It was a fond farewell. Roman Weidenfeller has gone out from the world of professional football with a bang. With 70,109 passionate fans watching in the stands, the goalkeeper kept out two penalties and even scored two goals.
''I'm really grateful to all my colleagues, all my teammates and, of course, all you fans.'' These were the words that resounded throughout the stadium as Roman Weidenfeller gave his farewell speech. Making his return to the touchline for the evening, Jürgen Klopp said, ''Once more, the club showed what makes it special today. When 70,000 people come together to watch old men have a kickabout, there must be a special reason behind it. Today that reason was Roman Weidenfeller.''
BVB All-stars: Roman Weidenfeller, Evanilson, Neven Subotic, Sebastian Kehl, Sven Bender, Torsten Frings, Jan Koller, Ewerthon, Alexander Frei, Euzebiusz Smolarek, Patrick Owomoyela, Jens Lehmann, Dede, Lars Ricken, Kevin Großkreutz, Otto Addo, Oliver Kirch, Marcio Amoroso, Philipp Degen, Antonio da Silva, Felipe Santana, Marcel Schmelzer, Mohamed Zidan, Florian Kringe, Julian Schieber, Sunday Oliseh, Christian Wörns, Tinga. Coach: Jürgen Klopp. Goalkeeper Coach: Teddy de Beer
Roman & Friends: Roman Weidenfeller, Robert Kovac, Per Mertesacker, Jeff Strasser, Dirk Hannappel, Christoph Kramer, David Degen, Dimitrios Grammozis, Lincoln, Lukas Podolski, Olaf Marschall, Tim Wiese, Michael Ballack, Erik Schmidt (Wildcard Winner), Thomas Hengen, Michael Schjönberg, Heiko Weidenfeller, Christoph Metzelder, Thomas Riedl, David Odonkor, Marco Reich, Rodrigo Martins, Roger Lutz, Daniel Danger. Coach: Peter Stöger, Assistant Coach: Jörg Heinrich, Goalkeeper Coach: Gerry Ehrmann
Goals: 1-0 Frei (3'), 1-1 Podolski (16'), 2-1 Zidan (37'), 3-1 Weidenfeller (74'), 4-1 Weidenfeller (90' PK). Notable incidents: Weidenfeller saved penalties taken by Podolski (50') and Schmitz (85') (br)