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‘A great honour’

Robben voted into DFB Cup Walk of Fame

FC Bayern winger Arjen Robben’s footprints will soon be added to the DFB Cup Walk of Fame at Berlin Olympic Stadium after the Dutch ace received almost 60 percent of the votes  in a poll for the “Cup Hero of 2013/14”. Arjen will become the first currently active star to be recognised in this way.

“It’s a great honour for me personally. It’s great there’ll be something to remember me by even after I’m no longer playing,” Robben commented at the taking of his footprints in Munich. Finals at the venerable Olympic Stadium in Berlin mean a lot to the 30-year-old: “Every player wants to experience it. They’re fantastic festivals with an amazing atmosphere, and if you go on to win it’s the best thing of all!”

The Netherlands star is familiar with cup triumphs as he has already lifted the German knockout trophy three times since joining FC Bayern in 2009. In 18 cup ties to date, the winger has scored 14 goals and provided ten assists. Robben’s favourite moment was scoring the opening goal in Bayern’s 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in last season’s final: “It’s such a great feeling when you score in extra time.”

The DFB Cup Walk of Fame, initiated by the German FA (DFB) and competition sponsor Volkswagen, pays tribute to cup heroes past and present. Fifteen players have been inducted so far. The bronze plates bearing Robben’s footprints and his signature will be installed at the stadium in the capital in November.