Club | 12/08/2021

A special comeback

Hennes returns to the stadium

Hennes has been present at almost all FC home games since 1950. Since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, he was unable to attend due to rules and regulations in the hygiene concept. On Sunday against Hertha BSC, Hennes IX will finally return pitchside.

The 2021-22 Bundesliga season begins for FC on Sunday and won’t just be a special day for many fans, but also for our mascot. What only happened on rare occasion became the norm during the pandemic. Hennes was only able to watch on from his home in the Zoo, instead of taking his usual spot alongside the action. On Sunday, it will be 533 days since Hennes IX last visited the ground. It was the 3:0 win against FC Schalke 04 in front of 50,000 fans.

Since the games had to be played without fans and animals, Hennes was sadly missed in what was an emotional and intense season. On Sunday, the wait for Hennes is finally over. Hennes, who has become a father in between times, is ready and raring to go and has grown again from when most last seen him. He is almost at a heigh of 50cm to his shoulders.

Previously it was Hennes VII, who last missed a home game. In the 2000-01 season, he missed two games because of foot and mouth disease and in 2008, he also missed two games due to osteoarthritis. On Sunday, 16,500 fans will be present as Hennes IX makes his long-awaited return.

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