An All-American & All-Important Early Goal...


Christian "Captain America" Pulisic got back to scoring ways against Stuttgart, again underlining how crucial a first-half goal can be for BVB. Shortly before halftime, it took a little bit of luck to get the goal, with Pulisic admitting he was trying to cross to the back post and not really being sure if/how to celebrate. "I didn't know what to do," said the young superstar. From then on, however, it seemed Borussia Dortmund knew exactly what to do and cruised to a 3-0 victory thanks to another goal from Batsman and Phillip (who was a bit lucky to be credited with the goal after his rebound looked to be going well wide of the target before a nasty deflection steered it goalward). Pulisic also helped set up the final goal with a cushioned, downward header after a quality service from Mo Dahoud.

In addition to Pulisic, some of the best performers of the day included the midfield pairing of Nuri Sahin and Mo Dahoud. The oft- and overly-criticized Sahin silenced the skeptics with a glittering performance and was arguably the man-of-the-match. He looked like his old self again, his energy and passion driving the BVB midfield and inspiring the team with what was truly a display of leadership.  This top-level showing highlights that Sahin remains an important part of the club. His slick passes caused Stuttgart problems throughout the match and he assisted Batshuayi with a well-weighted ball for the second goal. After a neat flick with the outside of the boot, not unlike the one from Piszczu that set up Pulisic for the first goal, Michy spun and made an aggressive run into the box. Sahin completed the give-and-go, glancing up briefly before delivering an inch-perfect pass to Batsman for an easy finish. And Nuri nearly did the same thing earlier with Reus, returning the ball to its sender with a delightful little chip to his pal Marco who volleyed just wide. It would have been a spectacular goal.  Not to be outdone, Dahoud was behind the final goal, floating a great ball with his left foot to the far post. It was another solid performance from Dahoud who is really beginning to find his feet at Borussia Dortmund. BVB fans are expecting big things from Big Mo next year. With a performance like this, one would expect BVB to stick with the Dahoud-Sahin pairing in the derby.

It was a massive three points for us and added to a few other results from Matchday 29 that went in Dortmund's favor, most importantly a surprise defeat for Sch***e against lowly Hamburg. The Dinosaur Club is hanging by a thread to its Bundesliga record of never being relegated.  The 3-2 win gives them a chance of staying up, though the drop looks inevitable for them.  Fortunately, Eintracht Frankfurt also dropped points, drawing 1-1 with Hoffenheim.  The other relevant result for BVB was Bayer Leverkusen's 4-1 drubbing of Leipzig. Neverkusen dominated the megamarketers throughout the game and took a huge three points, leapfrogging their opponents and jumping from 6th to 4th place in the process. That result leaves them just three points and one place behind BVB in the Bundesliga table, setting up a massively important game between the two clubs on Matchday 31.

All focus, however, is on The Revierderby this Sunday.

After a crucial three points against Stuttgart, we must take another three this weekend in what will be an electric atmosphere in the Ruhrpott. With our foe just one point above us, this edition of the Revierderby will be the most anticipated Bundesliga fixture on Matchday 30. Last time, we allowed the Blau-Weiss Scheiss to come back from certain defeat. This time, they won't be so lucky. The derby is always all-important, but even more so this time around. This is a must-win for BVB and three points takes us back into second and ahead of our archrivals from Gelsenkirchen. There is not much else that needs to be said.



An Epic Pilgrimage

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In 2018, members of 1. BVB MKE made a pilgrimage to The Tempel and cheered on BVB in person from the famous South Stand. There is truly nothing quite like that experience. Our presence brought three wins: at home gegen Hamburg (2-0), at home gegen Atalanta (2-1), away to the fake Borussia (1-0). Since being there meant wins for BVB, we request that Borussia Dortmund officially recognize us as a fanclub and also give us tickets to games sometimes, maybe fly us back next year. Also, come meet us on your American tour this summer. We will be at all matches. Especially in CHICAGO!!! 

If you are short players, I can play on the wing...


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After a several-year boycott of all media relations, we have again returned to the electronic space here with postings. It was a futile protest against the media tapping up players and writing bogus stories about BVB, the high transfer fees, lack of loyalty, over-marketing and all the rest that's wrong with the modern game.

Please enjoy the newly updated pages and support our fanclub.

Don't forget to check out The Yellow Wall Podcast segment on us: Fans From Around The World.

