Veterans: Successful benefit match in Neitersen

On Tuesday night, a large number of big names from Bayer 04's club history came together for an important reason on and off the pitch in a small community in the Rhineland Palatinate district of Altenkirchen. The Old Boys team of Wiedbachtaler Sportfreunde Neitersen staged a benefit match in support of flood victims.
Vor dem Spiel kamen einige Bayer 04-Vertreter mit den Verantwortlichen von Neitersen zusammen: Falko Götz (5.v.l.), Manager Dirk Dreher (6.v.l.), Rüdiger Vollborn (4.v.r.), Ulf Kirsten (3.v.r.), Jens Nowotny (2.v.r.) und Hanno Balitsch (r.). Der ehemalige Werkself-Spieler Lars Leese (7.v.l.) spielte in der Vergangenheit für Neitersen und ist heute wieder für den Klub am Ball.

The match at the 'Auf der Emma' sports ground in Neitersen not only provided sporting highlights but also something much more important: A considerable financial donation that will benefit people affected by the flood disaster in the Rhineland Palatinate thanks to the 'Fußball hilft' foundation of the Rhineland Football Association.

Before kick-off in front of around 500 spectators, those present paid respect with a minute’s silence to the victims of the floods as well as the explosion at a hazardous waste incineration plant in Leverkusen on Tuesday morning.

praise for own and opposing Team

The Bayer 04 side on this special day included former players Jens Nowotny, Falko Götz and Hanno Balitsch. Watching on from the sidelines were former Leverkusen players including Rüdiger Vollborn, Ulf Kirsten and Matthias Brücken.

Nenad Lazarevic put the Veterans team in front but the Sportfreunde level before half-time. In the second half, goals from Hanno Balitsch and Assimiou Toure secured the final score of 3-1. "The lads did well and produced a performance just like our hosts," declared Dick Dreher, general manager of the Bayer 04 Veterans team. "It was much more important for us on this evening that a decent donation was raised."

Bayer 04 group in Neitersen:

Players: Daniel Galic (goalkeeper), Nenad Lazarevic, Assimiou Toure, Carsten Baumann, Jens Nowotny, Ferhat Kiskanc, Michael Wagner, Falko Götz, Zülfi Simsek, Thorsten Judt, Danny Thönes, Christoph Chylla, Hanno Balitsch, Roman Klossek, Konrad Czarnetzki

Officials: Dirk Dreher (general manager), Gerhard Kentschke, Jürgen Gelsdorf (coaches), Christian Hausmann (assistant coach), Heinz Pier, Wilfried Krudewig, Olli Collette, Helmut Becker (all support staff)

Guests: Ulf Kirsten, Thorsten Wörsdörfer, Matthias Brücken, Wilfried Gässler, Peter Surbach, Rüdiger Vollborn, Walter Posner, Manfred Vetter, Jörg Volkmar

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