Dortmund’s ‘rollercoaster’ day in the Champions League semifinals is over.

Dortmund’s ‘rollercoaster’ day in the Champions League semifinals is over.

Dortmund’s ‘rollercoaster’ day in the Champions League semifinals is over.

Borussia Dortmund defeated Atlético Madrid 4-2 on Tuesday, thanks to a late goal and two assists from Marcel Sabitzer, advancing them into the Champions League semifinals.

Dortmund needed to come from behind twice over the course of two legs to advance 5-4 on aggregate after losing the opening leg of their quarterfinal match 2-1 in Madrid.

Before Ian Maatsen was sent up by Sabitzer to give Dortmund a 2-0 lead for the game, Julian Brandt opened the score to tie the game.

During the half, Atlético coach Diego Simeone made three adjustments, all of which were successful. The Spanish team took the lead again on aggregate thanks to goals from replacement Joaquín Correa and Mats Hummels.

After nine scoreless games, Sabitzer then set up Niclas Füllkrug for the Germany forward’s first goal in the 71st minute, and three minutes later, Sabitzer scored to put Dortmund into the round of four.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, CEO of Dortmund, said that was an amazing evening, a real rollercoaster. For Borussia Dortmund, it’s not the same every day. Since 2013, we have not progressed to the semifinals. It’s a great day for all of us Borussen.

In the semifinals, Dortmund will play Paris Saint-Germain once more. PSG advanced to the round of eight with a 4-1 victory over Barcelona. And after Dortmund lost away and drew at home in the group round, head coach Edin Terzic believes his club, who won the champs League in 1997, is now more equipped to take on the French champs.

It wasn’t a good first game against them. We were more comfortable with them in the second game and had a greater chance of winning. After the victory over Atletico, Terzic remarked, “I think we’re a better team today than we were against them in the group stage.”

The match will take place on June 1 in London, the site of Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat by fierce rival Bayern Munich in the 2013 title game.

Dortmund’s home winning streak in the Champions League now stands at ten games after their victory on Tuesday.

We were close to tying the game, but Simeone said they need to be rewarded for having a better team.

Jan Oblak needs to be at the top of his game for Atletico. Before Brandt finally broke through in the 34th, he stopped Karim Adeyemi and then former teammate Axel Witsel. He then blocked a powerful shot off Oblak’s leg from an uncomfortable angle.

In the 39th, Sabitzer and Maatsen connected again, with the latter rushing past two players and putting the ball inside the far post. For the Dutch defender, it was his first-ever Champions League goal.

After the interval, Hummels’ effort to clear Mario Hermoso’s header ended up in his own net, giving Atlético all the points they needed in just four minutes.

Correa pushed the ball wide shortly after, preventing a goal from happening. Simeone, looking dapper in a black suit, collapsed to the ground, furious.

In the 64th, Correa scored without making a mistake after his initial attempt was blocked and he rebounded.

It restored the lead for the visitors, but Dortmund scored twice in three minutes to electrify the home crowd thanks in large part to Sabitzer.

For both the fans and ourselves, it was an incredible game. After winning man-of-the-match, Brandt declared, “A great game for us, for our fans, and for all football fans around the world.”

Now it will be against Paris, and very seriously. We did not perform well away from home in the group stage, but we did play well at home. Naturally, we want to make improvements and go to the final.

Niclas Fullkrug, a striker who also scored, says the Champions League semifinals will be a first for him.

Being with my squad in the Champions League semifinals makes me very delighted. I’ve never played at this level before,” Fullkrug remarked. “Obviously, the matchup with Paris won’t be the same as it was during the group stage.

Know about Dortmund

Players from Borussia Dortmund rejoice in front of their supporters

North Rhine-Westphalia, Dortmund. It is most well-known for its men’s professional football team, which competes in the German football league’s top division, the Bundesliga. The squad has won eight league titles, five DFB-Pokals, one Intercontinental Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, one UEFA Champions League, and one UEFA Cup.

Borussia Dortmund, a big membership-based sports club with over 189,000 members as of 2023, is the sixth largest sports club in the world by membership. Eighteen football players from Dortmund created the squad in 1909.

Among the several sports in which the club is actively involved is women’s handball. Since 1974, Dortmund’s home stadium has been the Westfalenstadion. Dortmund has the highest average attendance of any association football team globally, and it is the largest stadium in Germany.

Because of its black and yellow colors, Borussia Dortmund is referred to as “die Schwarzgelben”. They play their long-standing rival Schalke 04, who are their neighbors in the Ruhr region, in the Revierderby. They also face Bayern Munich in the Der Klassiker.

According to Deloitte’s annual Football Money League, Dortmund was ranked as the 12th richest football team internationally and as the second richest sports club in Germany in 2021. In addition, Dortmund has maintained its commitment to developing a youth system and has gained a reputation for spotting and developing young potential throughout Michael Zorc’s tenure as manager in the 2010s. Their overall commitment to the offensive football philosophy has also garnered them recognition.

Know about Dortmund History, Foundation and early years

August Tönnesmann, Fritz Weber, Franz Wendt, Julius and Wilhelm Jacobi, August Kahn, Gustav Müller, Franz Risse, Fritz Schulte, Hans Siebold, August Tönnesmann, and Franz and Paul Braun were among the original members. The beer that gave origin to the name Borussia—which is Latin for Prussia—was made at the nearby Borussia brewery in Dortmund.

August Tönnesmann, Fritz Weber, Franz Wendt, Julius and Wilhelm Jacobi, August Kahn, Gustav Müller, Franz Risse, Fritz Schulte, Hans Siebold, August Tönnesmann, and Franz and Paul Braun were among the original members. The beer that gave origin to the name Borussia—which is Latin for Prussia—was made at the nearby Borussia brewery in Dortmund.

