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.

GK: Stefan Klos  (Germany)
Born in Dortmund, Klos arrived at Borussia Dortmund in the 1990 summer, from neighbouring TSC Eintracht Dortmund. He was the starting keeper that won the Champions' league in 1996.  He joined Rangers in 1998.  

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)
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
He played 68 times between 1987 and 1998.  He was the 1990's generation that won the WC in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996.  He played with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. He won the Champions' League in 1996 with Borussia Dortmund.

RB: Łukasz Piszczek (Poland)
At time of writing, he plays for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund as a right back, having previously played for Hertha BSC and Zagłębie Lubin. He has been capped over 50 times by Poland at international level from his debut in 2007, and was included in the nation's squads for three European Championships.

CB: Jurgen Kohler
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.  
Jurgen Kohler
CB: Wolfgang Paul  (Germany)
Captaining 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)
He 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 SG.  Capped 66 times.  He went to Euro 1992 and 2004, and the 1998 World Cup Finals.  He was bypassed by Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2006 WC 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 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)
He 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 before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 1998.  He spent 13 seasons there. Capped once for Brazil.

DM: Dieter Kurrat (Germany)
Kurt spent 9 seasons with Borussia Dortmund, winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1966.

DM/SW: Matthias Sammer (East Germany/Germany)
Born under East Germany, he first played with Dynamo Dresden.  After unification, he first played for Stuttgart and Inter Milan. With Borussia Dortmund as a player, Sammer 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 retired with 74 total caps, 23 for East Germany and 51 for the unified side.
Matthias Sammer

CM: Michael Zorc (Germany)
Born in Dortmund, Zorc 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.  Capped 7 times.

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 his career he played 442 games (72 goals) in the Bundesliga, for Borussia Dortmund, Offenbach and Bayer 05 Uerdingen. He also made 41 appearances for the West German national team, including the final of the 1966 World Cup.
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 German national team, Möller won the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96. For Germany, Möller was capped 85 times, scoring 29 goals. Other than the two major tournament wins, 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.  
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. Capped 3 times.
Manni Burgsmüller 

ST:  Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
At the time of writying, 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, he moved to Bayern Munich under a controversial situation.   

ST: Stephane Chapuisat (Switzerland)
He was selected by the Swiss F as Switzerland's UEFA's Jubilee Golden Player.  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 played in the Dortmund team which won back-to-back German championships in 1956 and 1957. He played two matches for the then West Germany national football team in 1951 against Austria and the Republic of Ireland

ST: Lothar Emmerich
He won 5 caps for West Germany in 1966. Emmerich scored 115 goals in only 183 Bundesliga matches.  He won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1966.
Lothar Emmerich

Honorable Mention
Sebastian Kehl, Jens Lehmann, Jan Koller, Christoph Metzelder, Max Michallek,  Julio Cesar, Steffen Freund, Lars Ricken, Jorg Heinrich

Squad Explanation
-- I wanted to mess the squad with some younger players.  
-- I selected Hummels over Rudi Assauer and Łukasz Piszczek over Lothar Huber.
-- I decied not to take Alfred Preissler who is one of the club's greatest scorers.
-- Sammer also played as a defensiver midfielder.

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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