Lukasz Piszczek could not hold back his tears as Borussia Dortmund clinched the DFB Pokal, beating RB Leipzig 4-1. Piszczek played his final cup game for Dortmund as the Polish international will leave the club at the end of the season.
Emotions were high before the crucial final against Leipzig. But Piszczek was up for one last challenge and started the game for Dortmund. He was solid in his right-back position as usual and helped his side to claim victory. The entire team celebrated afterward, lifting Piszczek in the air as he burst into tears.
PISZCZEK: AN UNDERRATED BORUSSIA DORTMUND LEGEND
Piszczek is a true legend for the Schwarzengelben, playing 381 games for them. He is one of the long-standing members of the current Dortmund team, joining them in 2010 from Hertha Berlin. He has scored 19 goals for Dortmund and assisted a further 64. The Polish international has also played 66 times for his nation and scored 3 goals for them.
Piszczek is one of the most underrated players of his time, playing predominantly in the right-back position. He has also featured in multiple other positions over the years, showing his versatility. An excellent passer of the ball, Piszczek was solid in keeping the ball. He was not one to shy away from tackles and filled the right-back position for Dortmund for over 10 years.
It was a befitting farewell for the Polish defender as he wins his 3rd DFB Pokal. He has also won 2 Bundesliga titles with Dortmund and has also won them 3 DFB Super Cups. Though Piszczek will leave at the end of the season his current manager Edin Terzic wants him to play a farewell game in front of a full crowd.
“He helped take this club to the next level. He deserves a farewell game in front of a sold-out house. We’ll have to wait a little longer, but I hope Lukasz gets that at some point.”– Edin Terzic
THE NEXT STEP
Piszczek has announced that he will go back to his hometown club LKS Goczalkowice in Poland. He has been working towards establishing the Lukasz Piszczek BVB Academy in Goczalkowice, in partnership with Dortmund.
“I have concrete plans in Poland and have already postponed these plans for a year,” Piszczek said in 2020. “I want to play with friends from my hometown club Goczalkowice, where my father is vice-president, and take care of the youth academy that we started in 2019.”
Dortmund will surely miss Piszczek come the next season. His experience and calm-headed approach were essential for building a younger side. As he enters the next step of his career, every Dortmund fan will be thankful for his contributions.
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