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Borussia Dortmund II

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Ballspielverein Borussia Dortmund, commonly BVB, are a Germany sports football team based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. Dortmund are one of the most successful clubs in German Association football history. Borussia Dortmund play in the Fußball-Bundesliga, the top league of German football. They are the current Bundesliga 2010–11_Fußball-Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund have won seven List of German football champions, two DFB-Pokal, a record-tying four DFL-Supercup, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and one Intercontinental Cup (football). Their UEFA Cup Winners' Cup win in 1966 made them the first German team to win a European title.

Since 1974, Dortmund have played their home games at Westfalenstadion. The stadium is the biggest stadium in Germany and the sixth biggest in Europe. Dortmund holds a long-standing rivalry with FC Schalke 04, and matches between the two teams are referred to as the Revierderby. Borussia Dortmund's motto is "Echte Liebe" (English: "True Love").


Early years

The club was founded on 19 December 1909 by a group of young men unhappy with church-sponsored Trinity Youth, where they played football under the stern and unsympathetic eye of the local parish priest. Father Dewald was blocked at the door when he tried to break up the organizing meeting being held in a room of the local pub, Zum Wildschütz. The founders were Franz and Paul Braun, Henry Cleve, Hans Debest, Paul Dziendzielle, Julius and Wilhelm Jacobi, Hans Kahn, Gustav Müller, Franz Risse, Fritz Schulte, Hans Siebold, August Tönnesmann, Heinrich and Robert Unger, Fritz Weber and Franz Wendt. The name Borussia is Latin for Prussia but was taken from the Borussia beer from the nearby Borussia brewery in Dortmund. The team began playing in blue and white striped shirts with a red sash, and black shorts. In 1913, they donned the black and yellow stripes so familiar today.

Over the next decades the club enjoyed only modest success playing in local leagues. They had a brush with bankruptcy in 1929 when an attempt to boost the club's fortunes by signing some paid professional footballers failed miserably and left the team deep in debt. They survived only through the generosity of a local supporter who covered the team's shortfall out of his own pocket.

World War II and the postwar

The 1930s saw the rise of the Third Reich which restructured sports and football organizations throughout the nation to suit the regime's goals. Borussias president was replaced when he refused to join the Nazi Party, and a couple of members who surreptitiously used the club's offices to produce anti-Nazi pamphlets were executed in the last days of the war. The club did have greater success in the newly established Gauliga Westfalen, but would have to wait until after World War II to make a breakthrough. It was during this time that Borussia developed its intense rivalry with FC Schalke 04, the most successful side of the era (see Revierderby). Like every other organisation in Germany, Borussia was dissolved by the Allied occupation authorities after the war in an attempt to distance the country's institutions from the so-recent Nazi past. There was a short-lived attempt to merge the club with two others – Werksportgemeinschaft Hoesch and Freier Sportverein 98 – as Sportgemeinschaft Borussia von 1898, but it was as Ballspiel-Verein Borussia (BVB) that they made their first appearance in the national league final in 1949 where they lost 2–3 to VfR Mannheim.

First national title

The Oberliga West (1947–63), a first division league which included Borussia, dominated German football through the late 50s. In 1949 Borussia reached the final in Stuttgart against VfR Mannheim, which they lost 2–3 after extra time. The club claimed its first national title in 1956 with a 4–2 against Karlsruher SC. One year later, Borussia won with exactly the same team their second national title. After this coup the three Alfredos (Alfred Preißler, Alfred Kelbassa and Alfred Niepieklo) were legends in Dortmund. In 1963, Borussia Dortmund won the last final before the Bundesliga started. It was their third national title.

Entry to the Bundesliga

In 1962, the German Football Association met in Dortmund and voted to finally establish a professional football league in Germany to begin play in August 1963 as the Fußball-Bundesliga. Borussia earned its place among the first sixteen sides to play in the new league by winning the last pre-Bundesliga championship. Losing club 1. FC Köln also earned an automatic berth. It was Dortmund's Friedhelm Konietzka who scored the first-ever Bundesliga goal barely a minute into a match which they would eventually lose 2–3 to SV Werder Bremen.

In 1965, Dortmund captured its first DFB-Pokal. Dortmund had a mixed result the next year when they won the European Cup Winners Cup, but surrendered a commanding position atop the Bundesliga by losing four of their last five league games and finishing second, three points behind champions TSV 1860 München. Ironically, much of 1860's success came on the strength of the play of Konietzka, recently transferred there from Dortmund. The 70s were characterized by financial problems and relegation from the Bundesliga in 1972 and the opening of the Westfalenstadion, named after its home States of Germany, Westphalia in 1974. The club earned its return to Bundesliga in 1976, but continued to suffer from financial problems through the 80s. BVB narrowly avoided being relegated again in 1986 by winning a third decisive play-off-game against SC Fortuna Köln after finishing the regular season in 16th place.

Dortmund did not enjoy any significant success again until a German Cup win in 1988–89 DFB-Pokal.

Golden age – the 1990s

After a tenth place finish in the Bundesliga in 1990–91 Fußball-Bundesliga, manager Horst Köppel was let go and manager Ottmar Hitzfeld was hired. In 1991–92 Fußball-Bundesliga, Hitzfeld led Borussia Dortmund to a second place finish in the Bundesliga and could have won the Bundesliga had VfB Stuttgart not won their last game to win the Bundesliga instead.

Along with a fourth place finish in the Bundesliga, Dortmund in 1993 made it to the UEFA Europa League final, which they lost 1–6 on aggregate to Juventus F.C.. In spite of this result, Borussia walked away with Deutsche Mark25 million under the prize money pool system in place at the time for German sides participating in the Cup. Cash flush, Dortmund was able to sign players who later brought them numerous honours later in the 1990s.

