Inside Barça’s Champions League opponents, Part I: Borussia Dortmund

Inside Barça’s Champions League opponents, Part I: Borussia Dortmund

A practical look at the German club, Barça's first rival in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League

FC Barcelona are in Group F — arguably the toughest in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage — along with Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, and Slavia Prague. First up for Barça is the German outfit, a historically distinguished club which is a perrennial participant in Europe’s top competition.

CLUB HISTORY

  • Founded: 19 December 1909
  • 5x Bundesliga winners: 1994-95, 1995-96, 2001-02, 2010-11, 2011-12
  • 6x German Super Cup winners: 1989, 1995, 1996, 2013, 2014, 2019
  • Notable current and/or former players: Weindenfeller, Hummels, Götze, Gundogan, Reus, Lewandowski, Aubameyang.
Aubameyang, Reus, and Gundogan - Photos UEFA
Aubameyang, Reus, and Gundogan - Photos UEFA

EUROPEAN SUCCESS

  • 1x UEFA Champions League winners: 1996-97
  • UEFA Champions League runners-up: 2012-13
  • 1x UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winners: 1965–66
  • UEFA Cup runners-up: 1992–93, 2001–02
  • UEFA Super Cup runners-up: 1997
  • UEFA club coefficient ranking: 13*

*As of September 4, 2019

Borussia Dortmund's Champions League jerseys - Photos UEFA
Borussia Dortmund's Champions League jerseys - Photos UEFA

CURRENT SEASON

German Super Cup

  • Date: August 3, 2019
  • Score: Borussia Dortmund 2 – 0 Bayern Munich
  • Goals: Alcácer 48’, Sancho 69’

Bundesliga

  • Matchday 1: Borussia Dortmund 5 –1 Augsberg
  • Matchday 2: FC Köln 1 – 3 Borussia Dortmund
  • Matchday 3: Union Berlin 3 – 1 Borussia Dortmund
  • Matchday 4: Borussia Dortmund 4 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen
  • Current position - 2 nd 

*Updated 15 September, 2019

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • Marco Reus (captain), FW
  • Paco Alcácer, FW
  • Jordan Sancho, MF
  • Mario Götze, MF
  • Mats Hummels, DF
Marco Reus - Photos UEFA
Marco Reus - Photos UEFA

KEY TRANSFERS

In

  • Hummels (Defender, from Bayern Munich)
  • Julian Brandt (Midfielder, from Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Thorgan Hazard (Forward, from Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Out

  • Christian Pulisic (Midfielder, to Chelsea)
Mats Hummels, during his first stint with Dortmund - Photos UEFA
Mats Hummels, during his first stint with Dortmund - Photos UEFA

MANAGER

  • Lucien Favre
  • Notable experience: Zürich (2003–2007), Hertha BSC (2007–2009 ), Borussia Mönchengladbach (2011–2015), Nice (2016–2018)
  • System: 4-2-3-1

BORUSSIA VERSUS BARÇA

  • Two matches
  • 1997 UEFA Super Cup
  • First leg: Barça 2 – 0 Borussia Dortmund (Goals: Luis Enrique, Rivaldo)
  • Second leg: Borussia Dortmund 1 – 1 Barça (Goals: Giovanni Silva, Jörg Heinrich)

STADIUM

  • Signal Iduna Park
  • Opened: April 2, 1974 (then called Westfalenstadion)
  • Capacity: 81,360 (biggest in Germany, fifth largest in Europe)

 

Borussia Dortmund fans - Photos UEFA
Borussia Dortmund fans - Photos UEFA
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