Saturday, October 27, 2018

Borussia Dortmund All-Time Foreign Players All-Time

Rosicky, Koller, Dede and Amoroso 
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Borussia Dortmund All-Time Team
Borussia Dortmund All-Time Team for German Players

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Borussia Dortmund foreign players.  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. In 1996, Borussia Dortmund won the Champions League by beating the defending champion Juventus.
Pulistic and Aubameyang
Team
GK: Roman Bürki (Switzerland)
Bürki began his career in 2007 with the reserve squad of the BSC Young Boys. From 2014 to 2015, he played a season with SC Freiburg, but his team went down to 2.Bundesliga.  After that season, he joined Borussia Dortmund. He made 9 appearance for Switzerland at the time of writing. He represented them at 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil.

GK: Guillaume Warmuz (France)
Guillaume Warmuz started with Marseilles in France, but gt his opportunities with Louhans-Cuiseaux FC in 1990.  From 1992 to 2002, he had a relatively successful career with FC Lens.  In 2003, he spent 6 months with Arsenal without playing a single game.  He joined Borussia Dortmund when Jen Lehmann went the other way. He later played for Monaco. 

GK: Mitchell Lagerak (Australia)
Langerak joined A-League club Melbourne Victory in 2007.  In 2010, he went to Borussia Dortmund, mainly as a backup keeper.  Later, he would play as a backup for VfB Stuttgart and Levante. At the time of writing, he plays in Japan. Since 2013, he played 8 times for Australia.  He went to the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil.

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. Łukasz Piszczek 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. 
Łukasz Piszczek 
RB: Evanilson (Brazil) 
Evanílson started his senior career with América Futebol Clube (MG), joining Cruzeiro Esporte Clube for the 1999 season. In a complex move, he ended up with Borussia Dortmund, where he starred alongside Dede. However, injuries derailed the rest of his career.  He played for several clubs before he retired in 2013. At the international level, he played 13 times, mainly as a backup to Cafu.

CB: Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece)
Sokratis Papastathopoulos started his career with AEK Athens at home.  In 2008, he joined Genoa in Italy. He later played briefly for AC Milan and Werder Bremen.  From 2013 to 2018, he played for Borussia Dortmund. Then, he joined Arsenal. At the international level, he picked up over 80 caps.  He appeared in two World Cup Finals and a single European Championship.

CB/CM: Ned Zelic  (Australia)
Ned Zelic had a successful career playing in Bundesliga.  He started his career in Germany with Borussia Dortmund.  Then, he moved to Queens Park Rangers as the club's record signing.  He failed to settle there. He later played in France and then, Germany again. Zelic was captain of the Australian team that competed and finished 4th at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

CB: Julio Cesar (Brazil)
Júlio César began his career in 1979 with Brazilian club Guarani. He moved to Europe in 1986, where he payed for many clubs.  His best spells were with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. In 1997, he helped Borussia Dortmund to win the Champions' League, beating Juventus in the Final.  He played for Brazil at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and won the Best Central Defender Award, being elected to the team of the tournament, but he also missed his penalty during the shootout loss to France.
Julio Cesar 
CB: Neven Subotić (Borussia Dortmund) 
Born in the former Yugoslavia, he moved to the US in 1999.  He joined 1.FSV Mainz 05 youth team making his first-team debut in the 2006–07 season. In 2008, he signed with Borussia Dortmund. From 2008 to 2016, he played for the club and was at one point considered the best defender in the Bundesliga. In 2017, he went to Koln.  Subotić played the youth team of the USA, but represented Serbia in the senior level. He earned 36 caps and went to the WC Finals in 2010.

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/CM: Paul Lambert (Scotland)
With St Mirren, the 17-year old Lambert won his first senior winner's medal in the 1987 Scottish Cup Final. He is best remembered for helping Borussia Dortmund to win the 1997 Champions' League. He also played for Motherwell and Celtic in Scotland. From 1995 to 2003, he was capped 40 times for Scotland. He played in the 1998 World Cup Finals.

CM: Murdo MacLeod (Scotland)
MacLeod made his name with Dumbarton in the mid-1970s. From 1978 to 1987, he played for Celtic. His goal in 1979 against was awarded as the greatest ever Old Firm goal, in a vote by Celtic supporters in 2000. From 1987 to 1990, he played for Borussia Dortmund.  Later, he played for Hibernian. and Dumbarton. At the international level, he earned 20 caps and he did not receive his first cap until 1985 He played in the 1990 World Cup Finals.
Murdo MacLeod 
CM: Nuri Sahin (Turkey)
Born in Germany of Turkish ancestry. On 6 August 2005, at the age of 16 years and 334 days, Şahin set a record by becoming the youngest player to have played in the Bundesliga, and on 25 November of the same year became the youngest player to score a goal in the Bundesliga, scoring for Borussia Dortmund against 1. FC Nuremberg.  In 2011, he made a big time to Real Madrid.  He returned to Borussia Dortmund in 2013 after a loan deal with Liverpool.  He earned his first cap in 2005 and scored his first goal ironically against Germany.

RW/RM: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland)
Blaszczykowski started his career at Wisła Kraków establishing himself. In 2007, he joined Borussia Dortmund, where he spent the majority of his career, winning two Bundesliga titles. In 2016, he moved to VfL Wolfsburg. Since 2006, he was capped over a 100 times. He went to 2012 and 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup Finals. He won Polish Player of the Year twice.

RW/AM: Christian Pulistic (USA)
Since 2016, Pulistic has been a part of the US players' pool. He is the youngest player to represent the US senior national team in a  World Cup qualifier. He is also the youngest player to score for the United States in the modern era.  In 2015, he joined Borussia Dortmund. After making his senior debut with the club as a teenager, he had been a regular player for them.

