Thank you Schmelle!
The last player of Klopps golden era is hanging up his cleats. At the age of 17 "Schmelle" startet his career at Borussia Dortmunds youth academy. 17 years later he retires as a club legend. Fittingly it was him, who took over the torch from BVB Icon Dede. He plowed the left defensive side with the same passion as his idol. For more than two decades there where only two names at the left back, Dede and Schmelle. What more is there to say. Not a man of many words. Hard working and humble he allways put the team before himself. No big words, no funny stuff, just simply honest work and modesty. Virutes more precious in Dortmund then goals and backheels. Legends at Dortmund smell of blood sweat and tears. Players with the club in their hearts don`t need to kiss the clubs crest. After Neven, Kuba and Piszczu now the time for Schmelle has come to call it quits. For all the titles, it will be the human being that remains in our hearts. Once Borusse, allways Borusse! We wish you all the best, Schmelle! See ya!
The first football game in 2 years ...
European Cup game Glasgow away. It was a no brainer to combine that with a trip to Liverpool of course. So off to Liverpool on wednesday to meet our friends at the river Mersey. The next day we were on our way to Glasgow by car. Earlier that morning Tommy sent us a picture what`s to expect in Glasgow. Apparently lots of snow! Arrived in Glasgow we left our stuff at Tommys place and headed off to Glasgow City Centre. Meeting Point for Dortmund supporters was Gerorge Square. So straight into the „Counting House“ Pub next to the square. Packed with the all the Dortmund faithfuls it was time to down a few pints. At 5 pm the march to the stadium started. 3 long miles to Ibrox Park accompanied by rain, snow and ghastly winds. By the way, no one bothered to check any Covid passports! The first football game in almonst exactly 2 years time! Ibrox Park packed to the rafters. A beautiful sight after 2 years of missing out on live football. Before the the game there was a little visit from the Union Bears to the away section. After the usual silly showing off poses, it was quickly back to where everybody belonged. Flags in the air, Flares set off, cheerful the game was on it`s way. Let`s just not mention what happend the followin 90 minutes. Despite the jet again helpless performance of our Jakyll and Hyde team, it was a great football experience at Ibrox. How I missed those nights!
Endoured the usual wait in the stands after the game it was time to head back. Tommy picked us up somewhere around Ibrox. Scott was kind enough to give Mergin and Mo a lift to the airport as they where due to have a early flight back. Cheers Scottie! The rest of us made it`s way back to Paisley to knock back a few more pints before we hit the sack. The next morning we saddled up and were on our way to Liverpool. Thanks Tommy! Come on you Saints!
On the drive back to Liverpool we had to make a stop at Glenbuck. Birthpalce of Liverpools legendary Mangager Bill Shankly. We met up with Shanklys nice Barbara and paid our respects to Nickys recently deceased Dad Mac by laying down a flag in his honor in front of Shanklys memorial. RIP Mac! Through the snowy hills of scotland it was back to Liverpool.
Saturday afternoon it was off to Jericho Lane to pay Erics Club „South Liverpool FC“ a visit. It was 2:0 for South Liverpool against Bacup Borough FC. If you are under the expresion that in England the Refs are treated with more respect, then you should treat yourself to a game involving Bacup Borough FC. Rarely I`ve seen a game with more complaining and whining. At the end the team from Lancashire could hardly get over the fact that they lost to scoucers.
In the evening Browns Bar opened it`s gates. A cozy little man cave in Erics backyard was the perfect venue for a enjoyable evening. The mood was even getting better as Man City beat much despised City rival Everton. We may wish Liverpool supporters the same happy moments that we experienced last year. The relegation of „blue shite“. The rest of the night was pure fun and party. Let`s not bother with the details.
After a great trip to Liverpool and Glasgow it was time to head back to Germany on sunday. As always I was left with many enjoyable moments and loads of good friends. It was nice to experience a few days without Covid. Hopefully we get to that quite soon aswell. In the the end i`d like to commemorate those who we lost the past few weeks. RIP Mac! RIP Ned! It was a pleasure and honor to know you. YNWA
Thanks Eric, Nicky, Stephan, Lee, Mick, Peter, Tommy, Scottie, Sharon, Pickles, John
There is not much more to add. Thanks, Piszczu! A great player, a great human being!
Professional football is sick! Unfortunately it was even before Corona. It showed severe symptomes of excessive commercializing, estrangement from fans, corruption and much more. A lot of it became more and more apperente during the corona crisis. These problems existed for quite some time. Games behind closed doors and their medial coverage, showed how different the perspective on football can be. Whilst most football supporters are irritated with cardboard fans and artificial chants from tape, TV provider SKY showed the highest ratings for pay TV coverage of football in germany ever.
For some time now, this poses the question: who owns football?
There are many questions around that topic and there will be probably no clear cut answer to that. Widely you could say, „football belongs to all of us“ But there are certainly very different interpretations what could mean though. Never the less it`s our understanding (and with us a broad range of people) that these controversial views have to be renegotiatied. We are no unworldly utopsts. We are very much aware that we are roaming in the world of professional football. Since the beginning of the sport, commercial interest played it`s part. How can it not, with millions of people following. It has been the case for decades. But in recent years the focus shiftet in the wrong direction. Now it`s our obligation to gain more influence in our sport.
