They are the life and soul of the stadium, football fanatics too, and their greatest fans are usually the youngest supporters: the Bundesliga club mascots. The Borussia mascot goes by the name of Jünter (a local dialect form of Günter). His name and the number 10 on the back of his shirt are references to Günter Netzer, one of the greatest players in the club's history. And having had 11 trophies to celebrate since he was 'born' in 1965, Jünter is also one of the Bundesliga's most successful mascots.
But what does a mascot actually do? There is, in fact, a lot more to it than simply prancing about in the stadium at home games and waving his hooves. For Jünter, a home match means lots of work. But when he is at the stadium, surrounded by the players, the fans and, above all, the many, many children, Jünter is one happy horse. For regardless of all the hectic goings-on around him, the thing he cares about most is that they have a good time. There can be no doubting that Jünter has a strenuous job. Before the game, he welcomes old and young fans alike outside the stadium, then quickly canters back inside to calm the nerves of the kids about to escort the players on to the pitch inside the gigantic BORUSSIA-PARK stadium. Then it's time to welcome the fans on ihe stands, followed by another trip outside for Jünter's traditional inspection of the grilled sausages at the fast-food stall and yet another dash back inside.
Next, Jünter has to check whether the Borussia players are warming up properly. Usually there isn't even time for Jünter to offer some final words of advice to Jupp Heynckes before the head coach begins his pre-match team talk because stadium announcer Torsten Knippertz won't begin if Jünter isn't there. And then, shortly before kick-off, Jünter has to groom himself for the entry of the teams. When that's done, off he trots to Borussia's youngest fans up in the Langnese Family Enclosures. There, he cheers the team on while rehearsing chants with the crowd -- and when half-time comes around, its time for him to gallop back down again.
But rest assured. amid all this hustle and bustle, Jünter never stops thinking about what else he can do for the children in his new club.