Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has praised the spirit of the club in how everyone responded with a show of strength after last season’s bomb attack on the team bus.
The 28-year-old was a part of the squad when the club’s bus was hit by a roadside bomb in April this year, ahead of BVB’s first leg UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Monaco.
Defender Marc Batra was injured in the attack after shards of broken glass from shattered windows in the blast damaged his wrist, although he has since made a full recovery.
Writing in the Player’s Tribune, the Turkey international said, “I had no idea what was going on. I just sort of froze I guess. But my mind was racing. In the span of maybe two seconds, I thought of my entire life.
“I thought of dying, but I thought of living, too. And then I thought of my family. I saw my five-year-old son, my one-year-old daughter and my wife. I could feel them there with me.
— Nuri Şahin (@nurisahin) August 14, 2017
“And then I snapped out of it and I realized where I was. I turned around and saw my teammate Marc Bartra. His arm was bleeding, badly, and I looked up and saw his eyes. I’ll never forget his eyes. They were dark and terrified.
“I saw other guys behind him start to stand up, but I screamed as loud as I could, ‘Stay down! Stay down! Get away from the windows!'”
He added of the club’s incredible response to the terrifying incident in the game which would eventually take place the following night from the attack, “The fans had created a massive tifosi that read: BVB, which is our club’s abbreviated name.
“It stretched from the very top of the stands all the way down to the pitch. It was awesome. And, even if only for a few minutes, it made me feel that everything was going to be all right.”