Borussia Dortmund’s Secret.
After a convincing 0-2 victory away in Nunberg, Just as stern rivals Bayern Munich, Schalke 04 & Borussia Monchengladbach all drew their games sees Defending Champions, BVB Dortmund, emerge as sole leaders in this year’s exciting Bundesliga contest, in Germany.The feat is worth applauding when one takes into account the very complicated (to say the least) debut to the league season this team has gone through, and to now conjure a 12 game un-beating league run in one of the most competitive leagues in the world, is phenomenal!
Dortmund has seen it all in the last Decade: Gone from near Bankruptcy to loss of star
players, to near relegation and then gracefully champion 2010/2011! It has been a roller coaster ride.
Dortmund is equipped with a relatively young coach, Jürgen Klopp, who has a very clear philosophy: Use of Youth players, clear shared out duties and responsibilities, disciplined play and no “one star” player formula. The star is the team and to a large extent the trainer and the fans!
The Team plays a very physical, technical and mobile style of football. Constant use and search of space is a deep core of their playing style.
The management of Dortmund have gone through near bankruptcy, they are still not completely out of the woods but this near extinction experience has brought about a relative «financial Discipline into the club.
The club is investing immensely in youth players development and have improved their scouting network for talented young player acquisition. The players age somewhat guarantees return for investment as was the case with the “sold” Talented Sahin to Real Madrid in the summer of 2011.
This club is equipped with probably the largest, loudest and arguably the best fans in Germany and probably in Europe too. The Dortmund stadium sits a maximum 83,000 fans and has an average of 78,000 fans each home game. Phenomenal!
The fact that the Trainer is more of the “star” figure of this team takes away a lot of pressure from the team and hence when results are not forthcoming, like at the beginning of this season, the questions are mostly thrown the Trainer’s way and the players are thus protected. Of course it has it’s disadvantage of the players not getting star value etc but I believe in Dortmund’s case the Advantages outweighs the Disadvantages.
However all is not glittering as Gold in Dortmund. For a team that so convincingly won the championship (Bundesliga) last year, they failed to qualify past the Group stages of the Champions league this year. Worst still even the 3rd position in a four team group was stripped off their hands by Olympiacos of Greece.
This Meant hard needed wealth synonymous with Champions league qualifications passed them by. (Fair enough they did earn 15million Euros minimum from the Group stages).
Critics have tried to belittle their achievements in Germany by citing their inability to impose themselves in Europe for the second year in a row now as a “Dark” side and that their football is only effective in Germany.
However,that said,I would suggest that it is worth noting that the German league (Bundesliga) is not only one of the toughest, physical demanding, well organized league in the world, but in contrast to a world classed league like the “la Liga” in Spain, Title favourites can and do loose often to Relegation bound teams in Germany. Everyone can beat everyone!
I believe some better dosing of their efforts and improvement of their team depth,to permit enough rotation and still be large and strong enough to compete on two fronts could help better their European cup fortunes. only that costs more money to achieve and Dortmunds past is a reminder that they have to be very careful!
Hats up for BVB DORTMUND!