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Borussia Dortmund (Champions League Group A vs Bordeaux)

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We showed some nice superiority away from home in Europe for once as we battered Bordeaux on the night running out 3-0 winners. We even managed a goal with 10 men to show how well we played on the night. We advance to the next round of the Champions League.

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Confirmation that we go through in 2nd place from Group A. In the other game Atletico beat Chelsea 2-1 at home, but our result meant that it was not enough for Atletico. They drop into the Europa League.

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The First Knockout Round draw for the Champions League has been made and we will face Manchester United over two legs.

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Borussia Dortmund (December 2025)

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We have been extremely solid in the month of December, securing wins in all game but the difficult away league game against Bayern Munich where we got a good 3-3 draw, and actually missed a penalty that could have won the game. We also managed to get through in the Champions League so everything looks pretty rosy for us at the moment.

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We are 5 points clear in the league from Bayern Munich and six clear of a very resiliant Mainz side who continue to defy odds year on year as they sit 3rd in the league.

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Julian Weigl came to me saying he had achieved everything at the club and wanted a new challenge. Since he was likely to be close to the door in the coming year or two, I decide to accelerate plans and let him move to Brighton & Hove Albion for £7.5m. We will be looking a replacement, and preferably someone who will be challenging Plachy for starting spot in defensive midfield.

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We agree a deal to bring in 25 year old French defensive midfielder Claudio Gomes from Manchester City for £20m. He will challenge Plachy for the defensive midfield starting spot in the side.

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Paco Alcacer, came a few months ago to me saying he was homesick and wanted to return to Spain. Potentially had we sold him last year, and assuming there was the right buyer we might have made between £20-30m on him, but his contract was coming to an end this year so he agrees to move on to Real Sociedad on a free transfer. It's fine with me.

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Jorge Rodriguez earlier in the season got a lengthy injury while on loan at Augsburg, so we recalled him to the club, now he is back and fit and health and we agree for him to join Genoa on loan for the remainder of the season.

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I have been analysing my team and we really lack any good left sided centre backs apart from Diallo. So I decided to get in an understated option in Enrique Clemente. The scouts don't like him, but his stats are generally pretty solid, and as a backup he will be fine. He costs us £9m from Real Zaragoza.

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Borussia Dortmund (January 2026)

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January has produced another very solid month, as we go undefeated and only concede one goal in the month.

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Bayern have not had the best of months, so the gap now to them is 9 points. Mainz are now the closest challengers having beaten Bayern Munich at Alianz Arena, and they are six point back.

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On deadline day we decide to let Tom Haastrup go. The money that Hamburg are offering is very good at £25.5m and I just felt that he was unlikely to force his way into the team long term. We will be able to reinvest the funds into the team.

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Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal 3rd Round vs 1. FC Magdeburg)

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No mercy as we put Magdeburg to the sword in the 3rd Round of the DFB-Pokal to advance to the next round after an 8-0 win.

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Borussia Dortmund (Champions League 1st Knockout Round vs Manchester United)

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It was always going to be a tough affair but we came through it well winning 3-1. The away goal for Manchester United is worrying and we need to be rock solid at the back in the 2nd leg to avoid letting this advantage slip.

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Borussia Dortmund (Youth Intake 2026)

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Really this intake has to go down as a potential golden generation of players with Karol Stanczyk, Stefan Thomas and Marius Freyni looking like top class prospects.

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Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal Quarter Final vs Mainz)

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Well that was very unexpected and perhaps the sending off contributed but wow, we absolutely batter to Mainz into non-existance in the quarter final of the cup as we run out 10-1 winners! Yes you heard right 10-1. We are emphatically through to the semi final of the DFB-Pokal.

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Borussia Dortmund (February 2026)

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We are in scary good form. Poor old Mainz have recieved two batterings in 10 days as we beat them 8-1 and 10-1. I am sure they will be glad to see the back of us. Added to that we have just been brilliant this month. Signings Clemente and Gomes have come into the team and added so much. We look indestructible.

