Lukasz Piszczek screamed and cried with happiness, his teammates kept throwing him into the air. “Those were pure emotions,” said the Borussia Dortmund club idol after the crowning glory of a long career: “The previous titles were great too, but I’ll take the day with me for my life.”
In eleven years and almost 400 competitive games, the Pole has experienced all the ups and downs at BVB. His unlikely comeback in recent weeks is one of the most touching stories of the Bundesliga season. Piszczek (35) closed it with the cup victory in Berlin.
“How important he was for Borussia Dortmund cannot be put into words,” said his coach Edin Terzic, a close companion. “Lukasz completely emptied the tank, pulled out everything in terms of performance and emotion to win this trophy. I am amazed that he could still cry at all.” At the award ceremony, Piszczek wore the jersey of his long-time colleague Marcel Schmelzer, whose BVB time is also coming to an end.
Lukasz Piszczek will be returning to his homeland Poland in the summer. “You don’t even know how broken I am,” he said at last. “I’m just going to play for my old club LKS Goczalkowice for fun. It has nothing to do with professional football – I just want to keep fit there and play football with my friends.”
There, too, people will look up to him, like in Dortmund. “Give him a little time,” said Erling Haaland when he drank Piszczeks late on Thursday evening Sky-Interview crashed: “Big legend.”