edin dzeko went from living through the bosnian war in the 1990s as a kid, having to hide, living in poverty and not being able to have a normal childhood to becoming bosnia’s greatest ever player, scoring loads of goals, winning a bundesliga title, winning two premier league titles, and still being looked down upon and criticised with every opportunity people get, but at least he is now in a good league in which he was the top goal scorer last season and at a club where he is loved and respected
Where I grew up, you were either a Dortmund fan or Schalke fan because both teams played so close to our town. And I thank God everyday that Dortmund knocked on my door when I was seven years old to ask me to come play in its youth system. That same year Dortmund won its second straight Bundesliga title and I fell in love with the team.
Lewandowski: Bayern will be perfect in a few months
Robert Lewandowski believes Bayern Munich will have found their top form within “a few months” after beating Borussia Dortmund on penalties to win the DFL-Supercup following a dreadful pre-season.
Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, deputising for the injured Manuel Neuer, was the hero for Bayern with penalty saves from Sebastian Rode and Marc Bartra after a 2-2 draw in regulation time at Signal Iduna Park.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side twice found themselves behind in the curtain-raising Klassiker, with Lewandowski cancelling out Christian Pulisic’s opener and Roman Burki’s unfortunate late own goal meaning Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was unable to call himself the match-winner.
Bayern came into the game on the back of four defeats in their past five friendly outings, including heavy losses to AC Milan and Liverpool, but despite a mixed performance against BVB, Lewandowski is confident they will eventually recover peak form.
“I’m very glad about the victory, it is the first title,” he told Bayern’s official website.
“We turned in a very good display. We made a few mistakes but it is the first match of the season.
"We have to step it up even more now. I’m sure everything will be going perfectly in a few months. We will surely be as strong as in the last or the second-to-last year.
"It was a different kind of preparation for us, but now we had a little more time to train, and I’m very happy that we won the first title.”
Lewandowski’s team-mate Thomas Muller added: “It was a good thing to win again, especially here in Dortmund – it is about prestige.
"It was great that Ulle gave us two saves in the penalty shoot-out, but there is always luck involved.”
Bayern face third-tier Chemnitzer in the DFB-Pokal next Saturday, before opening their Bundesliga title defence at home to Bayer Leverkusen on August 18.
Mats Hummels has said that he is not tempted to move to Manchester United or any other club, adding that what he has at Borussia Dortmund “is truly unique”. The defender, who joined the Bundesliga club on loan from Bayern Munich in 2008 and then permanently the following year, added that if he moves abroad at one stage of his career, it will not be because of money.
Speaking to Bundesliga Magazin International, out this week, he was asked whether he was tempted by interest from Manchester United, Real Madrid or Barcelona. “It’s nice to hear that big clubs like that are interested in you,” he said. “I take that as a compliment. But it doesn’t influence me in any way, otherwise. We earn enough here in Dortmund.
“There will always be someone who can pay more than BVB. But Dortmund have made a lot of progress during my time here. In any case: I believe that it’s enough for me. If one day I start thinking about playing abroad, money won’t be the reason. But I don’t even think about that at the moment. We still have so much further to go here.”
Hummels, who won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil last summer, was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer, but makes it clear that he sees himself staying at Dortmund for the rest of his career, citing the examples of Paolo Maldini and Steven Gerrard as players who have had successful careers at one club.
“There are some [who stay at one club for their whole careers], and they are all really great players. Paolo Maldini of Milan, for example, or Steven Gerrard. I would have been so happy for him if he had won the championship with Liverpool. [Lionel] Messi always plays for Barcelona. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller, too, will perhaps play in Munich for ever.”
The 25-year-old added that any player from the team that won the Bundesliga title in 2012 could have joined clubs who pay more but the fact that most of them stayed has ensured that they have created a special atmosphere at the club.
“People often speak about the Dortmund ‘project’ in that context but I don’t really like that word,” Hummels said. “It’s too unemotional and sounds so technical. I’ve been here for six and a half years and it’s simply more exciting and more difficult to win trophies as an underdog.
“Everybody can win things with 25 superstars in the squad. At BVB, every single player has more responsibility but also more opportunity. It’s difficult to win trophies with Dortmund, but it’s always possible. And when it happens, the feeling is simply indescribable.
