Marcel Schmelzer is one of those Borussia who won titles with Dortmund years ago. Now the left-back probably has no more prospects. Which does not stop him from continuing to cheer on the sidelines.
For three months, Marcel Schmelzer is waiting for his anniversary game. Since January 26, the left-back of Borussia Dortmund has 249 Bundesliga games in his account. But the number 250 just does not want to follow. It is also not to be expected that he will be on the field at SC Freiburg on this Easter Sunday. Because Schmelzer, who plays for BVB since 2005 and since 2008 in the Bundesliga, has long lost the regular place he had for many years.
Five games this season still, and certainly the native Magdeburg will be used again at this time. Schmelzer deserves a game in a stately setting. Because despite his contract valid until 2021, this will probably be his farewell match.
The 31-year-old has no prospects in Dortmund, and if he should have read in the past weeks, who is all traded at BVB for the left-back position, then it must have cheered him in the ears: Nico Schulz (26 years, TSG Hoffenheim, € 20m market value), Philipp Max (25, FC Augsburg, 17m), Jérôme Roussillon (French, 26, VfL Wolfsburg, 15m), Filipe Luis (Brazilian, 33, Atletico Madrid, free transfer), Marc Cucurella (Spaniard, 20, Eibar, 10m), Alfonso Pedraza (Spaniard, 23, Villareal, 15m), Ricardo Rodriguez (Swiss, 26, AC Milan, 17m) and Rogério (Brazilian, 21, Sassuolo, 8th) million). According to reports, it comes down to the Hoffenheim international Schulz.
Recently he even saw yellow – in anger he had run into the field
One might suspect that Schmelzer is frustrated with this hopeless constellation, but at least during the recent games the opposite was the case. Most recently, in the happy 2-1 victory against Mainz, when Schmelzer had actually been sent to warm up behind the goal, he supported his goalkeeper Roman Bürki and his associates conspicuously rhetorically and decisively, and a lucky three-in-two victory the previous month in Berlin, he had even received a yellow card as a substitute, because he had run into the field indignant, as Hertha's Vedad Ibisevic had thrown the ball to BVB goalkeeper Bürki the head. “He always gives the best for the team and supports us with his words,” praises Bürki. The BVB managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke says: “Currently the situation is not easy for Marcel, of course he wants more working time and behaves very professional and loyal, he is an extremely well-deserved BVB professional, one of our master players, an incredibly good boy . “
Master Player – this award refers to the successful phase under coach Jürgen Klopp. In 2012 and 2012, Schmelzer became cup winner with the BVB Champion, in 2012 and 2017, and in 2013 they moved into the Champions League final, which then won Bayern Munich. This best phase of the recent Dortmund football history was also Schmelzer's best time as a footballer. He has completed 16 international matches in this phase, but the last one dates from March 2014, which means that he was no longer in the World Cup triumph in Brazil. In 2009 he has become European champion with the U21 national team, but came on in the final only shortly before the end.
Schmelzer has a great footballing career behind him, even bigger triumphs like the Champions League win or the world title but he narrowly failed. His passion and the recent phase as a reservist could not do anything to his passion. Marcel Schmelzer will give his all in his 250th Bundesliga match for Borussia Dortmund and possibly from next summer at another club. At the age of 31, he has not yet reached the end of his career.
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