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The Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e. V. Dortmund (Borussia Dortmund, BVB) is one of the most successful football clubs in Germany. Until the end of 2018, the club won 8 German championships and 4 DFB Cup.

Borussia is the neo-Latin name for Prussia. In 1966 the BVB won the European Cup Winners' Cup and  were  the first German European Cup winner. The club won the Champions League in 1997 and the World Cup in the same year. The BVB is ranked 2nd in the eternal Bundesliga table on the basis of points actually scored. Borussia Dortmund has been playing continuously in the German football elite league since the 1976/77 season.

Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion) is the largest football stadium in Germany with a spectator capacity of 81,360 seats. The south grandstand, which seats 25,000 spectators, is the largest standing grandstand in Europe. Only 66,000 spectators (seats only) are allowed to attend the Champions League matches. With 155,244 members (as of December 1, 2018), Borussia Dortmund is the third-largest German sports club and the fifth largest sports club in the world. Since November 1999, the licensed player's department, the second professional team, and the A-youth have been integrated into Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. Limited partnership on shares.

Borussia Dortmund  were the first German football club to go public on 31 October 2000. The shares were issued at an issue price of EUR 11.00 with the help of Deutsche Bank. This was also the absolute high (as of November 11, 2018). On the very first day, the share closed with considerable losses, and by the end of the first trading day, it was quoted at 9.52 euros. The lowest price in 2009 was 0.85 Euros. In the meantime, the share price (as of July 10, 2019) is just under 9.00 euros. President of the ball game club Borussia 09 is Dr. Reinhard Rauball. Chairman of Borussia Dortmund Management-GmbH is Hans-Joachim Watzke. The sports manager is Michael Zorc while coach since 2018 summer is Lucien Favre.What only a few know (5 BVB Catastrophes and 5 BVB Triumphs)

For the Dortmund-Hater

  1. The Borussia Dortmund star ensemble, upgraded for 30 million euros and had a crazy relegation season in the 1999/2000 season. The Nigerian Victor Ikpeba and the German national players Fredi Bobic and Christian Wörns, among others, were signed. As the title favorite and temporary table leader, Dortmund narrowly escaped relegation after 2 coach changes! Coach Novize Matthias Sammer and Oldie Udo Lattek (65 at that time), before 7 years from the business, had to rescue the tumbling Revierclub. Eventually, they jumped out in 11th place.
  2. From the 18th to the 32nd matchday of the 1999/2000 relegation season, Dortmund remained without victory and set the bankruptcy record from its 1971/72 relegation season with 6 defeats in a row.
  3. Borussia Dortmund set a new German negative record in the Champions League season of 2017/2018: Coach Peter Bosz's team was able to enter the Europa League with only 2 points from 6 group matches against Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, and APOEL Nikosia. The embarrassment continued in the European “Football House of Commons”. Peter Stöger trained the team in 4 more games and won 3:2 against Atalanta Bergamo.
  4. The relegation season of 1971/72 witnessed another 2-digit defeat of Borussia Dortmund. The BVB conceded a 1:11 victory in the Grünwalder Straße stadium of FC Bayern Munich on November 27, 1971. Gerd Müller “Bomber“ scored 4 times, the ex-Pirmasenser Dieter Weinkauff reduced the score to 1:6 for the BVB.
  5. The biggest BVB shock of all time is called Klaus Allofs!  The 1980 European champion scored 21 goals in 25 compulsory games between 1976 and 1987 and between 1990 and 1993 against Borussia – 18 of them in the Bundesliga. Allofs scored 4 times in the BL game of FC Köln against BVB on September 29, 1984 (6:1). One should not have been sad at his move to Olympique Marseille in Dortmund.

Dortmund-Hater will graze mainly at these seasons. BVB is still the only team to relegate from the Bundesliga with the 17th position in 1971/72. The worst season since the introduction of the 3-point rule in 1995 was the 2007/2008 season. Under coach Thomas Doll, Dortmund reached the DFB Cup final but 13th place in the Bundesliga led to the replacement of “Dolly” at the end of the season. BVB reached only 28 points in 1985/86 and finished at 16th place and thus the way into the relegation games against Fortuna Cologne (0:2, 3:1 and 8:0 in Düsseldorf).

