Borussia Dortmund

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  1. Merih

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    BORUSSIA DORTMUND

    In an ironic turn of circumstance, one of the oldest and most traditional teams of the Bundesliga has now undergone a spring of renewal, youth, and rejuvenation. This team is Borussia Dortmund, the Black and Yellow giants of the Bundesliga.

    To oversea their path into the Premier League Red steps a fittingly young, inexperienced, yet exciting manager. Manager Merih has his hands full in the league against the likes of Barcelona, PSG, and the ever-present Bayern Munich.

    He has promised that his team will play the brand of exciting and emotional football that sparked the first goal in German Bundesliga history back in the 1950's. The manager matches the team; but we will see if he can guide them to glory land.

    "Our fans, the best fans in the world, will be entertained. We are the only club in Germany to be owned completely by our fans. Dortmund bleeds football, and we will try our best to not let them down. Our goal for the first season is to remain in the Premier League, familiar ourselves with this new league setup, and then to qualify for the Champions League in Year 2." ~ Merih
     
  2. Merih

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    IMPACT PLAYERS

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    MATS HUMMELS & NEVEN SUBOTIC:

    The two centrebacks, and the heartbeat of the team. One of the best centreback pairings in the world, Hummels and Subotic are proven commodities in the Bundesliga. Can their talents hold up against the likes of Messi & Villa, Ronaldo & Benzema, etc etc? That is yet to be seen. The young duo are up for the challenge however.​

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    SHINJI KAGAWA:

    If Hummels & Subotic are the heart, than the Japanese international Shinji Kagawa is the eyes of BVB. He provides vision, pace, unrelenting dedication and the touch of technicality to the middle of the field. He applies is trade as a CAM.​

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    MARIO GOTZE:

    The footballing world as a whole hasn't seen the brilliance of Mario Gotze, but Germany has. He is one of the top rated youth players in Europe. His ball skills, pace, and balance have been terrorizing defenses so far in BVB's friendlies. The task get's stiffer in the Premier League. Dortmund's fans all know, however, that if BVB is to stay up in the Premier League, Gotze's utilization and involvement is going to be key. Quite simply, he takes Dortmund from a good European side to one who's every possession has to be watched in earnst.​
     
  3. Merih

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    PSG SCHOOLS NEWBOYS

    [​IMG] PARIS ST GERMAIN | Parc Des Princes | October 18th, 2011

    Borussia Dortmund 0 @ PSG 4

    BVB
    No events

    PSG

    Goals
    :goal: Pastore (11')
    :goal: Menez (38')
    :goal: Gameiro (47')
    :goal: Gameiro (74')

    Assists
    Bodmer
    Sissoko
    Pastore

    Cards
    None

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    Bodmer (9.50)

    In as razor-thin edged a 4-nil match could possibly be, PSG dispatches Premier League newboys Dortmund at home, teaching the German outfit a cruel lesson in goal finishing. The French were ruthless in front of goal, putting away their chances at a remarkable clip. Dortmund mustered a few early opportunities themselves, but weren't able to put away any of them. Coach Merih was visibly frustrated at his side's lack of maturity on the pitch.

    "We are a young squad, and today it showed. At this level of football, chances to score are not going to be abundant. If anything, PSG taught us a crucial lesson in how to be ruthless.

    The boys were obviously embarrassed and gutted after the match. Alot of preseason hype, and to get this result was a bit of a shock to their ego. But I hope that we can take this as a sign that we need to be ourselves on the pitch, enjoy our football, be relaxed, and the results will come. I have no doubt in that."

    AJ Hart MN
     
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  4. Merih

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    ON LEVEL TERMS

    [​IMG] Olympique de Marseille | Signal Iduna Park | October 16th, 2011

    OM 1 @ Borussia Dortmund 1

    BVB

    Goals
    :goal: Lucas Barrios 67'

    OM

    Goals
    :goal: Diawara (13' Header)
    :assist: Cheyrou​

    MOM
    Diawara (7.9)

    Dortmund finally played the open match that they had been hoping for in the Premier League. Unfortunately, as a result of this open play, they found themselves behind early on the in the match. They were able to level terms halfway through the second, however, and took their first point of this early season.

