21-year-old midfielder ILKAY GUENDOGAN (right) of 2012 Bundesliga titlist Borussia Dortmund celebrates his decisive goal in the 120th minute of the dramatic Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal semifinal match with this year’s 2.Bundesliga champion SpVgg Greuther Fuerth at the little Trolli Arena in the southern German state of Bavaria this past March.
Having won the Bundesliga title for the second consecutive season, trainer Juergen Klopp’s BORUSSIA DORTMUND side travel to the German capital city seeking to celebrate the 103-year-old club’s first-ever domestic double. To do that, however, die Schwarzgelben with have to successfully deal with contemporary rival BAYERN MUNICH in a re-match of the 2008 German Cup Final. The Bavarians, of course, triumphed after extra time on that occasion but the fact is only three players from each side are still with their respective clubs and preparing to meet once again at the Olympiastadion in Berlin this Saturday for the 70th Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokalfinale.
It also should be noted that Borussia Dortmund, who have captured the D.F.B. Pokal title twice in club history (1965 and 1989), have been particularly dominant over Bayern Munich in the past two years — die Schwarzgelben have won the last four Bundesliga contests between the two clubs while outscoring the Bavarians by a convincing 7-1 margin.
One thing is for sure, if Bayern Munich are to win the D.F.B. Pokal competition for the 16th time in 18 trips to the final match then the Bavarians will need to do something that none of Borussia Dortmund’s five previous opponents in the German Cup this season have been able to accomplish — simply score a goal, that is.
Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper ROMAN WEIDENFELLER stops the fifth and final shot of Fortuna Duesseldorf in the penalty kick shootout at the Esprit Arena along the famous Rhine River this past December; the 31-year-old veteran, it might be recalled, also saved an important Elfmeter for die Schwarzgelben off the foot of Holland World Cup winger Arjen Robben in the last Bundesliga meeting with Bayern Munich just this last month.
Borussia Dortmund did require penalty kicks and a big save from reliable goalkeeper ROMAN WEIDENFELLER in the shootout to dismiss second division Fortuna Duesseldorf in the Round of Sixteen. And the now eight-times national champion also needed the assistance of a late strike from youthful midfielder ILKAY GUENDOGAN, who earned his first senior international cap for Germany earlier this season against Belgium, in the very last minute of extra time to elminate stubborn SpVgg Greuther Fuerth at the semifinal stage. Nevertheless, stingy Borussia Dortmund did not concede a goal in any of its five D.F.B. engagements this term.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND – 2011/12 D.F.B. Pokal
3-0 ……………….. SV 1916 Sandhausen
2-0 ……………….. Dynamo Dresden
0-0 … (pen) …… Fortuna Duesseldorf
4-0 ……………….. Holstein Kiel
1-0 … (aet) …….. SpVgg Greuther Fuerth
goals — Lewandowski 4, Kagawa 2, Goetze 1, Barrios 1, Perisic 1, Guendogan 1
assists — Perisic 3, Kagawa 1, Guendogan 1, Goetze 1, Bender 1, Piszczek 1, Grosskreutz 1
appearances/starts — Hummels 5/5, Kehl 5/5, Lewandowski 5/5, Piszczek 5/5, Grosskreutz 5/4, Blaszczykowski 5/2, Perisic 5/1, Kagawa 4/4, Subotic 4/4, Guendogan 4/3, Barrios 4/1, Schmelzer 3/3, Weidenfeller 3/3, Goetze 2/2, Langerak 2/2, Bender 2/1, Leitner 2/1, Loewe 2/1, Owomoyela 1/1, Kringe 1/0
Poland international ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (left), the 23-year-old striker who leads Borussia Dortmund with 27 goals in all competitions this season, and Japan international SHINJI KAGAWA, the 23-year-old attacking midfielder who is second with 16 goals in all matches for die Schwarzgelben this term, each scored a goal for Borussia Dortmund in the D.F.B. Pokal quarterfinal match with Regionalliga Nord (fourth division) side Holstein Kiel before 11,400 Zuschauer at the tiny Holsteinstadion in the north German state of Schleswig-Holstein this past February.