Düsseldorf Fortuna said goodbye to their own fans for a long time on Friday night against the promotion candidates Darmstadt 98. But there is also goodbye to a total of six players. Who it is and who the consequences can thank again especially.
The framework will be right when the season ends. “In the number of viewers, a three will definitely come first,” says Tino Polster, Head of Media Communications at Fortuna, not without pride. At the same time, this means that the last home game on Friday (18.30) against SV Darmstadt 98 can also have the biggest backdrop of the whole season. The number of 31,649 visitors that Düsseldorf welcomed in the 1-1 match against Hamburger SV on 19 March is unmatched.
So it will be a dignified mood for some farewell that Fortuna makes this evening. The focus is on the former captain Oliver Fink’s last major public appearance: Exactly one month before his 40th birthday, the red-and-white appendix can once again thank the native of Upper Palatinate, who has long since become 13-year-old Düsseldorfer with Fortuna. On 14 May, he will play the last match of his career with U23, which he has supported with his experience since the start of the season. After a long holiday, he will then start his new job in October at the youth academy at Flinger Broich.
But there are several farewells – namely from Thomas Pledl, Florian Hartherz, Kai Eisele, Leonardo Koutris and Robert Bozenik. As expected, your contracts or loans will not be extended. Thione’s addition shows that the coach has not yet fully written off Khaled Narey despite his intention to switch: “We are not saying goodbye to Khaled on Friday.” It is also interesting that Edgar Pribs name is not on the list either. The 32-year-old, whose contract expires and who is yellow-banned against the “lilies”, is therefore still a topic of conversation.
“The last day of the home game is often very emotional – also because the players and the club go their separate ways,” explains Klaus Allofs, board member of the sport. “It’s the same thing this time. On behalf of the whole club I would like to thank Thomas Pledl, Florian Hartherz, Kai Eisele, Leonardo Koutris and Robert Bozenik for the commitment they have shown to our Fortuna and I wish them all the best in “We are currently still in negotiations with the remaining players, whose contracts are also expiring.”
Incidentally, the opponent is partly responsible for the great popularity of the audience. The people of Darmstadt have sold the impressive number of 4000 tickets to their fans, which of course has to do with the position of “Liljernes”. With a victory against Fortuna, they could not only eradicate the 1: 3 defeat in the first leg at Böllenfalltor, but also put themselves in a very promising position in the final sprint for promotion to the Bundesliga.
Thierne vikler Darmstadt verbalt en krans. “This club has every right to be up there,” praises the 47-year-old. “I was skeptical about whether Darmstadt could recover from this insane preparation with so many corona cases. They did an amazing job.”
Now the SV 98 comes to Stockum as an always hot candidate for promotion. Thjonen, however, promises the guests a hot dance: “After we had moved down, we were relieved, but there was no drop in excitement.” And he wants the best possible formation – that is, without the injured Adam Bodzek, Marcel Sobottka and Jordy de Wijs and the suspended Prib throwing into the race: “The players we can win with.” It’s called a message.
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