Jann-Fiete Arp celebrated his Bundesliga debut when he came on for Hamburger SV in the 89th minute as his teammates in the Germany U17 team were sitting on the plane to India. The forward was brought on in the 0-0 stalemate against SV Werder Bremen and became the first player born this millennium to make the step to the highest German league. It’s another testament to him and the Germany U17s team, who are taking part in the U17 World Cup from 6th – 28th October in India. Arp received the Gold Fritz Walter medal for U17s in September.
Arp went to the Volksparkstadion’s interview zone after his first Bundesliga minutes – HSV’s 17-year-old youngster appeared very cool on first sight, but he was suddenly very emotional when talking about his big moment in the 107th Nordderby. “Going out onto the pitch today was overwhelming,” said the young man from Bad Segeberg, who has since made the trip to Goa, India, where he met his teammates on Sunday night. The team have big plans for the World Cup.
“We’re delighted for Fiete that he’s had his first minutes in the Bundesliga,” says Christian Wück, head coach of the U17s World Cup squad. “It shows that the lads from this millennium are getting very close to their clubs’ first teams. Fiete’s appearance on Saturday will give him an extra boost, which will help us to have a successful tournament in India. We’ve told ourselves that we want to end the group stage top of the table, which means we’ll need the best performance from each and every player.” The U17s will play their opening match against Costa Rica on 7th October (13:30 CEST).