Karim Adeyemi – The World’s Most Sought Player?

The Bavarians have a history of shaking up their youth systems to blood players who look destined for greatness. The list includes world-class names like Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Alaba, and Thomas Muller. There had been hope that Karim Adeyemi would be the next to step up.

At eight years old, he had joined Bayern from his boyhood club TSV Paunzhausen. The German giants paid a €1 fee for the youngster who was already turning heads in Bavaria with his speed and technical ability. With the move, Adeyemi’s parents brought their entire family to Munich; the young player joined the youth teams of Bayern shortly after.

At nine years old, Karim was let go by Louis Van Gaal and returned to his former club Paunzhausen. “He just didn’t show enough potential,” one source told BILD who broke the news in 2012.

What makes the story even more remarkable is that Karim’s younger brother, Musa, stayed at Bayern and became a professional footballer. The striker is currently on loan at FC Twente from Schalke 04. He represented Nigeria for the first time before.

The elder Adeyemi is now among the top scorers of the Austrian Bundesliga with ten goals in 19 games for Red Bull Salzburg. After scoring 36 goals in 35 youth games for Germany, he opted to represent his parents’ native Nigeria at the international level after discussions with the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr.

Adeyemi was named in Leroy Sane’s World Cup preliminary squad by Germany boss Joachim Loew but did not make the final cut. He said that he was “honoured and proud” to be considered by the German FA, but also feels “very connected with Nigeria.”

At Unterhaching, Adeyemi blossomed and has no ill feelings toward Bayern; rather, he is concentrating on his present and future as he advances at Salzburg.

After today’s developments, Adeyemi may have the greatest revenge on his former team in the Champions League and then go one step further by joining their German rivals.

Bayern has met with Adeyemi, while Liverpool have been linked, but the three-time German international is poised to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer. 

The 20-year-old midfielder, who scored five goals and picked up seven assists in his final season at Unterhaching [in the German 4th division], is enjoying a very successful run with Red Bull Salzburg this year. After five goals and three assists in 17 games this season for the Austrian champions (13 points according to the German magazine Kicker), he has been indispensable in helping Salzburg to their 45 goal total, which is tied with Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.

He was one of six nominees for “Golden Player” as young player of the season, but Adem Ljajic took home the prize on Monday. His team’s biggest hope to win the title has come from this Champions League quarterfinal against Chelsea, but Adeyemi did not have his best day in today’s first leg.


Karim Adeyemi

Karim Adeyemi is a German professional footballer who plays for Red Bull Salzburg and the national team for Germany as a striker.

Adeyemi has played for Germany at Under-16, Under-17, and Under-18 levels. He made his debut for the U16 team in September 2014 against Norway U16, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute for Carsten Bläse in a 2–0 victory. The following month he scored his first goal for the team as he scored the first in a 3–2 win over Russia U16. He made his debut for the U17 team in September 2015, where he started and played 74 minutes before being substituted off as Germany lost 2–1 to Denmark U17.

Karim Adeyemi is a German professional footballer who plays for Red Bull Salzburg and the national team for Germany as a striker.

Adeyemi was called up to the Under-18 team for a friendly against Serbia U18. He started the match and played for 68 minutes, before being substituted off as Germany won 2–1. He scored his first goal for the team on 3 May 2016 in a 5–2 win over Gibraltar U18, scoring the opener in the 12th minute.

On 19 August 2018 Adeyemi debuted for Germany Under 21, he played as a starter in a friendly match against Austria U21 which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Adeyemi signed for Austrian outfit FC Red Bull Salzburg ahead of the 2018–19 season, where he inked a three-year deal. He was subsequently loaned to their feeder club FC Liefering for the year. On September 1, Adeyemi made his 2. Liga debut against Austria Lustenau, playing the striker.


A messy player

Adeyemi looks like he’d be a great fit for Bayern’s first team and might relieve the pressure to invest heavily in a long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski. However, he was one of those who got away.

Adeyemi first moved to Munich when he was nine years old and spent around six years on the books of Bayern.

He then decided to leave in order to find regular game time elsewhere, joining 1860 – where he came through their academy.

Now it looks like something of a mistake on Bayern’s part as Adeyemi has thrived at 1860, featuring regularly for their U23 side and helping them gain promotion.

“It was a great experience to learn from the best coaches in the world,” Adeyemi told MLSsoccer.com of his time at Bayern. “I have a lot to thank FC Bayern München for – they gave me all my life lessons as a young kid.”

In the meantime, Bayern’s U23 coach Michael Tarnat tweeted a picture of Adeyemi as he was lining up for 1860 against Werder Bremen in the Regionalliga Bayern.

“Karim was with us from 2006 to 2012 and then went back to the city where everything started,” said Tarn back in January. “I wish him a lot of success at 1860.”

Adeyemi is only 18 and his development hasn’t been stifled by the decision to leave Bayern’s academy behind when he was still a boy. He may even be one of the stars of the future but most importantly for Adeyemi, he will be a part of the 1860 first team for years to come.