Cleves The regional league awaits Borussia Mönchengladbach in the semi-finals. A victory in the scheduled final means entry into the DFB Cup. A quartet has a Gladbach past.
VfR Warbeyen has a big goal. “We want to write the history of the club and reach the DFB Cup for the first time,” said Sandro Scuderi, coach of the ninth team in the women’s regional football championship, a few weeks ago. Today, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., his team can take the decisive step towards this goal. In the semi-final of the Bas-Rhin Cup, the VfR hosts Borussia Mönchengladbach, second in the regional championship standings, at the Stadion am Bresserberg.
The game has the status of an early endgame. Because the final is against an opponent who is fighting for points three classes lower. District league team Rhenania Bottrop surprisingly reached the final with a 1-0 victory in the second semi-final against Niederrheinliga team SV Heissen Mülheim. The winner of the regional league duel will go to the final as big favorites and has the best chance of being in the DFB Cup next season.
But that’s not the only reason why the game in the Klever Eroglu Arena is a special game for three VfR Warbeyen players and their coach Sandrco Scuderi. Because they were active for Borussia. While Pauline Dallmann and Sandra Wegerich moved from Mönchengladbach to VfR in the summer of 2020, Julia Koj has been wearing the black and white VfR shirt since 2021. The trio previously played for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the German top flight. A moment that the players remember fondly.
“I associate my years in Gladbach with a lot of positive emotions. It was my first step into women’s football,” says 24-year-old midfielder Pauline Dallmann, who played for Borussia for five years before joining Warbeyen. In the league, both games against their former club were lost. While VfR still had no chance in the first leg (0:2), they didn’t miss much to earn a point in the 3:4 almost two weeks ago.
Julia Koj hopes VfR will now win on the third attempt. “In the second leg, after a bad start, we played at eye level for long periods. If we are brave from the start this time and don’t let ourselves be intimidated, we have a good chance,” says the 27-year-old. Sandra Wegerich agrees. “We have evolved, made a big leap. Now we We’re dying to create a sensation. Precisely because there are still a lot of friends playing in Gladbach, the anticipation is very high,” says the striker.
The same should apply to the man on the sidelines. VfR coach Sandro Scuderi took her first steps as a women’s football coach in Mönchengladbach. Now he wants to throw his old love out of the cup. His team is facing the second strongest series of attacks in the regional championship (87 goals in 25 games). For this reason, Scuderi relies on the solid VfR defense, known from experience. “It’s certainly not that easy to score goals against us. Our goal is to be good behind and keep putting in tricks up front. We consistently show good approaches until the goal is scored. Can -be that now the knots will burst in terms of efficiency. Because we want to go to the final”, explains the 42-year-old.
Pauline Dallmann already has a head start: “Our goal is to finally lift the Niederrheinpokal.”