    It was a good-and-bad performance for Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios. Following a neatly threaded ball from Kagawa, Barrios was overexcited and missed a rather routine finish off of the post. The ball spun forward into the path of a Marseille counterattack resulting in a corner. From the corner Cheyrou was able to find the mammoth Diawara in the box, and he made no mistake in heading the ball into the lower left corner.

    Now down a goal, Dortmund finally broke from their shell and began attacking, nearly leveling a few opportunities while also leaving chances to go 2-nil down. In the 67' minute, Barrios atoned for his earlier miss and scored from the edge of the box to level.

    The rest of the match was even as both sides seemed content with the point. It was one that both managers needed following first game losses.

    "It was a cracking match, plenty of chances taken and missed. I'm proud that the boys found the stuff needed to level. We've got to get better in our set piece defending, for sure, but all in all this is a positive result. We will get back to the training pitch and try to put our best foot forward for the next match. For now though, we are satisfied with the point."

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  5. Merih

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    Willkommen in Dortmund

    "Welcome to Dortmund"


     
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    [​IMG] DORTMUND TO FACE EUROPE'S BEST [​IMG]

    Following a week where Dortmund had to play two of the leagues better managers, they now face the prospect of playing two of the league's most talented squads in AC Milan and Real Madrid. It is a daunting task for the German's, facing this type of speed and skill in successive matches.​

    "In seasons past, we would play teams of this caliber oddly here and there. We could always circle the date and make sure we prepared ourselves for these matches. Dortmund have never played two historical giants back to back like this. We will have to be sharp all week both in preparation and on matchdays," said Coach Merih during a Q&A session with reporters.​

    A consolation for Dortmund is that neither Milan nor Madrid enter this matchweek on sparkling form. That can't be said for BVB either, having scored only once and having only drawn 1 point from last week's matches.​

    Merih ended the session lightheartedly after glancing at the fixture list.​

    "It is a tough week for sure. But, as far as the week goes it is nothing compared to the one ahead of Coach RynoAid and AC Milan. He has Coach hedache and Barcelona, followed by Coach Timpegoose and Bayern Munich, then Dortmund all in the same week? Real Madrid also has to face Coach Dylema and his Inter squad. If the football Gods exist, we will slip underneath the radar here I should say."

    This was met with warm laughter from the media, and a nervous smile from Coach Merih. Dortmund will have to play with the same enjoyment and looseness this week in order to secure maximum points.​
     
  7. Krebstar425

    Krebstar425 Thee Mighty DFB

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    Keep it up, sir. I hope you're using Kuba as a super sub. Quick as lightning.
     
  8. Merih

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    Thanks, I haven't gotten too much into the sub list other than Lewandoski. I'll look into Mr. Kuba.
     
  9. Krebstar425

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    Kuba is another name for Jakub in Poland. In this case, Jakub Blaszczykowski is his name on the game but you'll see that his kit says Kuba on it as he's affectionately known by it. Should've made that clear. :)
     
  10. Merih

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    Hah thanks, some more speed would always help. My main problem right now is that it takes a half to re-acclimate to online play from my multiseason manager mode I'm engrossed in :)
     
  11. Merih

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    MADRID FLEXES ON DORTMUND

    [​IMG] Real Madrid | Signal Iduna Park | October 23rd, 2011

    Real Madrid 1 @ Borussia Dortmund 0

    BVB

    Nada

    Real Madrid

    Goals
    :goal: Cristiano Ronaldo (16' Header)
    :assist: Mezut Ozil​

    MOM
    BVB - GK - Weidenfeller (9.50)

    Real Madrid flexed their muscle on Dortmund via an Ozil to Ronaldo cross early in the match. Subotic seemed to have had Ronaldo covered, but the Portuguese superstar rose ever-higher than the centerback and calmed headed the ball home.

    Chasing the game from that point on, Dortmund were visibly frustrated at the lack of chances against Real Madrid and their stout defense. The air was let out of the stadium just prior to half when Shinji Kagawa expertly turned Pepe. The then placed a shot that beat everything but the post. The ball cruelly clanged into the path of Sergio Ramos who then cleared Los Blancos of any remaining danger.