Big thanks to Stefan Buczko on that! You'll here plenty more from 1. BVB MKE :)


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The remaining games on the fixture list for Borussia Dortmund are of the utmost importance. The problem is, all matches should be treated with this kind of urgency and intensity, unfortunately that is maybe why we are in the situation we are in, sitting a place behind FC Sch***e and in danger of losing an automatic berth for the Champions League, on top of being eliminated from Europe and the Pokal already. We have lacked the fight that typifies a Borussia Dortmund performance at most times this season, but there is still time to salvage the season and make amends for some really low points.


SUNDAY April 8th v VfB Stuttgart 8:30 AM

This is a match at home that we absolutely must win if we want to stay in the top four. While Stuttgart is a team that has been in relatively good form this calendar year, we are in our Temple and should respond to our trashing last week with a thrashing of our own. With Christian Gentner not in the form he was a few years ago, I don't think they have the heroics to match us if we put in a high energy performance. Mario Gomez is their leading scorer and their biggest threat, along with Daniel Ginczek, a former Dortmund player who has done well for himself at Stuttgart. There are a few other familiar faces at VfB, with Dzenis Burnic and Jacob Bruun Larsen two other Borussen out on loan to Stuttgart. Unfortunately, neither have really been benefiting much from their loans as they have only 9 appearances this season between the two of them. Not likely to see them and not likely to see much else from Stuttgart in what should be an emphatic victory for Dortmund as they look to bounce back. For some players, their Borussia Dortmund future may depend on their performances...

Let's hope that we can get 3 points, pretty or not. If we can keep VfB from pushing the Mario Gomez Button, we have a good chance...

This Sunday is Orthodox Easter, so many of the fanclub will be with their families. Happy Easter to all Borussen who are celebrating. We will not be assembling at the pub, or if you do, coordinate it yaself. I'll be viewing from The Region on my phone maybe, others at home, etc. Good luck. Cross your fingers and press your thumbs. Whatever it is you need to do...


Match Report: BVB - FC SION (Pinata Arena, Spain)

First goal, first win: match-winner Jan Gorec Stankovic

Borussia Dortmund began 2015 with a 1-0 win over Swiss side FC Sion at the Pinata Arena near La Manga, Spain.  (Too) Much has been said about BVB in 2014, but it appears that they are putting the past behind them as they returned to winning ways and reports from Spain are that the training camp is going according to plans.  And when Klopp's plans go as planned, the opposition has little to no chance...

The test match, a part of Dortmund's winter training camp, was a fairly uneventful occasion with a single goal from youngster Jan Gorec Stankovic separating the two sides.  Dortmund fielded a less experienced line-up, also making many changes during the half-time interval. The training camp involves two training sessions a day and there did appear to be some fatigue from the Borussen, which is hopefully a good sign of the progress being made in Spain.  That said, goalkeepers Roman Weidenfeller and Zlatan Alomerovic had little to do in either half and Sion were limited to almost no chances.  BVB again failed to finish some chances to increase their lead, but were not punished for it this time.

FIRST HALF LINE-UP: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Hummels, Ginter, Dudziak - Sahin - Grosskreutz, Gundogan, Kampl, Passlack - Immobile.

BVB newboy Kevin Kampl will wear Shinji's old number...
Dortmund began the match in a 4-1-4-1 formation with many new faces for Dortmund fans.  New signing Kevin Kampl made his first appearance for the club, showing glimpses of the potential spoken of by almost all of his former coaches. Jeremy Dudziak, the lefty, would play left back, featuring along with young prodigy Felix Passlack who played on the right side of midfield.  Hummels was strong in tackles as always and Gundogan looked keen to get on the ball as much as possible.  With Ilkay, the more he touches the ball, the better it appears to be for Borussia Dortmund (see his 147 touches v Nurnberg in January 2013). There was little to talk about in the first 45, but Dortmund's referee complaints can continue into the new year as they were denied a clear penalty as full-back Dudziak was undoubtedly brought down in the area.  Somehow, the referee didn't point to the spot, unlucky for Dudziak, who had an impressive performance.  16 years young Passlack was probably the most noteworthy player of the first half--appearing to fit right in with the big boys despite being young enough to be the child of many of his team-mates and opponents.  Physically he is mature beyond his years and he seems to possess plenty of skill as well, a really promising prospect for BVB.

