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BVB-Supporters in Signal Iduna Park Stadium/South (former Westfalenstadion)
BV Borussia Dortmund is a Germanmarker sports club based in Dortmundmarker, North Rhine-Westphaliamarker and is best known as one of the most successful clubs in German football. In addition to six German football championships and two DFB Pokal victories, Dortmund won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1966 (becoming the first German team to win a European title) and the UEFA Champions League in 1997.

History

BVB's early years

The club was founded 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 name Borussia is Latin for Prussia and was taken from the nearby Borussia brewery. The team began play in blue and white striped shirts with a red sash, and black shorts. In 1913, they donned the black and yellow strip 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 30s saw the rise of the Third Reich which restructured sports and football organizations throughout the nation to suit the regime's goals. Borussia's 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 Schalke 04, the most successful side of the era. Like every other organization 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 final in 1949 where they lost 2:3 to VfR Mannheim.

The Oberliga West, a first division league which included Borussia, dominated German football through the late 50s. The club claimed its first national title in 1956, followed up with another win the next season, and then made a losing appearance in the 1961 final.

Entry to the Bundesliga

In 1962, the DFB (Deutscher Fussball Bund or 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 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 Werder Bremen.

In 1965, Dortmund captured its first German Cup. They 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 1860 Munich. 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 Westfalenstadionmarker, named after its home Land, 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 Fortuna Köln after finishing the regular season in 16th place.

The club did not enjoy any significant success again until a German Cup win in 1989.

The 90s

Fortune smiled on them in 1993 with a run to the UEFA Cup final, which they lost 1–6 on aggregate to Juventus. In spite of this result, Borussia walked away with DM25 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 a string of honours through the rest of the 1990s. They won Bundesliga championships in 1995 and 1996 – with Matthias Sammer from the '96 side being named European Footballer of the Year.

In a memorable 1997 UEFA Champions League Final in Munichmarker Dortmund faced a Juventus team featuring Zinedine Zidane. Karl-Heinz Riedle put Dortmund ahead finishing from Paul Lambert's cross. Riedle then made it 2 with a bullet header from a corner kick. In the second half Alessandro Del Piero pulled one back for Juve. 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 Zidane unable to make an impression against Lambert's marking Borussia lifted the trophy 3–1.

Borussia then went on to beat Brazilianmarker club Cruzeiromarker 2–0 in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup Final.

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 Leverkusen, securing the title on the final day. In the same season Borussia lost the final of the 2002 UEFA Cup to Dutch side Feyenoord.

Dortmund's fortunes have steadily declined since then. 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 2003 Champions League when the team was eliminated on penalties in the qualifying rounds by Club Brugge. 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.

Signal Iduna Park Stadium (former Westfalenstadion)
The team still plays at the leased Westfalenstadion, named after its home region of Westphalia. To raise capital, the stadium was renamed Signal Iduna Parkmarker, 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 81,264 spectators, and hosted several matches in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, including a semi-final. Borussia Dortmund enjoys the highest average attendance of any football club in Europe, at 77,510 per match (2007/08).

Current notables on the team roster include Lucas Barrios, Sebastian Kehl, Roman Weidenfeller, Dedê, Nuri Sahin. The team suffered a miserable start to the 2005–06 season, but rallied to finish seventh. The club failed to gain a place in the UEFA Cup via the Fair Play draw. The club's management recently indicated that the club again showed a profit, however this was largely related to the sale of David Odonkor to Real Betis and Tomas Rosicky to Arsenal.

In the 2006–07 season, the club unexpectedly faced serious relegation trouble for the first time in years. The team went through three coaches and appointed Thomas Doll on 13 March 2007 after dropping to just one point above the relegation zone. Christoph Metzelder also left Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer.

In the 2007–08 season, the club has lost to many of the smaller clubs in the Bundesliga. This season was one of the worst in 20 years. Nevertheless they reached the DFB Pokal final against Bayern Munich where they lost 2–1 in extra time. The final appearance qualified Dortmund for the UEFA cup because Bayern already qualified for the Champions league.