“When we won the championship for a second time in 2012, each one of us could have gone wherever we wanted. But I thought: ‘No, what we have here is something truly unique.’ I’m happy that I felt this way. You don’t often find a team where people are really friends with each other. If you’ve got the chance to play at such a high level with your mates you have to hold on to that for as long as possible.”
FC Bayern München celebrate their Bundesliga title after winning 3:0 against FC Augsburg on May 11, 2013. Bayern were confirmed German league champions back on April 6, when they won the Bundesliga with a -then- record six games left to play.
“It was one of the rare love affairs where a club truly loved a coach, and the coach truly loved the club.”
Talking about Borussia Dortmund, you could always tell how much Jürgen Klopp truly loved the club.
In 2008, Klopp came to Dortmund and loosened the tight grasp on the German game that Bayern Munich had. He took Dortmund to earning back-to-back Bundesliga titles (2011 and 2012), and the UEFAS Champions League final the following year.
Borussia Dortmund didn’t have the Bavarians budget or wallet, rather a knack for revealing hidden talent instead, but he found success by playing some of the most arrestingly beautiful football ever seen. After these accomplishments things died down slightly, but unlike a typical coach, Klopp decided he’d stick around.
Now its 2015, and Dortmund sits low in the Bundesliga table, and has been in the relegation zone twice over the season. But he is happy at the club still. When they were sitting at the relegation zone, Klopp said he wouldn’t give up, wouldn’t stop trying and did just that - at times, he’d blame himself for the bad performances.
While Klopp, without a doubt, has a love for Borussia Dortmund unmeasurably great, he’s announced his departure, taking place in the summer. And breaking the news, he’d say it in the way so fondly about Dortmund like he always did: “I realized I am no longer the perfect coach for the club.”
But its not right to think of this as Klopp jumping off the sinking ship, but rather jumping off the ship in fear he might end up sinking it. Jürgen Klopp will always care for BVB, and as the they loom low on the table, he hasn’t give up on them just yet, not this season - or any season in the past.
So, danke, Papa Bee. Your time here was a golden age. Some may see you as that crazy guy who lunged at a linesman out of anger, but we of Borussia Dortmund will always see you as a helping hand, wonderful personality, and a father-like figure to Die Schwarzgelben.
bitch did you just ask me if Lukas Josef Podolski is a bad player? I’d sit down right now cause im about to law down the fucking facts. Lukas Podolski is one of my fav players and he has more talent in his pinky finger than i have in my entire body honestly. Okay let’s begin now:
First off let’s just lay down the facts, we can get to my personal opinion later about all this bullshit (cause Wenger is bullshit for wasting Poldi’s time)
Poldi is the 3rd most-capped player in German history with 115 caps. ONE HUNDRED….FIFTEEN….CAPS. AND the joint 5th highest goalscorer IN GERMAN HISTORY WITH 47 GOALS. FOURTY…SEVEN. (js he’s tied with Klinsy…that’s cray, Jurgen is a legend) ALSO my motherfuckin’ pudding cup has the FASTEST GOAL EVER SCORED IN GERMAN NT HISTORY, THE TIME BEING 9 MOTHERFUCKING SECONDS. NINE. SECONDS. (the second fastest international goal in ALL HISTORY, 8.3 seconds being the fastest)
Here’s a question for you anon, should bad players be awarded? No. So why does Podolski have 2 Bundesliga titles, 2 DFB titles and an FA Cup title? OH don’t forget his WORLD CUP TITLE. Let me add his individual titles including RECIEVING THE WORLD’S FIRST BEST YOUNG PLAYER AWARD (2006), UEFA Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament award and Silver Boot award, AND recieving the highest sports award in Germany TWICE (Silbernes Lorbeerblatt).
