Düsseldorf Fortuna bid farewell to their long fans on Friday night against promotion candidate Darmstadt 98. But there is also a farewell to a total of six players. Who is he and whom followers can thank him again in particular.
The tire will be right when the season is over. “In viewership, three will definitely come first,” said Tino Polster, Fortuna’s head of media communications. Meanwhile, this means that Friday’s last home game (6.30pm) against SV Darmstadt 98 could also have the biggest backdrop of the entire season. Dusseldorf’s 31,649 visitors in the 1-1 draw against Hamburg S on 19 March are unbeatable.
So it will be just fine for some goodbyes that Fortuna will have this evening. The focus is on former captain Oliver Fink’s last major public appearance: Exactly one month before his 40th birthday, the Red and White Extension can once again thank the native Upper Palatinate, who has long become a Düsseldorfer of 13 years with Fortuna. On May 14, he will play the last game of his career for the under-23 team, which he has supported with his experience since the beginning of the season. After a longer vacation, he will start his new job in October at the youth academy in Flinger Broich.
But there will be more farewells – namely from Thomas Bledel, Florian Harthers, Kai Ezell, Leonardo Cutris and Robert Poznik. As expected, your contracts or loans will not be extended. Theon’s addition shows that the coach has not completely written off Khaled Nari yet, despite his intention to change: “We will not say goodbye to Khaled on Friday.” It is also interesting that the name Edgar Priebe is not on the list either. The 32-year-old, whose contract has expired and a yellow ban against “lilies”, remains a topic of debate.
“The last day of a home game is often a very emotional day – also due to the fact that the players and the club go their separate ways,” explains Klaus Allofs, Member of the Sports Board of Directors. “It’s the same this time. On behalf of the entire club, I want to thank Thomas Bledel, Florian Harthers, Kai Eisel, Leonardo Qutreis and Robert Poznik for the commitment they have shown to Fortuna and wish them all the best for the future. We are currently still in talks With the remaining players, whose contracts are also expiring.”
By the way, the opponent is partly responsible for the great popularity with the public. Darmstadt residents have sold the staggering 4,000 tickets to their fans, and this, of course, has to do with the “lilies” arrangement. By defeating Fortuna they not only eliminated their crack in the first leg 1:3 at Böllenfalltor, they also put themselves in a very promising position in the final race for promotion to the Bundesliga.
Theon orally wraps Darmstadt wreath. “This club has every right to be there,” praises the 47-year-old. “I was skeptical if Darmstadt could recover from this crazy preparation with so many coronavirus cases. They did a great job.”
Now SV 98 is coming to Stockum as a permanent candidate for upgrade. However, Thioune promised the guests a hot dance: “After we landed, we were relieved, but there was no reduction in tension.” And he would have the best possible formation – without injured Adam Budzic and Marcel Sobotka, throwing Jordy de Wijs and suspended Prib in the race: “The guys we can win with.” This is called an advertisement.
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