SECOND HALF LINE-UP: Alomerovic, Schmelzer, Subotic, Gorec-Stankovic, Passlack - Kirch, Kehl - Dudziak (62' Harder), Jojic, Blaszczykowski - Immobile.

Stanko and Subo: twin towers in defence.
Dortmund began the second half in a 4-2-3-1 formation with eight changes to the starting eleven.  Alomerovic stepped in between the sticks while Schmelle returned to his usual left back position. Subotic would partner with the tall Slovenian Stankovic in the center of the defense and Passlack dropping into the right back role.  Kirch and Kehl would play in front of the back line, with Dudziak wide left and fan-favorite Kuba again gracing the right wing, something Dortmund fans all over hope to see more of in the second half of the season. Jojic would be in a creative role with Immobile the lone striker.

Passlack had a fairly tame effort early on, but the standout performer of the second half was goalscorer Gorec Stankovic, who was solid in the air and adept at intercepting passes and shutting down the opposition.  His distribution of the ball was also very good, rarely giving away possession.  And the big man scored soon after the break off of a well-delivered corner from Schmelzer, surprisingly scoring with his boot and not his head--a composed first-touch finish with the inside of his right foot. And it was 1-0 to the good guys after 59', an early birthday present for the soon-to-be-19 year-old Slovene. Just after the goal, Dudziak would receive some applause from the modest support at the tiny stadium and make way for Tammo Harder, playing on the left.  Kuba looked dangerous on the right, creating several chances with his deep runs down the endline.  He flashed one pass across the box which someone, perhaps Immobile, should have tapped in at the back post.  He even nearly scored himself.  Schmelzer had a solid strike with his right boot and Subotic had some long range attempts, maybe keen to score to celebrate the Serbian New Year.  Immobile could have made a simple lay off to an open Tammo Harder in the area, but instead tried a backheel and then attempted to force it through two defenders.  Dortmund will need to be more clinical against Leverkusen to get the three points, so let the preparations continue.

Dortmund's second test match of the camp will be on Saturday, January 17 against the mighty Steaua Bucharest, European Champions in 1986.  For an amazing quality stream, legendary German commentary from legendary Norbert Dickel, cool videos at halftime, and the chance to see some great BVB fussball, check out www.bvbtotal.de

Dortmund returns to Bundesliga action against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, January 31.


                    сретна нова година!!!


Dortmund Top Of The League - Another Win In Frankfurt

Echte Liebe

Borussia Dortmund again took three points on the road with an important win in a tense environment in Frankfurt.  Eintracht's Commerzbank Arena was buzzing for the whole 90 minutes, but the difference on the day was match-winner, man-of-the-match, big-money summer arrival HENRIKH MKHITARYAN who proved his worth with two well-taken goals on his "weaker" foot.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan...it may be a name you cannot pronounce, but everyone should familiarize themselves with this Armenian star in the making.  The new signing demonstrated why a club might just pay millions and millions of euros to have him on their team.  A solid performance all around, but most importantly, two goals -- a match-winning performance. 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan shows why BvB paid the big bucks for him (photo-bundesliga.com)
The first goal came early for die Schwarzgelben as the hard-working Kuba did well to win possession back.  The pacy Pole sped quickly towards goal, spotting a streaking run from Mkhitaryan and playing a perfectly-weighted ball through to the Armenian who calmly finished with his first touch.  The timing of the run from Mkhi and the awareness from Kuba showed an understanding that many would think had been developed over years of playing together--it seems that Mkhitaryan is settling in quickly and fits quite well.  It was a first Bundesliga goal for Mkhi just ten minutes into his third start, but full credit to KUBA...who notched another beautiful assist to add to his glittering Dortmund career.  Mkhitaryan showed great poise, cool as a cucumber as he slotted the ball past the goalkeeper  on his first touch.

Dortmund could have punished Frankfurt at other points of the first half, but lacked the finishing touch.  BVB were instead punished themselves in the 36th minute.  The pressure in midfield was too light and Frankfurt were allowed an easy service into the area.  The attacker was kept on only by Mats Hummels, who may have been slightly out of position, and his header off the post and was bundled in quickly by Kadlec.  It was only the second goal conceded thus far, but things seemed a bit loose in several areas of defense as Frankfurt were able to equalize far too easily.

