PSG's Kevin Trapp has 'extraordinary' memories of Paris attacks
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has recalled the "panic" he felt at Stade de France on Nov. 13 last year as he revisited the Paris attacks for TF1's Telefoot show.
Trapp, 26, was part of the Germany squad that lost 2-0 to hosts France on the night of the attacks.
He said that while he "was happy about being in the group" then, he does not "remember much more about it than the attacks now."
"I had never heard an explosion like that," Trapp added. "After the match, we returned to the dressing rooms. There was a small television and I saw there had been attacks.
"People started to shout inside the stadium, so we began to panic but did not realise why immediately."
Trapp elaborated on the Germany national team's decision to remain at Stade de France that night and retains "extraordinary" memories of the solidarity shown by both sets of players in the difficult hours following the attacks.
"Nobody really knew what to do because we did not want to take the bus with Mannschaft written all over it," Trapp said. "So, we decided to stay and sleep at the stadium, in the dressing room, the corridor, anywhere we could...
"Being with the French players at this time ... I still have those images in my head, it was something I will never, ever forget."
When Trapp returned home to Paris after international duty, he "watched TV to discover more about what had happened" but realised "this was not a good idea, it made me a bit mad."
Trapp decided to visit one of the scenes of the attacks, the concert venue Bataclan, so he did "not have to imagine what happened that night" and saw it with his own eyes.
"It was important for me to then go to Bataclan because I wanted to see where all of this took place," Trapp said. "Even if I had already seen everything on TV."
Despite the traumatic events 12 months ago, Trapp still harbours strong affection for the "extraordinary" city of Paris and had a message to its inhabitants and PSG fans.
"Paris is an extraordinary city, one of the most beautiful in the world to me," Trapp said. "The most important thing is that we keep smiling, even if it is hard."
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.