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BVB collects the benefit game against Kyiv and sends signs of solidarity

It does not often happen that the guest fans in the Borussia Dortmund stadium are louder and more visible than the domestic appendix. And probably never before before the BVB fans than this time: wherever the colors dominate black and yellow, it shone on Tuesday evening during the benefit game between Borussia Dortmund and Dynamo Kyiv (2: 3) blue and yellow. “Dynamo, Dynamo”, it echoed from the ranks of the Signal Iduna Park, whenever a player from the Ukrainian guest team appeared near the goal – garnished with the applause of the Dortmund main audience.

It was a strong sign of friendship and solidarity that BVB and its fans broadcast at a time when the Russian war of attack on Ukraine still dropped bombs, bombed out and innocent people are displaced or killed.

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“It was immediately clear to us that we wanted to do this. There are more important things than what we do in football every day. It’s about being together and sending out signals as humans. We would be happy to do that,” BVB- Coach Marco Rose said before the game – and then sent a team to the field that could be seen. Even the still struck striker Erling Haaland played a few minutes. That was also a sign of how serious Borussia was the matter.

35,000 spectators and a live broadcast on ZDF ensured that the symbolic act was also financially worthwhile: 400,000 euros was the net proceeds, which benefits the Ukraine aid. The fans on site not only saw a handsome football game – and a victory of the guests – but also two appearances by the Ukrainian rock singer Julja Sanina. While she was performing the hymn of Ukraine, women and children kept up in many places in the stands in the stands on which it was reminded of the victims in the strongly bombed city of Mariupol. There were intimate moments on an astonishingly happy evening that was characterized by personal stories.

The 16 -year -old Ivan Matviichuk fled from Ukraine and stadium spokesman Nobby Dickel was allowed to present the team positions before the game. The three-year younger Nikita Semenov from the youth academy of Dynamo Kyiv, which is currently lived in a Berlin SOS Children’s Village and is BVB fan, explained the symbolic kick-off. The second half led the Ukrainian referee Denys Shurman. At BVB there was also a guest player on the field in Alan Aussi, who also had to flee from Ukraine and has been able to train for two months at BVB’s second representative.

At the end of the 90 entertaining minutes, the spectators donated to both teams. As a thank you for an evening that offered good entertainment in addition to financial help – without forgetting people in Ukraine.