Saturday, October 1, 2016

Borussia Dortmund Greatest All-Time Team

Champions' League 1996

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.


This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Borussia Dortmund was founded in 1909 by eighteen football players from Dortmund. Borussia Dortmund have won eight German championships, three DFB-Pokals, five DFL-Supercups, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and one Intercontinental Cup. Their Cup Winners' Cup win in 1966 made them the first German club to win a European title.
2011-2012 Bundesliga title
Team
GK: Stefan Klos  (Germany)
Born in Dortmund, Stefan Klos arrived at Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 1990 summer, from neighbouring TSC Eintracht Dortmund. He played over 300 matches there.  He was the starting keeper that won the Champions' league in 1996.  He joined Glasgow Rangers in 1998, where he stayed until 2007. He was one of the highest paid footballers in Europe, when he joined Rangers.  

GK: Hans Tilkowski (Germany)
Hans Tilkowski  played mainly for Westfalia Herne and Borussia Dortmund. With Borussia Dortmund, he won the Cup Winners' Cup.  For West Germany, he was a member of the World Cup teams of 1962 and 1966.  In 1966, Tilkowski was the No. 1 goalkeeper of the West German team which lost the World Cup Final against England. He was the German Player of the Year in 1965.

GK: Roman Weidenfeller (Germany)
Roman Weidenfeller moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2002 on a free transfer as a replacement for Jens Lehmann.  He won 2 Bundesliga title.  He received his first cap when he started against England at the Wembley Stadium on 19 November 2013, making him the oldest ever German goalkeeper débutant. He won the WC in 2014 as the backup keeper.

RB:  Stefan Reuter (Germany)
Stefan Reuter played 69 times for Germany between 1987 and 1998.  He was Germany's Golden Generation in the 1990's that won the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996.  He played with FC Nürnberg, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. He won the Champions' League in 1996 with Borussia Dortmund.

RB: Łukasz Piszczek (Poland)
At time of writing, Łukasz Piszczek plays for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund as a right back, where he joined 2010.  He had previously played for Hertha BSC and Zagłębie Lubin. He has been capped over 65 times by Poland at international level from his debut in 2007.  He was included in the nation's squads for three European Championships and the 2018 World Cup Finals.

CB: Jurgen Kohler (Germany)
Jurgen Kohler was regarded one of the best defenders in the 1990's.   He earned 105 caps for West Germany/Germany between 1986 and 1998.  He won the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996.  For his club career, he played with Koln, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.  He won the Champions' League in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund.  He was Footballer of the Year in Germany in 1997.
Jurgen Kohler
CB: Wolfgang Paul  (Germany)
Wolfgang Paul was the captain of Borussia Dortmund to the European Cup Winners Cup in 1966, Paul got included in Helmut Schön's West German squad for the 1966 FIFA World Cup.  Despite this, the defender never played a match for West Germany and had to retire early because of the effects an injury picked up in the late 1960s had to his game.

CB: Christian Worns (Germany)
Christian Worns started his career with Waldhof Mannheim but played the majority of his career with Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund. He also had a short stint with Paris St Germain.  He was capped 66 times.  He went to Euro 1992 and 2004, and the 1998 World Cup Finals.  He was bypassed by German manager Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2006 World Cup Finals at home.

CB: Mats Hummels (Germany)
Mats Hummels came through the Bayern Munich youth system, but only made one appearance with the senior team.  He signed with Borussia Dortmund in 2009 after a loan spell. Over there, he established himself among the best centerbacks in the world.  In 2016, he made a dramatic return to Bayern Munich.  For Germany, he had over 60 caps since 2010.  He was a part of the 2014 World Cup winning team, where he was voted into the team of tournament.
Mats Hummels

LM/LB: Willi Neuberger (Germany)
Willi Neuberger played from 1966 until 1983 in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen, Wuppertaler SV and Eintracht Frankfurt. With Eintracht he won the DFB-Pokal in 1975 and 1981 and UEFA Cup in 1980. With his 520 Bundesliga appearances he was the record player for a long time. Currently, he is eighth on the all time appearance list of the Bundesliga. Capped twice.

