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Marc Bartra to relive Dortmund bus bomb horror as he and team-mates will testify in court

SPAIN star Marc Bartra and his team-mates will relive their Dortmund bomb horror at the trial of alleged attacker Sergei W.

The Dortmund defender and a motorcycle cop were somehow the only people hurt when three explosive devices went off next to the packed team-bus in the German town ahead of the Champions League home quarter-final against Monaco on April 11.

 Marc Bartra was, miraculously, the only player injured in the Dortmund bomb blast

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Marc Bartra was, miraculously, the only player injured in the Dortmund bomb blast

Then-Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel and all the players on the bus will testify in court, including three who have since left – Barcelona summer buy Ousmane Dembele, Monchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter and Leverkusen midfielder Sven Bender.

In total, 92 witnesses and 14 experts will appear once the trial opens on December 21, according to German newspaper Bild.

Bartra was taken to a medical centre nearby for help straight after the attack and was fit enough to resume training in May.

He even played twice before the end of last season and regards his return to playing as his “greatest triumph”.

 The Dortmund team bus was damaged in the blast on the eve of the tie with Monaco

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The Dortmund team bus was damaged in the blast on the eve of the tie with Monaco
 Team-mates kept Marc Bartra at the the front of their minds following the attack

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Team-mates kept Marc Bartra at the the front of their minds following the attack

Asked where winning the Champions League with Barcelona rated in his list, the 26-year-old replied: “The second one.

“Playing football again after hitting rock bottom. It’s the greatest triumph I can have and I achieve it every day I put my boots on.”


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Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin spoke out soon after Monaco’s 3-2 win to describe the Dortmund terror attack as the worst moment of his life.

The Turkey international said: “It is hard to talk about it and hard to find the right words.

“I don’t know if people can understand this but until I was on the pitch in the second half I did not think about football to be honest.

“I know football is very important, we love football, we suffer with football and I know we earn a lot of money and have a privileged life but we are human beings, there is so much more than football in this world, last night we felt it.

“When I was on the bus last night, I can’t forget the faces, I will never forget those faces. It was unbelievable.”

He said of the explosion: “I was sitting next to Marcel (Schmelzer) and I remember asking for a bottle of water from the shelf to my right as we were doing so drove off. I reached for the bottle and then … PENG! “

Bartra returned to training in May and went to play two more matches for Dortmund last season after the attack.

Bartra has said his return to football following the attack on Dortmund’s bus is his greatest achievements.

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The Spaniard was asked if lifting the Champions League with Barcelona was better than returning to action last season.

He replied: “The second one. Playing football again after hitting rock bottom. It’s the greatest triumph I can have and I achieve it every day I put my boots on.”

He also told German sport outlet Kicker: “When the attack happened, I thought I would never be able to play again. I could not move in the first five or 10 minutes and I could not hear anything.

 Borussia Dortmund players received an escort after the terror attack on their bus

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Borussia Dortmund players received an escort after the terror attack on their bus
 Defender Marc Bartra fully recovered within weeks from hand and wrist injuries

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Defender Marc Bartra fully recovered within weeks from hand and wrist injuries
 Dortmund's Nuri Sahin is among those to have spoken out to describe the attack as the worst moment of his life

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Dortmund’s Nuri Sahin is among those to have spoken out to describe the attack as the worst moment of his life

“When the doctor told me after the surgery that everything was going well and I was going to be able to play again in a month, that was indescribable and the most beautiful news.

“I feel stronger today than ever before.”

Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has also described the terror attack as the worst moment of his life.

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And he told American sport website The Players’ Tribune of the moment the explosion rocked the bus.

He said: “I was sitting next to Marcel Schmelzer. And I remember asking for a bottle of water from the shelf to my right as we were doing so drove off. I reached for the bottle and then … PENG! “


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