The drama of a player who overcame testicular cancer… Debut goal on ‘World Cancer Day’

A player who overcame testicular cancer returned to the field on ‘World Cancer Day’ and wrote a drama about scoring his team’s debut goal. Sebastian Haller (29, France) of Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga is the main character.

Haller played as a starter against Freiburg in the 2022-2023 season Bundesliga round 19 home game held at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany at 11:30 pm (hereinafter Korean time) on the 4th, and was leading 2-1 in the 6th minute of the second half He scored a goal with a header. It was Haller’s first official goal for Dortmund.

Haller was transferred to Dortmund last summer for a transfer fee of 26 million pounds (approximately 41.1 billion won). Dortmund expected Haller to fill the void left by Elling Haaland (23), the team’s main striker, who moved to Manchester City. Before coming to Dortmund, Haller scored 21 goals in 31 appearances in the Dutch league, leading his team Ajax to the league title.

But Dortmund’s plans fell apart as soon as Haller joined. During team training in Switzerland in July of last year, Haller was not feeling well and was examined. A tumor was found in his testicles.

Since then, Haller has successfully completed two tumor removal surgeries and prepared for a comeback. In August of last year, he appeared at an official event for the first time in a long time, emaciated from chemotherapy, and shed tears, saying, “Every day is not easy, but I am working hard with everyone’s help.” 안전놀이터

And Haller returned to the team after only six months and improved his condition by recording a hat-trick in a friendly match. And on January 23 of this year, he made his Bundesliga debut as a substitute in the 17th minute of the second half in the home game against Augsburg in the 16th round, and finally scored his first goal against Freiburg that day. The 80,000 spectators at Signal Iduna Park welcomed Haller with a standing ovation. Dortmund defeated Freiburg 5-1 thanks to Haller’s goal.

The Daily Mail, a British media, focused on Haller’s performance, saying, “Haller, who overcame testicular cancer, scored his debut goal on ‘World Cancer Day’.” ‘World Cancer Day’ is a day established in 2005 by the International Cancer Prevention Alliance to raise awareness of cancer and help cancer patients.

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