However, the 1971/72 season will probably be the season with the most negative scores for Borussia Dortmund forever. These are the…

Worst placement in the final table:

The BVB was relegated to rank 17 in 1971/1972 next to Arminia Bielefeld.

Fewer scored goals:

Jürgen “Charlie” Schütz, Dieter “Steps” Weinkauff and Co. scored only 20 goals in 34 BL games in 1971/1972. Despite the striker duo Frank Mill & Norbert Dickel in 1987/88 only 29 goals from 34 games were scored.

Highest home defeat:

The BVB conceded a 1:5 defeat against Werder Bremen in 1971/1972. This result had to be accepted also in 2009/2010 against Bayern Munich.

At least a few points were earned:

20 points in 1971/1972 signified the Bundesliga negative record of the BVB while 28 points saved the relegation in 1985/86.

Very few achieved victories:

Borussia was only allowed to celebrate a victory of 5 times in 1971/1972. There were 9 victories in 1999/2000 and 1987/88 from 34 Bundesliga matches respectively.

Most defeats:

In 1971/72, the BVB suffered 20 defeats in the season while 17 were recorded in 1984/85.

Worst goal difference:

Minus 49 was the goal ratio of the black-yellow team in 1971/72. That was a solitary record because it was “only” a difference of minus 16 even on rank 16 (1985/86).

Not to forget:

The weak and last season under Jürgen Klopp in 2014/2015 – a celebration for Hater! Dortmund had the worst first round of all times with 17th and 15th place. There was also a record number of draws in 2008/2009 under Jürgen Klopp: 14 draws prevented BVB from placing better than 6th.

For the Dortmund lovers

  1. Wichtich is' at the airport: The threatening insolvency of Borussia Dortmund was averted at the last minute at Düsseldorf Airport on March 14, 2005. The main owners of the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund agreed to the restructuring concept of the Bundesliga soccer team. More than 94 percent of the capital represented voted for the BVB application at an extraordinary meeting of the Molsiris stadium fund in Düsseldorf.
  2. The Cobra saves the BVB: The fact that Borussia was able to take a big boost after the DFB Cup success in 1989 is due to a player who ruined his career at FC Bayern. It was Jürgen “Cobra” Wegmann (1991: When I play, when I score, it's heavenly conditions) who saved BVB from relegation with a 3-1 injury-time win over second-league club Fortuna Köln on May 19, 1986. The Borussia overtook the Cologne team 8:0 in the 3rd match in Düsseldorf – and stayed in it!
  3. Goal record: Borussia Dortmund scored 10 goals in the 1982/83 season in an 11:1 record victory over Arminia Bielefeld in a half-time.
  4. The Bundesliga is black-yellow: 7 wins in a row – Borussia presented this balance in the record season of 2011/2012. They remained without a single loss of points from the 17th to the 24th matchday and defended their title at the end of the season with 25 wins as well as the best goal difference (plus 55) and 81 points.
  5. Four times home champions: The Borussia team perfectly defended the German Championship in 1995, 2002, 2011 and 2012. They only celebrated as strangers in 1996 with a 2:2 draw against  Munich in the “living room” of FC Bayern, the Olympic Stadium.

The club under coach Ottmar Hitzfeld achieved its greatest success in the year 1997. On May 28, 1997, Borussia Dortmund became the first German winner in the Champions League with a 3:1  win against Juventus in the Olympic Stadium of Munich. Lars Ricken and Karl-Heinz “Air” Riedle met 2 times against the favored “Bianconeri”.

