In the 5-2 victory of the Fohlenelf in the derby against 1. FC Köln on Sunday (9 October 2022), two prominent guests were happy with the success of their former club. Ibrahima Traoré (34) and Thorgan Hazard (29) sat in the stands during the impressive performance of their former colleagues.
Two ex-Borussians experience derby victory up close in the stadium
Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated arch-rival 1. FC Köln 5-2 in the derby on Sunday (October 9) and caused joy and excitement among fans of the foals in the sold-out Borussia Park.
Among the approximately 54,042 spectators were two prominent guests who apparently did not want to miss the VfL performance in front of a sold-out crowd: Ibrahima Traoré and Thorgan Hazard.
As can be seen on Twitter pro Traorés, both made themselves comfortable in the VIP area of the stadium. The 34-year-old’s contribution was confused with the comment: “Derby time @borussia”.
Check out ex-Gladbach pro Ibrahima Traoré’s Twitter post here:
No wonder: both were part of the Fohlenelf for many years (Traoré from 2014 to 2021, Hazard from 2014 to 2019) and therefore know the importance of the Rhenish duel between Borussia and the “Effzeh”.
Moreover, during his stay on the Lower Rhine, Traoré was for a long time considered the “leader” of the so-called “French Connection” and the “integration officer”, who mainly took care of the French-speaking players and repeatedly invited his teammates to his home. to eat.
During his own playing career in Gladbach, the Guinean even rented his own box in Borussia Park to allow his family and friends to follow VfL matches live.
It is easy to imagine that Traoré, who has not found a new club since leaving Gladbach, is still very attached to Borussia and still in good contact with many of the current squad’s players.
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The same seems to apply to Hazard, who has been under contract with Bundesliga competitor Borussia Dortmund since 2019. After all, the Belgian also took his day off after BVB’s exhausting duel with Bayern Munich on Saturday (October 8/2:2) to visit his former colleagues.
In any case, the journey would have been worthwhile for the two ex-Boruses. After a tough first half, with the Foals down 2-1 at halftime, the hosts recorded a furious 5-2 derby victory – including the cheering ecstasy of the fans after the game.
It is quite possible that Traoré and Hazard had a toast with their former colleagues after the game.