Third of a million fans request Zidan’s Dortmund tickets

AFP, Ahram Online, Thursday 31 Mar 2011

Roughly 200,000 German league fans lose out on seats to see the last hotly competitive German league games

Mohamed Zidan

More than 300,000 Bundesliga fans of leaders Borussia Dortmund have requested tickets for their team's final home game of the season with the Ruhr valley club set to lift the German league title.

Dortmund hosts Eintracht Frankfurt in their 80,000-seater Signal Iduna Park Stadium on 14 May but the club has thus far received 301,752 requests for tickets on top of their 50,000 season ticket holders.

With 8,000 tickets set aside for Frankfurt fans, that leaves only 21,000 tickets for fans to apply for by 10 April that will be up for grabs by lottery.

Dortmund's Bundesliga home match against Hanover this Saturday is already sold out, as is the game with Freiburg in Dortmund on 17 April.

Only a handful of tickets will be on offer for the home game against Nuremberg on 30 April.

Broussia Dortmund forward Mohamed Zidan has joined the training sessions after he finished his national duty last weekend with the Pharaohs, who lost 1-0 against South Africa by a last-gasp goal. The Pharaohs star is ready and in-form for Saturday’s match and he will be the first Egyptian footballer to win the Bundesliga.

Dortmund have a seven-point lead at the top of the German league and are on course for their first Bundesliga title since 2002 with seven games left before this weekend's matches.

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