Created on 27-04-2012 at 00:00 AM
Saturday's penultimate round of matches in the Bundesliga involves a number of significant farewells. Raul says goodbye to the Schalke crowd, and Michael Ballack takes his leave in Leverkusen, for example. A stalwart also makes what is likely to be the last appearance of a fine career when Jörg Butt, Bayern's number two keeper who turns 38 in a month, stands between the sticks against VfB Stuttgart in Munich.
“He'll play from the start, of course. It'll be his farewell match at the Allianz Arena," Jupp Heynckes announced on Friday, “he deserves it." Butt himself described his 387th and probably last appearance in the German top flight, which will be his 63rd for FCB, as “a totally normal Bundesliga match." Would he be preparing any differently, he was asked. “I certainly won't be contemplating the fact it's my last match. It's the kind of thing you have to forget once you're out on the field. I'm taking the game very seriously. We want to win!"