In the Bundesliga, the 2011/2012 season represents the greatest success for BVB with the first “double” in the club's history. Under the management of coach Jürgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund defended the German championship title in the long-distance duel against FC Bayern Munich and set a new Bundesliga record with 81 points. The BVB humiliates the Bavarians with 5:2 (3:1) in the cup final on May 12, 2012. Robert Lewandowski scores 3 times for Borussia alongside Mats Hummels and Shinji Kagawa. An overview of the 5 biggest defeats between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich can be found here.

The Borussia 2001/2002 under coach Matthias Sammer made the biggest chase to catch up in the championship. In the last 3 games against Cologne (2:1), in Hamburg (4:3) and against Werder Bremen (2:1), they made up 5 points to Bayer Leverkusen (the leader of the league) and won the championship on the 34th matchday.

Borussia Dortmund suffered the greatest embarrassment on April 29, 1978. On the last matchday of the 1977/78 Bundesliga season, the team was shot down by coach Otto Rehhagel in the Düsseldorf Rheinstadion by Borussia Mönchengladbach with a score of 0-12. It is still the highest result in the history of the Bundesliga. Coach Rehhagel (“Otto Torhagel”) had to vacate his post.The BVB has its dearest enemies…

“Schalke and Bayern have saved Dortmund,” say many BVB-Haters. And it's true, even if some black-yellows may only admit it with a grudging grind. The blue-whites from the Schalker Markt and the big-headed ones from Munich are thus the “dearest enemies” of the Dortmunder…

  1. At the same time, the BVB received a strong boost from FC Schalke 04. At the beginning of 1974, the district club circled around in the 2nd North of Bundesliga. President Heinz Günter has decreed rigid austerity measures for the club. The opening match of the new Westfalenstadion attracts 50,000 spectators on April 2, 1974, against FC Schalke 04 – and brings the BVB a warm rain into its coffers.
  2. The BVB faces insolvency in 2004 following the wasteful policies of President Dr. Gerd Niebaum (“Dr. Gott”). In the quarters of the German national team in Portugal, the EURO will even see a withdrawal of license for the ex-champion. Help comes from Munich, of all places. When the Dortmunders were no longer aware of what was going on and were no longer able to pay their salaries, FC Bayern “gave 2 million for a few months without any securities”, as Uli Hoeneß subsequently described it. It is supposed to be a payment from the year 2005. Dortmund's managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke later confirmed the truth of the ‘Hoeness – statements'.
  3. From a sporting point of view, the BVB German Championships in 1995 and 1996 would probably not have been possible without the rival FC Schalke 04. Schalke – on 10th place beyond good and evil keeps Dortmund in the race on the 32nd matchday and defeats table leader Werder Bremen with 4:2. Bremen star Mario Basler then freaks out and goes in the catacombs of the Gelsenkirchen Park Stadium on a cameraman. One year later Schalke helped again: 2:1 against the title rivals FC Bayern Munich on the 33rd matchday and the BVB had the chance to celebrate – thanks to “Königsblau”!

Borussia Dortmund is the first German European Cup winner (1966). Everyone knows that. Here come 20 Fun Facts to the BVB with “Wow!” effect.

The first national player: August Lenz (1910 – 1988) was the first national player of the BVB in 1935. He played a total of 14 international matches for Germany until 1938. After his active career, Lenz ran a pub on Borsigplatz in Dortmund for 33 years. The face of August Lenz today is the logo of Dortmund's ultra-fan group “The Unity” next to the city eagle with the BVB emblem.

Weak defending champion: In the 1966/67 season, Borussia Dortmund, the winner of the European Cup finished the second round with a 1:2 and 0:0 win against Glasgow Rangers from Scotland.

In the pub: The BVB was founded on 4 Advent in 1909 by 18 people in the inn “Zum Wildschütz”.

Bierussia: This is not only the name of a well-known BVB fan club from Lower Saxony! The club's name “Borussia” goes back to the Borussia brewery near Borsigplatz.

First game, first victory: BVB's first game took place on January 15, 1910: A 9:3 win against VfB Dortmund.

The first home: The first BVB sports field was called “Weiße Wiese” known as Borussia Sportpark because poplars standing at the edge covered the lawn with white flowers.

