Borussia Dortmund – Matches and Tickets 2013/2014

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Borussia Dortmund – Matches and Tickets 2013/2014

Borussia Dortmund is one of the most attractive teams in the Bundesliga and celebrated a successful 2012/13 season, finishing runner up in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. The 2013/14 season will be exciting and Dortmund will be looking to close the gap on German champions Bayern Munich and continue their success in the Champions League.

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Borussia Dortmund had an impressive 2012/13 campaign finishing 2nd in the Bundesliga and reaching the final of the UEFA Champions League, a run which included a 4-3 aggregate win over Spanish giants Real Madrid in the semi final.

Much to the fury of Dortmund supporters, the hugely talented Mario Gotze was sold to domestic rivals Bayern Munich for around £31m, money yet to be reinvested in the squad. Despite the loss of Gotze, Dortmund have world class players such as forwards Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski and defensive rock Mats Hummels. Lewandowski has been heavily linked with a move away from Dortmund following an impressive 2012/13 in which the Polish striker scored 36 goals in all competitions, however the club have insisted he is not for sale.

Borussia Dortmund are managed by 46 year old German Jurgen Klopp, rated as one of the best young managers in Europe and recently linked with the top job at Chelsea and Real Madrid. Klopp likes his teams to play attractive, counter attacking football and has won two Bundesliga titles and the German cup since taking over in 2008, therefore succeeding at bringing Dortmund back to the top of German football.

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Rival

Bayern Munich are the main rivals to Borussia Dortmund both domestically and in European competition, beating Dortmund to the Bundesliga and Champions League title in 2012/13. Dortmund’s local rivalry is with Schalke 04 and is known as the Revierderby, with the last meeting ending in a 2-1 win for Schalke.

Stadium

Dortmund play their home games at the Westfalenstadion which has a capacity of over 80,000 and had an average attendance of 80,520 during the 2012/13 season demonstrating the outstanding support of Dortmund fans. The Westfalenstadion was opened in 1974 and played host to six matches in the 2006 FIFA world cup including the semi-final between Germany and Italy.

Season 2012/13

Borussia Dortmund is currently the benchmark in German professional football.  For the second time, Borussia Dortmund defended the title against Bayern Munich in the 2011/2012 season.

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Dortmund won their first title under Klopp in 2010/11 with no player being over their mid-20 (except for goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller). However, after the 2010/11 season captain and midfielder Nuri Sahin left for Real Madrid.  However, the creative attacking football of this young squad impressed not just fans, but also opponents.  Players like Shinji Kagawa, Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski were responsible for defending the German title in the 2011/12 season and winning the DFB Pokal (German Cup).

Borussia Dortmund is currently building the squad for the 2012/13 season and one of Germany’s biggest talents already joined the squad – his name is Marco Reus. He will be the substitute for Kagawa who left the club for Manchester United. Other players who joined Dortmund are promising talents such as Julian Schieber (VfB Stuttgart) and Leonardo Bittencourt (FC Energie Cottbus).

For the upcoming season, Borussia Dortmund fans are excited for another season of Champions League football and the rivalries against Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich.

History

Borussia Dortmund is also known as BVB and is among the most successful teams in German football – winning a total of 8 German Championships, 3 German Cups and 1 Champions League title. Dortmund faced a major decline in 2002 driven by financial problems, squad changes and an almost bankruptcy in 2005.

However, Jürgen Klopp was appointed as Manager in 2008 and his major focus was on rejuvenating the team and adapting a creative attacking football style.  The best example is Mario Götze. Within 2 years under Klopp, Götze was elected for the German national team and became one of Europe’s biggest talents, targeted by all major clubs in Europe.

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