Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund

Six times champions
Borussia Dortmund is one the biggest clubs in Germany, six times league champions and boasting the country’s largest stadium by some distance.

Pub team
Why the name Borussia? Well, the club was apparently formed in the back room of a pub in 1909 and the name was taken from a sign hanging on the wall for the
Borussia Brewery next door.

The club’s full name is the snappy (not!) Ballspiel-Verein Borussia 1909 e.V. Dortmund, which can be roughly translated as ‘The Borussia 1909 Ball Games Association of Dortmund’. Hence the BVB in the logo.

First European winners in Germany
In the period before the launch of the Bundesliga for the 1963/64 season, Borussia Dortmund won the German championship three times (by winning their regional league and then winning the national championship final). In 1965, the club won the German FA Cup for the first time and in the following year became the first German side to win a European trophy, beating Liverpool 2-1 (after extra time) in the Cup Winners’ Cup final at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

The Hitzfeld era
The club’s most successful period since formation of the Bundesliga came under manager Ottmar Hitzfeld (who later became internationally famous as manager of Bayern Munich). Under Hitzfeld, the club won the Bundesliga in 1995 and 1996 and went on to win the European Champions League in 1997, beating Juventus 3-1 in the final.

One more championship and a mountain of debt
Despite one further championship title under former player Matthias Sammer in 2002 (when Bayer Leverkusen surprisingly gave away a five-point lead over the final three games of the season), the club has been dogged in the new millennium by a mountain of debt, following an ambitious stock market flotation and a lack of European success.

External links
Official BVB site (English)


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