BVB Dortmund,Germany (2000-2005)
.After the Juventus experience it was my next blessed station, but the season prior to my arrival was one to forget for the club.Narrowly escaped relegation and Bankruptcy.
The club had just appointed Mathias Sammer as coach (his first experience as a coach) and I believe he was rightfully, highly motivated,but we (as newcomers) inherited very depleted team, in depth, meaning we did not have a large squad and sometimes practically had to play second team players.
We had a relatively great season, clinching 3rd place on the league table and eventually qualified for the lucrative UEFA Champions league .
Rightfully ambitious, 2001/2002 saw the club buy Marcio Amoruso,Thomas Rosicky and Jan Kohler amongst others to improve the team and we had an even greater season: We became German champions and UEFA Cup finalists.
BVB Borussia Dortmund managed to turn around the difficult situation we were facing and went from relegation fighters to becoming champions in a short period of time. I feel blessed to have been an integral part of this achievement!
Unfortunately, these successes coupled with some management deficiencies could not steer away the financial deficits! The next step taken by the club was to put internationally marketable foreign players, on the transfer market. Marcio Amoruso and I were some of these players.
Refusing to be sold at a loss I eventually negotiated a loan deal to Vfl Bochum a neighboring team In the Ruhr Area of Germany and left BVB, temporarily!