The celebrations knew no end - this applied both to the 3500 BVB fans among the roughly 15 000 spectators in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena and the players. They all stormed the press conference after the 5-3 victory in the final for the German A-Juniors Championship and drenched Head Coach Hannes Wolf with their bottles of water.
„This is the result of the fantastic work the Head Coach has done“, was the way Academy coordinator Lars Ricken put it yet again after a breathtaking final and he praised the Head Coach: "he was very brave in the way he lined up the team and it was great to watch how his players turned the result around after the 1-1."
Hannes Wolf has won the third German Championship in a row with his team. 2014 and 2015 with the U17 team - and now with the U19 team. The proud Head Coach said: "this journey, that has now been going for more than three years, is just unbelievable. It is fantastic what the boys have achieved. Their work was crowned again today. This is more than you can dream about!"
We have to remember that the team - as was the case two years ago against Berlin - was very close to being knocked out after losing at home in the 1st leg of the semi-final against 1860 Munich. Felix Passlack added: "the way we came back, the way we got ourselves together again within six days, that is thanks to the Head Coach." Two great games followed, first of all in the 2nd leg of the semi-final against the second placed team, then today in the final against the first placed team of the Southern League: "now it is time to celebrate."
The journey will continue first thing in the morning. The team flies to Majorca at 4 am. For many of them it is the end of an era. Ricken said: "the boys should celebrate there. For most of them it was their last game as a youth player." Wolf, who will of course not leave his team alone also added:"you cannot celebrate a win like that and then just drive home." He promised: "we are quiet types and will celebrate in a very relaxed manner..." Boris Rupert