The second half continued to be difficult for BVB, and it would be a touch of class that separated the teams on the day as Mkhitaryan took the team on his back and secured the three points with a brilliant solo effort.  Players like Schroeck continued to be annoying to Dortmund with their gritty play, but Grosskreutz found space down the right wing and played the ball to Mkhitaryan.  Henrikh then gave Johannes Flum a front row seat to the best goal in the house, receiving and then turning on poor Flum, who could only chase him the rest of the way.  Mkhitaryan smashed the ball into the bottom of the far corner, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.  Another goal with his left, we may have to really question the usage of the phrase "weaker foot" with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.  The first goal was a deft touch and a subtle bit of skill while the second was a fierce left-footed drive...two difficult skills demonstrated perfectly by this up and coming star from Armenia.

1. BvB MKE watched the game in Milwaukee with visiting Dortmund fans all the way from Germany.  What a spectacle it was...thanks to Henrikh Mkhitaryan! Keep 'em comin' Mkhi!

Much respect to Kuba, our favorite Pole, another classy performance.  Kevin, we love you man, and are so happy to have you playing in the team, even if you are out of position you still get forward and have yourself another assist :) Sokratis might have been a bit overshadowed by the big signing of the summer today, but was solid in defense and kept Frankfurt at bay. Well done from the Greek.

A perfect start to the season.  Keep the wins coming BVB!!!

 Mkhitaryan's Man Of The Match Display


On To The Next Round Of The Pokal...3-0 vs Wily Wilhelmshaven

BVB Party On To The Next Round: Milwaukee favorite Kevin Grosskreutz scores the game-winning goal!!! Prost Kevin!!!
It took Dortmund all of 70 minutes to break the deadlock and shatter the dreams of the battling side from the fourth division, but BVB eventually went on to a deserved 3-0 victory. And it was the Dortmund aficionado Kevin Grosskreutz who finally put Dortmund at ease, with a well-placed strike into the bottom corner.  Super-sub Jonas Hofmann provided two assists to Ducksch and Lewandowski, who both coolly slotted home.
1. BVB MKE Hero - Echte Liebe lebt von Leidenschaft.

Overall, it was a boring affair with the team from the Regionalliga Nord placing everyone behind the ball, often packing their whole team into their defensive third.  It was really only a matter of time before they caved, but they battled bravely against a much better opposition it must be said.  Their new coach had them focusing on four things: Ordnung, Disciplin, Leidenschaft, Wille (Order, Discipline, Passion, Will).  They put in a courageous display but it would have been all over much sooner had it not been for a few nice saves, most notably denying a well-struck Sahin free kick and an Aubameyang header.  Auba wasted a few chances, but was unlucky not to score a first ever goal in the DFB-Pokal.

Klopp must be credited with a masterclass move in bringing on Ducksch, who got involved right away, setting up Grosskreutz after quick thinking from Ilkay Gundogan, who played a quick free kick.  Ducksch put the ball in a dangerous area and it eventually bounced its way to Grosskreutz who smashed in a fierce volley from the edge of the area that left the keeper with no chance.  Another substitute would be involved just 13 minutes later as BvB made it two, a great ball from the pass master Nuri Sahin springing Jonas Hofmann free down the right, who patiently waited for the open man and found fellow youngster Marvin Ducksch, who couldn't miss and tapped in for the easy goal. Most impressive from Ducksch was his typical cool reaction to scoring, as if he expects it.  A small pump of the fist and a subtle grin to J-Hof. All business.  And minutes later, just before the end of the match, Hofmann again showed why Klopp chose to bring him on, played through this time by fellow sub Sven Bender. Hofmann played quickly to the streaking Pole, and Lewandowski took a touch to settle before showing a touch of class and cleverly lifting the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper, who after a solid performance will be a little red in the face watching the replay.

With all the talk about Dortmund's new signings, something should be said here about its own talent coming through.  Jonas Hofmann is showing why we were willing to let go of Leo Bittencourt, with another top performance, chalking up more assists to his name after a solid performance against Wuerzburg.  And Marvin Ducksch managed to find the net for the third time in two matches, again showing maturity for his age and celebrating as if he is used to scoring goals.  Both players could be ones to watch this season, even if they aren't as big of names as some of the new boys...


LANGERAK - Great match for him to watch. Did nothing all game, except on huge save in a 1v1 that really saved our asses!!!

SUBOTIC - Solid as ever, unlucky not to score with his head. Almost won a penalty!

HUMMELS - Absolute beast. Wilhelmshaven had only one chance the entire game. Mats, Mats, Mats!

