Berlin (dpa) - It was more than 20 years ago when the young Claudio Pizarro entered the Bundesliga stage. Now the darling of the public is finally over after decades in the Bundesliga.
Pizarro joins an illustrious team of well-known and top-class players who quietly say goodbye to the Bundesliga after this special football year without a backdrop.
DER OLDIE: "It's definitely the last year," said Pizarro before the Bundesliga kick-off last July. "I feel pretty good, but that's enough now." And now the farewell tour of the 41-year-old at Werder Bremen's home game against 1. FC Köln has actually come to an end. The league is then poorer by the oldest goal scorer in the history of the Bundesliga - and in the event of a failure by the Bremen team itself, who are threatened with relegation to the 2nd division. Although no goal has been scored so far this season, the Peruvian is the second-best foreign scorer in the Bundesliga with 197 goals, behind Robert Lewandowski. A farewell game for Pizarro is expected to take place next year.
THE WORLD HERO: The chorus of World Cup final scorer Mario Götze started long before this season at BVB: In the 2014 World Cup final, national coach Jogi Löw said to Götze: «Now show the world that you are better than Messi. » But the highly talented idol never got as good as the Argentine. After moving to Bayern in 2013, the 28-year-old could rarely meet expectations. After three painful seasons with the record champions, he returned to the black and yellow team in 2016. A metabolic disorder got him out of there early. Most recently, Götze no longer fit into coach Lucien Favre's system and will not be in the squad against Hoffenheim either. At the end of May, BVB sports director Michael Zorc announced: "We are in a situation that is not satisfactory for both sides." Where Götze is going to is still unclear.
DER EDELFUSS: "This is a great player, a great boy," Jürgen Klopp congratulated Bayern in 2019 after their loan from FC Barcelona technician Philippe Coutinho. Now, after just one season for the Brazilian, the record champion is probably over. Coutinho is back with the team after an operation on the foot, but played most recently in the planning of the Coutinho is back with the team after an operation on the foot, but recently played no role in the planning of the Munich team. Munich will probably not take advantage of the 120 million euro purchase option.
THE PATTERN STUDENT: Timo Werner has already had a quiet farewell. On Saturday he showed himself one last time in the Leipzig Red Bull Arena in the 0-2 against Borussia Dortmund in front of empty ranks. The celebrated star, who came to Leipzig from VfB Stuttgart in 2016 for 14 million euros, has since almost quadrupled its market value at RB. Chelsea secured the services of the 24-year-old Swabian for the coming season for around 54 million euros. «He will make us stronger, has a huge talent and has had a fantastic season. His talent and attitude are outstanding, ”said London club coach Frank Lampard at a recent press conference.
THE TORERO: Mario Gomez's gesture of jubilation once earned him the nickname “Torero”. The former top striker has now calmed down. The 34-year-old, who practically lashed up promotion to the Bundesliga with the Stuttgart team last weekend, has recently found himself mostly on the bench. Nevertheless, the striker can look back on an impressive career, winning the Champions League with Bayern and three championships, one of them with VfB Stuttgart. "He has an exceptional career as a player, making him one of the best to play in the Bundesliga in his position," said his old VfB coach Felix Magath. Now the ex-national striker should leave the Swabia at the end of the season. It is not yet clear whether Gomez will end his career or continue at another club.
THE ROUTINIER: Gladbach's technically accomplished Raphael also played his last season for the "foals". The 35-year-old offensive player does not get a new contract with Borussia after seven years. "We will not renew the contract with Raphael," said sports director Max Eberl on Thursday and called this "a sporting decision". Raffael had recently returned to team training after a long injury break. Eberl described the Brazilian, who now also has a German passport, as "the face of the past few years", but also said: "There were open, pleasant and honest conversations with him and his advisor. We're going to be friendly. »
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