The Beautiful Story Of The Refugee Scoring Twice for German Giants
One of the feel good stories of the football season has already happened over in Germany and it's a bit of a tearjerker.
Just over a year ago, Bakery Jatta was fleeing his civil war ravaged homeland of The Gambia. The teenage escaped political and military infighting to wind up in Germany to begin what he hoped was a new life.
After losing both parents at an early age, Jatta had it hard and found some sort of solace in football. Details of Jatta's entire back story are sketchy, but according to a feature on the official Bundesliga website, the youngster never actually played for a professional or even an amateur club in Gambia.
That all soon changed once he touched down in Germany and came to the attention of local coaches at an academy which helps refugees integrate into local communities.
His talent was evident and soon both Werder Bremen and Hamburg were sniffing about, with Jatta eventually opting to sign for the latter amidst much fanfare and media attention due to his plight.
The 18-year-old has since been placed into Hamburg's second string, but not for much longer if his debut is anything to go by. Jatta opened his account for the reserves last night scoring both goals (and getting booked) in a 2-0 away win at the mighty BSV Schwarz-Weiss Rehden.
Post-match the boy was clearly as happy as Larry with his display, saying, "I am very happy that I made the first game and the first goals for HSV I did my best and I'm glad I finally got to play."
Equally as chuffed was Jatta's gaffer Dirk Kunert, who commended his star, "Such stories are written only the soccer god The boys have taken him super all have really pleased with Bakery"
Bakery Jatta has scored both goals for #HSV U21s tonight! They are 2-0 up after 77 minutes. #Fußballgott pic.twitter.com/wMZ4wyAjkY
- Hamburger SV EN (@HSVnewsEN) September 9, 2016
Whatever happens from here, it has already been a remarkable turnaround in the boy's life and a testament to his attitude and application that he's overcome such adversity to achieve such goals.
Well in lad, and all the best for the future.