The team’s initial outfit consisted of blue and white striped shirts with a red ribbon, along with black shorts. 1913 saw them don the black and yellow stripes for the first time. The team, which participated in local leagues, had little success in the ensuing decades. The team nearly filed for bankruptcy in 1929 after an attempt to turn things around by adding some paid professional football players to the roster failed miserably and left the team deeply in debt. The only reason they made it through was because of the generosity of a local fan who took the team’s deficit out of his own pocket.

In order to further the goals of the Third Reich, football leagues and other sports nationwide underwent organizational changes in the 1930s. Borussia’s president was dismissed for not wanting to join the Nazi Party, and two members who had covertly printed anti-Nazi pamphlets in the club’s offices were executed in the last stages of the war.

Even though the team did well in the newly formed Gauliga Westfalen, a breakthrough would not come until the end of World War II. At this point, Borussia began to forge a close rivalry with the most successful team of the time, the suburban Gelsenkirchen outfit Schalke 04 (see Revierderby). In an effort to disassociate the nation’s institutions from their recent Nazi past, the Allied occupation authorities disbanded Borussia after the war, just like they did with all other German organizations.

A transient attempt was attempted to construct Sportgemeinschaft Borussia von 1898 by uniting the club with Freier Sportverein 98 and Werksportgemeinschaft Hoesch. Nevertheless, they competed in their first national league final in 1949 under the name Ballspiel-Verein Borussia (BVB), losing to VfR Mannheim 2-0.a

Initial national championships

From 1946 until 1963, Borussia participated in the Oberliga West, a top division that dominated German football in the late 1950s. Borussia made it to the 1949 Stuttgart final, where they lost to VfR Mannheim 3-2 in extra time. In 1956, the team won its first national championship, defeating Karlsruher SC 6-2. A year later, Borussia defeated Hamburger SV 4-1 to win their second national title. After this coup, the three Alfredos (Alfred Preißler, Alfred Kelbassa, and Alfred Niepieklo) became famous in Dortmund. In the final German Football Championship held in 1963 before the new Bundesliga was formed, Borussia overcame rivals Bayern Munich to win their third national championship.

Bundesliga debut

The DFB resolved to establish the Bundesliga, a professional football league in Germany, at their 1962 meeting in Dortmund. The league was to begin play in August of 1963. The Bundesliga’s first sixteen clubs to compete were Borussia Dortmund, who had won the most recent national championship. Runners-up 1. FC Köln also gained automatic admission. Friedhelm Konietzka of Dortmund scored the opening goal of the league just one minute into the match. They would, however, fall short against Werder Bremen, 1-3.

Dortmund won its first DFB-Pokal in 1965. Dortmund won the 1966 European Cup Winners’ Cup, defeating Liverpool 2-1 in extra time, thanks to goals from Reinhard Libuda and Sigfried Held. However, the squad lost four of their final five league games that year, ceding a commanding lead in the Bundesliga and finishing second, three points behind winners 1860 München. Ironically, Konietzka’s play—he having recently moved from Dortmund—played a significant role in 1860 München’s victory.

Financial difficulties, relegation from the Bundesliga in 1972, and the 1974 opening of the Westfalenstadion—named after the club’s hometown of Westphalia—were the characteristics of the 1970s. In 1976, the squad rejoined the Bundesliga.

Dortmund’s financial problems remained until the 1980s. BVB, which finished the regular season in 16th place, avoided relegation in 1986 by defeating Fortuna Köln in a third crucial playoff match. Dortmund did not have significant success until defeating Werder Bremen 4-1 in the 1989 DFB-Pokal. Manager Horst Köppel had won his first trophy.[Reference Required] Dortmund then overcame Bayern Munich 4-3 to win the 1989 DFL-Supercup.

Stadiums

The Westfalenstadion, home to Borussia Dortmund, is Germany’s largest stadium and Europe’s sixth largest. The stadium was christened “Signal Iduna Park” after the insurance company Signal Iduna acquired the naming rights until 2021. However, because FIFA and UEFA have laws prohibiting corporate sponsorship from businesses that are not official tournament partners, this name could not be utilized to hold these tournaments. The stadium is called “BVB Stadion Dortmund” during UEFA club matches, although it was called “FIFA World Cup Stadium, Dortmund” for the 2006 World Cup.

Currently, the stadium can accommodate 81,359 standing and sitting spectators for league games and 65,829 seated spectators for international matches. To meet FIFA regulations, seats have been added to the renowned southern grandstand.

The Stadion Rote Erde, next door, was replaced in 1974 by the Westfalenstadion, which now hosts Borussia Dortmund II. As Borussia Dortmund rose to prominence in the 1960s, it became evident that traditional stadiums could not accommodate the expanding number of Dortmund fans. Unfortunately, federal institutions refused to aid Dortmund in financing a new stadium, leaving the city unable to do so.

However, Dortmund was chosen in 1971 to replace Cologne, which had to drop its plans to host World Cup matches in 1974. As a result, the funds originally allocated for the planned stadium in Cologne were transferred to Dortmund, where a new stadium was built.

In order to expand its capacity, the Westfalenstadion has undergone a number of modifications throughout the years, including an extension for the 2006 World Cup. The stadium’s Borusseum, a museum dedicated to Borussia Dortmund, opened its doors in 2008. Borussia Dortmund and Q-Cells reached an agreement to collaborate in 2011. The Westfalenstadion’s roof now has 8,768 solar cells installed by the firm, generating up to 860,000 kWh annually.

Borussia Dortmund has the highest average attendance among all football clubs worldwide. The club’s lower ticket prices compared to the Premier League drew roughly 1,000 British supporters to each of its home games in 2014.

 

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