A New Dawn in Dortmund?

For Borussia Dortmund, it’s a scenario of when and not if, before Jurgenn Klopp and his men celebrate their club’s seventh Bundesliga title with The Black Yellow fans at the Signal Iduna park.

It hasn’t been all rosy for Borussia. After their double success in 2001/02 season with former player Matthias Sammer as coach, Dortmund found themselves in German football obscurity. The North Germany club spent heavily in the late ’90s and early ’00s to achieve Bundesliga and European sucess at a heavy price . Poor management and expensive transfers made by the club nearly ruined the club with Borussia still servicing debts till date.

Lessons have since been learnt by the WestPhalia club. Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke began a new phase after the dark years at the club which almost culminated in Borussia getting relegated, he appointed Jurgen Klopp in the summer of July 2008. The former SV Mainz coach was tasked with the responsible of rebuilding a new team and structure at the club. In his first season, Dortmund were runners-up to Bayern Munich in the German cup while finishing sixth in the Bundesliga. Klopp’s team went a step better the following year as they finished fifth narrowly missing out on Champions League football at the closing stages of the season.

The cheap but effective Dortmund team

As if anyone who follows German football really needed reminding, Borussia Dortmund have been the outstanding team in Germany this season.
Die Borussen have flourished this season with renewed charisma and passion. They have left many mouth gaped with their brilliant displays, fast counter attacking breaks and ruthless finishing in front of goal. The Black Yellows have won 68% of their Bundesliga games this season so far averaging 2.05 goals in their matches.

Partners in the success of the club

An interesting angle to this present Borussia Dortmund side is the financial prudence by the club. With a squad average age of 24.8 years, No player was acquired for more than 6 million Euros. Defender Matt Hummels rejected by Bayern Munich was snapped up, relatively unknown Shinji Kagawa was signed from Cerezo Osaka in Japan, Mario Gotze was promoted to the first team from the amateur side just as confidence was reposed in Lucas Barrios and Nuri Sahin. Veterans like club captain Sebastein Kehl, Brazilian Dede have played their minimal role on the pitch but have been useful in helping the youngster mature. For me, it has been a risk worth taking by Klopp and Watzke.

I’m of the view that Jurgen Klopp decided to pick a challenge his team could go for this season. An early exit from the Europa League and the German cup has seen them place all their energy into the Bundesliga chase.

The storm may appear to be over with success recorded on the pitch but there are certainly future challenges coming up with Champions League football returning to BVB. In recent times, only Bayern Munich have managed to achieve Bundesliga sucess without a catastrophic aftermath – VFB Stuttgart and VFL Wolfsburg as paragons.

I hope Jurgen Klopp can build on the success of this season to prepare his team for the extra challenges that come with playing in the Champions League next term.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ayaj on April 24, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Arsenal should learn 4rm this.

    Reply

  2. Posted by bigsheg on April 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Nice write-up

    Reply

  3. Posted by dammy on May 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    thats what we are talking about bvb… i dont understand what you mean by arsenal should learn from this?

    Reply

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