Rudiger vs Fullkrug: Real Madrid and Dortmund Stars Involved in Altercation Ahead of Euro 2024

Rudiger vs Fullkrug: Real Madrid and Dortmund Stars Involved in Altercation Ahead of Euro 2024

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 11, 2024 at 9:27 AM
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  • Antonio Rudiger and Niclas Fullkrug were reportedly involved in an altercation during Germany's open-day training ahead of Euro 2024
  • The reports suggest they had to be separated by Germany's assistant boss, Sandro Wagner, to avoid the incident spiralling out of hand
  • The pair had crossed paths a couple of days ago when Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final

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With the 2024 UEFA European Championship approaching, participating teams are fine-tuning their squads in preparation for the competition.

Germany, the host nation, was doing just that ahead of their Group A opener against Scotland on June 14. However, what was intended to be a routine training session in front of fans turned into a surprising spectacle.

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Niclas Fullkrug and Antonio Rudiger hold a conversation during Germany's friendly game against Ukraine on June 12, 2023. Photo by Helge Prang - GES Sportfoto.
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Rudiger almost 'fights' teammate Fullkrug

Two key players, Antonio Rudiger and Niclas Fullkrug, who are expected to play an integral role in Germany's pursuit of what will be an unprecedented fourth European crown, almost came to blows.

The pair had just joined Germany's camp after being given a rest due to their participation in the Champions League final.

Rudiger, who played for Real Madrid in the final, saw his team triumph over Fullkrug's Borussia Dortmund with two late goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior, securing yet another UCL title for Los Blancos.

According to BILD (via Marca), the altercation occurred during an open-day training session. Rudiger reportedly pushed Fullkrug over, prompting the Dortmund striker to react angrily.

Assistant manager Sandro Wagner intervened to separate them, with the Real Madrid defender mockingly applauding his teammate.

Despite this incident, BILD notes that the two generally have an excellent relationship, dating back to their time together in Germany's youth teams.

Football Espana adds that Fullkrug sharing Rudiger's Instagram post suggests that any tension between them has likely been resolved.

Rudiger discloses unexpected skill

Sports Brief also shared that Antonio Rudiger had disclosed an unexpected skill he possesses.

Ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League final against Dortmund on June 1, Rudiger unveiled a hidden talent previously unknown to many.

In response to inquiries about this secret skill, the ex-Chelsea defender revealed his prowess as a skilled entertainer.

He emphasised his ability to bring joy as a talented clown, particularly delighting his family, especially his children.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.