Goals were always to be expected, really. In December 1977 their first meeting in the season had ended 3:3. Through 33 matchdays, whenever Dortmund were on the pitch, matches saw an average of 3.51 goals scored. For Gladbach that figure rose to 3.58.
Goals were desperately needed to. Not for Dortmund, mind. The Westphalia outfit sat neatly in eleventh place (of 18), about as many points away from the drop as from European football. Gladbach, however, with one matchday left, were tied on points for first place with rivals Cologne. Their problem: sporting a goal-difference of +30, while Cologne boasted a +40.
Moreover, Cologne were playing away to St. Pauli. Hamburg’s second team had just been promoted to Bundesliga 1 the summer prior. Straight back down they went in last place. Little help was to be expected from St. Pauli. Little hope remained for a fourth Gladbach championship in a row.
Gladbach legends exit the stage
A proper send-off, then, is what Herbert “Hacki” Wimmer and Jupp Heynckes will have hoped for. From the mid-60s onward the pair had combined for more than 800 appearances in the white & green kit. This was to be their final match for Gladbach. 38.000 fans had travelled to nearby Düsseldorf to see them off. The Bökelberg, Gladbach’s homeground, was being renovated, thus the game was moved to the Rheinstadion. It should prove to be a worthwhile trip. Continue reading
Much like the rest of the footballing world, we are gearing up for next season. Production on fresh episodes is underway, but in the meantime we thought it wise to remix parts of our more recent shows. People might have missed it and it really stands on it’s own as well. Also its a bit shorter, so easier to get into than maybe the three hour behemoths.
With this episode you’ll first get our Incomplete history of Juventus, then Borussia Dortmund.
As always you’ll find the mp3 available for download on Soundcloud, and a list of all the other channels here.
- 00:00 Intro
- 02:00 Juventus foundation, first national titles, World Cup winners
- 09:30 Giampiero Boniperti, 70s dominance
- 14:00 Heysel disaster, Platini, resurgence under Lippi
- 21:30 Dortmund foundation, pre WWII history
- 32:30 Oberliga Westfalen, regional & national championships, Cup Winner’s Cup Winners 1966
- 39:30 Relegation, financial troubles in the 70s & 80s, resurgence under Hitzfeld
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After this delightful foray into present-day football, we once again looked back at past matches. This proved to be a true trip down memory lane. Dortmund and the Bundesliga were naturally closer to us while growing up, while ~’96 is just about the time when we started following football in earnest. Or rather: we understood what we were looking at.
We decided to condense the content a bit more, so as not to split up the episode into multiple parts again. Let us know, if you have a preference either way. [Insert subtle plug for our Facebook fanpage and Twitter account here…]
The topic of discussion is the fifth ever Champions League final, contested between holders Juventus and German champions Dortmund. A good chunk of the first half of the episode is reserved for the BVB club history: from humble beginnings on the Weiße Wiese (white meadow) up until the mid 90s dominance.
As always, the show is available on Soundcloud for download, as well as on iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, your podcast app of choice and YouTube.
Here are the minutes:
- 0:00:00 Intro
- 0:03:00 Pop culture re-cap, incl. the best ever sports documentary When We Were Kings
- 0:10:30 CL qualifiers, Juve’s domestic and international season 96/97, CL QF vs Rosenborg, SF vs Ajax
- 0:21:00 Foundation of Borussia, ever-changing German league structure and Dortmund’s (lack of) success pre-WWII
- 0:32:00 Dortmund in the Oberliga Westfalen, their three championships in the 50s & 60s and Cup Winner’s Cup title in ’66
- 0:39:00 Relegation & financial worries in the 70s & 80s, resurgence under Meier, Hitzfeld
- 0:51:00 Building a team for the mid 90s, Dortmund domestic season 96/97
- 1:00:00 Dortmund in the CL 96/97, QF vs Auxerre, SF vs ManUnited (in depth)
- 1:14:00 Lead-up to the final, line-ups, general set-up
- 1:34:20 Kick-off, Juve’s attacking rhythm
- 1:48:00 Riedle’s 1-2-punch
- 2:00:30 Ricken upstages Del Piero
- 2:09:15 Awards & Aftermath
Our Man of the Match went to Karl-Heinz Riedle. A first, as we normally shy away from just giving it to the goalscorer, but Riedle turned the game around virtue of his finishing ability, at a moment in the match when it looked almost certain Juve would score and, you know what, just listen to the episode.
Our award for the best hair went to Jörg Heinrich.
Here is the complete match, if you want to re-watch:
Instead of further reading we have a few further viewing recommendations, at least to skip through: