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2014/08/14 BVB News

BVB between the World Cup and the Bundesliga

Four Dortmunders became World Champions on 13 July 2014 at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Mats Hummels, a great defender in the regular line-up of Germany's national team, received effusive praise for his World Cup performance in Brazil, being promoted to "world class" player status by Kicker in the magazine's traditional ranking of German footballers. After the 1-0 victory over Argentina in overtime in the legendary Maracana, three other BVB pros took hold of the golden FIFA Cup – Roman Weidenfeller, Kevin Großkreutz and Erik Durm – who while among the five players who did not actively play in any of the seven World Cup matches in Brazil, are true world champions.
While the victors were off enjoying a well-deserved holiday, the BVB squad kicked off preparations for the 2014/15 season. The first highlight of the new football year comes on August 13 (Wednesday) when the German Supercup final will be played against FC Bayern Munich, which last year was won by 4-2 by coach Jürgen Klopp's team. The first DFB Cup round with the Stuttgart Kickers (Saturday, 16 August) will be the first stage of the journey to the finals in Berlin on 30 May 2015. One week later, the Bundesliga opener concludes with the crunch match against Bayer Leverkusen at home in Signal Iduna Park.
Now there's a fifth world champion in the ranks of the Black and Yellow since defender Matthias Ginter of Freiburg has come on board, along with Italian forward Ciro Immobilie (of FC Turin) and forward Adrian Ramos (Hertha BSC) in replacement of Robert Lewandowski (who went to FC Bayern). Dong-Won Li (Augsburg), hailing from South Korea, has been signed on as well for the offence. After a strong preseason in second place behind Munich, and an unfortunate loss in the cup final against our Bavarian rivals, sporting director Michael Zorc has formulated the goal for the new season: "We plan on consolidating our position at the top of the Bundesliga and qualifying for the Champions League. We also intend to return to Berlin in the DFB Cup, and compete well and make a good showing in the Champions League," commented Zorc.

At the training camps in Brixen im Thale, Austria near Kitzbühel and in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, the players have been working hard under the direction of coach Jürgen Klopp, demonstrating tremendous respect for their world-champion colleagues. There was a lot of interest in the experiences had by players on the national team during those glory days in Brazil. "The World Cup was an extraordinary experience, the like of which we will not be seeing again for quite some time," said Kevin Großkreutz, who admitted being a bit frustrated at first when he realised he wouldn't be playing, but ended up feeling the thrill of a lifetime. At Camp Bahia where the German team stayed in Santo Andre Großkreutz shared living quarters with Benedikt Höwedes and Julian Draxler of Schalke, former Schalke player Manuel Neuer and Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger, who spoke very highly of Großkreutz as a "great guy" and team-mate, and the feeling was mutual. "Bastian helped me out from day one, and kept me from brooding about not being put in the game."
Erik Durm, who jumped onto the World Cup bandwagon last minute, also related what a powerful experience the World Cup was. "It was like a fairy tale, a dream. We are extremely proud to have been a part of it and to have played some small role – both during training and from the bench – in Germany becoming the world champion." Coach Joachim Löw and all the main players repeatedly emphasised how essential every single member of the World Cup squad was in getting the fourth star to rise above the German Football Association (DFB) there in South America. During training, every player was called upon to give his very best, which decisively enhanced the competitive spirit as players fought to make it on the eleven-man team, even the very top players having to summon up every bit of their performance capability.
"It wasn't eleven Löw had, nor 14, it was 23," commented one major newspaper on the team's camaraderie. Weidenfeller pushed Neuer further, Durm put pressure on Höwedes and Großkreutz spurred on Jerome Boateng, Shkrodan Mustafi and Philipp Lahm, who rotated out covering the defensive right wing. But after 23 August there's no more palling around. While the national team members will remain friends, their sporting rivalry will again be at the forefront. Borussia Dortmund is the only one potentially capable of dethroning Bayern according to most Bundesliga coaches and experts.