#BedforAwayFans, something that took the internet by storm earlier this year. A moment of unity in the travesty of a terror attack.
When disaster struck the Dortmund team bus when it was attacked back in March, thankfully there was no serious injuries or worse. The UEFA champions league game with Monaco was postponed due to the tragic events and controversially rearranged for the following day.
As a result, the #BedforAwayFans started to trend. Dortmund fans were taking in the stranded Monaco fans and putting them up for the night in a fantastic moment of unity. In the light of terror, regardless of where you are from and who you support, football fans came together.
Photo’s of Monaco fans together with Dortmund fans started appearing all of over social media, sharing meals together, having drinks together and even just gathering in the BVB fans homes; the footballing world was at one.
The # became a worldwide trend and was popping up on everyone’s timeline across the globe.
As a result, the # has been named the third most popular sporting trend of the year so far. For fans of Dortmund and Monaco, it was one of the most heart warming things a simple insignificant game of football in the wider picture could produce. Across the globe, the kindness and generosity shown by the BVB fans has not gone a miss. Football and humanity had become one in the face of terror.
Speaking of those terrible events that evening, Marc Bartra, was the only casualty on that horrendous attack. Following the attack, Bartra has been working with the support from the club, fans and the footballing world during his recovery on and off the pitch.
Following his return to first team action at the end of last season, Bartra has had a mixed time. His return to football was one of the biggest achievements in his life, being up there with winning the champions league.
However, it hasn’t been plain sailing for the Spaniard. It was his spot kick that was missed during the Supercup penalty shootout defeat against Bayern. You could see the anguish on his face at that moment. He was instantly consoled by his teammates and fans via social media but you could see it hit him hard.
Showing his steel and determination though, Bartra started the opening Bundesliga game of the season away to Wolfsburg. He put in a very decent performance and scored BVB’s second goal. Speaking of that goal, it was a thing of beauty, something you’d expect from an attacking midfielder or even a striker. From such an audacious angle, Bartra looked up and curled it ‘Beckham’ like into the far corner. The sense of relief and delight on his face was incredible to see and the joy and raptures from his comrades was an inspiration for what teammates and friends they all are.
Hopefully, for Bartra, he is now in a much better place as he really deserves it.
In club news, Weigl & Schmelzer have returned to training this week. Weigl returning following a broken ankle he received towards the end of last season, fans are eagerly anticipating his return as he is a true fan favourite.
For Schmelzer, he could make it to the first team squad for the game against Hertha but is highly unlikely that he will start, with the young Zagadou starting ahead of him. His presence around the first team will be valuable though as the club captain will inspire leadership and inspiration in BVB’s bid for the title.