Dortmund - Two weeks after the official start of pre-season, Borussia Dortmund were able to welcome their first two 2014 FIFA World Cup participants into the fold as summer signings Ciro Immobile and Dong-Won Ji were put through their paces on Friday.
The two forwards, who were both knocked out in the group stages of this summer's football fiesta with Italy and South Korea respectively, underwent the obligatory fitness tests at the Hoeschpark in Dortmund.
However, the new recruits will not be involved on Saturday when BVB participate in their second pre-season friendly, this time against newly-promoted Bundesliga 2 side 1. FC Heidenheim. Instead the goal getters will have to complete individual training sessions with the club's medical staff before meeting up with their new team-mates. Italian striker Immobile, in particular, was subject to a lot of attention from the ardent fans that had gathered, with many hoping to catch of glimpse of some of the speed that may help him fill the boots vacated by Robert Lewandowski. "I'm totally happy to have finally arrived here at BVB," last season's Serie A top goalscorer said to BVB Total. "I feel really good here."
Promise to the fans
Expectation levels surrounding the 24-year-old front man are reaching heady heights amongst the Yellow Blacks faithful, who are hoping his goals could help them reach their season targets, at the very least. "I can only guarantee and promise that I will always give absolutely everything for the fans and the club," explained Immobile. "That's how I was brought up by my parents."