Borussia Dortmund’s highlight signing this season, Paco Alcacer has been no less than prolific. The Spaniard spent two seasons in Barcelona with minimal play time. However, his impact on Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund is extraordinary. Paco Alcacer arrived to Dortmund during the summer transfer window on a loan deal. After showing such great performances, Borussia Dortmund decided to sign the Spanish attacker on a five season deal. These are Paco Alcacer Facts:
A Very Calm Player
Both team captain Marco Reus and coach Lucien Favre praise Paco Alcacer’s ability to stay composed and calm in difficult situations. In consequence, he is able to produce game changing moments raising his and his teammates self confidence.
World Class Stats with Borussia Dortmund
After arriving in Dortmund, Paco Alcacer got used to the atmosphere in the Bundesliga pretty fast. Lucien Favre started using the Spaniard as a substitute. However, his contribution seemed key to win most games. Paco Alcacer took 18 shots in the Bundesliga and scored 10 goals. Playing only 358 minutes so far, he managed to score 1 goal each 35 minutes of game time.
International Duty Comeback
The performance of Paco Alcacer with Dortmund this season didn’t go unnoticed. The Spanish national team called Alcacer to join the squad after 2 years of international duty abstinence.
The Borussia Dortmund number 9 went on to score 3 goals in two games against Wales and England.
Family Loss After a Game
Paco Alcacer had to face heartbreak after a friendly against As Roma in 2011. As he was leaving the Mestalla stadium with his family, his father had a heart attack and died on his way to the hospital. Although such loss is very tough at age 18, Paco Alcacer managed to get back to training with Valencia a week later.
Master of Comebacks
During the game against Augsburg in Match-day 7 in the Bundesliga, Paco Alcacer scored his first hat-trick for Borussia Dortmund.
After replacing Max Philipp in the 59th minute, Paco Alcacer kept bringing back Borussia Dortmund to the game. Afterwards, in the 96th minute, he fires a free kick into the net scoring the winner 4-3.
Current Bundesliga Top Scorer
Paco Alcacer is the top Bundesliga goal scorer with 10 goals after 9 appearances. The Spaniard sharpshooter success rate is 55% with 18 shots on goal.
Move to Barcelona in 2016
After Paco Alcacer’s top performance with Valencia, Barcelona paid 30M€ for the attacker’s services. However, playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez didn’t allow the Spaniard to showcase his goalscoring ability. Still he managed to secure 37 appearances and score 10 goals for the Spanish side.
His Role Model in Football
Paco Alcacer’s role model in Football is countryman David Villa. The Spaniard admires his former teammate because of what he has produced for Valencia and the Spanish national team.
New Camaraderie in Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund is a team known for the chemistry between players on the pitch. Paco Alcacer seems to get along with players like Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho in games. For friendships, Paco Alcacer gets along most with Achraf Hakimi and Dan Axel Zagadou because of the language convenience.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.