Newspaper Sections

Special Series


About SSFP

Simpson Street Free Press

Young Soccer Prodigy Jude Bellingham's Rise to Glory

In the world of professional soccer, young English player Jude Bellingham is playing for Real Madrid and is a powerhouse for soccer. Bellingham started his rise at Birmingham where he achieved multiple records. He was the youngest player to play for Birmingham, along with being the youngest goalscorer at Birmingham.

Jude played in 31 games in England’s tough-as-nails second-tier championship where he started 24 games and scored four goals and got two assists. He was recognized for his excellent playing on the field and was awarded the English Soccer League’s Young Player of the Month for November. Bellingham decided to leave Birmingham and transfer to Dortmund for more opportunities.

Jude made history at Dortmund as the youngest goalscorer in the D.F.B. Cup. He also became the youngest Englishman to start in a Champions League match. Bellingham went on and got his first Bundesliga League goal against VFB Stuttgart. Four days later he became the second-youngest player to score in a Champions League match. Bellingham joined Youri Tielsman as one of the two players to make double-digit appearances in the Champions League before the age of 18.

Records and prizes kept coming in the following season. In September 2021, he became the youngest Englishman to score at an opposing team's stadium in the Champions League at the age of 18 against Besiktas. Then in the following month of October, Jude won the Bundesliga Goal of the Month prize. Following that achievement, in February of 2022, he became the second youngest player to have 50 Bundesliga appearances under his belt as well as 49 more appearances for Dortmund. Later, Bellingham scored his fourth Champions League goal, the most ever by an English teenager in the tournament. He departed Dortmund with 132 appearances in the book to join Real Madrid.

Jude's bright career at Dortmund didn't go unnoticed by England's international head coach, Gareth Southgate, who handed Bellingham his first senior international debut in a 2020 international friendly. The 19-year-old’s sensational world debut goal was another milestone for his career.

Bellingham's father was not a bad soccer player himself, playing in non-league soccer. Jude’s younger brother is following the family tradition of playing soccer by playing at Birmingham where Bellingham started.

Jude is generating lots of excitement around him, as experts are saying, “It’s just unbelievable that a teenager can play like him,” as well as “I don’t think we could have predicted how quickly Bellingham would mature. In the last few months, he has gone to another level.”

Bellingham still has a lot of time ahead of him to keep playing soccer so expect to see him continue dominating at Real Madrid and his future career.

[Sources: Bundesliga, ESPN]

Loading Comments...