21
Mar

What would a team of 11 Kevin Grosskreutzes look like?

With a squad depleted by injury, transfers and card suspensions, Borussia Dortmund’s lineup is a far cry from what it was last year during the UEFA Champions League:

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(Image: Imgur)

One player available, though? Kevin Grosskreutz, the jack-of-all-trades for BVB. But it’s a shame he can’t play every position against Real Madrid … or can he?

This video isn’t particularly new, but it’s certainly relevant. What would Dortmund look like with Grosskreutz between the sticks, leading the line, and everywhere in between?

Thanks to the internet, now we know. And we also know Grosskreutz falls like a total klutz after getting beaned with a ball.

(h/t Reddit)

23
Feb

Man Utd win the battle for Gundogan

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According to the Daily Star on Sunday, Manchester United are convinced they have won the £25 million race for Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. If true, this would be the first piece of business in a busy summer of transfers for the Red Devils. The central midfield position has been a long-term target for United and they’ll be happy to get it sorted early doors.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.

15
Feb

Milos Jojic scores on very first touch in Dortmund debut

Borussia Dortmund remained fairly quiet during the January transfer window, only picking up young Serbian international Milos Jojic from Partizan Belgrad. Maybe that’s all they needed.

Jojic scored on his first touch in his first appearance for BVB, taking just 17 seconds after coming off the bench to open his account in a 4-0 win over Frankfurt. Now that’s a debut!

Okay, so it wasn’t the most spectacular goal in the world, but it was historic: Jojic broke the Bundesliga records for fastest goal by a substitute, and fastest debut goal. The 21-year-old also stirred up glorious memories for Dortmund fans.

In the 1997 Champions League final, Lars Ricken (also 21 at the time) needed just 16 seconds after coming off the pine to score a screamer against Juventus on his first touch. The goal was the fastest by a substitute in Champions League history and was voted Dortmund’s “Goal of the Century” by fans:

10
Feb

Robert Lewandowski’s Monday morning was pretty bad

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We’ve all had a case of the Mondays, but Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski had a particularly bad morning today.

The Polish star, who will be headed to Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich after this season, was apparently the victim of a theft — or possibly a prank by bitter BVB fans. The latter wouldn’t be surprising, especially considering the way former Dortmund star Mario Götze was treated when he made the swap to Bayern last year.

imageLewandowski probably can’t wait to fix up his Porsche Cayenne and drive to Munich.

(Images courtesy of Getty, story via @uersfeld)

11
Jan

United after Dortmund’s Gundogan

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Manchester United continue to be linked with all the world-class midfielders in world soccer. The latest name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan. One newspaper says that the Red Devils will have to pay £24 million to prise the player away from Germany. David Moyes is desperate for midfield reinforcements and this rumor might not be too far wide of the mark.

Elsewhere, Arsenal full-back is a target for Turkish giants Galatasaray and AC Milan eye up a move for Chelsea wantaway midfielder Michael Essien.

For more rumors and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.

2
Jan

Man Utd to break bank for Vidal

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The rumors keep rolling in for Manchester United supporters. A fortnight ago it was Wesley Sneijder, last week it was Atletico star Koke and Dortmund’s Marco Reus. Who will fill that midfield role now the transfer window has opened?

In Thursday’s English newspapers, Juventus’ Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is the latest name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford. Vidal has been one of Juve’s outstanding players and one of the reasons they have won back-to-back Scudetto’s in recent years. It is certain United will have to break the bank for the midfielder, especially in the inflated January sales.

For this rumor and the rest of Thursday’s transfer gossip, click here.

7
Dec

Dortmund’s Bundesliga hopes crash and burn as Bayern continue record streak

Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on the road Saturday to leave BVB six points behind them in the fight for second place in the Bundesliga. Dortmund are now a whopping ten points behind Bayern Munich, practically closing the book on Dortmund’s already slim title hopes before the turn of the calendar year.

Heung-Min Son provided the only goal of the game as Dortmund also lost key midfielders Nuri Sahin and Sven Bender to ankle injuries, further decimating Jurgen Klopp’s squad depth.

A couple hours earlier, Bayern all but clinched the midseason “title” before the Bundesliga heads into its winter break, blowing out Werder Bremen 7-0 on the road. It extended Bayern’s record unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to 40 games.

Where does that streak rank among the longest all-time unbeaten runs in Europe’s top domestic leagues? Here are the five teams that still top Bayern’s mark:

  • 62 - Celtic (Scotland) 1915-1917
  • 58 - AC Milan (Italy) 1991-1993
  • 56 - Benfica (Portugal) 1976-1978
  • 52 - Ajax (Netherlands) 1994-1996
  • 49 - Arsenal (England) 2003-2004

27
Nov

Breaking down the “Group of Death”

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With one matchday to go, Arsenal are sitting on 12 points in Group F but are still not officialy through to the Round of 16. How can that be? Thanks to Marseille losing each of their first five games, Dortmund and Napoli are both sitting on nine points and are also very much in the running for a place in the knockout stage.

If Napoli beat Arsenal at home on the final day and Dortmund take care of Marseille as expected, all three teams would sit on 12 points. And thanks to UEFA’s peculiar tie-breaking rules, figuring out who would move on in that very possible scenario is not so simple.

In all three teams are tied on 12 points, the two with the best goal difference in matches involving only the three clubs in question move on to the Round of 16. The results against Marseille get thrown out. In those games, Arsenal lead with a +2 goal difference, while Dortmund are +1, and Napoli are -3.

Since Dortmund plays Marseille last, they will remain at +1 and, if all three clubs are on 12 points, will definitely advance. In that scenario, Arsenal would still move on if they lose by less than three goals.

Here are the scenarios each team would need to qualify:

Arsenal: A win or tie in Napoli will be enough to put them through, as would a Dortmund loss or draw. If Dortmund win, the Gunners can also advance if they lose to Napoli by less than three goals.

Dortmund: Very straightforward: a win and they’re in. A draw would be enough if Arsenal tie or beat Napoli. A loss to Marseille could still be enough if Arsenal beat Napoli.

Napoli: They face the toughest road. If Napoli win by three or more goals, they are guaranteed a spot in the next round. A win by anything less and they’ll need Marseille to get at least a point against Dortmund. If Napoli tie against the Gunners, Marseille would need to beat Dortmund.

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