After the weak preliminary round in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund was also eliminated table football punished, only a professional makes an exception. Meanwhile, Dortmund sees young boss BVB very well positioned. There is speculation about a new signing for midfield and the contract of a current player. News and rumors about the Black and Yellows can be found here.
More news about BVB from the past few days:
BVB: Dortmund does poorly in kicker rankings
The specialist magazine table football published another part of the rankings for the first half of the season in its latest print edition – and mostly punished the disappointing BVB. An exception is Jude Bellingham, who made it to number 1 in the defensive midfielders. He is ahead of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Sebastian Rode, but no player has made it into the world class (international class). “World class – that should only be a matter of time at Bellingham,” he writes table football. A second Dortmunder cannot be found in the top 13.
It looks worse on the other positions: On the defensive flanks, no Borusse made it into the international or national class, twelve players are listed here – from Alphonso Davies in 1st place to Union’s Julian Ryerson in 12th place. The performances of Raphael Guerreiro or Thomas Meunier in the preliminary round were not enough for this.
The list in the attacking midfield includes at least two Dortmund names, but Marco Reus and Julian Brandt should not actually see themselves in the national class between Dejan Ljubicic and Yannick Gerhardt from Cologne and Wolfsburg and only in 9th and 10th place. At Reus, this can at least be explained with the injury break. Jamal Musiala and Daichi Kamada lead the ranking here.
BVB, News: Junior boss Ricken sees “really quality”
Dortmund youth boss Lars Ricken looks back on a successful year and sees BVB in an excellent position for the future: His conclusion is “extremely positive. The U19s have become German champions and it is of course nice to end a season with a title “The boys also made it to the final of the DFB Cup and the quarter-finals of the Youth League. That was a great path that the team took after two years of the corona pandemic,” he said Ruhr news.
In addition, with Youssoufa Moukoko, Tom Rothe and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, there are “three U19 players who are already playing a good role with the pros. That’s great, of course.” In the current season, the U19 cannot build on the dominance of the previous season, but there are reasons for this: “We had an incredibly high individual quality that you don’t have every year. In addition, our current U19 through Bundesliga, Cup, Youth League and national teams had almost permanent English weeks. At the weekend the lads then meet a rested opponent who didn’t have this quadruple burden.”
“Of course we are not satisfied with the place in the U17 table (eight points behind Schalke 04). However, we had tremendous bad luck with injuries. In Elias Benkara, Luke Rahmann and Charles Herrmann, three players are out for the long term. We also promoted Paris Brunner to the U19 early on and his strike partner Alex Niziolek was also injured. When you lose so much quality, it’s difficult to catch up. And even if we’re not satisfied with our positioning in winter, we still have a really exciting year in the U17s.”
With Nnamdi Collins (“the outstanding central defender in Germany for his age group”) and Samuel Bamba, two talents will be gaining experience in the U23s from January, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (“an exceptional player”) has already made appearances in the Bundesliga. In general, Ricken sees a wealth of great talent in the U17s and U19s, especially in defence.
“In Nnamdi Collins, Filippo Mané, Elias Benkara, Luke Rahmann and Tyler Meiser we have five talented central defenders and are extremely well positioned there for the next few years.” With Paris Brunner, Kjell Wätjen, Almugera Kabar and Charles Herrmann, there are “many other exciting players. We have real quality.”
BVB, rumor: Skhiri “very hot candidate”?
Cologne midfielder Ellies Skhiri is loud express a “very hot candidate” for a move to BVB. The Tunisian’s contract expires at the end of the season, and there is currently little indication of an extension. “I’m convinced that we can tackle bigger goals together. However, Ellyes has a clear sporting plan in mind, which he doesn’t think he can implement here. If he gets a suitable offer, he’ll do it,” said FC- Coach Steffen Baumgart.
Nevertheless, the door for Skhiri in Cologne is “of course always open”. Baumgart is not surprised that “one or the other Bundesliga club will look at Ellyes”. The 27-year-old is also associated with clubs in France.
Meanwhile, the future of Dortmund midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud has not yet been finally clarified. His contract is expiring, according to table football BVB Dahoud is the first point of contact, both sides are basically interested in continuing the cooperation. After the contract was last extended by only one year, this time it should be for a longer period.