)

Attendance: 8,384 at SchücoArena, Bielefeld