Borussia Dortmund 101: Everything you need to know about the Seattle Sounders’ friendly opponent

The Seattle Sounders will host Borussia Dortmund in an international friendly on Wednesday, July 17. Here is everything you need to know about the German club:


Full club name: Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.v. Dortmund

Nickname: BVB, Die Schwarz-Gelben  (The Black and Yellows)

Founded: 1909

League: Bundesliga

Location: Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Stadium: Signal Iduna Park (capacity: 81,360) is the largest stadium in Germany. Die Schwarzgelben routinely lead the world in professional club football attendance, including a global-best 80,230 fans per game this season, besting second-place Manchester United and third-place Barcelona.



Manager: Lucien Favre (Switzerland)
A former Swiss international and longtime playmaking midfielder in Switzerland and France, previously coached at OGC Nice, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha BSC, FC Zürich, as well as a number of Swiss clubs.

2018-19 season: In the current campaign, Dortmund currently sits second in the Bundesliga table with a record of 21-3-6, one point behind first-place Bayern Munich. It also advanced out of the Group Stage of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League before falling to Tottenham Hotspur in the Round of 16.

Honors:

  • One UEFA Champions League title
  • Eight German league titles
  • Four DFB-Pokals (German Cups)
  • Five DFL-Supercups

Players to know:

  • Marco Reus: The 29-year-old Dortmund captain has been a mainstay on Dortmund since 2012 and the German national team since 2011. He has 80 career goals for BVB.
  • Paco Alcácer: The Spanish striker joined Dortmund last summer on a season-long loan from Barcelona. Dortmund exercised its right to buy Alcácer, who has 17 goals for BVB, on Feb. 1 for €23 million.
  • Jadon Sancho: The 19-year-old English winger is having a breakout season in Germany. He has 11 Bundesliga goals this season and made his senior national team debut last November in a win over the United States.

Christian Pulisic to Chelsea: The United States national team phenom Christian Pulisic will not be with Dortmund when they visit CenturyLink Field. He signed with English giants Chelsea for $73M during this past winter transfer window and has remained with BVB on loan for the remainder of the Bundesliga season. He has 11 Bundesliga goals in 86 appearances for Dortmund since debuting in 2016.

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