Today is the day: The fight for the championship between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern is experiencing its furious finale! BVB goes into the last Bundesliga matchday with a two-point lead. sport.de provides all the important information about the gripping title race in the LIVE blog.
+++ May 27th, 9:30 a.m.: BVB heats up the mood +++
Six hours until kick-off – and the BVB media department is already looking forward to it!
“Goosebumps. It’s noticeable on every corner in the city. Fans everywhere. BVB logos everywhere. It could be a historic day. Let’s be louder than ever!” Dortmund tweeted in the morning.
+++ May 27th, 9:02 a.m .: Happy end for Marco Reus? +++
The long wait should finally be over. For the first time in his eventful career with many ups and downs – also due to injury – Marco Reus wants to win the longed-for championship title with Borussia Dortmund.
For the captain, the triumph as a native of Dortmund would be something very special. “The whole club, the whole city would be very happy with Marco Reus if we won this title at the weekend,” said sporting director Sebastian Kehl.
Reus wrote a lot of stories at BVB and achieved great things for many years. “What he was repeatedly accused of was that he didn’t become German champion,” said Kehl. “And he personally always felt sorry for that, it also hurt him. If he could do it, it would be something that would make him very happy. I see him very focused.”
+++ May 27th, 8:45 a.m.: The city of Dortmund is filling up +++
More and more fans are already moving through Dortmund early in the morning and getting in the mood for the decisive home game against Mainz 05.
There were more than 300,000 ticket requests for the game. Nevertheless, there will be no public viewing in the city. “City of Dortmund and BVB recommend watching the last championship game together in the neighborhood,” said the city.
At the same time, ticket prices on the black market have exploded.
+++ May 27th, 7:20 a.m.: Tennis star Medvedev keeps his fingers crossed for FC Bayern +++
Before Daniil Medvedev tackles the mission of a second Grand Slam title in Paris, the tennis professional focuses on the championship race in the Bundesliga.
“I train at two, so I can at least see the second half. I love following and supporting Bayern Munich,” said the avowed supporter of the record champion before the start of the French Open on Sunday.
Medvedev has not yet given up hope of winning the eleventh Bayern title in a row. “Hopefully they still make it, but of course it now depends more on Borussia Dortmund,” said the second in the world rankings: “I would be disappointed if they didn’t make it.”
+++ May 27th, 7:04 a.m .: Bühl hopes for a joint Bayern celebration +++
National player Klara Bühl is hoping for a joint championship celebration at Marienplatz with the men from FC Bayern Munich on Sunday.
“We believe in the boys and keep our fingers crossed for them so that we can stand on the balcony together,” said the Bayern attacker, looking ahead to the men’s season finale on Saturday: “It would be a dream to be with the fans at Marienplatz celebrate.”
But the FCB women also have to do their homework for this. With a win on Sunday (2:00 p.m./BR and MagentaSport) against the already relegated bottom Turbine Potsdam, the Munich team can secure the championship title for the fifth time in a long-distance duel with VfL Wolfsburg.
+++ May 27th, 6:30 a.m.: Everything is ready for the BVB party +++
The calm before the black and yellow storm still reigns at the legendary Borsigplatz roundabout. Borussia Dortmund, the whole city and numerous police forces are not only preparing for the big championship party at the club’s historic nucleus: Should BVB actually win the title against FSV Mainz 05 (3:30 p.m. / Sky), a 48th -hour state of emergency expected with around a quarter of a million fans in the streets.
The authorities are appealing to maintain the necessary composure in all the euphoria. “We are all looking forward to two days dedicated to football. Show that football is celebrated happily, peacefully and safely here in our city,” said Chief of Police Gregor Lange. “That would also be great advertising for Dortmund as a venue for the European Championships next year.”
According to the official press release, “immediately after the final whistle at around 5:20 p.m. and into the evening and late at night, spontaneous celebrations in public spaces can be expected.” Traffic could collapse, trains run extra shifts.
Achim Stankowitz has to ensure safety at the weekend. “We are preparing very conscientiously,” said the chief police director: “When so many people are out and about in public spaces, it is without a doubt a major police challenge – but one that we – especially under these conditions – are very happy to accept.”
The four-kilometre-long Meistertruck route around Borsigplatz will be given special protection, including drones to monitor the situation from the air. “The primary goal is to ensure peaceful coexistence on both days and to prevent crime,” the police said.
If the championship actually works out, the BVB team should sign the city’s golden book at around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The parade is scheduled to begin at 12:09 p.m. and will take about four hours to cover the four kilometers.
+++ May 26th, 9:13 p.m.: Dortmund arrived at the team hotel +++
Borussia Dortmund arrived at the team hotel l’Arrivée on Friday evening, where the finishing touches for the all-important Bundesliga game against Mainz 05 are to take place. The BVB professionals were welcomed by numerous fans, some players signed autographs after getting off the team bus or posed for photos.
According to “Ruhr Nachrichten”, three other Dortmund professionals did not get off the bus: Felix Passlack, who is leaving the club for Bochum after the season, Mahmoud Dahoud, who is probably in the Premier League moves, and Thomas Meunier, who was recently absent due to muscle problems.
On Saturday morning, after breakfast, there will be a short walk before Edin Terzic invites you to a final meeting. After a light lunch at the team hotel, we head to Signal Iduna Park at around 1:45 p.m.
+++ May 26, 8:07 p.m .: BVB or FC Bayern? Clear voting result +++
For the majority of sport.de users, the new German champion can only be called Borussia Dortmund. As can be seen from a survey with over 7000 votes cast, 87 percent believe that BVB will hold the championship trophy in their hands on Saturday. Only 13 percent are therefore convinced that FC Bayern can still come by. Munich only have a chance of winning the title if BVB fail to score three points in their home game against Mainz 05 and win their own game in Cologne at the same time.
+++ May 26th, 7:15 p.m.: Bellingham one of the first at the final training session +++
Jude Bellingham, who recently suffered from knee problems, was one of the first BVB players to appear on the training ground on Friday. This is reported by “Ruhr Nachrichten”. An indication that the Englishman is doing better now and that he can play against Mainz on Saturday?
“There’s still a question mark with Jude Bellingham,” Borussia Dortmund head coach Edin Terzic revealed on Thursday afternoon at the last PK of the season: “He’s been able to intensify his training, it looks pretty good. We’ll have the units today and tomorrow watch. We definitely want him in the squad.” A final decision will probably not be made until Saturday.
+++ May 26th, 5:32 p.m .: Klopp keeps his fingers crossed for BVB +++
When BVB plays FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday, two of Jürgen Klopp’s former clubs will meet. The Liverpool team manager is only keeping his fingers crossed for Borussia Dortmund in this particular case. Here’s the video!
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