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Borussia Dortmund

Five things we learned from Borussia Dortmund's midseason break

In 2014, Jurgen Klopp's side endured the worst opening half of the Bundesliga season in Borussia Dortmund's history.

Coming off their worst "Hinrunde" (first round) in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund entered the winter break with plenty to work on before the competition resumes Saturday. Here are five observations from their final friendly -- a 1-1 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf --- before the Bundesliga restarts.

1. Dortmund's defence remains inconsistent

Borussia Dortmund will leave Dusseldorf with mixed feelings. A 1-1 draw will not have provided the confidence boost Jurgen Klopp would have hoped for against...

Relegation-threatened Borussia Dortmund must be wary of history

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels believes a lack of confidence is behind his club's Bundesliga downfall.

"Unprecedented" is the adjective football journalists like to use when a team's results don't fit existing patterns or firmly established narratives. We know of super powers, new powers, thwarted contenders, also-rans and minnows but not super powers who turn into minnows in the course of a few months. 

Borussia Dortmund's slide down the table to within a single goal of bottom spot in the first half of the season has been such an unprecedented, otherworldly outlier; a "black swan" event", to...

Kampl and Reus give Borussia Dortmund fans reasons to be cheerful

Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund are currently in the Bundesliga relegation zone after losing 10 of their first 17 games.

With the return of the Bundesliga just over a week away, there are signs for Borussia Dortmund that a turnaround seems imminent, although only when they visit Bayer Leverkusen on Jan. 31 will we truly know.

The black and yellows have managed to steadily improve in their winter break friendlies, winning 1-0 vs. Sion, Steaua Bucharest and Utrecht.

Of course their rotten luck has not stopped. In the second game of the year Sebastian Kehl's shoulder was separated after an awkward collision with Mats...

 By Uli Hesse

Borussia Dortmund's transfer history in January is reason for cheer

ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein does not believe Mats Hummels will be leaving Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United this January with his side currently sitting in the cellar of the Bundesliga.
Dortmund director of football Michael Zorc may not like the winter window, but his side landed Kevin Kampl.

Last week, we ended our look at the history of German players at Inter with Matthias Sammer's tail-between-legs move from Lombardy back to the Bundesliga in January 1993.

The team which rescued him from his ill-fated Italian adventure was Borussia Dortmund. His old club, VfB Stuttgart, were also interested but couldn't afford the transfer sum. Dortmund paid Inter 8.5 million Deutsche marks (roughly 4.25 million euros) for Sammer, which was not just a club record at the time but a Bundesliga record.

Now,...

Positive vibes emanating from Dortmund's winter camp

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels believes a lack of confidence is behind his club's Bundesliga downfall.

Borussia Dortmund are in the middle of their preparations for 2015. One might think that the atmosphere is dampened after a first half to forget, but the opposite is the case in the BVB camp. So far the Spanish sun has smiled over the sport facilities in La Manga, where Dortmund are seeking to regain their success during their winter training session.

A first assessment after 10 days back in training and one victorious friendly against FC Sion reveals a positive atmosphere. Manager Jurgen Klopp...

Will this season's struggles ruin Borussia Dortmund in the long term?

Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp is confident he can turn round the club's fortunes in the Bundesliga.

2015 has just begun and a lot of football is still to come but looking ahead, Borussia Dortmund's chances to qualify for next season's Champions League are paper-thin, if not nonexistent. To prevent any misunderstandings, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke adjusted the season targets from a top-three finish to staying in the league with pithy words: "Everyone who still talks about Europe is against Borussia Dortmund."

But what would missing out on the Champions League sweepstakes mean for the club?

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