Cologne - There’s bound to be more than just a few teary eyes around Asia as Borussia Dortmund’s unforgettable leg of the Bundesliga World Tour 2015 draws to an end on Friday.
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bundesliga.com reviews the highlights of BVB’s Far Eastern adventure…
Proceedings got under way with a trip to Japanese capital, Tokyo. The locals gathered en masse to celebrate the arrival of one of the Bundesliga’s most successful clubs, their hearts collectively racing as the likes of Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang casually strolled into town. National hero Shinji Kagawa, meanwhile, was whisked away for a media Q&A, before being unveiled as the face of football simulator FIFA 16.
Dortmund, of course, didn’t disappoint their legions of fans on the pitch either. Kagawa, Aubameyang, Japanese youngster Mitsuru Maruoka and academy graduate Jon Stankovic grabbed the goals in a 6-0 friendly win over Kawasaki Frontale, Thomas Tuchel’s men turning on the style in front of a sold-out crowd gripped by Yellow-Black fever.
The fanfare continued as Dortmund left Japan, arriving at Singapore’s Changi Airport to fanatical scenes on a par with the kind of hysteria that used to accompany the Beatles around the globe some 50 years ago.
After a rooftop PR event in the centre of town, it was on to Malaysia, where some BVB players visited the Grace Covenant Community Care centre, while others met fans at a local Puma store.
For their final assignment, Dortmund travelled to the Larkin Stadium to take on Johor Southern Tigers. Former Dortmund trainee Gary Steven Robbat was on target against his old club, although by that point BVB were already already six goals to the good thanks to Ilkay Gündogan, Aubameyang, Kevin Kampl, Kagawa and Jeremy Dudziak.
Die Schwarz-Gelben were afforded a bit of downtime on their last day in the Lion City, having served up a veritable Bundesliga feast to their countless Asian admirers. What a way to kick off the Tuchel era.