Hans-Joachim Watzke beamed with pride as he looked back at the beginning of 2012. "50 years from now, we'll probably still be talking about this year," said the club's General Manager. The team won its eighth German championship, breaking records that many had considered impossible. It brought the DFB cup back to Dortmund for a third time with a triumphant 5:2 victory against FC Bayern Munich, and followed it up several months later by making it to the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League by beating top-rated Manchester City and Real Madrid, two well-equipped clubs with budgets running into the hundreds of millions of euros. From Flensburg to Passau, from Aachen to Cottbus – football fans throughout Germany showed enormous respect for the team headed by manager Jürgen Klopp, not least because of the increasingly important role of the young Borussia players in the German National Team. In Dortmund and the surrounding region, the sense of unity among Borussia fans became almost immeasurable.
“Well-earned”, “extraordinary”, “brilliant” – these were just some of the terms used to describe the young black-and-yellow team after winning their second consecutive German Championship. But the double victory wasn't the only thing that made 2012 a historic year for Borussia Dortmund. Jürgen Klopp's team of troopers also managed to post some previously unheard-of statistics. With 81 points, Borussia became the highest-scoring team in German sports history since the founding of the Bundesliga in 1963 – eight points ahead of the runner-up, Bayern Munich. Throughout the second half of the season, Borussia remained undefeated, with an incredible 28-match winning streak. The team even won 15 matches in the 2011/2012 season without conceding a single goal. Their 17 home matches at Signal Iduna Park were attended by over 1.3 million spectators, the most ever for any European football team.