Barcelona starlet Noah Darvich is preparing for the Under-17 World Cup final after helping Germany secure a spot in Saturday’s showpiece event against France.
Darvich is Germany’s captain and has played a key role for his team at the competition. He’s played every match and has one goal and four assists so far.
Germany now face France in the final on Saturday after beating Argentina on penalties in the semi-finals.
Saturday’s final will be a repeat of the Under-17 European Championship. Germany won the title after a penalty shoot-out and will be hoping for a repeat.
Darvich, one of the few players in the team not plying his trade in Germany, will lead the team out and has been talking about life at Barca ahead of the big game.
“Going to Barça has made me mature. I’m living alone for the first time and away from home, but it gets better every week, I’m happy,” he said.
“I try to be myself. I try to talk a lot with the players, but always keeping myself and not pretending to be more: I try to help those who may need it.”
Darvich’s side knocked out a Spain team containing a host of his Barca team-mates on the way to final and are now just one step away from being crowned world champions.