“There’s only Rudi Vööööllleeeeeer…”
In saying goodbye to Rudi Fuller (62), this chopper blow shouldn’t be missing. At first it came out of the speakers, then the fans (all in the red “Thank you Rudy” shirt) packed it into the stadium where the whole lot was sold out in Leverkusen with 30,210 spectators.
In the 2-1 draw in Leverkusen against Freiburg, a loud farewell to the football legend. After more than 40 years in professional football and 21 years as president at Bayer.
For this reason, the bold “Thank you Rudy” is also printed on the official match ball of the German Football Association, as well as on Bayer T-shirts. Fans created something special and drew Rudy’s best sayings from his career (“Say that to your toilet seat”) on the posters.
Before the match, Rudy’s sentence caused an uproar – when it came to whether world champion team boss Franz Beckenbauer would be there when he said goodbye.
Fuller at Sky: “I was also in contact with Franz. Of course he would have liked to come too. Unfortunately he is not doing well. Lothar (Matheus, editor) and Andy Brehme and I are in contact with him. We promised him we would visit him in the next few weeks.”
Franz Beckenbauer, 76, withdrew from the public for some time due to his general health condition appropriate for his age. It is known that “Al-Qaisar” underwent an operation in Al-Ain in 2019.
When Rudy bid farewell to the fans and the Bundesliga with a microphone on the pitch, his eyes lit up and he looked visibly moved. “Today is the day I want to say thank you to all of you.”
Watching the match in the stands, his wife Sabrina ties her arm tightly. Next to him are his five children. Hansi Flick sits straight in front of him.
Animated scenes of farewell to Fuller!
A farewell party will be held at Bayer Casino on Saturday evening. With many guests of honor such as Otto Rehhagel, Waldemar Hartmann, Lothar Matthaus. His last business trip was to Mexico. Bayer flies there for a friendly on Sunday, Fuller follows on Monday.
Rudy on his future: “In Italy, I will be in Rome more often. I always like to say that I have become a little half Roman. It is about my family, my wife and my children.” Fuller used to play for AS Roma, where he met his wife Sabrina.
Nosy: Bayer coach Seoane gives goalkeeper Lunef his Bundesliga debut and three other goalkeepers (Hradecky, Lomb and Grill) are seated as a thank you for their hard work and loyalty during the season.
1: 0! Schick (Shake Bald-Dortmunder Schlotterbeck) Lying Across Alario – Inside (54)! It is possible that the Argentine (he still has a two-year contract) will change in the summer because he wants to play more.
A little later, Schick hit the crossbar (59 minutes). Houllier of Freiburg had already gone against the post in the early stages (20′).
1: 1! Freiburg tied through Haberer, who moves to Union Berlin (88th place). Shortly thereafter, Leverkusen’s Azmon heads to the post (90 + 2).
2: 1! Palacios scores from the center of the circle (90 + 7). The goalkeeper’s move let him be too far from his goal.
Leverkusen qualified in third place for the Champions League, Freiburg certainly in the European League.
Augsburg goalkeeper rushes to help a colleague on a stretcher!
After the game, Fuller dances with the team in front of the curve – then climbs the fence with the ultras. There he agrees to the battle cry “Ufta”. After which he admitted on Sky’s microphone: “Now I can’t avoid a tear or a tear. A great sense of accomplishment that I didn’t hurt myself while climbing the fence.”