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Borussia Dortmund

As a Champion Partner with deep roots in the region, we – like all fans of the black and yellow – are highly impressed by the amazing achievements of our local football team, Borussia Dortmund. With 140 years of experience in German engineering, we know that a passion for technology, quality and performance is what keeps you ahead of the competition – both on and off the pitch. That's why we're especially proud to support our local team by providing pumps for heating the pitch, preparing the field for high-energy matches, promoting young players and recruiting skilled workers.

2014/07/02 BVB News

Where's Großkreutz?

Where has Kevin Großkreutz got to? That was the question on the lips of many viewers during Germany's second-round World Cup match against Algeria – and not just the followers and fans of Borussia Dortmund. Coach Joachim Löw's loyalty to Shkrodan Mustafi drew significant criticism, even though the nerve-racking finale to yet another intense and exciting game (0-0, 2-1 AET) set up a hard-earned clash against France in the quarter-finals. When Mats Hummels, Dortmund's rock in the German defence, had to drop out due to illness, Löw had to make alterations to his starting team. The German coach moved Jerome Boateng from right-back to central defence and selected the 22-year-old Mustafi, despite the fact that he was clearly unable to cope in the same unfamiliar position during the 2:2 draw against Ghana.

Like left-back Benedikt Höwedes, another man playing out of position, Mustafi was required to push high up the pitch in order to fit in with Löw's tactics. Faced with this task, the Bad Hersfeld native quickly found himself out of his depth in the extreme intensity of this World Cup. A much better option all along would surely have been Großkreutz, who understands both the offensive and defensive duties of the right-back role from playing there with Borussia Dortmund. However, Löw stuck dogmatically to his preference for four centre-backs in defence, thus leaving plenty of space for Algeria's dangerous counter-attacks.

Luckily, Mustafi's injury forced the coach's hand. When the Sampdoria defender pulled up with a torn hamstring muscle, he was replaced by Sami Khedira (69). Philipp Lahm returned to the right-back position, and the balance began to tip in Germany's favour. From there on in until the end of the match, which was decided by a back-heel from Andre Schürrle (92) and a second from Mesut Özil (120), and also featured a reply from Abdelmoumene Djabou (120+), the 28.21 million-strong TV audience – a World Cup record – and 43,394 fans in the stadium were witness to a continuous improvement. Up until then, however, there had been almost no highlights for Germany. Germany will not be able to afford another half like the first 45 here – a repeat of the pretentious attitude and slow-paced, static football garnished with sloppy, misplaced passes will cost them their place at this World Cup.