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The Daily Bee (December 11th, 2020): Bayer Leverkusen win their group, and Dortmund players visit a children’s clinic

BVB players brightened the day of the children of the Dortmund kinderklinik

Borussia Dortmund Players Visit Children’s Hospital Dortmund
Note: this is an older picture, hence why they’re not wearing masks.
Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

Good morning, Fear the Wall.

One more day until the weekend! Keep pushing, everyone.

Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim advance in the Europa League

The success of the Bundesliga in European competitions continued yesterday, with wins from both TSG Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen, the Bundesliga’s two representatives in the Europa League. These two clubs not only won their matches, but secured the top spots of their respective groups. Bayer Leverkusen have looked particularly dangerous in the Europa League, having scored more goals in the group stage than every team other than Arsenal, and both Hoffenheim and Leverkusen were tied with Arsenal for the lead in goal differential. As the EL goes into the knockout round, it’ll be interesting to see how the Bundesliga’s two representatives fare.

Yesterday, Bayer Leverkusen absolutely steamriled Slavia Prague with Leon Bailey scoring twice, and Karim Bellarabi and Moussa Diaby grabbing a goal apiece:

Borussia Dortmund visit the Dortmund Children’s Clinic

Visiting the Dortmund Kinderklinik has been an advent tradition for BVB for over 20 years. In a normal year, the entire team and coaching staff would visit the clinic, but with the coronavirus pandemic raging in Germany, Dortmund’s plans had to change a bit. Instead of sending the entire team, BVB sent a smaller group consisting of Sebastian Kehl, Emre Can, and Reinier Jesus.

It must have been awesome for the kids to see representatives from their favorite club, especially during these turbulent times. The trip produced some heartwarming photos, and hopefully lots of smiles:

There’s been a lot of negativity surrounding BVB’s performances recently, so I thought I’d include this story to show that at the end of the day, football is supposed to make us feel better, not worse. There are many things to be miserable about for a lot of people these days: I’m sure these kids could more than speak for that. Let’s not make Borussia Dortmund one of them.

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Did you ever have an experience as a kid where you met one of your favorite players? What were the circumstances?