Bayer Leverkusen: Völler wants “Schal-Peace” between RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg


His speech lasted around 20 minutes. It was a humorous look back at his eventful career, over the year 1990 with winning the World Cup in “his” city and getting to know his wife Sabrina, his way from Marseille to Leverkusen in 1994.

In the end, Rudi Völler (62) still had a special wish in store. At his farewell party as sporting director at the Bayer Casino in Leverkusen on Saturday evening, Völler addressed the makers of RB Leipzig (Oliver Mintzlaff) and SC Freiburg (Oliver Leki) who were present.

Völler wants the “scarf peace” between RB and Freiburg before the cup final on May 21 in Berlin: “We have to end this scarf gate.” The reason: the people of Freiburg do not want common fan articles with the Leipzig logo. Völler doesn’t want to leave it that way…

“You can’t do that to me when you say goodbye. You can’t go to the final and have this theatre,” said Völler and even found a “mediator” right away – Frankfurt boss Axel Hellmann, who was also present.



Legendary trainer and Völler sponsor: Otto Rehhagel with his wife BeatePhoto: Roberto Pfeil/dpa

Under the motto “Thank you, Rudi”, Bayer 04 invited around 350 guests. In addition to the club’s employees, who gave Völler golf equipment as a gift, many companions from his career had come.


Of course, Lothar Matthäus (l.) and Andreas Brehme also came to say goodbye to Völler

Of course, Lothar Matthäus (l.) and Andreas Brehme also came to say goodbye to VöllerPhoto: Roberto Pfeil/dpa

Völler welcomed the legendary coaches Horst Heese, Otto Rehhagel, Berti Vogts, Dragoslav Stepanovic and Christoph Daum. In addition, ex-DFB boss Wolfgang Niersbach, his world champion buddies Lothar Matthäus and Andreas Brehme, Werder idol Michael Kutzop, Leverkusen honorary captain Lars Bender, HSV boss Jonas Boldt, former Bayer bosses Reiner Calmund and Wolfgang Holzhäuser. Willi Lemke came from Bremen. Of course, TV legend Waldi Hartmann was there too.

The Werkself pros also celebrated. They will take the bus from Leverkusen to Frankfurt at 9 a.m. on Sunday, and the team will start a trip to Mexico at 1.30 p.m. Völler will follow on Monday.

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