Borussia Dortmund (Germany)


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BORUSSIA DORTMUND players celebrate the injury-time victory over 1.FC Koeln won with a 90th minute strike from Turkey international midfielder Nuri Sahin at the RheinEnergie Stadion on October 15 which put the club atop the Bundesliga standings for the first time in 2,64 days. (Reuters photo)
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BALLSPIELVEREIN BORUSSIA DORTMUND, who were founded in December of 1909, were the first German team to ever capture a major European title with the Cup Winner’s Cup success in 1966; the club also added a prestigous UEFA Champions League trophy in 1997.

On the domestic front, Die Borussen have captured the Bundesliga championship on six occasions, the last title coming in 2002, and have won the DFB Pokal (German Cup) twice, as well.

Borussia Dortmund return the third-leading goal-scorer in the German top flight last season, Paraguay World Cup striker LUCAS BARRIOS, the 25-year-old who found the net 19 times in 33 Bundesliga games his first year for die Schwarzgelben after signing from Chilean club Colo Colo of Santiago for a reported 4.2 million Euros.

In a bid to strenghten the attack for the 2010-11 season, Borussia sold Barrios’ countryman and fellow World Cup striker NELSON VALDEZ to Spanish side CF Hercules Alicante for what was thought to be roughly 5.0 million Euros and then purchased Poland international forward ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI from KKS Lech Poznan for a reputed 5.0 million Euros.

A real pleasant addition for Borussi Dortmund this season has proved to be 21-year-old Japan international midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA, who was signed from J-League club Cerezo Osaka in exchange for 350,000 Euros last May.

Another astute signing for die Schwarzgelben is Poland international defender LUKASZ PISZCZEK, who arrived on a free transfer from SC Hertha Berlin after his contract was canceled by the capital city club on account of their relegation to the second division.

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND off-season transactions
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Players In
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22 – fw – Robert LEWANDOWSKI — Poland int’l — fr KKS Lech Poznan (Pol)
32 – mf – Antonio DA SILVA ———— Brazil — fr SC Karlsruher
28 – mf – Florian KRINGE —————- Germany — fr SC Hertha Berlin
21 – mf – Shinji KAGAWA —————- Japan int’l — fr Cerezo Osaka (Jap)
25 – df – Lukasz PISZCZEK ————– Poland int’l — fr SC Hertha Berlin
22 – gk – Mitchell LANGERAK ——— Australia — fr. Melbourne Victory (Aus)

(Kringe had been out on loan for the season; da Silva had been out on loan at Swiss club FC Basel for the 2009-10 season)

Players Out
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27 – fw – Dimitar RANGELOV —– Bulgaria int’l — to FC Maccabi Tel Aviv (Isr)
26 – fw – Nelson VALDEZ ———— Paraguay int’l — to CF Hercules (Spa)
32 – mf – TINGA P.C.F. Nascimento — Brazil int’l — to SC Internacional (Brz)
24 – mf – Bajram SADRIJAJ ——– Germany — released
24 – df – Uwe HUENEMEIER —— Germany — to FC Energie Cottbus
19 – df — Julien KOCH —————– Germany — to MSV Duisburg
34 – gk – Marc ZIEGLER ————- Germany — to Vfb Stuttgart

(Koch, Rangelov are out on loan for the 2010-11 season)

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND squad
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30 – GK – Roman WEIDENFELLER
22 – GK – Mitchell LANGERAK ——————- (Australia)

32 – DF – DEDE Leonardo de Deus Santos — (BRAZIL – 1 cap, 0 goals)
30 – DF – Patrick OWOMOYELA —————- (GERMANY – 11 caps, 0 goals)
25 – DF – Lukasz PISZCZEK ———————— (POLAND – 11 caps, 0 goals)
24 – DF – FELIPE Augusto SANTANA ——– (Brazil)
22 – DF – Marcel SCHMELZER
21 – DF – Neven SUBOTIC ————————- (SERBIA – 19 caps, 1 goal)
21 – DF – Mats HUMMELS ————————- (GERMANY – 1 cap, 0 goals)
19 – DF – Marc HORNSCHUH
19 – DF – Lasse SOBIECH

32 – MF – Antonio DA SILVA ———————- (Brazil)
30 – MF – Sebastian KEHL ————————– (GERMANY – 31 caps, 3 goals)
29 – MF – Tamas HAJNAL ————————– (HUNGARY – 36 caps, 4 goals)
28 – MF – Markus FUELNER
28 – MF – Florian KRINGE
24 – MF – Jakub BLASZCZYKOWSKI ———- (POLAND – 35 caps, 4 goals)
22 – MF – Nuri SAHIN ——————————— (TURKEY – 24 caps, 1 goal)
22 – MF – Kevin GROSSKREUTZ —————- (GERMANY – 1 cap, 0 goals)
21 – MF – Shinji KAGAWA ————————— (JAPAN – 17 caps, 3 goals)
21 – MF – Sven BENDER
18 – MF – Mario GOETZE

28 – FW – Mohamed ZIDAN ———————— (EGYPT – 35 caps, 8 goals)
25 – FW – Lucas BARRIOS ————————— (PARAGUAY – 11 caps, 4 goals)
22 – FW – Robert LEWANDOWSKI ————- (POLAND – 29 caps, 7 goals)
20 – FW – Damien LE TALLEC ——————— (France)
19 – FW – Daniel GINCZEK
19 – FW – Marco STIEPERMANN

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NOTE — Bulgaria international striker DIMITAR RANGELOV was sent out on loan to Israeli club FC Maccabi Tel Aviv at the beginning of September; Rangelov, who scored one goal in 10 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund last term, made one substitute appearance in the league this season for die Schwarzgelben before being sent out on loan.

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