Paderborn - Bundesliga newcomers SC Paderborn rightly won many new admirers after reaching the top flight last season, and now they have another, altogether more famous, sympathiser.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the latest high-profile figure to acknowledge the stunning achievements of the North Rhine-Westphalia club, congratulating SCP on their promotion Thursday.

Paderborn's executive vice-president Martin Hornberger and German parliament member Carsten Linnemann, who also serves on the board of directors at the Bundesliga newcomers, used the opportunity to present Merkel with a Paderborn shirt - with her name and number one on the back - and invited the 59-year-old to visit the Benteler-Arena this coming season.