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Former German under-21 international Felix Bastians says he had to run around the City Ground naked after joining Nottingham Forest

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The VfL Bochum star was discussing his time in England this week.

Not all Nottingham Forest fans will remember former player Felix Bastians. In 2003, as a boy of just 16, the German decided to up sticks and move to Forest from Borussia Dortmund. It was a brave move from a player who had never before left the comfort of Germany and at such a young age as well. However he did make the move and many will remember the left-footed midfielder with fondness.

This week he has been speaking about his move to Forest in Germany. He told 11 Freunde that he never truly struggled with homesickness in Nottingham.

But he did have to run around naked at the City Ground!

He has told the site that he was stitched up by his youth-team team-mates and had to do a few circuits of the famous ground:

"When I arrived, all newcomers were stuffed in a small cabin and the light was turned off.

"Then my team-mates have opened the door a crack and started pelting us with soccer shoes. Beforehand we were assured that they would not be throwing studs - until I then heard the first shoe that flew against the wall with a loud clatter. Then I knew.

"There was a pillar in the cab, I stood behind it. So I was safe and had not been hit with no shoes.

"When the lights came back on, we all went out of the cabin. The one who came out the last, had to do a lap in the stadium naked.

"I was third of eight out of the cabin. Then it was asked: 'Who was last?' The others said, 'the German.'

"Then I made ​​the rounds. The boys were very pleased. I made ​​a few quick sideways on the backstretch. And the security guard has detained it on camera. That was funny."

Bastians never quite made the grade for Forest. He played 18 times for the club spending time on loan with the likes of Northwich Victoria, Halifax Town, Gillingham, Chesterfield United, Notts County and MK Dons before leaving the club for BSC Young Boys Bern in Switzerland in 2008.

Bastians has since gone on to forge a good career for himself at the likes of SC Freiburg and Hertha Berlin and now, aged 27, the former Germany Under-21 international is enjoying his time back in his hometown with VfL Bochum.

But at least it sounds like he had a good time with the club.

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