Therefore a new initiative was founded, called „Unser Fussball“. It`s alliance of different supporter organisations, supporter groups and football fans. We are a part of it. If you`re interested in more information, visit the site „Unser Fussball“ by klicking the logo below.
BVB meets LFC
We frequently reported here about our meetings with our friends from Liverpool. It was only a few weeks ago when Eric accompanied us the last Bundesliga match at Gladbach. This time we met on neutral ground in spain. The occasion was Peters big birthday. Therfore we joined up in Salou, just about 60 miles south of Barcelona. The fitting location, of course "Shanklys Bar". When ever there is somthing to celebrate, the lads meet at Chris Medways Bar, where there is only one subjet -Liverpool FC.
There are probably not many locations more suited to see the champions league final. The place was packed and the atmosphere was buzzing. It didn`t took long before the sixth star was fitted over the doorway. Like always we had lot`s of fun with our mates from Liverpool. Til the next time lads!
This week we sadly learnt that a dear friend of our fanclub passed away. We mourn the loss of Hermann Lucas. We will treasure many memories around the BVB, in Dortmund, all around germany and europe. We will miss you! Our sympathy goes to Lucas family. So long, Hermann!
Visit from Liverpool
In February 2019 we finally got a visit from our friends from Liverpool again. Eric, Nicky und Stephen stopped over in Stuttgart for a few days. They joined us for our trip to the home game against Hoppenheim. Unfortunatly once more the game against Dietmar Hopp`s (he most certain got a mother, which we don`t know) "tradition" club left us with a bitter taste.
But even that could`t take away the great time we had with our friends from Liverpool. We had a lot to laugh and talked plenty of shite. We can`t wait until we meet up again, than on neutral ground in spain. For that matter, arse fart cockhead!
Visit to Liverpool
Once more at the easter weekend 2018 we took a trip to Liverpool to visit our friends. As always we had a fantastic time. We had planned to visit two games of City of Liverpool FC. Unfortunately we encountered a bit of bad luck. The first game against Runcorn was moved from saturday to friday at short notice. At kick off we were still on the plane. The second game against Bootle FC, due to the infamous english weather, had to be canceled. The pitch was water logged, therefore we had to spend our afternoon in the pub. But even without football we had a great time in the city by the Mersey. Thanks a lot to all the lads providing us with fantastic hospitality. Special thanks to Nicky, for cooking us scouse! Photos from the trip can be found at the gallery.
Boycott against Augsburg
For monday, february 26th the DFL scheduled the first monday night game for Borussia Dortmund. It`s our opinon, as many others, this fixture has nothing to do with more preparation time for europa league teams. Much more it`s a opportunity to increase TV marketing . Yet another exclusive live monday night game to attract TV audience in front of the telly.
This just proves that stadium audience considered as a folkloristic accessorie but not really matter. Create atmosphere on the terraces and other than that, shut the fuck up. Well, we won`t. Just like on protests for "12:12", "Kein Zwanni" and protests against Red Bull. We always will voice our opinions.
What people don`t realize, many home fans have to travel for hundreds of miles to each BVB home game. Every fortnight we take a over 500 miles roundtrip to visit Borussia home games. Thousands others do the same. For monday night games that means, leave 1 pm in the afternoon, return early tuesday morning at approx. 4 am. That will result in 2 days of your holiday you have to put in. And for what? So that the average TV consuming football fan, which probably never saw the inside of a stadium, can enjoy jet another live game on telly and comfortably fart on their sofas.
Not with us! We hope that many others will join us in this boycott to create the maximum attention. Therefore we appeal to all Dortmund fans to join us in these protests.
For further information about the boycott, click the picture on the right
Sadly, yesterday a dear friend of us passed away.
In each and every one of us you left numerous memories, in which you will live on in our hearts forever. We will miss you, as a friend, a human being, as a Borusse. In our thoughts you will always be amongst us.
Thank you, Manfred!
We had the great privilege to take part of Hillsborough Memorial Service the following day after our Europa League game in Liverpool. We were deeply moved, even 27 years later, how the whole city of Liverpool paid their respects to the victims, their relatives and survivors of this horrible event. Even after all those years the relatives and survivors struggle for justice and truth in their campaign. What they are fighting for you can follow up at the Hillsborough Justice Campaign http://www.contrast.org/hillsborough/home.shtm
It was a wonderful experience with how much respect and appreciation the people of Liverpool reacted to our participation. Thank you!
Justice for the 96!
Postscript: Hillsborough Inquests
Justice at last! You`ll never walk alone!
„Am Borsigplatz geboren – Franz Jacobi und die Wiege des BVB“
A movie about the birth of Borussia Dortmund and one of the forgotten founder, Franz Jacobi. This movie was financed solely by crowed funding. Of course we also supported this project. Further information about this project can be found here if you click on the Logo
The Solitude Borussen supports the initiative "Kein Zwanni für nen Steher" (Twenty's Plenty). We are the opinion that it`s in the interest of all football fan that tickets will be affordable to anyone.
Football must be affordable, for everyone!
Further information http://kein-zwanni.de/