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Borussia Dortmund Team Profile – Club History, Players, Managers & More

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Borussia Dortmund, also known as BVB, is one of the biggest football clubs in Germany. Based at the famous Westfalenstadion, Dortmund are 8x German champions. Having also won the UEFA Champions League in 1997, BVB is a well-known team across the globe. The club was founded in 1909, our guide guide will cover everything surrounding Borussia Dortmund F.C, including key players, the current coach and past honours. 

Borussia Dortmund Logo and History Borussia Dortmund

Having been established for over a century, Borussia Dortmund is based in North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany. The football team is part of a larger sports club, which now features close to 150,000 members. BVB plays its home matches at Westfalenstadion, which with a capacity of over 81,000, is the biggest stadium in Germany. 

Borussia Dortmund famously plays in black and yellow, the reason behind the club’s nickname of die Schwarzgelben. Dortmund holds strong rivalries with both Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich. Matches involving the latter are known as Der Klassiker. BVB is well-known for developing young talent, with recent starlets having included Ousmane Dembele, Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.

The club’s logo features “BVB 09”, which stands for Ballspiel-Verein Borussia (Borussia Club for Ball Games). Again, black and yellow dominate. While the logo has changed over the years, its design has stayed almost identical. The current BVB logo has been the same since 1993, featuring a bolder font and just one black ring around the circle. 

The Borussia Dortmund Kit

BVB home kit
B0russia Dortmund shirt 2022

The Borussia Dortmund kit is always striking. While the Borussia Dortmund home kit changes in design each season, black and yellow is always the colour scheme. Puma has been the official kit supplier of BVB since 2012, with the current away shirt being all black, with yellow trim and player names/numbers. 

Honours and Trophies

Borussia Dortmund has won a host of domestic and international competitions to date. Unfortunately for BVB fans, Dortmund has not won the Bundesliga title since 2012, largely due to the success of rivals Bayern Munich. However, the table below shows the honours for Borussia Dortmund F.C. over the years:

  • German Bundesliga – 8 times: 1956, 1957, 1963, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • DFB-Pokal – 5 times: 1964–65, 1988–89, 2011–12, 2016–17, 2020–21
  • UEFA Champions League / European Cup – once: 1996-97
  • UEFA / European Cup Winners’ Cup – once: 1965-66
  • Intercontinental Cup – once 1997

Borussia Dortmund Betting Odds

Dortmund won the DFB-Pokal in 2021, while they will be hoping to end their long wait for the Bundesliga title this season. BVB are often offered short odds to win competitions in which they are involved in. The table below shows the odds available surrounding Dortmund in 2022-23, which come from leading online bookies:

Competition Best Borussia Dortmund Odds Bookmaker
Bundesliga 16/1 BetUK logo
DFB-Pokal 4/1 William Hill
UEFA Champions League 109/1 SBK logo
 All prices correct as of 14:30 BST on Tuesday, 30 August 2022.

Borussia Dortmund Squad 2022

The Borussia Dortmund squad is constantly changing, with players arriving and departing every transfer window. Below is a breakdown of the current Borussia Dortmund players, including goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards. You will quickly realise just why the Borussia Dortmund stadium is packed to the rafters every match.

Borussia Dortmund Goalkeepers

  • Gregor Kobel (Switzerland)
  • Alexander Meyer (Germany)
  • Luca Ubehaun (Germany)

Borussia Dortmund Defenders

  • Mateu Morey
  • Nico Schlotterback
  • Raphael Guerreiro
  • Nico Schulz
  • Mats Hummels
  • Manuel Akanji
  • Thomas Meunier
  • Niklas Sule
  • Soumaila Coulibaly

Borussia Dortmund Midfielders

  • Salih Ozcan
  • Giovanni Reyna
  • Mahmoud Dahoud
  • Thorgan Hazard
  • Maruis Wolf
  • Julian Brandt
  • Jude Bellingham
  • Emre Can
  • Felix Passlack
  • Abdoulaye Kamara
  • Tom Rothe
  • Goktan Gurpuz

Borussia Dortmund Forwards

  • Sebastien Haller
  • Marco Reus
  • Youssoufa Moukoko
  • Anthony Modeste
  • Donyell Malen
  • Karim Adeyemi
  • Jamie Bynoe-Gittens

Borussia Dortmund Player Appearances Table

When it comes to well-known Borussia Dortmund players, many in the table below feature. This is due to the fact that they have put on the famous Borussia Dortmund kit hundreds of times. Current Sporting Director Michael Zorc holds the record in this area, making 572 appearances. You will no doubt recognise some of the others making the top 10 list:

Rank Player Period Appearances
Michael Zorc 1981-1998 572
2. Roman Weidenfeller 2002-2018 453
3. Mats Hummels 2008-2016 & 2019- 435
4. Stefan Reuter 1992-2004 421
5. Lars Ricken 1993-2008 406
6. Dede 1998-2011 397
7. Lucasz Piszczek 2010-2021 382
8. Dieter Kurrat 1960-1974 376
9. Lothar Huber 1974-1986 371
10. Marcel Schmelzer 2008-2022 367

Borussia Dortmund Player Top Scorers Table

BVB is a team that is known for playing football the right way, scoring plenty of goals in the process. Over the years, Dortmund has been the home of many leading goalscorers. You may be surprised to learn that Robert Lewandowski does not feature in the top 10. However, the table below shows those that have written themselves into Borussia Dortmund F.C. folklore with their prowess in front of goal:

Rank Player Period Goals
Alfred Preissler 1945-1950 & 1952-1959 174
2. Michael Zorc 1981-1998 159
3. Manfred Burgsmüller 1976-1983 158
4. Marco Reus 2012- 154
5. Lothar Emmerich 1960-1969 148
6. Friedhelm Konietzka 1958-1965 145
7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 2013-2018 141
8. Jurgen Shutz 1959-1963 & 1969-1972 134
9. Alfred Niepieklo 1951-1960 124
10. Stéphane Chapuisat 1991-1999 123

Borussia Dortmund Transfer News

As we have previously mentioned, Dortmund is a team that develops young talent, before selling their prized assets for a significant profit. There are numerous examples in the past, with the club currently sitting on a large transfer budget, following the departure of Erling Haaland. The table below the biggest signings in BVB history:

Rank Player Year Signed Club Signed From Reported Fee
Ousmane Dembele 2016 Stade Rennes £31.5 million
2. Sebastien Haller 2022 Ajax £27.9 million
3. Mats Hummels 2019 Bayern Munich £27.45 million
4. Karim Adeyemi 2022 RB Salzburg £27 million
5. Donyell Malen 2021 PSV Eindhoven £27 million
6. Andre Scurrle  2016 Wolfsburg £27 million
7. Abdou Diallo 2018 Mainz 05 £25.02 million
8. Henrikh Mkhitaryan 2013 Shakhtar Donetsk £24.75 million
9. Thorgan Hazard 2019 Borussia Monchengladbach £22.95 million
10. Nico Schulz 2019 Hoffenheim £22.95 million

Meanwhile, the table below shows Dortmund’s record departures over the years, with the club having done some fantastic work in this area:

Rank Player Year Sold Club Sold To Reported Fee
Ousmane Dembele 2017 Barcelona £126 million
2. Jadon Sancho 2021 Manchester United £76.5 million
3. Christian Pulisic 2018 Chelsea £57.6 million
4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 2017 Arsenal £57.38 million
5. Erling Haaland 2022 Manchester City £54 million
6. Henrikh Mkhitaryan 2016 Manchester United £37.8 million
7. Mario Goetze 2013 Bayern Munich £33.3 million
8. Mats Hummels 2016 Bayern Munich £31.5 million
9. Abdou Diallo 2019 PSG £28.8 million
10. Ilkay Gundogan 2016 Manchester City £24.3 million

Borussia Dortmund Manager

The current Borussia Dortmund manager is Edin Terzić. However, it has been something of a managerial merry go round over recent years. Terzić only took over in 2022, following the departure of Marco Rose. 

The Croatian-German has been working at BVB since 2015, acting as caretaker manager, assistant manager and technical director. Dortmund fans will certainly be hoping that the 39-year-old can deliver success to the club. Below is a list of Borussia Dortmund managers from years gone by:

  • Tony Cargnelli (1923-1923)
  • Ernst Kuzorra (1935-1936)
  • Fritz Thelen (1935-1936)
  • Ferdinand Swatosch (1936-1939)
  • Willi Sevcik (1939-1939)
  • Edy Havlicek (1948-1950)
  • Sepp Kretschmann (1950-1951)
  • Hans Schmidt (1951-1955)
  • Helmut Schneider (1955-1957)
  • Hans Tauchert (1957-1958)
  • Max Merkel (1958-1961)
  • Hermann Eppenhoff (1961-1965)
  • Willy Malthaup (1965-1966)
  • Heinz Murach (1966-1968)
  • Oswald Pfau (1968-1968)
  • Helmut Schneider (1968-1969)
  • Hermann Lindemann (1969-1970)
  • Horst Witzler (1970-1971)
  • Herbert Burdenski (1972-1972)
  • Detlev Bruggemann (1972-1972)
  • Janos Bedl (1973-1974)
  • Otto Knefler (1974-1976)
  • Horst Buhtz (1976-1976)
  • Otto Rehhagel (1976-1978)
  • Carl-Heinz Ruhl (1978-1979)
  • Uli Maslo (1979-1979)
  • Udo Lattek (1979-1981)
  • Rolf Bock (1981-1981)
  • Branko Zebec (1981-1982)
  • Karlheinz Feldkamp (1982-1983)
  • Helmut Witte (1983-1983)
  • Hans-Dieter Tippenhauer (1983-1983)
  • Horts Franz (1983-1984)
  • Timo Konietzka (1984-1984)
  • Reinhard Satgig (1984-1984)
  • Horst Koppel (1988-1991)
  • Ottmar Hitzfeld (1991-1997)
  • Nevio Scala (1997-1998)
  • Michael Skibbe (1998-2000)
  • Bernd Krauss (2000-2000)
  • Udo Lattek (2000-2000)
  • Mattias Sammer (2000-2004)
  • Bert van Marwijk (2004-2006)
  • Jurgen Rober (2006-2007)
  • Thomas Doll (2007-2008)
  • Jurgen Klopp (2008-2015)
  • Thomas Tuchel (2015-2017)
  • Peter Bosz (2017-2017)
  • Peter Stoger (2017-2018)
  • Lucien Favre (2018-2020)
  • Edin Terzic (2020-2021)
  • Marco Rose (2021-2022)
  • Edin Terzic (2022 – Present)

Borussia Dortmund Stadium

Officially known as Signal Iduna Park, the Borussia Dortmund stadium is better known in the game as Westfalenstadion. With a capacity of 81,365 for domestic matches, Dortmund fans create a unique atmosphere, it is widely regarded as being one of the best in world football. The stadium opened in 1974, having most recently been renovated in 2006. The record attendance at the Borussia Dortmund stadium is 83,000, a figure that has been reached six times.

westfalenstadion Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund FC Rivalries

Like any team, Borussia Dortmund has a handful of rivalries. Matches involving their rivalries mean a great deal to the players and supporters. Some rivalries are simple because of location, while others build over time due to regular or standout encounters. Let’s take a closer look at Dortmund’s biggest rivals:

Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

When it comes to German football, there is no bigger fixture than Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich. Games involving the duo are known as Der Klassiker. Ultimately, it is Bayern that has had the better of things over the years, with The Bavarians having won the Bundesliga title every year since 2011. 

The duo also met in the 2013 Champions League final, where Arjen Robben scored a last-gasp winner for Bayern. The table below shows the head-to-head record between the two German giants:

Competition Dortmund Wins Draws Bayern Wins
Bundesliga 31 29 63

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04

Known in Germany as the Revierderby, matches between Dortmund and Schalke are almost always entertaining. The two clubs are based in the Ruhr region, the first encounter between the duo came back in 1925. Schalke has just been promoted back to the German top-flight, meaning that this rivalry will return to the Bundesliga in 2022/23. Let’s take a look at the history books between Dortmund and Schalke:

Competition Dortmund Wins Draws Schalke Wins
Bundesliga 36 30 33

Rangers vs Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund and Scottish giants Rangers have met a number of times in European competitions over the years. The first clash came in 1966, with the two having also met in the Europa League in 2022. Rangers knocked Dortmund out of the competition 6-4 on aggregate, having won 4-2 in Germany. Below is the head-to-head record surrounding Rangers vs Borussia Dortmund:

Competition Dortmund Wins Draws Rangers Wins
Champions League 0 2 0
Europa League 1 2 3
Cup Winners’ Cup 0 1 1

(Tottenham) Spurs vs Borussia Dortmund

Tottenham Hotspur and Dortmund have been drawn together in Europe three times since 2016. The duo has met in both the Europa League and Champions League, with 17 goals having been scored in just six matches. Spurs have won their last four matches against BVB. 

Competition Dortmund Wins Draws Tottenham Wins
Champions League 0 0 4
Europa League 2 0 0

Final Thoughts on Borussia Dortmund

If you are familiar with European football, Borussia Dortmund is a club that you will be more than familiar with. The German giants may live in the shadow of Bayern Munich, but they are popular across the globe. With a unique strategy in the transfer market, Dortmund will be looking to claim their first Bundesliga title since 2012. With a new manager and a new-look attacking lineup, it could well be an interesting season at Westfalenstadion. 

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