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Karim Adeyemi Biography; FC Salzburg’s Latest Jewel

The Champions League prodigy so far this season is undoubtedly Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi, who has scored three goals to help his side top the Group G of the competition and has already caught the eyes of Liverpool, Dortmund, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich as their transfer target.

Joining the Austrian giants from U'haching for a €3.35m fee in 2018, Adeyemi looks like the most recent success Salzburg, a club known for providing a springboard for young attacking talents. The Munich-born winger is now tipped to be the next to be mentioned on a list that includes Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland and Liverpool's

Sadio Mane


The 19-year-old, who is among the favorites to win this year’s Golden Boy award, is continuing his development to become among the world’s best players in the coming generation as he’s emerged as the priority transfer target of many elite clubs, such as Barcelona and Real Madrid. Hence, it’s good to take a look at

Karim Adeyemi biography

who is breaking records already at age of 19.

All You Need to Know About Karim Adeyemi Biography

Here, in

Karim Adeyemi bio

, we take a look at the 19-year-old German’s career and his life inside and outside the pitch.

The teenager has already earned three Germany appearances and been a regular for Red Bull this season. In 11 Austrian Bundesliga appearances, Adeyemi has incredibly scored 10 goals and 6 in 6 Champions League appearances so far the season.

Karim Adeyemi Information

Personal information

  • Full name: Karim-David Adeyemi

  • Karim Adeyemi date of birth: 18 January 2002 (age 19)

  • Zodiac sign: Capricorn

  • Place of birth: Munich, Germany

  • Karim Adeyemi religion: Muslim

  • Father’s name: Merv Adeyemi

  • Karim Adeyemi nationality: German, Romanian, Nigerian

  • Marital status: Single

Body Measurements

  • Hair color: Black

  • Eye color: Dark Brown

  • Height: 1.80 m

  • Weight: 68 kg

  • Body Type: Slim

  • Preferred Foot: Left

Karim Adeyemi Early Life

Karim Adeyemi date of birth

is 18 January 2002. He was born in Munich, Germany, to a Nigerian father and a Romanian mother.

Although there’s not much information about

Karim Adeyemi childhood

, he started his youth career at Bayern Munich when he was only 8 in 2010. Despite his promises at such an early age, due to an impasse in negotiating his continued stay at the club, there was a dispute and Adeyemi eventually had to leave the club, which meant that he joined

SpVgg Unterhaching

in 2012. 6 years later he made his debut in March 2018 for the U19 team in the A-Junioren-Bundesliga.

After a childhood in which he had to overcome several obstacles to even give himself a chance of turning professional, the youngster is attracting the interest of some of the world's biggest clubs.

Adeyemi's ability was first noted by hometown club Bayern Munich, though he only truly started to stand out after joining SpVgg Unterhaching, who had a brief spell in the top flight around the turn of the century.

The same year he caught the attention of FC Red Bull Salzburg and signed a three-year contract with the Austrian giants, that’s where Karim Adeyemi life story takes a peek.

Karim Adeyemi Profile

In this part of Karim Adeyemi biography, we continue through his early career in Austria to the peek of

Karim Adeyemi life story


Right after arriving from SpVgg Unterhaching, Adeyemi was subsequently loaned out to their feeder club FC Liefering, where he spent three seasons.

Across 35 2. Liga appearances for Liefering, Adeyemi scored 15 goals and contributed 12 assists, a record that earned him a place in Jesse Marsch's plans for his

FC Salzburg

side in the 20/21 season.

During that season, Adeyemi made 38 appearances for the Austrian side, scored 9 goals, and contributed a further 12 assists, gaining attention as a rising talent at such an early age.

The newly-appointed Salzburg boss, Matthias Jaissle, kept faith in the teenager as he became a regular in his squad.

So far this season, Adeyemi repaid the faith handsomely by scoring 10 goals in only 12 league appearances and adding further three Champions League goals in 4 appearances, helping his side top the Group G of the competition with 7 points.


Karim Adeyemi nationality

is a mix of Romanian and Nigerian, he was called up to Germany senior squad and made his debut in a 6–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification win over Armenia on 5 September 2021, coming on as a late sub and scoring his side's 6th goal in the 90'+1 minute.

Adeyemi broke a record by his debut as it was for the first time in the post-war period, a player from an Austrian club had played a match for the senior national team of Germany.

Style of Play

In this part of

Karim Adeyemi biography

, we analyze the German prodigy's style of play.

Being long targeted by Liverpool scouts, Adeyemi is predominantly a striker, but he is also capable of playing on either wing.

He tends to position himself deep down the central channels or drift out wide in the attacks and in the build-up to get more time on the ball, not unlike Thierry Henry or

Wayne Rooney

in years gone by. When taking on the opposition, Adeyemi mostly relies on his lightning speed, incredible acceleration, and quick change of pace to get past his marker.

But perhaps his greatest asset is his composure. Adeyemi seems cold-blooded in front of the goal and is able to exploit space between himself and the goalkeeper by utilizing both feet. The player himself has also stated in an interview that the two areas of his game he himself wants to improve are the defensive contributions and perfecting his technique even further.

When watching Adeyemi, what stands out is he gets into some excellent attacking positions, especially in the box. A few more individual stats for Adeyemi that are quite impressive. He has 11 pressing duels per 90 minutes and a XG (Expected goals) of 0.7 per 90.