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We are top of the league and the gap to Bayern Munich is 9 points. Mainz have fallen away, probably partially due to the battering we gave them in the league.

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Borussia Dortmund (Champions League 1st Knockout Round 2nd Leg vs Manchester United) (AFL 3-1)

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We lose 1-0 on the night but held on to stop a 2nd goal. To be honest we were arguably the better team and could have easily put the game to bed with an away goal. Either way it does not matter as we progress to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League.

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Borussia Dortmund (March 2026)

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We enjoy another fantastic month as our points total is now enough to ensure Champions League qualification for next season. We produced some nice performances this month.

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I think at this stage it would be pretty safe to say that the Bundesliga title is coming back to Dortmund as we lie 11 points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the table.

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Borussia Dortmund (Champions League Quarter Final vs Inter Milan)

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The Italians were never going to stop this German train. Alpisch got us off to a fantastic start with two quick goals in the first half, and it looked like it might remain like that, but in the final ten minutes we ended the contest once and for all as we got another two, to putting us within touching distance of the Champions League semi final.

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Borussia Dortmund (Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg vs Inter Milan) (AFL 4-0)

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Well it was a mad night in Milan. Inter had to score 5 and they did, unfortunately so did we as the game finishes 5-5 on the night, in one of the maddest games of football the Champions League will ever see. I am not very happy with our defensive performance but our attacking performance was brilliant. The game was effectively over after four minutes when Lozano scored, meaning Inter needed 7 on the night but credit to them they kept going, even when they were 4-2 down at half time. I would rather it have been a boring 1-0 win to us, but it was certainly entertaining for the neutral. We go through to the semi final 9-5 on aggregate.

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Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal Semi Final vs Bayern Munich)

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Bayern Munich are no match for us as we beat them in a classic cup semi final. We advance to the final.

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Borussia Dortmund (Champions League Semi Final First Leg vs Barcelona)

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I was surprised by Barcelona as they barely created anything on the night. We get the win, made much better with Eggestein's goal late on to give us 2-0 advantage heading into the away leg at the Camp Nou. It's certainly not in the bag, but it gives us a big chance to progress to the final.

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Borussia Dortmund (April 2026)

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April was a crunch month for us and we show ice in our veins as we fly through things as if there was no pressure at all on any of this. We sewed up the Bundesliga title with a 3-0 win at Stuttgart and then beat our bitter rivals Bayern Munich in the cup to deny then any major silverware this season and then we gave ourselves a good chance of progressing with a very professional performance against a great Barcelona side. We are really purring at the moment.

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Confirmation that it is all over and we are the German Champions. We are 13 points ahead of Bayern Munich and there are still  3 games to go. Our goal difference is double Bayern Munich's, it surely cannot be doubted any longer who the best team in Germany is at the moment.

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND ARE GERMAN CHAMPIONS!!!

 

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Borussia Dortmund (Champions League Semi Final 2nd Leg vs Barcelona) (AFL 2-0)

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When Barcelona took the lead through a rebound from a missed penalty one might feel that the night would be Barcelona's in front of their fans, however we continue to plug away and hold Barcelona off and with 20 minutes of the match to go and Barcelona running out of ideas, Alpisch stepped up to net equaliser and at that point we knew we were progressing to the Champions League final. 1-1 on the night, 3-1 on aggregate.

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Old Trafford in Manchester will play host to the Champions League Final which will be between Borussia Dortmund and Paris St Germain. Paris St Germain overcame Mourinho's Arsenal in the semi final to reach the final.

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Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal Final vs Borussia Monchengladbach)

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One goal was all that was required, as Eggestein writes his already lauded name into the Dortmund history books as the match winner against a spirited Borussia Monchengladbach side. We have completed a successive double in our two years at Borussia Dortmund and I am very proud of the boys for bringing it to reality.

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND WIN THE DFB-POKAL!!!

