Hannover 96 goalkeeper and Germany World Cup winner Ron-Robert Zieler had quite the surprise during his winter break. The Germany international was staying in “The Guest” luxury hotel in Dubai that went up in flames New Year’s Eve. His room on the 12th floor was completely “burnt out” said Zieler as he returned to training on Monday. “Luckily I wasn’t in the room when the fire broke out.”
Zieler wanted to celebrate New Year at the hotel’s terrace when the building began to burn. “We only salvaged the things we had on us,” he told. Zieler was able to organise a new passport for the journey home with the help of the German embassy.
The fire in Dubai was the end of a "turbulent” year for the keeper after he was also in Paris during the terror attacks in mid-November. “I would assume that 2016 will be better.” Together with new manager Thomas Scaaf he will be working hard in 2016 to ensure his side don’t drop into the second tier.