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2013/11/27 BVB News

BVB and the German national team - a strong tradition

Roman Weidenfeller was very proud; he had reached the pinnacle of his amazing career. "It's a dream come true," stated Weidenfeller. And these words, uttered by the Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper on the eve of the 19 November 2013 at Wembley, were more than a mere cliché. The 33-year-old made his debut in goal for the German national team in their 1:0 (0:0) win against England. He had to wait a long time for this, as national coach Joachim Löw had already considered calling up the Rhineland-Palatinate-born keeper in 2006/07. However, for various reasons – including the fact that he is honest and speaks his mind – Weidenfeller had to wait seven years. The old hand wasn't given the opportunity to impress with amazing saves and extraordinary reflexes against England. "It wasn't a goalkeeper's game, I had hardly any saves to make but I enjoyed every minute of it," commented Weidenfeller.

He also has a chance of being selected for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Löw and national goalkeeper coach Andreas Köpke stressed that it is definitely possible that he will be nominated as one of the three German goalkeepers. There could be up to six players from Borussia Dortmund going for the title in Brazil with the national team, if Weidenfeller, who made his debut in the German national team as the oldest goalkeeper in its 105-year history in international football, is included. Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Sven Bender, Ilkay Gündogan and Marco Reus have excellent chances of being selected by Löw for the 23-man World Cup squad.  That's if injuries don't clip the wings of a few unfortunate players.

Since the German national team is always searching for proficient wing backs, Kevin Großkreutz has come into focus as a World Cup candidate due to his excellent performances at right back. It is certainly impossible to imagine the national team without Borussia Dortmund. Almost one third of the players in the German World Cup squad wear the club's black and yellow colours.

Three world champions played for Dortmund
Borussia and the national team: a strong tradition. In 1935 August Lenz was the first; the striker played 14 games up until 1937.  "Heini" Kwiatkowski, the BVB champion goalkeeper in the 1950s and 1960s, became a World Champion in 1954. Lothar Emmerich, "Siggi" Held and Wolfgang Paul were part of the team in 1966 as Germany - beaten by England in the final at Wembley - only became vice champions. Andreas Möller and Frank Mill were in the 1990 squad as the German team celebrated their third World Cup title. Möller, along with Matthias Sammer, Jürgen Kohler, Stefan Reuter and Steffen Freund, was also part of the team that became European champions in 1996 at Wembley.

Borussia Dortmund has always been a reliable "supplier" of quality and class for solving national predicaments. Four Borussia players were in the German squad in the 1958 World Cup. Aside from Kwiatkowski, Alfred Kelbassa, Alfred Schmidt and Wolfgang Peters were there in Sweden. Most recently, Sebastian Kehl and Christoph Metzelder represented the black and yellows at World Cups 2002 and 2006, complemented by David Odonkor who set up the last-minute wonder goal. Astonishingly, not one Dortmund player was called up by Löw for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

18 national players in the BVB squad 2013/14
Due to the outstanding performances and huge successes under manager Jürgen Klopp, several Borussia players are now entering the German national team. This is a good omen as last time five Dortmund players were selected– in Euro '96 – the German national team brought their last title home. The so-called block arrangement of players from two different clubs was considered an important factor in producing the glowing tournament performances in the 1972 European Cup and the 1974 World Cup wins. Bayern Munich constituted one large group; Mönchengladbach the other. There is now another Borussia group making its mark on the offensive playing style of the German national team; however this time it is from Dortmund.

Jürgen Klopp has played a large part in the improvement of performance at Dortmund. But this does not only apply to footballers of German nationality. Overall, there are 18 international players in the BVB squad for the 2013/14 season. "Papa" Sokratis who plays for Greece and Mitchell Langerak, who made his debut in goal for Australia this year, will also be at World Cup 2014. The Polish trio Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek, the Serb Neven Subotic, the Turkish player Nuri Sahin, the Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the Gabonese player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not manage to secure themselves a spot in this year's World Cup with their national teams. However, one thing is for sure: Borussia Dortmund will play an important role at the World Cup in Brazil.