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BVB, news and rumours: Watzke with a declaration of war



Marcel Schmelzer

A BVB legend returns to Dortmund and wants to take the first steps in the coaching business there. Hans-Joachim Watzke encourages Dortmund. Also: The club reacted in an emotional statement to the bitter defeat in the title fight against FC Bayern. You can find all the news and rumors about BVB here.

BVB, rumor: Schmelzer before returning to Dortmund

With Marcel Schmelzer, a true club legend of BVB is about to return to Dortmund. As the Ruhr news and sports1 report unanimously that the former left-back should take his first steps in the coaching business with the black and yellow.

In the coming season, Schmelzer is said to be employed as an assistant coach for BVB’s U17s. Karsten Gorges is currently responsible for the U17s.

With BVB, the now 35-year-old Schmelzer was champion in 2011 and 2012 and winner of the DFB Cup in 2012, 2017 and 2021. He is also part of the Dortmund squad that reached the final of the Champions League in 2013, where they were narrowly beaten by Bayern Munich.

BVB, News: Watzke encourages Dortmund

After missing the championship, managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke at Borussia Dortmund fears no long-term effects. “Not at all! Anyone who thinks that is so wrong,” said the BVB boss sports picture.

Dortmund was not broken by the attack on the team bus in 2017, nor by the 2-1 defeat in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich,” explained Watzke. BVB will “definitely not break because of this league final “.

Dortmund narrowly missed out on the title on the last day of the game by beating FSV Mainz 05 2-2 (0-2). A win would have been enough to end the winning streak of the all-time champion from Munich. Bayern had secured their eleventh championship in a row with a 2-1 (1-0) win at 1. FC Köln.

BVB, News: Ballack believes it will be a big burden

Michael Ballack assumes that BVB will still have to contend with the consequences of the bitter bankruptcy in the championship fight in the near future. “Everyone expected Dortmund to be able to cross the finish line with crutches at home in front of over 80,000 fans against Mainz. Something like that does something to you,” Ballack told the sports picture.

Instead, the Black and Yellows only drew 2-2 against Mainz on the last day of the game, which allowed FC Bayern to overtake them in the final meters. “This season finale will probably be a burden for Dortmund for a long time, especially since BVB had already missed a few big points like in Stuttgart or Bochum during the second half of the season.”

He himself experienced something similar in 2000, when he lost the championship with Bayer Leverkusen on the last day of the game against Bayern Munich. “We suffered a short and painless blow in Unterhaching, lost 2-0, Bayern won 3-1 against Bremen and became champions,” said the 46-year-old. For Dortmund it was “a fiasco, a painful blow. It’s brutal. It doesn’t go unnoticed.”

BVB, News: Dortmund publishes statement after title drama

In a longer statement, Borussia Dortmund has now also commented on the bitter defeat in the title fight against FC Bayern Munich. In it, the club thanks the fans and looks ahead.

“We all have emotional days behind us. Days of frustration, days of disappointment, days of emptiness. Rarely has a day taken us as emotionally as last Saturday,” it says there.

The dream of the next German championship was “shattered. But not our club. We’re getting up again. Even louder. Even stronger. Even hungrier. And we’ll give everything we’ve got.”

In last weekend’s bitter defeat, the many fans “showed what makes this club what it is: Borussia Dortmund sticks together and is loyal.”

Bundesliga: Top group after the 34th matchday

Place team Sp. Gates differential pt.
1. Bayern Munich 34 92:38 54 71
2. Borussia Dortmund 34 83:44 39 71
3. RB Leipzig 34 64:41 23 66
4. Union Berlin 34 51:38 13 62
5. Freiburg 34 51:44 7 59