    The second half was just as deflating as the miss, with BVB showing why they were preseason relegation favorites. The one bright spot to be found was the play of keeper Weidenfeller, who took MOTM honors in a losing effort.

    This can only be described as a sputtering start for Dortmund. 1 goal from 3 matches is not quite the brand of entertaining football that they promised their followers. It has to be said that the preseason talks of relegation seem all to correct, and that mood was evident in the locker room following the match.

    "It was a horrid performance from midfield and up. I've told the boys many times that regardless of the competition they need to have fun on the pitch and play the linking, passing attach that we are known for. As a manager, I take responsibility for the formation choice that resulted in this stagnant match. All in all, it is still a long season, and we do have much left to play for.

    Give Madrid alot of credit. For goodness sakes they are Real Madrid. Their manager had a feeling that one goal would do it, but they still created the lion's share of chances. Weidenfeller was a key to keep this a one goal match. When the keeper is playing like that, no matter how one sided the game is, we always have a chance. Case in point was Shinji's miss. We will learn and go on. We can't feel too bad for ourselves, AC Milan is next. We will have to be ready."

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  12. Blaza

    Blaza In Arsene Wenger I Trust

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    Nice result Merih
     
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    A DEFLECTED WIN

    [​IMG] AC Milan | San Siro | October 26th, 2011

    Borussia Dortmund 1 @ AC Milan1

    BVB

    Goals
    :goal: Lucas Barrios (79')

    AC Milan

    Goals
    :goal: Alexandre Pato (90')

    Cards
    :yellowcard: Robinho (7')
    :yellowcard: Nesta (83')

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    BVB - GK - Weidenfeller (6.50)

    Milan was able to snatch a point from what looked like a sure loss following a 25 yard Pato strike. The shot looked to be going wide of the posts, but then took an absolutely wicked deflection off of Mats Hummels and curved past the outstretched gloves of Weidenfeller.

    Play up to that goal was even in terms of chances creating, with the only one taken having come from a Barrios curler in the 79'. Milan appeared to be losing their cool following that goal and a yellow card shown to Nesta, with Tiago Silva having to restrain Nesta from attacking the referee and running the risk of a red card. (Pretty cool animation to see).

    Milan's fans will say a draw was a fair result of play, but the German's will rue their luck. Three points would have been a huge lift for Dortmund, and to see it disapear in that manner was devastating to coach Merih.

    "I don't really know what to say. The football gods seem to have decided that it should have been a draw. Weidenfeller again was making miraculous save after miraculous save, so maybe that was the one to even it up. Milan kept pressing and kept attacking, and never gave up. They showed the spirit of an Italian squad, and they deserved the point.

    Whatever I'm doing is not working. We are not keeping possesion in the way we have shown to be capable of in the numerous friendlies we've played. Our creativity was not there, and our passing was predictable. We have to do something as a team to turn this around, and start getting three points. Because if we keep up at our current rate, we'll be in League 1 before we knew what hit us.

    I will be opening up the tactics more and throwing more into the attack. We have to score goals. 2 goals from 4 matches is a pathetically anemic total. I'm just as surprised as the rest of you are."

    The fans are growing restless in Dortmund. They are used to a fun, youthful, and energetic brand of football. What they've seen is more comparable to a slow march to defeat. The coach will have to earn his keep in the upcoming matchweeks.

    RynoAid
     
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  14. Merih

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    I wish amigo, it was a misprint. I took a loss to Madrid 1-nil.
     
  15. Blaza

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    LOL, DOH!
     
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    DORTMUND EXASPERATED, PLAYERS UNHAPPY

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    Borussia Dortmund players have expressed dissatisfaction with their Manager's mentality during Premier League matches, claiming that Merih has been too cautious and has lost the free-flowing spark that made BVB a team to watch in the preseason. The number's back up their claim. The German's have been out-possessed by an average of 8% and have scored only 2 goals in league play through 4 matches. Both goals were of the poacher's variety, and came from an all to predictable source (Lucas Barrios).

