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Borussia Dortmund

The fightback starts here as Borussia Dortmund prepare for Leverkusen

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

Finally, the Bundesliga returns from its winter slumber and Borussia Dortmund have the chance to get out of the relegation zone. For it to happen on the first day back, they must get past a dangerous Bayer Leverkusen, who are no lightweight and currently lie third in the Bundesliga.

Dortmund will have to prove they've done their homework over the winter break and show everyone they are a competitive side again. Coaching staff and the players bemoaned a lack of fitness before the league's midseason...

Ex-Dortmund star Lucas Barrios on the road to revival with Montpellier

Thanks to Lucas Barrios' excellent form, Montpellier are sitting sixth in Ligue 1 and starting to dream of European qualification.

Back in January 2011, when Gonzalo Higuain was forced to undergo back surgery, Jose Mourinho was urgently looking for a striker to bolster his Real Madrid squad. "Karim Benzema alone is not enough," Mourinho claimed, and Lucas Barrios was his first choice to replace the Argentinian.

Little wonder. "The Panther," as Barrios has been known since his youth, was one of the hottest names in Europe, scoring at will for Borussia Dortmund, with Arsenal and Manchester City also reported to be following him...

 By John Duerden

Man United, Dortmund and Japan all responsible in the decline of Kagawa

Penalty heartbreak for Japan after the United Arab Emirates' Ismail Ahmed sealed one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history.

As he sank to his knees on the Sydney turf following his missed penalty for Japan against the United Arab Emirates in the quarterfinal of the 2015 Asian Cup, Shinji Kagawa's face wore a look of confusion and anguish. Japan had dominated but had been eliminated.

For the player, it goes a little deeper than that. The Samurai Blue had won the tournament four years ago but Kagawa left at the semifinal stage thanks to a broken metatarsal. This time, he played until the bitter end but exited even earlier.

Yet...

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...