Halfway into the first 45 minutes of Schalke 04's opening home game, stadium announcer Dirk Oberschulte-Beckmann addressed the crowd with an urgent message: somebody had left their automobile improperly placed in the car park. "Listen matey, I don't know what's up with you," Oberschulte-Beckmann said in the typically blunt language of the Ruhr area. "The motor's still on, the key is in the ignition. Get in touch with us!" The whole Veltins-Arena was in stitches.
Like a good piece of meat, Dortmund were on point in their preparation for their first league match. Against dire Wolves, the Black and Yellows found a good mix of pressing and possession play to control the match over the full 90 minutes. Even with several key players missing, it was a very encouraging...
DORTMUND, Germany -- It was an odd moment altogether when Borussia Dortmund unveiled their new sleeve sponsor at a news conference ahead of the German Super Cup two weeks ago.
One could not deny a certain level of awkwardness as BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and Jurgen Keller (executive director of sales and marketing for German car manufacturers Opel) tried to highlight the positive similarities between a football club and a car brand.
When Watzke, a man who loves to talk about numbers -- especially...
Is preseason over yet? Well, it was the first cup round for Borussia Dortmund. Although it was a competitive match, it still very much had a preseason feel about it as Dortmund started their DFB-Pokal title defence against sixth-division side FC Rielasingen-Arlen. The Black and Yellows progressed to the next round, dismantling the amateur side 4-0 without much trouble at Freiburg's home ground.
"I have nothing but respect when I see how many high profile offers from all over Europe Ousmane Dembele has turned back and how he has stood firm about his commitment to BVB over such a long period of time." Hans-Joachim Watzke, CEO of Borussia Dortmund, noted on the club's official website as Dembele was unveiled by the Black and Yellows in May 2016, adding: "it is not always obvious that someone will act this way and it shows real character."
The Ousmane Dembele transfer saga is the latest in a spectacular transfer window. The 20-year-old could join Barcelona for up to €150 million after Borussia Dortmund turned down a first bid for the France international.
But who is he, and how did he become that valuable?
1. Dembele nearly joined Salzburg in 2015
Growing up in the northern parts of France, Dembele joined Stade Rennes as a 13-year-old in 2010. Four years later, in 2014, he was promoted to the club's reserves and soon made a...