Roman Weidenfeller sat down for an interview with us to discuss the result against Union Berlin, new signings, and Gregor Kobel’s new contract.
Football club outreach that spans beyond the borders of any given league’s country has become a staple in terms of marketing for many a European club in the last decades. As international fandom has spread, so have club interests to maintain their connection with international fan bases. Borussia Dortmund has been wonderful at this so far, with the club concluding yet another US tour just this summer.
Aside from this, the club has held watch parties with fan clubs such as the one I belong to, Brooklyn Borussen NYC, to foster the connection between those who follow their club despite the geographic distance between the fans and the Westfalenstadion.
Over the course of the previous weekend, Borussia Dortmund held a watch party at Péle Soccer shop in Times Square, an event that preceded their second ever “Street Soccer Times Square Cup”, a tournament organized by the club in partnership with the well-known anime platform Crunchyroll.
Turnout for both the watch party and tournament were testaments to the growth of Dortmund, and Bundesliga interest in the United States. It underlined that there is a new, up and coming generation that have been earmarked to carry this torch into the future.
Among the attendees of this full day event was Borussia Dortmund legend Roman Weidenfeller, who was present at both the watch party and the tournament in question, taking pictures with fans and signing kits. It was a welcome treat for those who decided to attend the events in question.
Luckily for us, despite his busy schedule, the World Cup-winning shot-stopper had some time to answer a few questions on an array of topics that included Borussia Dortmund’s performance against Union Berlin, the general start to the season, and his thoughts on Gregor Kobel’s contract extension among others.