Gladbach will host the Ukrainian national team for a friendly match

By Peter Vice

Borussia Mönchengladbach have announced that they will host the Ukrainian national football team for a charity match on May 11.

Borussia-Park. Photo: Borussia Monchengladbach

After Borussia Dortmund’s exhibition game against Dynamo Kyiv raised some €400,000, German football’s other West Prussian club are looking to stage their own benefit match in just under two weeks. Gladbach announced on Friday that the Colts will host the Ukrainian national team at Borussia Park on May 11.

The friendly match will be the first game on the national team’s schedule since the start of the conflict with Russia. Les Bleu et Jaune can still hope to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A one-legged UEFA semi-final eliminator remains scheduled for June 1. The winner of the playoffs between Ukraine and Scotland will then face Wales in the qualifying final on June 5.

All proceeds from the match will be donated to refugee-related causes. A kick-off time has yet to be set as, just like Dortmund, Gladbach are keen to raise additional funds by selling the broadcast rights. However, tickets are already on public sale via the club’s website. Anyone showing proof of Ukrainian citizenship will be allowed to enter for free.

“We hope that as many football fans in the region as possible will take part in this match,” said BMG managing director Stephan Schippers, quoted on the club’s website, “in order to contribute to a good cause with buying their ticket. Anyone fleeing the conflict can come for free.”

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