    The players, who asked to not be named for fear of retribution, said that Merih has emphasized defensive tactics following their opening 4-nil drubbing at the hands of PSG.

    "He was so embarrassed at letting through four goals that he's now overreacted. When we are a goal down, we still have two CDM players on the pitch and only one striker."

    Another player echoed those sentiments.

    "We may be the team with the lowest goals against in the league, but if we don't score what does it matter? He should understand this. We need to be let loose without looking to the sidelines after every mistake."

    Dissatisfaction is also running among the fans outside of the arenas. The most popular sign read: "Wo sind die Ziele?"

    In english that translates to: "Where are the goals?"

    When reached for comment, the Manager only had this to say "Mein einziges Ziel ist der Sieg."

    "My only goal is Victory."
     
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  17. Merih

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    DORTMUND LOSE LEAD LATE

    [​IMG] FC Barcelona | Signal Iduna Park | October 30th, 2011

    FC Barcelona 3 @ Borussia Dortmund 3

    Barcelona

    Goals
    :goal: Lionel Messi (80' PK)
    :goal: David Villa (84')
    :assist: Xavi Hernandez​
    :goal: David Villa (87')
    :assist: Lionel Messi​

    Borussia Dortmund

    Goals
    :goal: 61' J. Blaszczykowski
    :assist: M. Zidan​
    :goal: 64' S. Kagawa
    :assist: M. Zidan​
    :goal: 74' L. Barrios
    :assist: S. Kagawa​

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    :trophy:FCB - FW - David Villa (7.50)

    75 minutes into the match, Signal Iduna Park was in an uproar. Dortmund was in lead by a three goal margin, following some of the more attractive football played in recent PL memory. The Yellow Giants were carving apart Barcelona's central defenders with delightful one-twos and through balls that ate at the heart of the Catalans. A three goal flurry inspired by the linking play of Kagawa, Zidan, and Barrios ended with one of the more polished finishes that this season has season. An early candidate for goal of the year:


    All that was left was to defend, which proved more than difficult when Barca decided it was time to play. A rather soft penalty awarded to Messi in the 80' began the onslaught, and he made no mistake from the spot. One could sense the tides were turning in the match, on consecutive runs into the box the defenders were scared to not give away another penalty, and allowed space and time that wasn't available earlier on in the match.​

    This led to two goals in quick succession from David Villa, both after wrigling free along the touchline. Subotic twice was the man beaten, but he proclaimed that with the referee today any nudge would've resulted in a spot kick. No matter to Villa, as he would dispatch them all the same. The six goal nature of the final thirty minutes didn't reflect on the first hour of play, which was pensive and nervous. Both teams didn't want to make the crucial mistake. In the end, six of them were made. Dortmund, having fallen short many times this season, were upbeat following the draw.​

    "Well, to lead one of the consensus top of the table teams in the league 3 to nil, of course we are disappointed to not have taken full points. But, it is Barcelona, and you knew that they were going to make a push for things. Cesc Fabregas' entrance into the game was crucial, adding another central attacker.

    But we've now shown that we are capable of just about anything in this league. The drive shown from the boys tonight was outstanding. They knew it was Barca, but also knew that they were going to play their football regardless of the opposition. The goal from Barrios was absolute class."

    When asked about the change in lineup and formation, the manager kept his cards close to his chest:​

    "Well I brought on Mohamed Zidan in hopes of giving Barrios some extra free run up front. He is a tricky player to deal with and produced two goals for us. Yes it was a more attacking lineup. Three goals in, but three goals given. Never forget that. We can build from this if we continue to play this way."

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    THREE POINTS - DORTMUND FIND NEW PARTNERSHIP!

