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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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…

28 July 1962: The birth of the Bundesliga

It is just 50 years ago that at a meeting of the DFB in Dortmund the Bundesliga was born. On July 28 1962, 129 men who had something to say in German football decided with their feet: 103 pro only 26 against this new and unified league. Exactly 100 years after the English FA was…

Changing of the Guards?

Yesterday’s German Cup Final saw Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 5-2 thus marking the highest cup defeat for Bayern and securing the first League and Cup for J

The first Goal

Monday last week Germany grieved for Timo Konietzka, who died aged 73 of cancer. Friedhelm as was his real name was the first ever goalscorer of the newly established Bundesliga in 1963 when his team Borussia Dortmund lost away at SV Werder Bremen 2:3. He opened the scoring after just 58 seconds. He finished the…

The 12th man or PR gone wrong

Bayern Munich, the best team in Germany have scored a rare own goal last week when they announced to present a new striker, ‘a real bomb’, a player who can ‘always play’, at ‘Barcelona or Manchester.’ Fans of the club were told that the presentation would be broadcast via an Internet channel and had to…

Marco Reus is coming home

Yesterday’s news that Marco Reus of Borussia M