Borussia Dortmund : Destiny Awaits In Andalusia


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Japan international midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA (23) of German club Borussia Dortmund attempts to avoid the tackle of Ukraine international defender VYACHESLAV CHECHER (70) of visiting FC Karpaty Lviv during the UEFA Europa League match at Signal Iduna Park in North Rhine-Westphalia. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP Photo)
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In the wake of BORUSSIA DORTMUND’s 3-0 victory over Ukranian side FC Karpaty Lviv in Germany coupled with Paris St. Germain’s defeat of FC Sevilla in The City of Lights, the sitution could not be more crystal clear — die Schwarzgelben must grab all three points from their last match in order to advance to the knockout round of 32 for the UEFA Europa League this spring.

And so, a final confrontation with FC Sevilla away in Spain for Borussia Dortmund, then, with its European destiny completely in its own control — which is, really, all a player could ever properly want.

As of this moment, Borussia Dortmund are third on eight points, one behind Sevilla in Group J of the UEFA Europa League. The German club, with a home win instead of the 1-0 prior loss to the Spanish outfit earlier this fall, might have already guaranteed themselves European football this spring. Nevertheless, the genuine pressure matches are where all the meaningful experienced is garnered, anyway.

Thus, the young players who dominate Borussia Dortmund’s Startelf have nothing to fear but fear itself for the trip to Spain a fortnight away.

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Japan international midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA (23), who scored the very first goal of this European season for die Schwarzgelben back in mid-August against Azerbaijani side FK Qarabag, heads Borussia Dortmund to the lead against Ukranian club FC Karpaty Lviv in December at Signal Iduna Park. (Martin Meissner/AP)
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Fortunately for the Bundesliga side, Japan international SHINJI KAGAWA is on board die Schwarzgelben’s ship. The 21-year-old has taken the Bundesliga by storm with seven goals in 14 Bundesliga games from his attacking midfield position. With 10 goals including Europe for Borussia Dortmund this term Kagawa, a bargain basement buy at 350,000 Euros from J-League club Cerezo Osaka in the off-season, has certainly stolen the spotlight from the other high profile, big money transfers in the German top flight this year.

Brazilian international midfielder DIEGO RIBAS DA CUNHA, a summer purchase of 15.5 million Euros from Italian Serie A side FC Juventus of Turin, of currently 14th-placed Vfl Wolfsburg is one example who comes to mind immediately.

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(Martin Meissner/AP)

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