Bochum celebrate their Bundesliga return by beating Mainz in style | Andy Brassell

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Andy Brassell

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They had been away for 11 years, but the forgotten club of Germany’s football heartlands fully enjoyed their gala day

They streamed down the streets in blue and white, gravitating to the Castroper Strasse where trams drop right outside the Ruhrstadion and the smell of grilling sausages hits you as soon as the double doors open. “The euphoria was palpable throughout the city,” said Thomas Reis. They had waited for this and how they deserved it.

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