Borussia’s summer sale continues, as fan favourite Oliver Kirch’s departure to 2nd Bundesliga’s SC Paderborn was announced by the club.
The midfielder penned a deal until 2017 with the Ostwestfalen. Terms of the agreement between the clubs have not been disclosed, the expectation is, however, that Kirch joins Paderborn on a free transfer.
The 33 year old came to his boyhood dream club from Kaiserslautern in 2012 as a right back, but never made a mark at that position, playing only 172 minutes in the Bundesliga in his first year for BVB. He spent most of his time bouncing around between the bench and the stands, failing often to make the squad for matchdays.
His entire career at Borussia changed in the spring of 2014, when a run of injuries plagued the club and Jürgen Klopp had to call upon a midfield twosome of Milos Jojic (now at Cologne) and Kirch in the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Real Madrid.
Kirch earned top marks for his performance against los Galácticos in a truly remarkable game that almost saw Borussia overturn a 3:0 deficit from the first leg in the Santiago Bernabéu. The evening almost single handedly changed the perception of Kirch, who was revered by many supporters ever since.
Injuries then took their toll on Kirch in the last season, robbing him of the chance to be a regular starter for the club when his midfield competitors had to deal with injuries of their own. Kirch only got to play in 12 competitive matches for the club in 2014/15.
A muscle injury suffered in this summer’s preseason left him with a mountain to climb in terms of breaking into the team under new head coach Thomas Tuchel. Presumably in an effort to get more playing time towards the end of his career, Kirch now leaves for Paderborn, who have yet to get things going in the 2nd Bundesliga, losing four of the opening five fixtures after having been relegated from the Bundesliga following their first ever top-flight season.
Sad Borussia supporters will get a chance to say goodbye to Kirch in late October, when BVB will host Paderborn in the 2nd round of the German Cup.
In the meantime, 2nd Bundesliga opponents will learn to #FearTheKirch