Borussia Dortmund has moved to the top of the Bundesliga table with 25 points. Paraguay striker Lucas Barrios (the heart of the offense) is showing top class stuff and has scored 5 dazzling goals. Nuri Sahin has 4 assists while Mario Götze (a teenager) has made his way into the starting lineup as the North Rhine-Westphalia boys continue to win. As far as depth, Da Silva is a solid backup as a striker (Brazilian) and his early presence has helped the team, too. Their goal is to win the Bundesliga just like they did in the 01-02 season. Besides a season opening home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen and a close loss to Sevilla in the Europa league (had a few injuries and a weird lineup in that one), Borussia has been showing the panache that we are used to seeing from a Bayern Munich type team. In fact, they already beat Bayern Munich and did so convincingly. That dropped the usually steady Bavarian team to a current 7th in the table while their manager continues to garner criticism. Back to Borussia, their 8 wins and 1 loss can also be attributed to the solid backline, which is anchored by Lukasz Piszczek (Polish) and Mats Hummels. They’ve been unstoppable on the road with 5 straight victories. Their early success has surprised most analysts since they had been widely picked to place somewhere in the middle of the table. Yes, the season is young; however, after another sound win against top ranked Mainz this past weekend, along with an easy stretch of games approaching, Dortmund’s hot streak may carry forward. Speaking of FSV Mainz 05, the current manager of BVB, spent most of his managerial career there during the the better part of the 2000s. Additionally, Jurgen Klopp (the BVB manager), played for FSV Mainz from 1990-2001, however, his son (ironically enough) chooses to play for Klopp’s current club (BVB) but for the second team.
Is there anything wrong with this club? The only question regards their finances. Dortmund’s finances are a bit suspect and have been for the last couple of years but the club claims that these problems have been fixed and everything is on the upswing. Only time will tell. One immediate effect with the financial struggles will rear its ugly head this upcoming transfer window period because BVB won’t be able to do a lot of transfer moves, however, they maintain it will not affect the morale and that the overall stability has improved (on all levels). For now, the team will enjoy their early successes and look to do some damage in the Europa League as well.
About the Author
Written by Timothy Ashe Jr.
Tim was born and raised in Downers Grove, IL (a suburb of Chicago). He graduated with a degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign and also holds University English Language Excellence certificates. He's fluent in Spanish and teaches both English and Spanish in his spare time. He's a Real Madrid and Chicago Fire aficionado and is partial towards the EPL and LFP. His hope is that the game of soccer can continue to grow in the U.S.A. and for our men's national team to eventually win the World Cup.