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Borussia Dortmund (Champions League Final vs Paris St Germain)

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Paris St Germain were rightfully favourites coming into the Final with ourselves missing arguably our two most important players, German Football of the Year Thomas Grosse and Bundesliga top goalscorer Martin Alpisch missing through injury. Claudio Gomes made the bench but that was already taking liberties with no training at all since his injury. I was expecting to be the unlucky loser and was already making my excuses, but my side were having not of it and we led in half time through Lozano. In the second half, we popped the cork on the champagne football as we went into overdrive and 56 minutes into the game it looked like it was all over, as Plachy got two and Paulinho got one to make it 4-0 on the night. PSG though responded well and pulled back two quick goals through Ndombele and Cistero, and it remained like that until the last few minutes when Paco Alcacer in his last match for the club made it 5-2, before PSG went right up the other end and made it 5-3 through Cistero again with his second of the Final. Two minutes it later it was not a 4th for PSG but a 6th for Dortmund as we capped off an amazing night; and possibly produced one of the best Champions League Finals performances in history harking back to the 1960 European Cup Final when the Real Madrid of Di Stefano and Puskas took apart a plucky German side.

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND ARE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE!!!

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Borussia Dortmund (Squad Overview 2026)

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Michal Szczesny - Back goalie, only played a couple of games this season, decent as a backup.

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Martin Kolar has come on leaps and bounds since we bought him to season ago for £6m, he is developing into a top keeper.

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Abdou Diallo continues to be a rock at the heart of the defence, he is now 30 years old but I still think he has plenty to give the club.

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Dominik Hickel has been mostly a substitute this season, he is young but I think it is possible we may cash in on him this season.

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Christoph Furthaller has been on loan at Koln and he has actually played pretty well in a team that has struggled. Again I think he may be moving on this summer.

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Tomas Cuello, the highly paid super sub has had limited football this season and I was considering moving him on, but his man of the match performance in the Champions League final has convinced me he has a place in the squad.

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Alvaro Odriozola has been a brilliant acquisition for us, he is such a solid full back to have. The £21m we paid to Barcelona now looks a snip considering his performances.

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Chris Evans has been good but he has not convinced me that he is the long term right back at the club. We will continue to monitor his progress.

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Cristian Romero again has been instrumental for us this season as the right sided centre-back of choice. His performances have been brilliant throughout the season.

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Enrique Clemente, when I signed him in the Janaury transfer window from Real Zaragoza I don't think many were impressed, but he has won a lot of people over with his fantastic performances. He is a great rotation option at left sided centre-back.

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Waldemar Anton has had restricted playing time, he is the natural substitute for Romero, he is a very nice player to have around the club, never moans, is not bothered by transfer bids for him. I am happy to keep him on as a backup.

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Asier Moreno has been on loan at Deportivo La Coruna this season and has performed pretty well. I am unsure he has much of a future at the club. We will continue to monitor him, but I suspect he may be out on loan next season again.

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Huseiyn Tan joined Ingolstadt on loan in January and to be honest I think that is probably his level. I don't believe he will make it at Dortmund and he could either go back on loan next season or may leave permanently.

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Daniel Osei, He is a very good full back and we do not have many options and left back so he has been ever present. However despite the plaudits he gets and the very nice performances, I do think his game has deficiencies defensively and in his technical attributes. He was close to signing with PSG in the summer and again if a big bid comes in for him, I may accept it.

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Claudio Gomes has been a revelation since he joined from Manchester City for £20m. He is provided a lot of improvement at defensive midfielder and has allowed me to rotate Plachy and Lemaire in centre midfield to keep fresh legs.

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Dzenis Burnic, has not played this season but I did have an intention of giving him games at left back and perhaps converting him from a defensive midfielder since he is already capable of playing at left back. However he has decided he wants to leave in search of first team football and we will not stand in his way.

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Guillermo Munoz has played plenty of sub appearances but I just don't feel he is a player we need, I think he is likely to be leaving in the summer.

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Teddy Lemaire has continued to be excellent from that centre midfield spot. He was just left out of the French World Cup squad and I cannot understand why, he is such a good player, and he is still improving, the sky is the limit for this lad.

