The 32-year-old played with Werder Bremen for the first time in 454 days, and he celebrated his comeback against Schalke.
After being out of the world of football since December 2017 because of an Achilles’ injury, Fin Bartels was anxious to play again.
He spent 15 months in the sidelines, and 454 days without playing for Werder Bremen.
Then he came in as a substitute in the 4-2 victory over Schalke in Friday’s German Bundesliga fixture.
And he feels like a young man once again.
“I was really excited, I had goosebumps!” he told the club’s official website after the game.
“I was so nervous that I totally messed up my first touch.”
“That was a wonderful moment, just indescribable. I have received a lot of support and encouragement. I can only thank the fans. That was huge,” he concluded.
“It is very nice to see him on the pitch again. He is a class player and a super professional. I am very happy for him as I know how it feels like to be injured and alone in the gym,” said Milot Rashica.
“This evening is a reward for all the hard work he has done. He will have thought about this moment when working alone in the gym,” said the Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt.
“That was not a gift for him. He has already shown in training over the past few weeks how he can help the team.”
— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) March 9, 2019