An era in German Bundesliga and especially at Rhein Neckar Lowen (2010-2022) will be remembered for Swiss playmaker Andy Schmid who played his last home match last night against THW Kiel.
Amazing 39-years old playmaker, who was voted five years in a row for the German Bundesliga MVP was bigger than the match last night in SAP Arena with 11.500 fans:
But the home side’s defeat, which also secured the qualification for the Champions League for the guests from Kiel, became a minor matter around half a minute before the end of the game. “Andy, Andy!” chanted the fans in the arena’s stands and below the players stopped playing, formed a circle around the visibly tearful Swiss and joined in the applause of around 11,500 spectators. The top game ends before the final siren: a strong gesture for the man who has shaped the LIQUI MOLY Handball Bundesliga with his game like no other over the past ten years.
Tribute to a Lion Friend: “I’m Hugely Impressed”
After the emotional homage on the field, Bjarte Myrhol once again found the right words at the official farewell a few minutes later to pay tribute to the athlete and person Andy Schmid: “In sport there are games that are more important than others and in life there are Friends that matter more than others and to me you are one of those. I’m hugely impressed with how you’ve developed – as a player, but also as a friend and family man. Your confidence as a player wasn’t exactly high in your first season with the Lions and it was a difficult time, but you stayed and fought and here you are after 12 years – it’s amazing. Just look around at what you have done for the fans here, for the whole Bundesliga. That’s incredible”, its written on RNL website.
Schmid is going back to Swiss Kriens Luzern.