Borussia Dortmund Archives ⋆ An Old International

Losing the Battle – Winning Hearts

Magdeburg may have been beaten thoroughly, their fans have impressed however. It was not only the show just before kick-off when the teams came onto the pitch, it was moreover and more importantly the fact that throughout the ninety minutes they sang, created chants and noisy and supportive of their team. To remind people in…

The Match of the Season

As Magdeburg take on Dortmund in the Cup tonight, a short preview about the impact this game could have for either team. #FCMBVB Read more →

Overcoming the Nightmare: When Dortmund beat Juve 1997

It must rankle Bayern and their supporters seeing other teams win in their stadium. Moreover, it must be painful for them to see their rivals Dortmund coming to the city and worse, celebrating. For Borussia Dortmund to win in Munich meant to overcome their footballing nightmare of the 1990s. Dortmund vs. Juve in the 1990s…

Reinhard ‘Stan’ Libuda vs. Liverpool 1966

When Liverpool play Borussia Dortmund tonight, there will be the odd mention of 1966 when both teams met in the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup at Hampden Park, Glasgow. The game 50 years ago was played under entirely different signs. Liverpool were favourites and Dortmund had nothing but the role as outsider to play. Originally, it was thought that West Ham would play Liverpool in the final but the Germans had other ideas.

The final of 1699 was decided by Stan Libuda’s long range kick from roughly 25 metres. Normally, this was not his habit. He was a dribbler and a fine technical player. If he got past one defender, he waited until the opponent got up to his feet again, only to fool him again before he passed to his team mates. The goal in extra time secured Dortmund’s win and the first European trophy for a German club at the third attempt after Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960 and 1860 Munich in 1965 lost their respective final matches.

The game today sees Dortmund being the favourite even though they have a new coach, Thomas Tuchel who has replaced Jürgen Klopp, the current Liverpool coach. That makes this match tonight a rather special occasion.

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4 Days – 4 Matches: Telehopping

A short review of watching four games of football in four days. Read more →

When the going gets tough, Klopp pulls out

Last week’s announcement that J

Last night’s quarterfinal return leg between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid was put off as a dead rubber after the 3-0 defeat in Madrid. At least this was the view of a German TV journalist who annoyed J

They called him Stan

In the early 1960s the catholic church attempted to gain new followers in the Ruhr area with the slogan, ‘No one gets past Jesus.’ The fans of Schalke 04 however, thought differently and added ‘except Stan.’ The ‘Stan’ in question would have celebrated his 70th birthday today. Reinhard Libuda, nick named Stan was born in…

Strategic Partnership

Borussia Dortmund have recently announced a partnership with struggling car manufacturer Opel in an attempt to promote the company’s electric cars. Under the slogan, Borussia electrifies Dortmund, 6 cars of Opel’s e-car Ampera have been supplied to the club to raise awareness of future mobility programmes as well as winning important sponsoring partners. Quite who…

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund

If anything, the final of this season’s Champions League was a fitting occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bundesliga. It was an advertizement for German football. However, not everything was good in the game. Nervous Start It was Bayern who kicked off the game but were almost out of the game in the…