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Nov 2, 12 at 9:12amciaranod7



    'Borussia Dortmund are searching for a new head coach
    after the departure of Jürgen Klopp from the Westfalenstadion'

Dortmund will begin the defence of their Bundesliga championship without the man who lead them to the club’s first domestic double. The news has come as a shock to many in the German city after such a successful season for the club, which saw them break numerous records; including the record for most point collected in a single season with 81 and longest undefeated run in the Bundesliga with 28 matches, breaking Bayern Munich's previous record of 25 matches.

In a statement released by the club's General Manager Hans-Joachim Watzke, the club was quick to dismiss the rumours that Klopp had been having disagreements with the club following the departure of playmaker Shinji Kagawa, the man who secured the club's back to back championship success last turn with his goal against Borussia Monchengladbach, as well as how they would spend the funds. Watzke stated, "That club and Jürgen have come to the mutual understanding that, for the betterment of the club and the fans, it is time to call an end to our working relationship. Jürgen has wished the club nothing but the best and the club also extend the same wishes toward a man who has lead our illustrious club to much success over the past few years."

Dortmund are now on the hunt for a new head coach but Watzke refused to be drawn on any early speculation as to who will take over from Klopp but wanted to find the most suitable candidate for the job. "Dortmund and it's fans, over the past few years, come to expect a certain level of success from it's team and we need to find a coach that will reflect that high expectation. We will, however, not be drawn into any media speculation on who will replace Jürgen going forward." Die Schwarzgelben are looking to continue their domestic dominance while looking to make a successful run in the UEFA Champions League, where they failed to advance beyond the Group Stages last term. Needless to say, the new coach, who will have to earn the approval of the passionate home support, is going to have a tough task ahead of him.

Did the sale of Shinji Kagawa bring about
the end of Jürgen Klopp's reign at Dortmund?


    With Jürgen Klopp's departure from Dortmund, will the champions be able to defend their crown as the Kings of German Football and has the sale of playmaker Shinji Kagawa lead to the deterioration of the relationship between Die Schwarzgelben's board and their influential manager?

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Mar 17, 13 at 6:00pm

quote KillaAshley
Tag me mate.
Will do =)

Mar 17, 13 at 5:55pm

Tag me mate.

Mar 17, 13 at 5:53pm

Story update coming tomorrow after I've been to Uni.

Mar 13, 13 at 8:00am

quote High Road
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Will do mate. Update should be up tonight after work. Wanna get this back up and running

Mar 13, 13 at 6:44am
High Road

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Mar 13, 13 at 6:23am



    'Dortmund continued their dominance in the Bundesliga
    ending the 2012 calender year with an unbeaten record'

In their final league game of 2012, Ciaran O'Donnell saw his side with an unprecedented record of 35 league games unbeaten and one more would see them go the entire calendar year unbeaten as they traveled to the ESPRIT Arena to face Dusseldorf. After a game that they dominated from start to finish, Dortmund go into the new year with a high expectations to live up to when they secured a 2-0 victory as Moritz Leitner and Mario Gotze got the goals.

The champions signaled their intent from the very start when Leitner found himself free on the left hand side but his cross couldn't pick out a team-mate but it was enough to scare the home side. Leitner found himself clean through again, exposing the defensive vulnerability of the Dusseldorf team but his shot across goal found itself going wide of Robert Almer's goal to keep the game level. After a brief offensive spell by the home side, Dortmund exposed their Dusseldorf again with a quick counter attacking display, Robert Lewandowski unleashed Jakub Blaszczykowski on the right and his cross was headed in by Leitner. It was a blow that Dusseldorf didn't seem capable of recovering from and, with their confidence shaken, Dortmund began to take control of the game. First, another counter attacking display caused by a slack pass from Rafael ended with Lewandowski hitting the ball into the side netting when he should have tucked it home.

Things didn't change after the break as Kolorov's crosses causing havoc in the Dusseldorf box and Pisczek's ball in was headed over by Lewandowski who was unchallenged. Dortmund's pace and Dusseldorf's inability to string balls together continued to lead to chances for the champions as Blaszczykowski's cross lead to Lewandowski controlling the ball but he still couldn't convert thanks to Almer's last ditch save. The game ended as a contest on the 69th minute with a great piece of play from O'Donnell's side. Patience was essensial as they channeled the passing style of Barcelona, leading to Kevin Grosskreutz getting his shot off but saved by Almer. Unfortunately, he couldn't knock it away from goal and the ball fell to Gotze, the midfielder knocking the ball in for the second goal. Lewandowski was denied yet again as Almer kept the scoreline respectable, diving to stop the Polish star's powerful drive from the edge of the area and the resulting corner came only inches away from being converted by Subotic but the defender's effort inched over for the last respectable effort of the game.

Dortmund's final game of the second is the DFB-Pokal tie with Augsburg next week before the German season takes it's winter break but Ciaran O'Donnell will be celebrating a very successful start to his reign as Dortmund manager with a lead of 16 points over their closest challenger Bayern Munich alongside the last sixteen of the Champions League in February.

