Just as he did last year and the year before that Borussia Dortmund’s Serbian center back Neven Subotic was back in Ethiopia, East Africa, with members of his foundation, Neven Subotic Stiftung, for their annual charity work.
Their main goal, as broadly depicted in part one of this article, is to make sure that people living in rural areas get water that is clean and safe to drink. To this cause Subotic and his team once again travelled long distances to the northern part of the country to build new water sources and other facilities like clean latrines around schools.
They have been documenting their day-to-day activity on the foundation’s Facebook page and have tried to include other people, who can’t make the trip, to take part in this admirable and noble activity by making them aware of the situation there so that they can make donations to the organization.
In one of their posts Subotic and every member of his team have chosen a kit number to educate people on the severe consequences of not being able to get clean water. For instance Subotic picked the number 1 because one out of eleven children in sub Saharan Africa dies before their 5th birthday. He added that while our world is full of technologies that help us solve complex problems it’s a sad that small matters like lack of safe drinking water can cause such a calamity. He wanted to be part of the solution and that’s why he is doing all of these good deeds with his group.
What an exemplary guy Subotic is? Words can’t describe what remarkable, charitable work he is doing. He is personally changing lives every day, making a difference and inspiring so many people. And I am one of those people who have been touched by his big heart. There are a lot of people in remote and rural areas suffering from different infectious diseases only because they can’t get clean water. Neven Subotic Stiftung is playing a big part in preventing this.
The BVB man is enjoying his stay in Ethiopia, as seen from his posts, but will have another set of business waiting for him when he gets back home. Rumors have it that the Serbian might be switching clubs in the summer after falling down the pecking order in Thomas Tuchel’s team. The man who was an integral part of Klopp’s teams who won two Bundesliga titles and the German Pokal made but a handful of appearances this past season, with thrombosis of the arm ending his season on April 1. The 27 year-old defender has made over 250 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund since coming over from Mainz in June, 2008 while representing Serbia 36 times.
He has been linked with a move to several EPL clubs, but the final decision on his future remains open. The fact that BVB won’t sign another Center-Back, after securing Marc Bartra from Barcelona, might mean that Subotic can stay perhaps another year at the Signal Iduna Park. If he can get more playing time and can get back to his best form, he will be like a new signing for the Black and Yellows. Even if that doesn’t happen who wouldn’t want to have such a kind and thoughtful man in their team?
A brilliant player and a brilliant human being, you have earned my biggest respect Neven Subotic. You truly are more than just a footballer.
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Brook lives in Ethiopia, and started following the Bundesliga from a very young age. His favourite players then were Thomas Rosicky - the reason he became a Dortmund fan! - and Marcelinho of Hertha Berlin. He likes to watch, read, write and talk about football with special interest in discussing emerging young talents. Follow @brookge