Adeyemi also has 5.9 touches in the opposition box per 90 minutes, which backs the point even more that he gets into great positions. Just looking at the stats alone, you can see why some of the top clubs in European football are after his signature and they get even more in-depth looks at his games and personal stats than us.

He can play on both wings and also upfront, he's very quick and has a great burst of acceleration, Adeyemi is solid on the ball with good build-up play and great dribbling ability and he is also willing to sacrifice personal gain for the team. In an interview, on his role models, Adeyemi said: 

“Jadon Sancho, Alphonso Davies, and, of course, Erling Haaland. Those three have deserved it the most. They have played a super season and made a big step in their development. They are my favorites and role models, who I want to emulate.”


Just 19-years-old, it seems Adeyemi already looks like an amazing player. He is also coming from Salzburg and they know how to pick their youth prospects. Hence, it's very easy to see why Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, and Liverpool are looking to sign Karim Adeyemi next summer.

Already being established as one of the hottest prospects in Europe, Adeyemi is also nominated for this year’s Golden Boy award, where he has to compete with the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, Manchester United’s

Mason Greenwood

, Jamal Musiala of Bayern Munich, and Barcelona’s Pedri.

“I just play my style and hope that it works. I can't guarantee but hope that I will stay injury-free. My style of play will give me some added attention, I think. I will do everything to make it to the very top,”

said Adeyemi earlier in an interview.

Goal Celebration

Adeyemi scored his Champions League debut goal last year against

Lokomotiv Moscow

, where he took advantage of Murilo Cerqueira’s mistake who was not sticky in receiving the ball in the 81st-minute.

Karim Adeyemi, who had just turned 18, marked his first goal in the Champions League with a beautiful acrobatic flip, as cool as the goal he scored in his second appearance at the event.

Karim Adeyemi Outside Football

As we mentioned, Adeyemi was born in Munich, Germany, to a Nigerian father and a Romanian mother. As a child, he often visited his mother’s hometown, Braşov in the heart of the mountainous Carpathian region. Karim has even mastered a little Romanian to this day.


Karim Adeyemi religion

is believed to be Muslim. Like many 19-year-old footballers, his favorite hobby is dressing up and going out with his friends as he’s not shy to show his lifestyle on his Instagram account.

Karim Adeyemi Personal Life

Karim Adeyemi is also approachable on social media. On his Instagram channel @karim_adeyemi you can see photos from the RB Salzburg club and the national team. You can also see Karim Adeyemi with his former girlfriend and among his friends and family.

His father Merv Adelson is a Nigerian of Yoruba origin. Karim's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adeyemi have been very supportive of their son's career.

Family, Children and Relationships

According to the reports, although he posted a picture of his girlfriend 4 years ago, Karim Adeyemi is currently single and not in any relationship or dating, the youngster is still focusing on his career for now. Karim Adeyemi is also not yet married.


The youngster is already ahead of his age in philanthropic aspects as he already established a charity organization named ‘Karim Adeyemi Foundation’, which does charity works in Nigeria where Adeyemi visits on his holidays.

He wrote on a Facebook post accompanied by a picture of him with a Nigerian kid:

“I was at a mining site and I saw this small boy doing labour work( he is a Fulani anyway) so I asked the father why he is not in school... the father told me he has to stop at primary 2 Cos he can’t pay it... so I decided there and then to sponsor his education... we went to where they lived and I also found out he is a twin so I decided to send both to school but along the line they have a younger brother who said he will not herd the cows again if his brothers started school Cos he wants to go to school too( crying) so I decided to send all 3 of them to school.. watch out for their pictures in the near future....”

Legal Issues

There are no serious legal issues concerning FC Salzburg’s prodigy. However, remembering the reasons for his exit from Bayern Munich Academy, Former

Bayern Munich

assistant coach Hermann “Tiger” Gerland said:

“He didn’t behave well. He made a mistake. But a boy who is 10 or 11 years old must be allowed to make mistakes.

“We have psychologists and educators on campus and they all want nice, nice players. They would have said ‘cut your hair off, otherwise you won’t play’.”

“I called the mother and said ‘Ms. Adeyemi, this is a thing that happened at some point, but Bayern Munich is a top club, I’ll take care of it.’ I had no chance to get him back. I tried. I called his mother, if she had given me any hint, I would have done anything,”

Gerland said.

Karim Adeyemi Career Statistics

Here, in this part of Karim Adayemi biography, we take a look at the youngster’s stats, which is incredibly astonishing in such an early stage of his career.


In a total of 115 club appearances for Austrian sides

FC Liefering

and FC Salzburg, Adeyemi has scored 42 goals and contributed 36 assists. No wonder he’s such a hot prospect at the age of 19.

However, limiting those numbers to league appearances, in a total of 85 appearances the teenager has scored 33 goals, winning two Austrian Bundesliga titles and further two Austrian Cups.


Representing Germany in all of their youth ranks, Karim Adeyemi has also represented Hansi Flick’s Germany three times, scoring one goal.

Karim Adeyemi Honors

As a part of the

Germany U-21

team, Adeyemi lifted UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2021. In addition to that, the 19-year-old striker has also won the U17 gold medal of Fritz Walter Medal in 2019.

The Fritz Walter Medal is a series of annual awards given by the German Football Association to youth footballers in Germany. First awarded in 2005, it is named in honor of Fritz Walter, captain of West Germany's 1954 FIFA World Cup-winning team.

As a part of FC Salzburg, Adeyemi has 4 titles on his accounts, winning two Austrian Bundesliga titles and further two Austrian Cups in 19/20 and 20/21 seasons.

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