Mats Hummels and the Dortmund defense were unbeatable tonight as
Dortmund defeated Dusseldorf to end 2012 with an spotless league record


    Mainz 2-1 Frankfurt (Fri)
    Leverkusen 0-0 Werder Bremen
    Monchengladbach 1-0 Freiburg
    Schalke 0-1 Wolfsburg
    Stuttgart 1-1 Furth
    Hannover 0-2 Bayern Munich (KO 18:30)
    Nurnberg 2-0 Augsburg (Sun KO 15:30)
    Hamburg 2-1 Hoffenheim (Sun KO 17:30)

Feb 24, 13 at 4:04pm

Can you please tag me in upcoming updates?

Feb 14, 13 at 7:06am



    'Borussia Dortmund proved that they were still the team to beat
    in Germany with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Stuttgart '

If there was any question about the mental well-being of the Bundesliga Champions, they put it behind them on Sunday with a win in the Westfalenstadion as they ensured their place at the top of the Bundesliga with only one game to go before the winter break and leaving Ciaran O'Donnell more than impressed with his side's ability to put disappointment behind them. "A defeat like the one we suffered in midweek is incredibly disappointing and even more so that we haven't suffered a defeat for the first half of the season. Many would have expected us to crumble after the game against Chelsea but we proved how strong we are as a team and the result today proves that we're still the strongest team in the league.

Dortmund looked to start off strong and maintained possession throughout the game fairly constantly but with just over a quarter of the game gone, the break through that elluded them against Chelsea in London came. As Dortmund made several changes to their side following the midweek defeat, it was Julian Schieber that found himself on the left side of midfield in place of Marco Reus, who was left out of the team all together, as was Mario Gotze and Sven Bender also amongst the changes with Patrick Owomoyela playing at full back and Lukasz Piszczek playing in midfield. Schiber's cross found the unmarked Kevin Grosskreutz in the box and his simple tap in was all that was needed for Dortmund to break the deadlock. Moments later, Dortmund nearly allowed Stuttgart back into the game when a defensive mix-up allowed Cacau to latch onto the ball but his powerful show, while beating Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goal didn't beat the post and allowed Felipe Santana to clear. With about thirty minutes played, it was two nil to the home side as Piszczek's free kick from the right flank was headed home by with ease by Santana, beating out Perrotta at the far post. Grosskreutz nearly doubled his tally ten minutes later but a save by Sven Ulreich in the visitor's goal prevented him from making it three nil as Schieber again found space on the left hand side while, at the other end, Stuttgart's miserable luck continued when Cacau again hit the woodwork, this time hitting the bar after a quick break away which would have given his side hope at the break had it gone in. The second half was much of the same but, straight after kickoff, it was Dortmund who hit the woodwork when Grosskreutz's long cross found Schiber's foot but the winger's powerful drive was stopped by the only surviving woodwork of an otherwise battered goal. With fifteen minutes from the end, the contest came to an end and Illkay Gundogan's goal summed up the dazzling display from the Champions when Jakub Blaszczykowski's pass was riffled home first time from thirty yards put and past the helpless Ulreich for what must be considered one of the goals of the season. With Stuttgart frustrated, their miserable game almost came full circle as Grosskreutz was taken out in the box by Hitzlsperger only a few minutes after Gundogan's goal. Up stepped Neven Subotic for the fourth goal but it wasn't to be as the defender's penalty was saved by Ulreich, the only shining light of his entire afternoon for the game.

With European action now concluded until February, O'Donnell stated in his post-match interview that his priority would be the league over the next few games and welcomed the winter break that will be imminent in Germany following games against Dusseldorf and a third round DFB-Pokal cup tie against Augsburg over the next two weeks. "I chose to rest some players today, Marco (Reus) and Mario (Gotze) are exhausted and Robert (Lewandowski) is in need of a rest after a tough few months of games. The break will do us good but we have some tricky games between now and then and I expect the team to perform to the level they have for the majority of this half of the season."

Kevin Grosskreutz's performance helped Dortmund forget about
a disappointing night in London with a win over Stuttgart


    Frankfurt 3-0 Hamburg (Fri)
    Augsburg 0-1 Schalke
    Dusseldorf 0-1 Wolfsburg
    Hoffenheim 3-3 Monchengladbach
    Werder Bremen 1-1 Nurnberg
    Bayern Munich 1-1 Mainz (18:30 KO)
    Freiburg 0-0 Leverkusen (Sun 17:30 KO)
    Furth 0-2 Hannover (Sun 17:30 KO)

Feb 14, 13 at 6:27am

quote IcarusAbides
Great update as usual.

Tough loss but quite an achievement for that to be the first game you've lost.
Thanks very much. To lose to the European Champions isn't a tough result to swallow but I'd have liked to lose by less than two goals. Once it went to the second half, Chelsea pulled result against Barca and we weren't able to get shots off at all. I'm not happy to be facing Celtic though, I bleed green and white man!

Feb 13, 13 at 8:07pm

Great update as usual.

Tough loss but quite an achievement for that to be the first game you've lost.

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