Dutch TV commentator Sierd de Vos caused a scandal during the Champions League game between Besiktas and Ajax Amsterdam with an insulting statement about Domagoj Vida.
“Besiktas asked for an exception so that Vida could play. He is so ugly that he is generally not allowed to play because the children are watching,” said de Vos, starting his show on Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport.
The commentator’s comment, known in the Netherlands for his controversial manners, sparked backlash in the Croatian homeland of Vida. “Why is he doing this work? What an outrageous appearance from the commentator,” sports platform Gol wrote. “Ajax’s victory was overshadowed by a disgraceful performance from Sierd de Vos.”
The broadcaster initially posted a snippet of the comment on Twitter, but the tweet was later deleted. De Vos himself did not at first comment on his questionable choice of words.
De Vos’s verbal derailment may have a story – if not immediate. Vida, 32, is also known as the ‘Croatian wink’ in the Netherlands. The nickname refers to an incident ten years ago.
EL memories from Dortmund: five BVB professionals are still there
After leaving the Champions League group stage, BVB will play in the Europa League. It reminds me of the dramatic quarter-final duel with Liverpool FC in 2016. A look back.
The last BVB 2014/15 season for master maker Jürgen Klopp was like a disaster. Meanwhile, black and yellow have slipped to the bottom of the table. As a result, Klopp requested termination of the contract.
Following the announcement of the end of the Klopp era at BVB, Borussia qualified for the Europa League the following season, which was the first under Thomas Tuchel, despite the poor start to the season.
Today’s Chelsea coach made BVB the all-time best second in a year (78 points), and Dortmund also entered the Europa League knockout stage against opponents Krasnodar Group , PAOK and Qäbälä.
Dortmund’s side had a tough time and, after losses to Krasnodar and PAOK, only finished second in Group C. Surprisingly, BVB had no problems with the difficult batches of Porto and Tottenham.
With four wins, the Tuchel troupe advanced to the quarter-finals, where there was a dramatic reunion with Klopp as Liverpool coach. After the 1-1 draw in the first leg, BVB were already a sure winner in the second leg at Anfield.
The Reds, however, recorded a deficit of 1: 3: Dejan Lovren led the 4: 3 in stoppage time and Borussia’s trip to the Europa League ended in spectacular fashion. These players were there at the time.
OBJECTIVE – ROMAN WEIDENFELLER: In his third season last at BVB, he only played in the Europa League. Ended his “great career” in 2018, but remained at BVB as a marketing employee.
DEFENSE – LUKASZ PISZCZEK: There was still no alternative to the veteran under Tuchel. With the arrival of Achraf Hakimi in 2018, the step in the second link has come. Over the summer he joined Polish fourth division club Goczalkowice.
SOKRATIS: Showed his class inconsistently over the 5 years at BVB, went to Arsenal in 2018, where he ventured either male and was sidelined after just 69 games. Moved to Olympiakos in January where he is a regular.
MATS HUMMELS: The EL season with BVB was his last before moving to FC Bayern. Almost regularly there and won many national titles. Returning to BVB in 2019, since then, regular player and undisputed leader.
MARCEL SCHMELZER: Was promoted to captain after Hummels left. He resigned from his post in 2018 after receiving severe criticism in some cases. After many injuries, no longer plays a role in BVB.
MITTELFELD – JULIAN WEIGL: Tuchel’s upstart. Was the winner of the change of coach, played 171 competitive matches at BVB in five years and even became a national player. Left BVB in January 2020 for € 20m for Benfica. Sit there.
GONZALO CASTRO: He only stayed at BVB for 3 years, but he was unable to convince in the long term. Was settled in 2018 and transferred to VfB Stuttgart. He has already decried it as a flop in the 2018/19 epidemic year, later captain. Without a club since the summer.
SHINJI KAGAWA: Despite his mixed second BVB period (2014 to 2018), he has legendary status due to years of mastery under Klopp. He has never been happier than in Dortmund and was even without a club in between. Currently under contract with PAOK.
HENRIKH MKHITARYAN: “Mücke” has become a key player in BVB and has been directly involved in 90 goals in 140 games. His transfer to ManUnited earned BVB record fees (42 million). Currently experiencing its second spring with the Roma.
MARCO REUS: Still employed by BVB, now same captain. His constant companion remains unlucky with injuries. Nevertheless: in good days always a player of difference, even if in the meantime more often in the center of criticism.
ATTACK – PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG: Arrived in 2013 and scored an insane number of goals in 144 games (98). With 31 hits, he set the record for 2017 Cup winner Lothar Emmerich (1966). But: His departure to Arsenal in 2018 turned into a farce.
And that’s what Dortmund’s starting lineup looked like on April 14, 2016 in the second leg quarter-final against Liverpool. Tuchel made three changes during the game.
REPLACEMENT PLAYER – MATTHIAS GINTER (from 77th): Has always had difficult times at BVB due to his versatility. Sometimes six, sometimes right-back, sometimes central defender. Went to Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2017, is defense chief and service provider there.
ILKAY GÜNDOGAN (from 82): During his last year at BVB he was hit by bad luck with injuries, ahead of Liverpool’s second leg he suffered a serious contusion to his foot. Moved to Manchester City in 2016.
ADRIAN RAMOS (83rd): Joined BVB in 2014 and stayed there for 3 years. Made 79 games for Borussia (19 goals), but he was never completely convincing. I went to China from BVB, then to Granada and finally I returned to CD America in Colombia.
NOT CHANGED – ROMAN BÜRKI: had replaced Weidenfeller as number one in his first BVB season, but only in the Bundesliga and DFB Cup. Now only a replacement.
SVEN BENDER: “Manni” was hardly in demand under Tuchel because of Weigl and his injury susceptibility, but it was still worth the gold for winning the 2017 cup. Not only because of his tackle on the half line -final against Bayern has cult status.
Bender moved to Bayer Leverkusen and his twin brother Lars in 2017. Well then again the regular force. With Lars, he ended his career this summer. The reason: the physical effort in professional football.
NURI SAHIN: Like Kagawa with a rather average BVB second period after his stays at Real Madrid and Liverpool. Left BVB in 2018 and went to Werder Bremen, now head of the football department at Antalyaspor
CHRISTIAN PULISIC: The very talented American boy brought BVB a generous transfer plus € 64million when he moved to Chelsea in 2019. With the blues, sometimes fixed, sometimes just a reservist.
On the other hand, there was another current BVB professional in Liverpool’s starting lineup in EMRE CAN. And not only that: With a fantastic plug-in pass on Origi before 1: 2, Can of all people kicked off BVB’s EL nightmare.
Champions League: Vida in Ajax-Aus 2011 in focus
In December 2011, Ajax Amsterdam were eliminated from the group stage because Olympique de Lyon won 7-1 after a 0-1 deficit against Dinamo Zagreb in the side game and thus resolved the ticket for the knockout phase because of the better goal difference.
The then Dinamo defender winked at orienteering striker Bafetimbi Gomis after the French scored the fifth goal and gave a thumbs up when he attempted to retrieve the ball. Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant then suspected match-fixing.