Borussia Dortmund - Squad Profiles
Jens Lehmann (goalkeeper)
For a number of years, Lehmann has had to live in the shadow of Germany's number one keeper, Oliver Kahn of Bayern Munich. But maybe the tide is about to turn - Kahn has been less than secure of late, while Lehmann has been in exceptional form.
Previously with Dortmund's arch-rivals Schalke, his Achilles heel is his temperament. He was recently sent off for dissent against Bayern, but remains a central player in the Dortmund game plan.
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Jorg Heinrich (defender)
Highly-experienced and versatile performer who can play as a defensive marker, at full-back and in a number of midfield positions.
Now in his second spell at Dortmund, whom he rejoined from Italian side Fiorentina in 2000, he remains a central figure in the first team. Tends to be rather injury-prone these days, but is a huge influence when available to coach Matthias Sammer.
Ahmed Madouni (defender)
Up-and-coming central defender signed from Montpellier in the summer of 2001, he has not made the sort of impact he would have been hoping for at Dortmund.
Thus far, he has had to play second fiddle to Worns and Metzelder, but has looked a solid deputy. At the age of 22, he still has time on his side to develop into a top-class performer.
Christoph Metzelder (defender)
Without a string of injuries to German international defenders, he would not have been selected for last summer's World Cup finals - but Metzelder made the most of his opportunity.
He produced a string of composed displays in central defence and made a solid contribution to his country's runners-up spot. Joined Dortmund from Third Division Preusen Munster in 2000 and secured a regular spot in the first team within weeks.
Stefan Reuter (defender)
The Dortmund club captain is still going strong at the age of 36, and continues to give sterling service in central defence or as a holding midfielder.
Capped 69 times for Germany and a World Cup winner in 1990, he has also played for Nurnberg, Bayern Munich and Juventus. Nothing fancy but immensely effective, this team without the input of Reuter would lack much of its coordination as he is coach Matthias Sammer's eyes and ears on the field.
Christian Worns (defender)
Two knee operations forced Worns to miss the World Cup and the opening weeks of this season, but the tough-tackling central defender is back to his best and again demonstrating why he is considered one of the Bundesliga's most accomplished markers.
Ex-Waldhof Mannheim, Bayer Leverkusen and Paris Saint-Germain, he announced his international retirement after the Germany's 5-1 hammering by England last year, only to change his mind.
Slightly-built left-sided wing-back who poses a considerable threat going forward, especially with his crossing ability. But he is much less at ease when in defensive mode and can be prone to conceding unnecessary free-kicks.
Joined Dortmund from Atletico Mineiro in 1998, and is an important member of Matthias Sammer's first team squad. Brother of Dortmund midfielder Leandro.
Signed from the Cruzeiro club of Belo Horizonte in 1999, this adventurous, right wing-back was supposed to move to Parma as part of the deal which brought Marcio Amoroso to Dortmund but he refused to go to Italy.
He has won 13 caps for Brazil, but did not make their World Cup 2002 squad and is out to prove he is worth a recall in this Champions League campaign.
Juan Ramon Fernandez (midfielder)
Moved to Dortmund last summer from Estudiantes de la Plata in a £1million deal and has the versatility to play at full-back or on either side of midfield.
Hampered by injury thus far this season, he has one full cap for Argentina to his credit. But he did not make their World Cup squad and, at the age of 22, this is an important season if he is to make the next step and confirm himself as a star of the future.
Torsten Frings (midfielder)
One of the rising stars of German football, Frings' former club Werder Bremen did all they could to hold onto him, but ultimately had to admit defeat and agreed to sell him in June to Borussia for £5.6million.
An excellent all-purpose midfielder, he shone on the right-flank in Germany's World Cup 2002 campaign, but Dortmund employ him more centrally. Intensely competitive and at the heart of things in midfield.
Sebastian Kehl (midfielder)
An exciting young German prospect, Kehl is more often played in central midfield, though he has considerable experience playing at sweeper.
Strong in the tackle, tactically-aware and comfortable on the ball, he came to Dortmund from Freiburg midway through last season, opting for Borussia rather than Bayern Munich.
A certain star of the future for club and country, he made the cut for the German World Cup squad last summer.
Like his younger brother, Dede, Leandro is a small and tricky left-footer.
Joined Dortmund in 2001 from CA Mineiro, and was recently promoted to the Borussia first team. He will be eyeing a call-up to the full Brazilian squad, and the Champions League represents a shop window for him to display his talents.
Lars Ricken (midfielder)
Though only 26, the attacking midfielder is one of Dortmund's elder statesmen, having made his first team debut at the age of 17.
His finest moment came when scoring with a marvellous chip in the club's Champions League Final victory over Juventus in 1997. He was part of Germany's World Cup squad last summer.
Tomas Rosicky (midfielder)
Dortmund outbid Bayern Munich for the brilliant young Czech playmaker in December 2000, completing a £8.3million deal to bring him to the Bundesliga.
With great touch and vision, he is full of energy and superb delivery from set-pieces. Absolutely crucial to Dortmund, Rosicky has the ability and attitude to become one of Europe's most prominent players. Hit the winner against Arsenal in the first phase of this season's Champions League.
Marcio Amoroso (forward)
This quicksilver front runner has not always seen eye to eye with Matthias Sammer. However, he has never disappointed his coach with his marksmanship since arriving from Parma at the start of last season and neted 18 goals last term.
After missing the opening weeks of this term with an Achilles problem, he is now at full throttle again and is always a threat to the opposition.
A player of extreme pace, whom Dortmund use as an out-and-out forward or as an attacking midfielder.
Joined from Corinthians of Sao Paulo in the autumn of 2001 and immediately lived up to his £5million fee, racking up ten goals, including the strike against Werder Bremen which clinched the League title on the last day of the season.
Heiko Herrlich (forward)
Very much behind Koller, Amoroso and Ewerthon in the striking pecking order, he has shown enormous courage to fight his way back into the Dortmund squad after undergoing an operation to remove a brain tumour.
Excellent in the air, and the Bundesliga's top scorer in 1994-95 with 20 goals for Borussia Monchengladbach, his story is one of the more remarkable of any performer in this Champions League competition.
Jan Koller (forward)
While this towering striker may not be the most elegant of players, his height and bulk render him an awkward customer - and he was certainly effective in the opening phase of the Champions League, bagging three goals.
Joined Dortmund from Anderlecht in summer 2001 and recently proved himself a more than worthy emergency goalkeeper in a Bundesliga game against Bayern Munich.
Giuseppe Reina (forward)
Usually on the bench - but when he does take to the field, the Dortmund crowd always warm to his wholehearted approach and forceful play on the right flank.
Now feeling his way back after missing the bulk of last season with torn knee ligaments, he is a useful man to have waiting in the wings if Dortmund need a change to unsettle a defence. As his name suggests, Reina's roots are in Italy.