LB: Dede (Brazil)
Dede started with Clube Atlético Mineiro winning the b1997 Copa CONMEBOL before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 1998.  He spent 13 seasons there.  He helped the club to win the 2002 league and reached that year's UEFA Cup final.  From 2011 to 2014, Dedé  played for Turkish club Eskişehirspor.  He was only capped once for Brazil in 2004 in a friendly against Hungary.

DM: Dieter Kurrat (Germany)
Kurt spent 9 seasons with Borussia Dortmund. Nicknamed "Hoppy", he became a club legend, winning the German Championship, the DFB Cup, in 1965 and the European Cup Winner's Cup in 1966. He played over 600 matches for the club.  In 1974, he served briefly as a player-coach for the club on interim basis before joining SV Holzwickede.

DM/SW: Matthias Sammer (East Germany/Germany)
Born under East Germany, he started with Dynamo Dresden.  After unification, he played for Stuttgart and Inter Milan. With Borussia Dortmund, he won the Bundesliga and DFL-Supercup in 1995, the Bundesliga, DFL-Supercup, and European Footballer of the Year in 1996, and the UEFA Champions League and Intercontinental Cup in 1997. With Germany as a player, Sammer won the UEFA Euro 1996. Sammer had with 74 total caps, 23 for East Germany and 51 for the unified side.
Matthias Sammer
CM: Michael Zorc (Germany)
Born in Dortmund, Michael Zorc was a one club player.  He played 463 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund (a club record) between 1981 and 1998, also being for many years the team's captain. He also ranked, at one time, the club's second all-time top goalscorer, thanks in part to his excellent penalty-taking ability. He won the Champions' League in 1996.  He was capped 7 times between 1992 and 1993.

RW: Stan Libuda (Germany)
Libuda played for FC Schalke 04 from 1961 until 1976 with two interruptions: from 1965 until 1968 he played for Borussia Dortmund, and 1972–73 for RC Strasbourg.  He was a major factor in Borussia Dortmund's 1966 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup championship. He scored the final goal against Liverpool F.C. to earn a 2–1 extra time victory for Dortmund.  Capped 26 times, he was a part of the team that finished third in the 1970 FIFA World Cup. 

AM/FW: Siegfried Held (Germany)
During Siegfried Held's career, he played 442 games (72 goals) in the Bundesliga, for Borussia Dortmund, Offenbach and Bayer 05 Uerdingen. He scored a goal at the 1966  Cup Winners' Cup Final, in which Borussia Dortmund won it by beating Bill Shankly's Liverpool.  He also made 41 appearances for the West German national team.  He was a member of both 1966 and 1970 World Cup Finals. He did not play in the Final of Euro 1972 because he was needed to play for his club at the league promotion round. 
Siegfried Held
AM: Andreas Moeller (Germany)
Moeller played for Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus (1992–94), and Schalke 04. He won the UEFA Cup with Juventus in 1993, beating Borussia Dortmund 6–1 on aggregate, Moeller scoring one of the goals. He then won the Champions League with Dortmund in 1997, beating his former team, Juventus, 3–1.  With the national team, he was capped 85 times, winning the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96.  He also played for his country at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, as well as Euro 92. 
Andreas Mueller
AM: Alfred Schmidt  (Germany)
Schmidt played as attacking midfielder for Borussia Dortmund from 1956 to 1968, winning the German Cup in 1965 and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1966. In total, he played for Dortmund 276 times, scoring 67 times.  Capped  25 times between 1957 and 1964 and was a member of the team that finished fourth at the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden.

AM/LW: Marco Reus (Germany)
In 2009, Reus began his career with Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach. He became one of Europe's brightest young player.  In 2012, he joined Borussia Dortmund, his hometown club. Since 2011, Reus established himself as a regular member of Joachim Löw's national team, but he missed both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship through injuries.  He was a member of the team at the World Cup Finals in 2018.
Marco Reus
FW: Friedhelm Konietzka (Germany)
Started out as a coal-miner, Konietzka played a total of 100 Bundesliga matches for Borussia Dortmund and TSV 1860 Munich and scored 72 goals. On 24 August 1963, Konietzka scored the first goal in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund against Werder Bremen in the first minute (at 16:59 German time, as the game had started slightly earlier than scheduled). Capped 9 times.

