Five Memorable Borussen Derbies


Every time Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach go head-to-head, many people predict a high scoring, pulsating and entertaining game. Here’s a look back to five of the most memorable matches between these two sides. #1 Hosts humiliate Dortmund (11/04/15) Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 Borussia Dortmund With both sides entering the game without a few of their star players, both teams acknowledged that this […]

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Like a Diamond, Borussia Dortmund Need Pressure


There is a saying that may explain Borussia Dortmund these days: diamonds only can be created under pressure. Thomas Tuchel’s squad needs pressure to be good. That was and has been the motto for the first half of the 2015/16 season. Fans should be glad that the annoying group-stage of the Europa League is finally over. It seemed that Dortmund could not perform consistently […]

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And now, wow. Borussia Dortmund and the transfer myths


The work of Michael Zorc and Jürgen Klopp was without any doubt brilliant. Their efforts were fundamental to Borussia Dortmund’s recent success with three titles vice-championships and three final-matches. The result of the Zorc/Klopp team-building does not only shine in black-yellow. Some former BVB-players, especially Robert Lewandowski and (I hate to admit) Mario Götze, are two of the best players in the world. […]

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Thoughts on Bundesliga MatchDay 11


Football, particularly in Germany, is an unpredictable game, and MatchDay 11 surely proved that.  It was inevitable that Bayern Munich would drop points, as they did Friday, but not in a scoreless draw that featured such bonafide goalscorers as Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Die Adler’s Alex Meier.  Despite being overwhelmingly outplayed Saturday by FC Augsburg early on, […]

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The triangle is broken – Borussia Dortmund and the Odyssey to Azerbaijan

Europa League

After last weekend’s 2:0 victory in Mainz Borussia Dortmund now has to travel to the edge of Europe. It is interesting that such countries like Azerbaijan belong to Europe. But it could be worse. With Astana for example the Champions League has a debutant from Kazakhstan which really feels like middle Asia. Even after some research it is hard to […]

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From Bielefeld to Pittsburgh: In-Depth Interview with Kevin Kerr

Kevin Kerr photo by Terry O'Neil of TKO Photos.

Hello from beautiful Highmark Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, on the banks of the Monongahela River. Across the river, towers the glittering and iconic Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania skyline. I’m here to interview Kevin Kerr, midfielder for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a 3rd division (USL) side in America. Basically, my hometown team. Why am I interviewing Kevin for the Fanatic? Well, despite being born from […]

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10 Bundesliga Doppelgängers – Part II


They say there is a person out there somewhere that is your exact likeness- your doppelgänger. The Bundesliga too is rife with players, trainers and presidents who bear an uncanny resemblance to another famous person. Take a look at these pairs separated at birth for a bit of light-hearted merriment. First up Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus. The darling of […]

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BVB Bulletin: One Era Ends, Another Begins


Eras changed after Saturday’s DFB Pokal final. Rarely do we get to consciously witness such changes. In my experience, eras change haphazardly, indirectly, or gradually. But not for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. One era abruptly ended, while another began. Did you even notice? I tried to reflect on this momentous event while watching the Pokal final in Berlin. My reflections […]

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BVB Bulletin: a Dead Leg, some Dead Play, yet a Win in Dresden


Post-derby matches, especially post-Revierderby matches, are letdowns. Make no mistake about it. Dortmund’s somewhat undeserved 2-0 road win the Pokal round of 16 on Tuesday evening was a letdown match. Sometimes we forget that athletes are humans, and, like humans, are psychological beings, despite the apparatuses of mechanization and technique that supposedly beats the human out of them. As psychological beings, […]

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