Tag: Borussia Dortmund

Video of the Day: Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool, May 1966

Liverpool take on Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final match this evening, a match with an extra dash of piquancy thanks to the involvement of Jurgen Klopp, of course. Liverpool supporters with long memories, however, may have an extra reason to be relishing this particular match. The reputation of Liverpool Football Club in European competition was in no small part built upon matches against teams from Germany. Even in the mid-1960s, the European Cup Winners Cup was the junior competition in comparison with the European Cup, but Liverpool’s journey to the final wasn’t much...

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That Revierderby Touch

Being a preview of the forthcoming match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. Matthias Suuck, the presenter of the Yellow Wall pod, a Borussia Dortmund podcast, once described the rivalry between Dortmund and Schalke as more about the two sets of fans similarities rather than their differences. Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen are two former mining cities in the heavily industrialised region of the Ruhr Valley in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the traditional support base of both clubs is working class. The region of NRW is teeming with football clubs of various shapes and sizes but (and this will be argued vigorously, in Cologne and Mönchengladbach) Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 are the biggest. Their derby game is known as the Revierderby and their encounters are among the most highly anticipated in Germany, because both teams enjoy a national (and increasingly international) support as well as local. What usually tends to be missing from these fixtures is the additional sense of peril in terms of the importance of the result. Given the historical dominance of Bayern Munich you don’t often find Dortmund or Schalke competing against each other for the Bundesliga championship. Moreover, the German FA have failed to contrive an encounter between the two teams in the German Cup since the year 2000, in which Schalke won 2-1. That may explain why  this derby remains one of the best supported in...

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Will Injuries Take The Shine Off Dortmund vs Bayern?

European Champions Bayern Munich and runner’s up Borussia Dortmund meet for their first league encounter since the Champions League Final at Wembley, last May. While treble winners, Bayern remain the traditional powerhouse on the German game, Dortmund under coach Jürgen Klopp have won two of the last three domestic titles. Klopp has assembled one of the most watchable group of players in Europe and become the catalyst in a furious debate on Twitter as to the true meaning of the term “football hipster.” Needless to say this match is highly anticipated in Germany and beyond. However, while Dortmund have the home advantage they will have to face Pep Guardiola’s team without their entire first choice defense. Going without midfielder İlkay Gündoğan and right back Łukasz Piszczek for most of the season, so far, has been difficult but not impossible to manage. However the injury situation took a turn for the worse when one of their central defenders damaged a cruciate knee ligament a couple of weeks ago at Wolfsburg. Then things took turn for the even worse with the other central defender, Mats Hummels did his ankle in during his second half turn at Wembley against England on Tuesday. He’s out until January. How would Oscar Wilde have put it? “To lose one centre back may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose two is a right pain in the arse.”...

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