Imagine. Borussia Dortmund is like Obi Wan Kenobi. Bayern München is the “Death Star of the South”. I will later find some words about this metaphor. Now it is very important to talk about some ground rules before the “almost” important match for Borussia Dortmund.
There is no “German Clásico”
It seems that the media is too occupied now. Otherwise they would have already written weird things about the upcoming match Bayern München versus Borussia Dortmund. In the last few years, with its culmination 2011 and 2012, the German media tried to create something that was just not there. „The German Clásico“. Why did they use a Spanish word for a German match? Good question. They wanted to put the Bundesliga and the German football in a different light than it was and still is. Germany does not have something like a „Clásico“. Spain has and I am sure that every other country in Latin America has a Clásico. But Germany has just one team that was, is and will be successful – FC Bayern München.
To make things clear. It is not wrong to say that Bayern against Dortmund is the most important match now and it also was in the last few years. But the duel Bayern against Dortmund has not a very large history. If you compare it to the Spanish Clásico it does not even have a rivalry beyond sport. It is just a chain of casual correlations that Borussia Dortmund is right now again a rival of Bayern. Let’s take a look in the history of the Bundesliga. Once there was the legendary “Fohlenelf” of Borussia Mönchengladbach in the seventies. There was the Hamburger SV in the eighties. Borussia Dortmund played quite well in the nineties. In the noughties (next to Bayern) Dortmund, Bremen, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg won the title. And until now it seems that Borussia Dortmund is the actual rival. But a history of rivalry like in Spain between Barcelona and Real could not grow. There is not even a political dispute. Okay, Dortmund is traditionally Social Democratic, München votes CSU. But it does not really matter in Germany.
The Transfers – a pity but normal
Of course the transfer history of the last two years still feels like a thorn in a finger. I personally do not care about Mario Götze’s lack of decency any more. He is not a good player and really just had one good season. 35 Million for such a middle class player? Okay! I rather miss Robert Lewandowski. But there are other opinions who really saw the foundation of a deep enmity in this transfer. I was sad, too. No doubt. But this is normal business and has a long tradition in München. If Bayern München is defeated on the pitch, they will always defeat the other team (Bremen, Mönchengladbach, Stuttgart, Schalke, Leverkusen, Hamburg – they all know what I am talking about) with money. They will buy the best players. But it’s okay, this is business.
Let’s go back to the stupid media and the invention of the “German Clásico”. They have one point interpreted correctly. FC Bayern München against Borussia Dortmund is the most important game since 2010. It was important in 2002 and again in the nineties. But can you really compare it to the Spanish Clásico and has the country of the actual world champion such an inferiority complex towards Spain or England that it has to invent something? A famous German comedian once said “grass does not grow faster if you pull it”. I am really looking forward to this match on Sunday and of course it is more important than 15 other matches. But history must happen and cannot be created by the media. And if FC Bayern München against Borussia Dortmund continue (without interruption) to be an important match in 2030 – then, maybe we can call it something like “Der Deutsche Klassiker”. But please, do not use Spanish words. Some last words about the importance of the match on Sunday against Bayern. Sorry, dear Bayern-Fans. But the family duel, the Derby against Schalke, is more important.
May the force be with you, Borussia
Of course Borussia Dortmund is like Obi Wan Kenobi for Pricess Leia in Star Wars “A new hope”. The Bundesliga could say “help me Borussia Dortmund, you are my last hope”. The Empire is of course Bayern München. The magazine “11 Freunde” created a T-Shirt a few years ago – Todesstern des Südens/Death Star of the South. It was a reference to a famous song of Bayern München – Stern des Südens. The fact is that Borussia Dortmund will travel with their best squat to München and will try to give everything possible to be a real hope for the Bundesliga. The last results were not good, but on the other hand not dramatically bad either. After a subpar season Borussia Dortmund now takes the position of a genuine pursuer of Bayern München.
Many fans hoped they could be a real rival. They hoped that Bayern would show some weakness. Until now none of those two things have happened. Four points are not much, but of course Bayern München is favorite on Sunday. Where is the hope for Borussia Dortmund? Traditionally they play not that bad in Munich. Dortmund also is one of the few teams who really try to win against Bayern. Many others – Schalke, Bremen, Hamburg, Wolfsburg etc. – seem to lose the match before it even has stated. Finally Bayern München had until now just one real challenge. Wolfsburg! Wait, what? Wolfsburg? Maybe the players were worried that VW won’t be able to pay the bills any more. It was more than just embarrassing that VfL Wolfsburg wanted to be a rival to Bayern.
Bayern is ready to lose
Now… Dortmund is coming and for a few lines I will forget my objective point of view. Borussia will win this match. Bayern is ready to lose again. Borussia cannot overhear the fearful sentence of the Princess Bundesliga -“Help, me Borussia Dortmund, you are my last hope!”
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