Recent seasons

Year Division Position
1999-2000 Bundesliga (I) 11th
2000-01 Bundesliga (I) 3rd
2001-02 Bundesliga (I) 1st
2002-03 Bundesliga (I) 3rd
2003-04 Bundesliga (I) 6th
2004-05 Bundesliga (I) 7th
2005-06 Bundesliga (I) 7th
2006-07 Bundesliga (I) 9th
2007-08 Bundesliga (I) 13th
2008–09 Bundesliga (I) 6th


Honours

Borussia Dortmund display a gold star on their jerseys identifying them as having won at least three national titles in the Bundesliga. The club currently has six such titles to its credit, as well as German Cup wins and international honours.

National titles

German Champions:
*Winners (6): 1955–56, 1956–57, 1962–63, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02
*Runners-up (4): 1947-49, 1960-61, 1965–66, 1991–92
German Cup:
*Winners (2): 1964–65, 1988–89
*Runners-up (2): 1962–63, 2007–08
German Supercup:
*Winners (4): 1989, 1995, 1996


European titles

UEFA Champions League:
*Winners (1): 1997
European Cup Winners' Cup:
*Winners (1): 1966
UEFA Cup:
*Runners-up (2): 1993, 2002
UEFA Super Cup:
*Runners-up (1): 1997


International titles

Intercontinental Cup:
*Winners (1): 1997


Youth



Records

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

  • Dortmund was on the receiving end of the worst loss ever in a Bundesliga match when they lost 12-0 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 Bayern Munich were carded a record 15 times in a game played 7 April 2001.


  • The most penalty shots in a match is five in a game played between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Dortmund on 9 November 1965.




Players

For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2009.

Current squad

Players out on loan

Borussia Dortmund II

Manager History

Start End Manager
1 July 1963 30 June 1965 Hermann Eppenhoff
1 July 1965 30 June 1966 Willi Multhaup
1 July 1966 10 April 1968 Heinz Murach
18 April 1968 16 December 1968 Oßwald Pfau
7 December 1968 17 March 1969 Helmut Schneider
21 March 1969 30 June 1970 Hermann Lindemann
1 July 1970 21 December 1971 Horst Witzler
3 January 1972 30 June 1972 Herbert Burdenski
1 July 1972 30 October 1972 Detlev Brüggemann
1 November 1972 1 March 1973 Max Michallek
2 March 1973 30 June 1973 Dieter Kurrat
1 July 1973 30 June 1974 Janos Bedl
1 July 1974 1 February 1976 Otto Knefler
1 February 1976 18 June 1976 Horst Buhtz
18 June 1976 30 April 1978 Otto Rehhagel
21 May 1978 29 April 1979 Carl-Heinz Rühl
30 April 1979 30 June 1979 Uli Maslo
1 July 1979 10 May 1981 Udo Lattek
11 May 1981 30 June 1981 Rolf Bock
1 July 1981 30 June 1982 Branko Zebec
1 July 1982 5 April 1983 Karl-Heinz Feldkamp
6 April 1983 30 June 1983 Helmut Witte
1 July 1983 23 October 1983 Uli Maslo
31 October 15 November 1983 Heinz-Dieter Tippenhauer
16 November 1983 30 June 1984 Horst Franz
1 July 1984 24 October 1984 Friedhelm Konietzka
28 October 1984 30 June 1985 Erich Ribbeck
1 July 1985 20 April 1986 Pál Csernai
20 April 1986 26 June 1988 Reinhard Saftig
27 June 1988 30 June 1991 Horst Köppel
1 July 1991 30 June 1997 Ottmar Hitzfeld
1 July 1997 30 June 1998 Nevio Scala
1 July 1998 4 February 2000 Michael Skibbe
5 February 2000 12 April 2000 Bernd Krauss
16 April 2000 30 June 2000 Udo Lattek
1 July 2000 30 June 2004 Matthias Sammer
1 July 2004 18 December 2006 Bert van Marwijk
19 December 2006 12 March 2007 Jürgen Röber
12 March 2007 19 May 2008 Thomas Doll
1 July 2008 Jürgen Klopp


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