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2013/05/26 BVB News

No crowning glory to the Champions League season

Ilkay Gündogan turns the penalty against Manuel Neuer into 1:1. (Photo: Firo/Augenklick)

The lavish praise from all round is little comfort to anyone at Borussia Dortmund. Their 1:2 (0:0) loss to FC Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League is still too raw for that. BVB had a great year at the premier level, with the 2012 German champions suffering only two defeats in 13 matches during the 2012/13 season. But the second loss came at the worst possible time. At Wembley in London, Borussia Dortmund was denied the chance to win the world’s most important club competition for a second time after 1997. But one thing was certain on the evening of 25 May 2013: the boys in black and yellow had helped make sure that this day would go down in German football history.

Sebastian Kehl was a true captain, trying to cheer up the 1,400 guests at the “black and yellow night” in London’s Natural History Museum. “We showed the world our very best and we can be proud of that,” said Kehl. This opinion was shared by all – by the almost 90,000 spectators in the stadium with its fantastic atmosphere, by close to 22 million television viewers in Germany (a record for club football), by the international media, and by the millions and millions of football fans around the world. It was BVB that left its mark on much of the match. And it was as much thanks to the Dortmund side as to the Bavarians that the overall feeling was that German football, not just Munich, came out as the true winner of the final.

The quality of the match, sparked off so decisively by trainer Jürgen Klopp’s confident, offensive play, caused a real buzz all round. For true BVB fans, it is of course not much of a consolation, but you hear the same argument again and again in discussions between experts: Bayern’s record season and their victories in the German championships and the Champions League were mainly down to the fact that BVB’s championship titles in 2011 and 2012 had spurred the Bavarians on to up their game in a big way. “Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have set up a monument to football. It doesn’t matter who the winner was. Football won. Germany won. Every player, each and every one of them, should have been carried off the pitch on the spectators’ shoulders,” was the Spanish magazine Sport’s take on the final.

Despite all this, Klopp was down. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel tried in vain to cheer the coach up in London. “She said that there were worse occasions to meet,” said Klopp later, describing the scene before the presentation ceremony. The defeat could also be put down to the fact that the situation was far from ideal. Mario Götze had dropped out, Mats Hummels had sustained an injury in the last Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim and it was obviously holding him back at times. And finally, the way that the defeat came about was really bitter. Arjen Robben only scored the winning goal in the 89th minute when he managed to get past Roman Weidenfeller after a counter-attack from the Bavarians.

The contest, which was gripping right from the first minute and remained so until the final whistle blew, saw BVB take the lead at first. They managed to keep Bayern tied up on their own half of the pitch for some time, quickly gained 5:0 corner kicks and had a couple of shots at the goal. Then Munich got the upper hand; Dortmund’s goalie Roman Weidenfeller held his own, especially against Robben. But Weidenfeller couldn’t do anything about the goal from Mario Mandzukic, bringing the score to 1:0 shortly after half time. Despite all this, BVB didn’t give up and brought the score to a well-deserved 1:1 thanks to Ilkay Gündogan’s penalty shot. And then just before the end, Robben scored the 2:1.

The next day, around 15,000 Dortmund supporters gave the team a warm welcome on their home ground. After all, the season will be one to remember. In their group games against the three national champions Ajax Amsterdam, Manchester City and Real Madrid, BVB came out top without a defeat. Europe discovered football “made in Dortmund and powered by Klopp”. In the last sixteen, there was one draw against Schachtjor Donezk and one clear home victory. In the quarter finals, there was one unforgettable evening against FC Malaga, where a 1:2 was turned around in the return match at Signal Iduna Park to a 3:2 win in extra time. But even that evening was soon to be topped by the 4:1 match against Real Madrid, with four goals from Robert Lewandowski. And although BVB lost the return match 0:2, they made it through to the final without too much trouble. However, BVB met its match in Bayern. In London, General Manager Hans-Joachim Watzke dispelled any worries that Dortmund might drop out of the group of top international clubs for now. “I promise you one thing: Next season, we’ll have a team that’s at least as good, and it’ll be on the offensive again.”