Lucas Copado: Who is Bayern Munich’s teenager with a UEFA Champions League-winning uncle?
He’s 17, plays for Bayern Munich and you might know a thing or two about his uncle – but who is Lucas Copado? bundesliga.com fills in the blanks …
Club: Bayern Munich
Country: Germany (2 U16 caps) / Spain
Copado started with the youth of Unterhaching in the suburbs of Munich, before being recruited by Bayern at the age of 12. Rising through the ranks, the 6’0 “forward found its range in the 2020/21 U17-Bundesliga SÃ¼d / SÃ¼dwest, scoring nine goals in 17 appearances and producing three assists.
Having been promoted to U19 ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, the Naturally right-handed copado scored the winning goal for Bayern’s reserves in a summer friendly against newly promoted Bundesliga squad Greuther FÃ¼rth. He made his Professional debut soon after, playing in the second half of a friendly loss in Cologne, in Julian Nagelsmann’s first game as Bayern head coach.
The teenager won three selections in Germany at U15 and 16s level, but the Latin roots mean that it could be eligible to represent Spain at an international level.
Play a bit like: Miroslav Klose
Like any striker worthy of the name, Copado is in his element in the opponent’s penalty area. He’s not the fastest, strongest, or greatest of attackers – but neither is Miroslav Klose. Still he ended a busy career as the all-time FIFA World Cup scorer with 16 goals, record-breaking goals in Germany (71 in 137 games) and with over 250 club goals, including 121 in the Bundesliga, to his credit …
Did you know?
Copado’s uncle is Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, after all.
Right-back terrier or straddling midfielder during his playing days, Salihamidzic was in Hamburg for the first six years of his football career before joining Bayern in 1998. Six Bundesliga titles, four DFB Cups and one triumph in the UEFA Champions League in 2000/01 followed.
Salihamidzic became sporting director in 2017 and is credited with bringing Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane to the club.
Copado’s father and grandfather have also played in the Bundesliga – the latter for Bayern – while his cousin, Hasan’s son Nick is a member of the current U19 squad.
Copado’s uncle Hasan Salihamidizic made 365 appearances for Bayern, before returning to the club as sporting director. – imago
What they say
“Lucas has real quality and the right mindset.” – Danny Schwarz, coach of the Bayern reserve team and former Copado U17 mentor
“He was one of the few players who had a good shift.” – Nagelsmann on Copado’s debut against Cologne