A team from the promotion squad to face FCA's Europa League side
As has already been announced, FC Augsburg has been in close contact with Daniel Baier for some weeks and months to organise the planned farewell match for the longstanding captain. The date has now been set: the game dedicated to the FCA record Bundesliga player will take place on Saturday 9th September in the afternoon.
FCA fans can look forward to a football fest in the WWK ARENA when a team from the promotion squad of 2011 take on a selection of the side who played in the 2015/16 Europa League, the first time in Augsburg’s history.
“This game has a special appeal because in more than ten years at FC Augsburg I was able to experience incredible moments. I will always remember promotion to the Bundesliga and qualifying for the Europa League for the first time and they are among the absolute highlights of my career. It’s nice that this also plays a part in the farewell game,” said Daniel Baier.
For the fans, it will not only be a reunion with the former FCA captain, but also with other former players such as Paul Verhaegh, Halil Altintop, Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, Tobias Werner and Raúl Bobadilla. “I’m really looking forward to being on the pitch once again with my old teammates and saying a proper farewell to the FCA fans,” said Daniel Baier, who is full of anticipation.
“The WWK Arena and these two teams will make for a worthy occasion for Daniel Baier’s farewell match. We are delighted that we have now been able to find a suitable date,” said Stefan Reuter, sporting director at FCA. “All the fans and those involved can look forward to one or two highlights, since the discussions in preparation for the game and the participants promise a great afternoon. We are certainly looking forward to it.”
Baier joined FCA on loan from VfL Wolfsburg for the 2008/9 season and was signed permanently in January 2010. The midfielder celebrated promotion to the Bundesliga with the club in 2011 and afterwards remained a central player for the Függerstädter for ten years, captaining from the 2017/18 season onwards. In 2020, the now 39-year-old ended his career as FCA’s record Bundesliga player. In total, he made 355 competitive appearances for Augsburg.