Borussia Dortmund: Ovations: Farewell party for Reus gives us courage for Wembley

Borussia Dortmund ovation: Farewell party for Reus gives us courage for Wembley

Dortmund’s Marco Reus is celebrated by his teammates after the game. photo

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Marco Reus had a perfect last Bundesliga matchday for him. As a farewell he gives the fans in the Dortmund south stand one. But he still has a big goal for the club he loves.

Marco Reus used his emotional farewell from the home stadium to make a generous gesture. After the 4-0 (2-0) win against SV Darmstadt 98, he thanked the fans for “twelve wonderful years” with free beer for the south stand. But despite all the sentimentality, he didn’t lose sight of his last mission in the black and yellow jersey. A win in the Champions League final at Wembley against Real Madrid should crown his career – and free him from the reputation of not being a professional for great triumphs.

With his declaration of war, Reus caused the Yellow Wall to shake one last time: “The greed for the title is limitless. The belief that we can make history must grow in the next few days. We will subordinate everything to the game.”

Everything aimed at Wembley

Every goal against Darmstadt increased the anticipation for Wembley. The fact that Reus also contributed a goal (38th minute) with an artificial shot into the corner of the goal to make it 2-0 rounded off the emotional farewell party for the 34-year-old. “We are taking a positive feeling home with us. That will accompany us for the next two weeks,” commented Sebastian Kehl. The sports director saw not only the team’s performance, but also the reaction of the fans as a source of encouragement: “We’re playing against Real Madrid. That’s why we’re going to need an incredible amount of heart. That’s what the people gave us today.”

The perfect farewell

When Reus was substituted in the 82nd minute to thunderous applause from the stands, all BVB professionals stood in line. “It was perfect, I am incredibly grateful for the love that people have shown me,” enthused the attacker, who was often set back by injuries in his career and has therefore achieved two successes in the DFB Cup so far (2017/2021 ) had to be content. “Today I tried to enjoy everything. The last bus ride to the stadium, the warm-up, the game, everything. These are the moments for which you really become a footballer. You are often away from your family and this is your second family .”

Immediately after the final whistle, hardly any spectators left the stadium. Almost everyone wanted to see Reus climb up to the lead singer’s desk in the middle of the south stand and thank him for his years of support. “It was a farewell as befits a player of this category: with very high esteem, incredibly great emotions and with a good game that was won,” said sports director Kehl. The club showed a picture of a cash register under the south stand at

No career end yet

With Reus, BVB is losing its most popular professional, who is still held in the highest regard, especially abroad. According to midfielder Julian Brandt, this gap cannot be closed for the time being: “These are big shoes to fill. None of us have such big feet. We will try to distribute it across several shoulders.”

The Dortmund native left it open which club he would play for next season. “I want to keep playing because I just feel good and because I have the confidence to do it. I think I’m still good. But now the focus is on June 1st,” said Reus with a view to the ultimate showdown his career at Wembley.

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