Dortmund won Bundesliga championships in 1994–95 Fußball-Bundesliga and 1995–96 Fußball-Bundesliga – with Matthias Sammer from the '96 side being named Ballon d'Or.

In a memorable 1997 UEFA Champions League Final in Munich, Dortmund faced a Juventus F.C. team featuring Zinedine Zidane. Karl-Heinz Riedle put Dortmund ahead shooting under the goalkeeper from a cross by Paul Lambert. Riedle then made it two with a bullet header from a corner kick. In the second half, Alessandro Del Piero pulled one back for Juventus with a back heel. Then 20-year old substitute and local boy Lars Ricken latched on to a through pass by Andreas Möller. Only sixteen seconds after coming on to the pitch, Ricken chipped Angelo Peruzzi in the Juventus goal from over 20 yards with his first touch of the ball. With Zinedine Zidane unable to make an impression for Juventus against the close marking of Lambert, Dortmund lifted the trophy with a 3–1 victory.

Dortmund then went on to beat Brazilian club Cruzeiro Esporte Clube 2–0 in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup Final. Borussia Dortmund were the second German club to win the Intercontinental Cup.

21st century and Borussia "goes public"

At the turn of the millennium, Borussia Dortmund became the first—and so far the only—publicly traded club on the German stock market. Two years later they won their third Bundesliga title. The club had a remarkable run at the end of the season to overtake Bayer 04 Leverkusen, securing the title on the final day. In the same season, Borussia lost the final of the 2002 UEFA Europa League to Dutch side Feyenoord.

Dortmund's fortunes then steadily declined for a number of years. Poor financial management led to a heavy debt load and the sale of their Westfalenstadion ground. The situation was compounded by failure to advance in the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League when the team was eliminated on penalties in the qualifying rounds by Club Brugge K.V.. Borussia was again driven to the brink of bankruptcy in 2005, the original €11 value of its shares having plummeted by over 80% on the Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (Frankfurt Stock Exchange). The response to the crisis included a 20% pay cut to all players.

The team still plays at the leased Westfalenstadion, named after its home region of Westphalia. To raise capital, the stadium was renamed "Signal Iduna Park", after a local insurance company, in 2006 under a sponsorship agreement that runs until 2011. The stadium is currently the largest football stadium in Germany with a capacity of 80,720 spectators, On 30 April 2011, the club beat 1. FC Nuremberg 2–0 at home to reach its seventh league title with two games left, equalling the number of trophies earned by rivals Schalke 04 and guaranteeing a spot on the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stages. Barrios and Lewandowski scored, and as Leverkusen lost, the title went to Dortmund, as they were 8 points clear with two games to play.

Notable names from the Bundesliga winning team roster include Lucas Barrios, Mario Götze, Nuri Şahin, Mats Hummels, Robert Lewandowski, Shinji Kagawa, Lukasz Piszczek, and Jakub Blaszczykowski.


Borussia Dortmund's stadium is Signal Iduna Park. The stadium is the biggest stadium in Germany and the sixth biggest in Europe. Signal Iduna Park replaced the Stadion Rote Erde, which is located next to Signal Iduna Park.

After the increasing popularity of Borussia Dortmund in 1965, the club planned to make a new stadium replacing the Stadion Rote Erde. The city of Dortmund was then picked as a host city for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, giving Borussia Dortmund money to build a new stadium. Signal Iduna Park has undergone several renovations throughout the years to increase the size of the stadium, including an expansion of the stadium for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In 2011, Borussia Dortmund installed a black solar system on the roof of Signal Iduna Park from Q-Cells.

Recent seasons

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Kit manufacturers

- 1974–1990: Adidas
- 1990–2000: Nike, Inc.
- 2000–2004:
- 2004–2009: Nike
- 2009–2012: Kappa (company)
- starting 2012: Puma AG

Shirt sponsors

- 1974–1976: Dortmund
- 1976–1978: British American Tobacco (tobacco)
- 1978–1980: Prestolith (paint and varnish)
- 1980–1983: UHU (glue)
- 1983–1986: Artic (ice cream)
- 1986–1997: Continentale (health insurance)
- 1997–1999: s.Oliver (fashion)
- 1999–2005: E.ON (energy)
- 2006–present: Evonik Industries (chemicals, energy and real estate)


First-team squad

On loan

For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2011 and List of German football transfers winter 2011–12.

Reserve team

Youth team

Current technical staff



Borussia Dortmund's name is attached to a number of Bundesliga records:

- The youngest player to play was Nuri Şahin of Borussia Dortmund (16 years and 335 days).

- The youngest player to score was Nuri Şahin of Borussia Dortmund (17 years and 82 days).

- Dortmund was on the receiving end of the worst loss ever in a Bundesliga match when they Borussia Mönchengladbach 12–0 Borussia Dortmund away to Borussia Mönchengladbach on 29 April 1978.

- The club was involved in four of the five Bundesliga matches in which a record twelve goals were scored. They earned an even split at two wins and two losses in those matches.

- On 1 September 1993, BVB and Dynamo Dresden earned a total of five red cards between them. BVB and FC Bayern Munich were carded a record of 15 times in a match played on 7 April 2001.

- The most penalties in a match is five in a game played between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Dortmund on 9 November 1965.

- The first goal ever scored in Bundesliga play was by Dortmund's Friedhelm Konietzka against SV Werder Bremen. Werder Bremen won 3–2.



- List of German football champions

- DFB-Pokal

- DFL-Supercup

- DFB-Ligapokal


- UEFA Champions League

- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

- UEFA Europa League

- UEFA Super Cup


- Intercontinental Cup (football)

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