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Patrik Plachy is probably the player that has made the biggest improvement this season, the signing of Gomes has freed him to play in the central midfield spot and he has flourished for us. He was integral in us winning the Champions League with a brace in the final including the Dortmund goal of the season against PSG. He will be an undoubted world class player when it is all said and done and will likely be the fulcrum of the Czech National side.

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Jorge Rodriguez is still a young lad and he has had two loan moves this season, first to Augsburg where he got injured and then to help save Genoa from relegation. In a struggling side he has been pretty good and I think he is improving as a player. I think he may go out on loan again this coming season.

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Michael Bollrath went out on loan to Hannover 96. He was adamant on going on loan and then adamant on going on loan to Hannover despite me being worried about his game time there. He has stagnated this season and I am really not too sure about him. He could stay or he could go.

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Thomas Grosse, the player of the season and I think he is not far away from being the best player in the world at 21 years old. He provided 30 assists and 17 goals this season. It is such a shame he missed the Champions League final as he was one of the main reasons why we got there in the first place.

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Paulinho has been superb and versatile, he has played both on the wing and up front and has had a fantastic season for us. He has scored 20 goals this season and provided 14 assists which shows how well he has played this season.

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Hirving Lozano, the Mexican winger is an absolutely brilliant footballer and would make any side better. We brought in players that would help take the burden off of him be he has still been brilliant from that left wing spot, providing 28 goals and scoring 15 himself, it's been another standout season for Lozano.

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Johannes Eggestein is a player I absolutely love, he is such an attacking threat, scoring 22 goals in what has been an injury hit season. He also scores important goals and so often he gets goals when others can't score. He makes a formidable partnership with Alpisch and this season again he has had support from Paulinho.

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Patrik Besold wanted to go on loan so we ended up sending him to Augsburg in January. It didn't really work out, but I still think he has a future at the club. Unsure if we will keep him or find him a better loan move next season to see if he can kick on.

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Paco Alcacer has played his last game for Dortmund and is leaving on a free transfer to join Real Sociedad. He has been a great servant to the club and has still played a fair bit of football this season. He scored in the Champions League Final and I am very happy he ended his time at Dortmund in the season we just had.

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Martin Alpisch, is one of the deadliest strikers in world football and he is only 21 years old. Every club in the world wants to get their hands on him, and why wouldn't they he scored 41 goals and provided 19 assists. That's 60 goal contributions in a season which is just insane. I think we are looking at a true superstar of world football.

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Luca Dangelmayr is in the team so that I could arrange him a loan move as he was getting annoyed at playing at Dortmund II. No one ever came in for him, but he is a decent player so stayed with us for the season. He did not play any football but just training with the first team probably helped his development somewhat. I would be happy to send him out on loan and see if he can improve as a player. I think he has the stats to develop into a good Bundesliga striker.

 

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Career Summary

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League Updates

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Only Latvia suffered any attrition this season gaining 26%. Every other country steered clear.

Sabbatical Tracker

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As we have now won both a league title and a European competition with Borussia Dortmund we are now eligible for the sabbatical tracker. It will tick up at the end of each season by a random amount between 1 and 25%. When we reach 100% we will be forced to resign our manager's role at the club and take our chances in the unemployment with the unemployment rules.

This season the tracker ticked up to 12% so we are still a fair way away from reaching the threshold.

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Read this over the past 2 days, a great career up to now.  

 

Would you leave Dortmund before the sabbatical was hit?

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4 hours ago, dap1987 said:

Read this over the past 2 days, a great career up to now.  

 

Would you leave Dortmund before the sabbatical was hit?

Thanks.

 

So there are specific rules to moving clubs. I can only take another job direct from Borussia Dortmund if I am offered it directly. I cannot apply for jobs. Or I can resign, but basically would then need to apply for every job available and take the first club that offers me a job, which would be tantamount to just bringing the sabbatical tracker forward and not waiting. So actually it is mostly out of my hands

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