For modern fans of world football, the Bundesliga has almost always been associated with Bayern Munich, due to both domestic and European successes. However, the German giants BVB have been teetering on the edge of average and pure class for years.
Now, under manager Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund have bounced up the rankings in world football and now can be counted as a respectable challenge for any “world class” side. As Dortmund’s race for their 2nd successive Bundesliga title for only the second year in the club’s 102 year old history really heats up, I take a look through the history of the club.
Through their roller coaster Bundesliga standings of the mid to late 1900’s to the financial troubles plaguing them as they entered the new millennium. Whatever the state of the club, Dortmund are a team about the players and throughout their history, they’ve had some shining stars that are still fresh in the minds of European football fans across the globe. Without further a-due, here is my ideal XI throughout the history of BVB Dortmund FC.
GK: Stefan Klos
Klos defines every ideal characteristic in an ideal goalkeeper. Strong, fit, agile and loyal. Clocking over 350 appearances for Dortmund, he led the team in their Champions League winning 1996-1997 campaign and was a recurring face in their 1994-1995 and 1995-1996 Bundesliga title winning teams.
Both a club and fan favourite, the 40 year old German is the ideal candidate to be between the sticks in their all time XI.