FW/LW: Ewerthon (Brazil)
Ewerthon started his career with Corinthians, but hew as better known for his career with Borussia Dortmund between 2001 and 2005, reaching the UEFA Cup Final. From 2005 to 2011, he played for Real Zaragoza. After Zaragoza, he played for clubs in Germany, Spain Russia and Qatar. For Brazil, he  had 7 caps. He was selected for the Brazilian national team for the 2001 Copa América and the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, finishing as runner-up in the latter.
Ewerthon
AM: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia)
Mkhitaryan began his senior career at local club Pyunik at age 17. After playing in Ukraine, he joined Borussia Dortmund in 2013, where he made his name.  Later, he played for Manchester United and now, with Arsenal. At the international level, he made 78 appearance for Armenia.  He is their team captain.

AM: Tomas Rosicky (Czech Republic)
Tomas Rosicky was the star playmaker for the Czech Republic throughout the 2000s.  He has taken part in four UEFA European Championships as well as the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was Czech Footballer of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2006.  He started his career with Sparta Prague, and he had notable stints with Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal.

AShinji Kagawa (Japan)
Shinji Kagawa began his professional career in his homeland with Cerezo Osaka before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2010. After two years with Dortmund, Kagawa signed for Manchester United on a four-year contract, but could not settle down in Old Trafford. Two years later, he returned to Dortmund, where again he was a star player. Since 2008, he has over 90 caps. He was a member of the 2014 World Cup team while controversially left off the 2010 team. He was Asian Player of the Year in 2012.
Shinji Kagawa 
AM: Marcel Răducanu (Romania)
Between 1976 and 1981, Marcel Răducanu played 21 games for Romanian national team.  After playing for Steaua Bucureşti in the 1970s,  Răducanu defected following a match in Dortmund, West Germany in 1981. He was sentenced to nearly six years in prison in his absence for his action.  From 1982 to 1988, he played for Borussia Dortmund. He also played for FC Zurich.

FW: Márcio Amoroso (Brazil)
Amoroso played for many clubs around the world. He was Serie A top scorer with Udinese in the 1998-1999 season. When he joined Borussia Dortmund in 2001, he broke the German transfer record. He was also Bundesliga Top scorer with Borussia Dortmund in the 2001–02 season.  With Sao Paulo, he won the Copa Libertadores in 2005 and then, the World Club Cup a few months later, where he finished as the top scorer. His international career was limited to 9 caps.  

FW: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
He began his career at Milan, who loaned him to four French clubs before he joined Saint-Étienne permanently in 2011. After winning the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue Final, he joined Dortmund, where he has twice won the DFL-Supercup in 2013 and 2014. Despite playing once for France Under-21, Aubameyang made his international debut for Gabon in 2009, and has represented them at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2012 Olympics. He is the African Player of the Year of 2015.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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: Jan Koller (Czech Republic)
Jan Koller is best remembered for being the huge striker playing for the Czech Republic and Borussia Dortmund in the 2000s.  He began his career at Sparta Prague, then moved to Belgium with Lokeren and Anderlecht.  Between 2001 and 2006, he played for Borussia Dortmund. He also played for Monaco.  At the international level, he is the all-time leading goal scorer for the Czech Republic, with 55 goals in 91 appearances. He played in 2006 World Cup Finals and two other European Championship.

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

Honorable Mention
Wolfgang Feiersinger (Austria), Sunday Oliseh (Nigeria), Erdal Keser (Turkey), Andy Egli (Switzerland), Miroslav Stević (Serbia),  Nelson Valdez (Paraguay), Branko Rašović (Yugoslavia),  Flemming Povlsen (Denmark), .

Squad Explanation
-- I do not really know much about their foreign players before the early 1990's. Branko Rašović (Yugoslavia) was the only name I came across during my research.
-- Łukasz Piszczek, Dede, Stephane Chapuisat and Robert Lewandowski are on my Borussia Dortmund All-Time team.  
-- Roman Bürki (Switzerland) is the only foreign goalkeeper who started regularly.  Both Guillaume Warmuz and Mitchell Lagerak were backup keepers who spent some time at the club. I looked into Zlatan Alomerovic and Dennis Gentenaar.  Gentenaar lasted a single season while Alomerovic played for Borussia Dortmund Marvin Hitz is too new.
-- Dede is the 5th appearance record holder for the club.  He is on my all-time team. 
-- Paul Lambert (Scotland) only played a single season with the club.  However, he was a key player as they won the Champions' League in the 1996-1997 season. 
-- Paulo Sousa played with Lambert in the 1997 Final. However, his career in Borussia was plagued by injuries. He did not make this team.  He also won the Champions' League the season before with Juventus.
-- Sokratis Papastathopoulos was the 4th centerback chosen. I took him over Wolfgang Feiersinger because he played more first-team game for Borussia Dortmund.
-- Branko Rašović played parts of his career in the lower division.  
-- Nuri Sahin was born in Germany and groomed by Brussia Dortmund. He was very "German". However, he was capped by Turkey, which made him a foreign player and eligible for this all-time team. İlkay Gündoğan also shared similar background, but he was capped by Germany.
-- Patrik Berger only played a single season.
-- Márcio Amoroso was the Bundesliga's top scorer for 2001-2002 season, but injuries limited his career here.  Flemming Povlsen also suffered injuries that also limited his career.
-- Christian Pulistic is young, but he has been playing liked Borussia's best player.

Formnation


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