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Borussia Dortmund: Lukasz Piszczek in tears after playing his last professional game in cup final

Lukasz Piszczek breaks down in tears after playing his last professional game in Borussia Dortmund’s German Cup win over RB Leipzig as the Polish defender bows out on a high with his team-mates hoisting him in the air

  • Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek was emotional after playing his last game 
  • The Pole is set to retire from football after German Cup final win over Leipzig
  • His team won 4-1 to ensure they ended the campaign with some silverware
  • Piszczek broke down in tears after final whistle with team-mates consoling him 

Lukasz Piszczek was left in tears after Borussia Dortmund’s German Cup win over Leipzig with the Polish defender playing his last game in professional football. 

The right-back, who has spent the last 11 years with the club, bowed out on a high as his side romped to a 4-1 victory thanks to doubles from Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, ensuring their first major trophy since 2017.

But after ending his playing days with silverware, Piszczek could not hold in his emotions with the 35-year-old beginning to cry after the final whistle as his team-mates huddled around him in support.

Borussia Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek was emotional after playing his last ever game 

The Polish right-back was reduced to tears after Dortmund's German Cup final win v Leipzig

The Polish right-back was reduced to tears after Dortmund’s German Cup final win v Leipzig

He was hoisted up in the air by his team-mates in recognition of his service to the club

He was hoisted up in the air by his team-mates in recognition of his service to the club

Mahmoud Dahoud and Mats Hummels were among the players to console the veteran defender, and they were quickly joined by the entire team as they embraced him together.

Shortly after Piszczek was scooped up by the players and hoisted into the air several times, with the former Poland international still in tears as he held on to his face.

Speaking after the game, Piszczek was nearly left speechless after the support he had received and said it the perfect way to call time on his career.

Piszczek said it was the perfect way to end his playing days as he bids to return to Poland

Piszczek said it was the perfect way to end his playing days as he bids to return to Poland 

The 35-year-old said he could not have imagined such a moment 'in his wildest dreams'

The 35-year-old said he could not have imagined such a moment ‘in his wildest dreams’

 ‘I’ve no words,’ he said. ‘I know that my career is slowly coming to an end and I never dreamed of such a highlight.

‘I always said I wanted to end my career here with a trophy. Today we did it and I’m very proud…. I couldn’t have imagined this in my wildest dreams.’ 

Piszczek had initially planned to call time on his football career last summer, but pushed his plans back by a year to help the club during the pandemic.

Now he plans to return to his boyhood side LKS Goczalkowice, who play in Poland’s third tier, to help coach their youth side. 

‘I have concrete plans in Poland and have already postponed these plans for a year,’ he said last season.

He will go down as a club icon having played 380 times and won the Bundesliga twice

He will go down as a club icon having played 380 times and won the Bundesliga twice 

He has won a total of eight trophies during a successful 11 years at Borussia Dortmund

He has won a total of eight trophies during a successful 11 years at Borussia Dortmund 

‘I want to play with friends from my hometown club Goczalkowice, where my father is vice-president, and take care of the youth academy that we started in 2019.

‘I grew up here, this is where I developed into the man I am today, which is why I wanted to give something back.’

Piszczek, who played 380 times for Dortmund, has had a career to be proud of – racking up 66 caps for his national team and winning the Bundesliga twice during his time at the club.

His recent DFB-Pokal success also means he has won the national cup three times, as well as a hat-trick of German Super Cups. He was part of Jurgen Klopp’s revered side that won back-to-back league titles and reached the Champions League final in 2013, suffering defeat to Bayern Munich. 

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