One and a half years ago, BVB was the victim of a bomb attack on its way to the CL match against Monaco. The group game today brings back memories.
Monte Carlo – On 11 April 2017, the football world held its breath. The bomb attack on the Dortmund pros before the match against Monaco caused consternation. Now the BVB will meet the team from the principality again – and fight against the memories.
For goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller it was the “worst day in the history of the club”, for club boss Hans-Joachim Watzke the “most difficult situation of the past decades”. Borussia Dortmund’s duel with Monaco in the Champions League brings back memories of the attack – at that time the BVB team bus was hit by three cluster bombs during the descent to the match against the same opponent.
Roman Weidenfeller Honours
- Borussia Dortmund
- Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12
- DFB-Pokal: 2011–12, 2016–17
- DFL-Supercup: 2013
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2012–13
- FIFA World Cup: 2014
Unprecedented crime in criminal history
Before the reunion with the Monegasques, everyone involved would love to avoid looking back. “Of course it’s a special game – because it’s a Champions League game. But this thing is over for me,” Tormann Roman Bürki replied to the question about the significance of the game and its emotional state one and a half years after the assassination.
Only with a lot of luck did the Swiss and most of his fellow players escape serious injuries when finger-length metal bolts smashed some discs after the detonation of the explosives. The alleged motive of the alleged perpetrator Sergej W., who is said to have bet a lot of money on a loss of the BVB share price caused by the attack, made the act an unprecedented crime in German criminal history.
Months later, various professionals complained of anxiety and insomnia. “This sneaky bomb attack changed the whole club”, today’s club ambassador Weidenfeller told the “Bild”. Sebastian Kehl is confident that the team will be able to free itself from the traumatic experience on Wednesday. “We’ve discussed it a lot: We simply want to accept this game as a normal Champions League game,” said the head of the licensed players’ department. Reeltastic is just founded this year 2018, it has a wide variety of games to choose from and experience.
Manuel Akanji sees things in a similar light. The Swiss defender wasn’t a BVB professional at the time of the attack, but as a member of the team council he knows about the internal mood: “The way I see it, the issue is closed in the team. We go into the game to win and concentrate on football.”