ST: Manni Burgsmüller (Germany) 
Burgsmüller played in two different spells for local Rot-Weiss Essen and Bayer Uerdingen alike. In 1976, Burgsmüller left Uerdingen for Borussia Dortmund, where he played until 1983.  He played for 1. FC Nürnberg and second level with Rot-Weiß Oberhausen before joining Werder Bremen in 1985 as a veteran player nearly 36 years old.  The club won the Bundesliga in 1988.  He was capped 3 times in 1977 and 1978.
Manni Burgsmüller 

ST:  Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
At the time of writing, Robert Lewandowski is Poland's all-time leading scorer.  He is known for his career with Borussia Dortmund, where he scored over 70 goals and reached the Champions' League Final in 2013.  After the 2013-2014 season, he moved to rival Bayern Munich under a controversial situation.  He was capped over 90 times.  He played in Euro 2012 and 2016, and the World Cup Finals in 2018. 

ST: Stephane Chapuisat (Switzerland)
Stephane Chapuisat was selected by the Swiss FA as Switzerland's UEFA's Jubilee Golden Player.   He was also voted Swiss Footballer of the Year four times (1992, 1993, 1994 and 2001).  He played 103 times for Switzerland between 1989 and 2004.  He went to the 1994 WC Finals, Euro 1996 and Euro 2004. For his club career, he played notably for Borussia Dortmund between 1991 and 1999.  He won the Champions' league in 1997 and back-to-back Bundesliga in 1995 and 1996.
Stephane Chapuisat 

ST: Alfred Preissler (Germany)
Preissler is the all-time leading scorer for Borussia Dortmund. He played in the Dortmund team which won back-to-back German championships in 1956 and 1957.  Together with Alfred Kelbassa and Alfred Niepieklo, Preißler formed a famous  trio that was nickname "The Three Alfredos".  He played two matches for the then West Germany national football team in 1951 against Austria and the Republic of Ireland.

ST: Lothar Emmerich (Germany)
Lothar Emmerich won 5 caps for West Germany all in 1966, helping the national team to reach the Final of the World Cup Finals in 1966.  For his club career, he scored 115 goals in only 183 Bundesliga matches.  From 1960 to 1969, he played for Borussia Dortmund.  With them, he won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1966. He scored 14 goals (a record) during the competition (including 4 goals against defending champions West Ham United in the semi-finals). 
Lothar Emmerich

Honorable Mention
Sebastian Kehl, Jens Lehmann, Jan Koller, Christoph Metzelder, Max Michallek, Julio Cesar, Steffen Freund, Lars Ricken, Jorg Heinrich, Karl-Heinz Riedle, Sven Bender, Marcel Schmelzer, Neven Subotić, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Helmer, Lothar Huber.

Squad Explanation
-- The 1996-1997 Champions League title was Borussia Dortmund's greatest trophy.  The team actually dominated Bundesliga during that era, where they won back-to-back title.  Matthias Sammer, Michael Zorc, Stefan Klos, Stefan Reuter,  Jurgen Kohler, Andreas Moeller and Stephane Chapuisat were from that era.  Many of them joined the club after playing in Italy. 
-- Kurrat was the first BVB player to play a farewell match in the Westfalenstadion.  He worked as a player-coach briefly in 1974.  His status with the club is strong. 
-- Michael Zorc at one point is the second all-time leading scorer for the club.  He held the all-time appearance record as well.
-- I wanted to mix the squad with some younger players.  Marco Reus is the club icon of the modern generation.  I rewarded him for his loyalty.  Roman Weidenfeller, Pierre Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski, Sven Bender and Marcel Schmelzer, Neven Subotić are on my honourable mention.
-- Roman Weidenfeller was a unsung and loyal member of the team.  He never gained the recognition he deserved by the national team.
-- I selected Mats Hummels over Rudi Assauer, and Łukasz Piszczek over Lothar Huber. They helped the club to reach the Final of 2013 Champions' League Final.  Robert Lewandowski's scoring ratio was too amazing. I did not consider Hummels and Lewandowski's deflection to Bayern Munich as an issue. 
-- -- Łukasz Piszczek, Dede, Stephane Chapuisat and Robert Lewandowski are the only foreign players on my Borussia Dortmund All-Time team.  
-- Matthias Sammer also played as a defensiver midfielder.

Formation
My starting lineup included two younger players.  Hummels and Reus made the starting lineup ahead of Emmerich and Kurrat.  Summer moved to the midfield.





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