Marco Reus talks Jadon Sancho and Borussia Dortmund’s season


Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has praised the development of 18-year-old Jadon Sancho and 20-year-old Jacob Bruun Larsen as the Bundesliga leaders look to keep their lead ahead of Saturday’s visit of Augsburg.

Reus spoke to following Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 win against Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday night after a slow start. Continue reading

Jadon Sancho: The Englishman topping the assists chart

It appears every weekend we’re talking about Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho but there’s a reason for it. The Englishman once again grabbed the headlines in BVB’s 4-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday evening after Lucien Favre’s side fought back from two goals down. Just 70 seconds after his introduction in the second-half, Sancho assisted Marco Reus for the important equaliser before Paco Alcacer added two late goals to win it for Dortmund. Continue reading

Bundesliga Fantasy Game Predictions – Round 4


Criticised for being a one team league, the Bundesliga may well be that but there’s no denying it’s one of the most exciting in Europe. With 34 goals across nine league games, round three had it all.

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Jadon Sancho must start for Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund and England youth international Jadon Sancho once again propelled himself into the headlines with a sublime performance against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night.

Introduced on the hour mark, it took Sancho just 12 minutes to assist Marius Wolf to put Dortmund back in the lead. The 18-year-old played a key role in the goal with just three touches. Marco Reus dropped deep, bringing the defender with him which allowed Sancho space in behind. One first touch, a Ronaldo chop and a cross within seconds, Sancho found Wolf at the far post to fire past Eintracht’s Kevin Trapp. Continue reading

Paco Alcacer set for Borussia Dortmund debut


Summer arrival Paco Alcacer is set to make his Borussia Dortmund debut on Friday night following his one-year loan signing from La Liga’s Barcelona. The Spaniard will add much needed fire power to BVB’s frontline following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal in January while they were unable to sign Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal. Continue reading

Borussia Dortmund: The Lucien Favre effect

Borussia Dortmund couldn’t have got off to a worse start under Lucien Favre in the Bundesliga. It took RB Leipzig just 31 seconds on Sunday evening to take the lead at the Westfalenstadion as fans in attendance were in shock. Life under the Swiss tactician wasn’t supposed to start like this but to be fair, Dortmund-Leipzig was always going to be the game people had their eyes on in the opening round of fixtures as it was always going to involve goals.

Credit where it’s due though. Despite RB Leipzig’s possession in the first-half, it was Borussia Dortmund who posed more of a threat going forward – something you would expect to see under Favre. Die Schwarzgelben equalised through a Mahmoud Dahoud header before Marcel Sabitzer’s own goal gave Dortmund the lead after 40 minutes. Minutes later, Axel Witsel capped off his Bundesliga debut with a goal just before the break.

But for Borussia Dortmund’s attacking threat, they must be thankful for Roman Burki. The stopper denied RB Leipzig from scoring on several occasions, mainly through defensive errors. Something that Favre will be keen to iron out.

The second-half was very similar to the first. For all the possession that RB Leipzig had, Ralf Rangnick’s side were unable to find a way back into the game even with the introduction of Timo Werner. Favre’s Dortmund once again looked a threat on the break, something we saw so often during his time at Borussia Monchengladbach and OGC Nice.

Borussia Dortmund’s win over RB Leipzig has shown that they are clinical when given the chance. Movement in the final third is clearly something Favre has been working on during these early days at Dortmund and if they’re able to maintain it for the season as well as shoring up their defence, they could well be up there with Bayern Munich.

There were plenty of positives to note in an attacking sense, it’s still evident that CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc must work in these coming days to secure a striker before Friday’s deadline. The Bundesliga club appear to have struck a €2 million loan deal with Barcelona for Paco Alcacer, which includes a €25m purchase option.

The 24-year-old Spaniard will add depth to Borussia Dortmund’s attack and will also add something different to what both Max Philipp and Marco Reus can offer, with Sweden international Alexander Isak the only other viable option and so with Champions League football and DFB Pokal to contend with, it’s vital that Dortmund can get this deal done.

Should Alcacer arrive, then it’s fair to argue that Borussia Dortmund have had one of the most impressive summer transfer windows from a Bundesliga club. Abdou Diallo arrived from Mainz as one of the Bundesliga’s best central defenders last season as although their defence against RB Leipzig looked nervous, more minutes with Favre’s back-four will hopefully eliminate these early shaky moments.

The arrival of Thomas Delaney from Werder Bremen wasn’t held in high regard by Dortmund fans, but the signing of Belgium international Axel Witsel to play alongside the Dane improves Dortmund’s midfield immensely. Together, the duo adds much needed energy to Dortmund’s side while it will allow freedom to either Mahmoud Dahoud or Mario Gotze, dependent on who plays.

It’s also easy to forget Borussia Dortmund have Julian Weigl at their disposal. The 22-year-old German midfielder was expected to depart the club for either Paris Saint-Germain or a move to the Premier League but for BVB bosses to convince Weigl to remain at the club shows the power the Bundesliga club holds having once being criticised for being a selling club.

So all in all, Borussia Dortmund have opened up their 2018/19 Bundesliga campaign rather convincingly. Conceding a 31 second goal against RB Leipzig on the opening day, arguably against your league rivals given they’ll both be challenging this season, was always going to be a test of character. Borussia Dortmund overcame that test and the side Favre has inherited will certainly grow from this performance.

MD1 Bundesliga Results

Bayern Munich 3-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-2 FC Augsburg

Hertha Berlin 1-0 Nurnberg

Freiburg 0-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Wolfsburg 2-1 Schalke 04

Werder Bremen 1-1 Hannover 96

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Mainz 1-0 Stuttgart

Borussia Dortmund 4-1 RB Leipzig

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Season Preview: Borussia Dortmund


Borussia Dortmund are looking to dethrone Bayern Munich of their crown this season and they’re arguable the best equipped team to challenge Niko Kovac’s side. A poor campaign in 2017/18, Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc will be looking to rectify countless problems endured last season with the appointment of Lucien Favre lifting spirits in Dortmund.  Continue reading

Bundesliga’s remaining transfer window story lines


There’s no doubting that the transfer window in England has been unflattering to say the least but with clubs able to make transfers in Germany until August 31, there’s still plenty of time to manoeuvre. Let’s take a look at who has improved during the window and what deals could still happen with three weeks still remaining.

Will Ademola Lookman join RB Leipzig?

Ademola Lookman joined RB Leipzig on a six-month loan in January and it’s fair to say the Englishman impressed. With five goals and four assists in 11 games under Ralph Hasenhüttl, the 20-year-old has given a reason for the Bundesliga club to pursue the winger on a permanent basis.

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Germany Eliminated From the World Cup



Just about the biggest shock imaginable at this summer’s World Cup has now taken place. With almost every major international tournament there are a few surprises in store, particularly during the earlier stages when some of the less fancied teams take to the field with a point to prove. That proved to be the case in Group F when Germany went up against South Korea on Wednesday afternoon, needing a win to smooth a path through to the last 16. What ensued was a thoroughly sub-par performance from the reigning world champions, and two injury time goals in South Korea’s favour ensured Germany were out of the competition at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938. South Korea went ballistic, but the Germans were atrocious.

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World Cup 2018: Germany Looking For Successful Defence of Crown


With the World Cup now fast approaching, let’s take a look at some of the nations who will be hoping to have a successful time of things in Russia this summer. Where better to start, surely, than the reigning champions Germany?

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