Felix Nmecha was born in Hamburg on 10 October 2000. His mother is German, his father Nigerian. When Felix was six years old, the family, including his brother Lukas, who is two years older than Felix, emigrated to Manchester. In England, the siblings began playing football and both were enrolled in the Manchester City academy at a young age. In December 2018, coach Pep Guardiola named the midfielder in his first team squad for the first time (in a Champions League match against Hoffenheim), and in January 2019, he made his first appearance (in the League Cup against Burton Albion). At the same time, Felix played for the U19s, and later for the U23s of the club. After a lengthy injury in the 2019/20 season and the early suspension of youth football due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Nmecha's career did not resume until 2020/21. The 19-year-old was a member of the first team squad on several occasions, including making his Champions League debut.
In the summer of 2021, Felix Nmecha and his brother Lukas moved to VfL Wolfsburg. "Even when I was young, I looked up to him." On 16.10.21, he played in the Bundesliga for the first time, and by April 2022, he had earned himself a regular place in the team. In total, he notched up exactly 50 appearances for Wolfsburg (46 of them in the Bundesliga, three goals). "He is already highly capable, especially on the ball. Despite his height, he comes up with a solution even when under pressure or in confined spaces," said Wolfsburg coach Niko Kovac in March 2023 about his protégé at the time when he was called up to the German senior side for the first time. This is underpinned by remarkable data: the 1.88 metre tall midfielder is extremely fast (maximum speed 34.67 km/h), hard-working and has a good engine (11.44 km per 90 Bundesliga minutes last season) and is strong in duels (59.8% duels won).
Here is what sporting director Sebastian Kehl had to say: "Felix is a fast, technically savvy and physically strong player who will add to our midfield with his profile both going forward and defensively. He enjoyed a first-class education at Manchester City and played his way into a starring role at Wolfsburg last season. We are happy to have been able to attract another Germany international and are convinced that Felix's development is far from over."
The 22-year-old sees himself as a "number 8" box-to-box midfielder and has taken the number 8 shirt at BVB. "Borussia Dortmund are a great club that I have been following since I was a child. I am delighted to be part of that and to help the team achieve our goals in the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League."