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Dortmund’s Subotic, Aubameyang help swooning fan

SINGAPORE — Close to 100 supporters of German club Borussia Dortmund turned up to see two of their current stars, defender Neven Subotic and forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in the flesh, but the experience probably proved too much for one fan.

SINGAPORE — Close to 100 supporters of German club Borussia Dortmund turned up to see two of their current stars, defender Neven Subotic and forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in the flesh, but the experience probably proved too much for one fan.

A man, believed to be in his 20s, fainted during the meet-and-greet session at the Goal@313 store at Orchard Road today (July 10).

Visibly concerned, the two players offered to help the man, who had lost consciousness for about three minutes. Store staff also provided the man — who declined to be named — with water, while medical personnel who arrived soon after checked his status and found that he had low blood pressure.

After he recovered, he apologised to Gabonese star Aubameyang for inadvertently interrupting the session. But in a bid to lighten the mood, the Dortmund star, who scored 26 goals in 46 appearances last season, replied: “No, no. I am sorry!”

The squad, featuring the likes of German stars Mats Hummels and Marco Reus, and Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa, were in Singapore for a brief stopover as part of the club’s pre-season tour of Asia.

They beat Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale 6-0 in Kawasaki on Tuesday, before overcoming Malaysian Super League club Johor Darul Takzim 6-1 in Johor Baru on Thursday.

One fan who attended today’s session was Chris Schulz, a German who arrived on Thursday. 

“I live 30 minutes from Dortmund’s (Signal Iduna) stadium and I could have seen them there. But instead, I see them here in Singapore,” said the 18-year-old. 

“I have been supporting them since 2011. The atmosphere (in their stadium) was so amazing that I fell in love with the club! We have the craziest fans in Europe! To see the players is very cool. I sent the pictures to my friends and they congratulated me.”

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