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Lebanon: Ex-Bundesliga professional Younes shocked by the explosion in Beirut

His father is Lebanese.

"My family lives in Tripoli, but I have some friends there who I tried to contact immediately. Fortunately, nothing happened to them. It's like a miracle," said the 27-year-old of the German press agency. He and his father follow "the Lebanese news every day".

Younes, who is under contract with the Italian club SSC Napoli, but was not in the squad in the second leg of the Champions League second leg at FC Barcelona, ​​is currently in Düsseldorf. "I found out from the news and was extremely shocked," said the midfielder, who played for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga and for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the second division.

Younes has been involved in Lebanon for years and was currently planning to build a soccer field together with an aid organization. But this project must now wait. "You first have to see where and how you can best help at the moment. Presumably with food donations so that you can take care of the people who have been left without a roof over their heads," he said.

Lebanon has been suffering from a severe economic crisis for months, which was exacerbated by the corona pandemic. Many Lebanese have slipped into poverty, and the explosion has now left around 250,000 people homeless. "It will probably take decades before the country has pulled itself together again. The prerequisite for this is certainly that the people in the country pull together. That is difficult enough," said Younes.

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