    [​IMG] Bayern Leverkusen| Bay Arena | November 1st, 2011

    Borussia Dortmund 2 @ Bayern Leverkusen 1

    Borussia Dortmund

    Goals
    :goal: 10' L. Barrios
    :assist: 10' M. Zidan​
    :goal: 69' M. Zidan
    :assist: 69' L. Barrios​

    Bayern Leverkusen

    Goals
    :goal: 28' Kiessling
    :assist: 28' Renato Augusto​

    MOM
    :trophy:BVB - ST - Lucas Barrios (7.8)

    Borussia Dortmund have finally notched themselves into the win column with a fantastic effort against fellow German rivals Bayern Leverkusen. The story of the match was the striking partnership of Lucas Barrios and Mohamed Zidan, who played together at front for the second match in a row. Zidan, who was left out of the BVB lineup for the first two matchweeks of the season, displayed a knack for being in good positions up front. Both strikers scored, and were assisted by each other for their goals.

    The first came early on in the match on a breakaway 2v1 opportunity, with Zidan carrying the ball forward. He had been showing a likelihood to pass along the ground all match long, so when this ball was lofted overtop of the defender between he and Barrios, the defender was already on the ground sliding to break the pass up. Instead Barrios had a clean volley with only the keeper to beat, which he did.

    Renato Augusto was a bright spot for Leverkusen, his trickery and pace on the right flank caused problems for Dortmund. Finally in the 28th it was him again beating the left back to the touchline and sending in a pinpoint cross. So pinpoint, in fact, that Kiessling had time to bring the ball down, pick out a corner, and dispatch the goal before either centerbacks could react. Leverkusen had levelled. The would go on to craft numerous chances to take the lead, but somehow Dortmund would hold on to keep it level going into the second half.

    For the match winner, Gotze was involved in picking the ball up from midfield and advancing it to the line. He played a 1-2-3 set of passes with Barrios which sprung Barrios to the touchline. Barrios' cross found the diving head of Zidan, who met it with more than enough pace to blaze it past the keeper. Beautiful football from the Germans.


    "This is the sort of performance that I've been waiting for. Solid, consistent, determined full 90 minutes of play. We've shown both our brightest and our worst to this league. This match is hopefully one where we can build some consistency in our play. For it to come against Leverkusen was important. Any win in the Premier League is huge. But to do it against a fellow German team means alot. Leverkusen was undefeated coming into this matchweek as well.

    Three points is three points. We'll need more if we expect to stay up in the league."

    @JFace907​
     
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  19. Merih

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    I don't think my tags worked, so goodmatches to both hedache and JFace907.
     
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    They worked, I've been tagged and alerted twice. I was kinda surprised to be tagged for a second time. Now it makes more sense.
     
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    I wish I had known this. It took me 15 minutes to just spell his name right last night.
     
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  22. Merih

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    Kuba scored his first goal for me last night!

    Oops...:D
     
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    Fantastic to see Dortmund improving, but sad to see Barca pay the league to get the PK call.

    Also, Zidan up front? My goodness. No more Lewandowski?! The dude is a stud. But, Zidan still has skills.
     
  24. Merih

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    I needed to shake things up Kreb, else my season was soon to be unsavable. Made a formation change and some roster changes, I'll work Lewandoski back in soon.

    Barrios is a full grown man though.
     
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    *With how this season has gone, a player who deserved more attention than even I had given him is Lucas Barrios. So here is me doing him justice:

    LUCAS BARRIOS SHINING BRIGHTLY

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    Lucas Barrios has been a revelation so far for Borussia Dortmund, scoring four goals in just six matches to go along with an assist and Man of the Match honors once. In every match that Dortmund have drawn or won, Barrios has scored. When he's on his game, Dortmund are as well.

    The 6'3" Chilean striker is an imposing force in the air, and works tirelessly to force the back line into mistakes relieving pressure on counter attacks. For most of the season he's gone it alone up front, up until recently when Egyptian forward Mohamed Zidan made his appearance in the starting lineup. The partership has flourished: in the two games where the pair have started, BVB have scored 5 goals. In the previous four matches, they had only managed 2. Something is working there, and the manager has appreciated Barrios' impact:

    "He's been absolutely massive for us. He works tirelessly on the pitch, which is not something you see normally from strikers. And yet, he has never once needed a substitute. He is a mainstay in our attack. Until we can get more production and creativity from Gotze, Barrios allows us to play a more direct style and still get results. Fabulous player."
     
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