Karim Rossi (28) took part in Racing FC Union Luxembourg’s victory in the Luxembourg Cup final (2-3), against F91 Dudelange.
The presentation of the Luxembourg Cup had a little Swiss flavor on Friday in the brand new Stade de Luxembourg. The 3,531 spectators present saw the Vaudois Karim Rossi return at the end of the game and complete a successful exercise in the Principality. He is coached there by a certain Jeff Saibene (53), for the benefit of dual Swiss-Luxembourg nationality and has passed through Aarau, Monthey, Locarno, Thun and St-Gall in particular during his career.
“We are recovering nicely, it was a long, long evening, smiled Rossi, the day after a well-deserved celebration and who had already returned to the road for Switzerland. Since we will be in the European Cup, we will not have many vacations!” During this final, Rossi entered at the end of the match, taking over from the first scorer of the evening, Emmanuel Françoise. But the difference was mainly made by his teammate Yann Mabella, author of a double against F91 Dudelange.
The Swiss thus gleaned the first trophy of his career, he the incredible traveler of the round ball. A discipline that made him discover 12 clubs in eight different countries in the space of ten years. “This season has gone well on a personal level, rejoiced the former junior of Lausanne-Sport. I finished with 22 matches, 13 goals and 4 assists on the clock. I’m happy, even if I could have done better. I achieved what I wanted by coming here and the club has big ambitions.
Seventh in the league – he was aiming for the top 4 – Racing finally caught up thanks to the Cup. “We are directly qualified thanks to the Cup for the 2nd round of the Conference League. Which is even better than if we had won our place in the Luxembourg league. We will aim for the podium, or even the top 3 next season. It’s a good omen”, welcomes Rossi.
To try to progress, the Luxembourgers will have to do without their coach Saibene. “I would like to thank the club for their support and for trusting me this season. I am leaving the club for personal reasons but I will remain a Racing supporter,” he communicated in the morning. “It’s been two Swiss who won their first career title, laughed Rossi, who had tasted the defeat in the Swiss Cup with Lugano against Zurich. I wanted to get my revenge.”
What to see the future with optimism, for this fighter of the European grounds. “It’s incredible emotions. I’m still moved to talk about it now. With all the troubles I’ve known… To have an award like that is the icing on the cake. I’m happy!”, Finished the Vaudois who is discovering Europe next season, but this time without changing clubs, he who is under contract with his training until June 2023.