Here’s my personal opinion:
Poldi is a fascinating person to watch. He is a left footed player with one of the strongest shots I’ve ever seen (I’m young so don’t get me wrong I haven’t seen everyone) His playing still is relaxed but yet quick when he has the ball for a scoring opportunity. Let’s not forget this man is Germany’s #10 which is usually given to the playmaker of the team. And that’s what Poldi does best; he makes the plays. Personality wise this man is someone I look up too. He is strong hearted and finds the positive in EVERYTHING. No matter if he’s losing, winning, tied, on the bench, injured, WHATEVER, he is the most positive player on the team, both Arsenal and Germany. No Poldi didn’t score for Germany this year (except in the friendly against Armenia) and hasn’t gotten much playing time for Arsenal but in all honesty Ithink Poldi has just hit a ‘wall’.And what i mean by this is that he doesn’t have his full confidence in himself. It may seem like it with his 100% attitude and his constant smiling but i think he’s on a low right now. I feel like he just wants to prove everyone wrong and come back from this low, but it’s FUCKING HARD TO WHEN YOUR COACH ONLY GIVES YOU 10-15 MINUTES TO DO IT. Wenger needs to believe in Poldi and give him a fucking chance! I know Poldi can impress everyone and go back to being the Lukas AHA Podolski everyone loves! I mean who doesn’t love this hottie?!
you’re lieing to yourself if you don’t AT LEAST think he’s cute
K SERIOUSLY CAN YOU NOT DO THIS TO ME?
But in all seriousness Lukas Josef Podolski is a FANTASTIC player, but as of right now he’s just hitting his low… In my opinion i think that’s normal when men get older but I definitely believe 200% my pudding cup will be back at it in no time. Wenger and Jogi just need to give him chances! I LOVE YOU LUKAS!!!!!!
fc bayern’s success is no accident; the four stars on their chest are the marks of over one hundred years of great history, of a team that combines hard work, perseverance and discipline. the club’s remote past is as full of trophies as their recent history, and we have their stunning achievements as proof: they are the holders of 24 bundesliga titles and 17 dfb-pokal trophies, they were by 5 times champions league winners and once world champions, and the list will only continue to grow bigger. their biggest triumph, however, was never conquered on the pitch, because fc bayern is not only a captivating club; they are, first and foremost, a family.
7 years. 130 caps. 13 goals. 3 bundesliga titles. 3 dfb pokal titles. 2 dlf supercup titles. 1 uefa super cup title. 1 fifa club world cup title. 1 uefa champions leauge title. thank you for everything toni, and good luck!
fc bayern reached the semi final of DFB pokal, the semi final of CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and WON BUNDESLIGA with a dead squad this year. half of our players were walking around with castes and special shoes and whatever while rest of the team destroyed one team after another to defend the bundesliga title and reach the semis of the other two competitions. trebles arent fucking cotton candy at a carnival. no one likes losing 4 games in a row but please show the players some respect for what they’ve done for us this year. and we are fc bayern. we always come back stronger!
muller is losing his talent. he doesn't play good football and he never did
bitch don’t fucking come into my inbox and say my cinnamon apple isn’t fucking talented. I S2G you’re just asking for another long ass post? Do i really need to fucking tell you the facts? DO I REALLY FUCKING HAVE TO TELL YOU? You’re fucking BLIND if you don’t see Thomas Muller’s gifts… LET ME FUCKING REMIND YOU HE HAS 3 BUNDESLIGA TITLES, 3 DFB TITLES, 2 SUPERCUP TITLES, A CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLE, UEFA SUPER CUP TITLE IN 2013 AND A FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP TITLE ALSO IN 2013. And this is just his awards from his club! Internationally he OBVIOUSLY has a world cup title, and was third place for world cup in 2010 and third place for the UEFA Euro’s… INDIVIDUALLY he has 2 Man of the Match titles, a MOTHERFUCKIN’ GOLDEN BOOT, A BEST YOUNG PLAYER AWARD, AN AWARD FOR THE MOST ASSISTS, BAYERISCHER SPORTPREIS, SILBERNES LORBEERBLATT (top award in Germany), YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD, BRAVO AWARD, AND THIS YEAR HE GOT THE SILVER BALL AWARD AND THE SILVER BOOT. So bitch how about you shut the fuck up and crawl into your sad little corner with your sad little opinions okay?
i swear don’t ever come into my inbox bashing my favs… when will you all learn?
Thomas is only 25 and he’s accomplished more than you and me ever will in our lives, combined. HE IS A PRECIOUS ANGEL, NOT ONLY ON THE PITCH BUT PERSONALLY AS WELL! HE NEVER FAILS TO MAKE MY DAY, HE IS FUNNY, HONEST, AND HAS THE BEST WAG IN ALL OF GERMANY. He is so creative on the pitch and is one of Germany’s best strikers. How the hell can you not like this guy?
now square the fuck up and stop screaming to be dragged…