SCHMELLE - Schmelzer put in a shift, looked dangerous getting forward. Definitely could have provided better service and pushed forward more down the left, however, as we should have ended the contest much sooner.

***GROSSKREUTZ - One of the top performers of the day - 1. BVB MKE's fan favorite and today's Player of the Spiel, KG19.  Playing at right back, he was solid defensively and a real threat going forward as well, as he proved with his important goal in the 70th minute. Kevin looked at home at that position, and could very well be our solution to the problem of missing Piszczek due to injury.  Some have talked of new signing Sokratis there, but after today it may be difficult to edge out local legend Kevin Grosskreutz, who took the club on his back and scored the decisive goal that finally broke the backs of the stubborn, hard-tackling lower-league opposition. We love you KG19.

KEHL - The skipper was a real presence, dominating the midfield and stopping any moves from developing.

SAHIN - Runner-up for Player of the Spiel, a classy performance from the Dortmunder Jung.  He was creative and nearly scored from a great free kick.  It was his Traumpass (dream pass) that sent Hofmann through leading up to the second goal as well, to cap off another great performance for Nuri.

REUS - A quiet day and he probably will look back on today a wee bit disappointed.  A player of his calibre should have caused the lower league side more problems, but then again, there was very little space for our attackers as they just packed everyone behind the ball and defended tooth and nail.  Hopefully, today's frustration will motivate him to perform in the opening match of the Bundesliga campaign.

GUNDOGAN - Has really come in to his own at BVB.  Heavily criticized early in his BVB career by yours truly, it is now obvious why many are talking about his player as one of the top midfielders in Europe.  Always getting on the ball and pressing forward, Ilkay is an intelligent player who reads the game very well.  His clever quick free kick led to the second goal and completely killed the opposing team's spirit.  Another great display for Gundogan.

AUBAMEYANG - A real threat going forward.  He was our most active attacker, getting on the end of crosses and looked the most likely to score.  A few great saves from the impressive Aaron Siegl denied the man from Gabon a first ever goal in the Pokal and he was a bit unlucky not to be on the scoresheet today. His finishing was a bit wasteful though at times, and he'll be hoping to be more confident and lethal in front of goal in future appearances.

LEWANDOWSKI - Aside from popping up in the 90th minute to score a goal with an ice cool finish, the Pole looked off a step today.  He didn't really seem to get involved and wasn't getting on the end of crosses often enough, Aubameyang instead often the target.  That might be down to him playing on the edge of the opposition's penalty area, a space they crowded with as many bodies as possible.  So you can't be too harsh on him, a difficult day to be a lone striker.  And as all good strikers manage to do, he found the net in the end and silenced his critics.  Hopefully the first of many for him this year...

DUCKSCH - This young man is earning a lot of respect amongst the ranks of 1. BVB MKE.  His mean look and cool celebrations are making him a fan favorite for the fan club.  Marvin seems to be scoring against lower opposition which should be a huge confidence boost.  With Julian Schieber struggling to fit in at Dortmund, Ducksch may be earning more time this season if he is able to keep finding the net.  His brace against Wuerzburg included a nice volley, but another tap in finish.  These are easy goals, but he seems to find himself in the right place at the right time, an instinct, an uncanny ability that all goalscorers seem to have.  1. BVB MKE is especially excited to develop this player in FIFA ULTIMATE TEAM next year in FIFA 14. EA SPORTS should get their shtuff together and make sure he has a card. I'd give him low silver. Why not? A bright future for Marvelous Marvin.

HOFMANN - Super-sub Jonas Hofmann can do no wrong. He again created goals with his intricate passing and he even looks at times like a former young Dortmund prodigy who recently fell off a bridge, never to be spoken of again.  His patience in picking out the easy pass to set up Ducksch showed great awareness and maturity.  His quick pass to play Lewandowski clear through showed vision and attacking instincts.  This is a player who may turn into a great.  He has great potential and seems to be showing great development. Working with Klopp will only help nurture this top talent, who seems to be an even better prospect than Bittencourt.  Jonas Hofmann will play an important role for BVB in 2013-2014. A real spark off the bench, with a touch of class. Watch this player.

BENDER - He only came on for a short shift, the last ten minutes or so, but made an immediate impact.  Sven set up the attack for the third goal with a nice pass to Hofmann, making sure that all three of Klopp's introductions to today's match got involved in the goals.  A nice little rest for Sven, who will be integral to our success this season.