The rival's colors: It's a good thing that this is only available on black-and-white photos! The first BVB jersey was blue and white striped and had a red diagonal stripe.

The BVB is advertising: With the rise to the Bundesliga in 1976, a yellow lion's head on a black background was added to the logo for two years because of the tobacco sponsor of Samson.

No “regional history”: Bavaria's boss Uli Hoeneß, for example, still bawled out the BVB in 2012. But that's not true. The BVB has 130,000 members and 700 fan clubs with 45,000 members. BVB fan clubs also exist in Israel and the United States.

Mr. Lehmann: Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann leads the internal red ranking list of the BVB with four red cards.

No Derby winner: The 1:0 Derby victory against VfB Dortmund 1913 was canceled. The goal was 22 centimeters wider. The referee got the tape measure from a farm.

Coach-Slingshot: Until 1986 and the assumption of office by Reinhard Saftig who led Borussia from rank 16 into the UEFA Cup (1987), the club was considered as dubious led and the Westfalenstadion as coach catapult.  In the 1983 calendar year alone, Karlheinz Feldkamp, two times Helmut Witte, Uli Maslo, and Hans-Dieter Tippenhauer, 5 BVB coaches, were in charge.

European Best: Matthias Sammer from Borussia Dortmund was the last German player to receive the “European Footballer” (Ballon d' Or) award in 1996.

These coaches coached the BVB 2 times: Uli Maslo (1978/79 and 1983), Udo Lattek (1979-1981 and 2000), and Helmut Witte (1983 / 2 times).

Westfalenstadion without BVB: This was also the case in the Bundesliga – home games in Dortmund without Borussia! In the 1975/76 season, VfL Bochum had to move to Dortmund because the domestic Ruhr Stadium was rebuilt at that time.

The same Champions team: Unique in the history of the German Championship finals (1948 to 1963) – BVB won the title twice in a row with the same line-up. Heinrich Kwiatkowski; Wilhelm Burgsmüller, Herbert Sandmann; Elwin Schlebrowski, Max Michallek, Helmut Bracht; Wolfgang Peters, Alfred Preißler, Alfred Kelbassa, Alfred Niepieklo (“The 3 Alfredos”) and Helmut Kapitulski – these are the 11 master heroes for the donkey's years.

Dortmund boy: Lars Ricken, born on July 10, 1976, in Dortmund, scores the 2 most important goals in the recent history of the BVB club. He headed Borussia Dortmund in 1995 to the German championship with a 2-0 win over Hamburg and lobbed himself into the history books with a 3-1 win over Juventus in the 1997 Champions League Final (“Ricken… Lupfen now!”).

The youngest Bundesliga player: Nuri Sahin from Borussia Dortmund is not only the youngest player in the history of the club but also in the history of the German football elite league. On his professional debut on July 16, 2005, against Sigma Olmütz in the UI Cup, the German Turk is 16 years, 10 months and 18 days old.

The goal crash: April 1, 1998, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid. Everyone is looking forward to the Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Only the Ultras of the “royals” go too far. They tear down the goal. It takes 76 minutes to get a replacement. The “goal case” of Madrid inspires RTL presenter and reporter Marcel Reif to top performances. They receive the Grimme Prize in 1998 for a corny slur such as “The first goal was scored in the 0th minute” or “A goal would do the match well”.

Cup-Curse: The Borussia finally won a title again in 1989 after 23 years with the DFB Cup (4:1 against Werder Bremen in Berlin). It follows “The curse of the good deed”. The club never reached the final again between 1989/90 and 2008 (final against the Bavarians), but made 4 times “off” in the 1st round) and 5 times in round 2.

Info includes: Age of players, Stakes, Minutes played, Goals scored, Played to zero, Replacements, Substitutions, Yellow cards, Red cards, and Green cards. 

Official website of Borussia Dortmund


Wikipedia entry of Borussia Dortmund


Borussia Dortmund Facts and Figures

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