Borussia Dortmund opened the year with a 4-3 victory over Augsburg this Sunday, as they welcomed back Sebastien Haller, six months after he was diagnosed with cancer.
The player had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, and was greeted by a roar from the famous ‘Yellow Wall’ of fans.
The debut came as a 62nd minute substitute in his after cancer treatment which included two operations and chemotherapy. The diagnosis was received during pre-season training, turning his life upside down.
The delayed debut brought a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 81,000, after Haller was diagnosed less than a month after signing from Ajax.
“Great feeling, of course, especially with this welcome, with the atmosphere, the win,” Haller said. “Everything went well — except a goal, of course. It will come.”
The player required chemotherapy and two operations, with the second of them in late November, after he was informed in July that he had testicular cancer.