Season Review: Borussia Dortmund

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It’s of no surprise that the Borussia Dortmund board are pleased with Gray Surman’s performance at the club this season, guiding the team to success in all three competitions, becoming only the seventh side in history to pair the domestic double with UEFA Champions League success.

“The club’s performance in competitions this season was pleasing. The team’s fantastic overall performance in the Champions League has been a particular highlight.

“Additionally, the signings you’ve made this season proved adequate. Finally, player performances proved to be at a high level. The fans have been very pleased with the form of Mats Hummels.”

Of the players who made more than ten appearances all season, it’s the three centre-backs – Santana, Hummels, and Subotic – who achieved the highest average match rating. Ivan Perisic is widely fancied to be voted Bundesliga player of the year next week.

Player Stats (expanded):

  • Most Starts: Andreas Beck – 42 (from 53)
  • Total Apps: Julian Schieber – 46 (40+6)
  • Most Goals: Julian Schieber – 35
    • 2nd: Ivan Perisic – 15
    • 3rd: Robert Lewandowski – 14
  • Most Assists: Ivan Perisic – 19
    • 2nd: Dennis Praet – 17
    • 3rd: Mario Götze – 14
  • PotM Awards: Julian Schieber and Felipe Santana – 7
  • Yellows: Marcel Schmelzer – 9 (BVB  total: 55)
  • Red Cards: Dennis Praet – 1 (second caution)
  • Ratings: Felipe Santana – 7.93
    • 2nd: Mats Hummels – 7.83
    • 3rd: Neven Subotic – 7.57

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Assistant Manager Zeljko Buvac has put together a review of how training has been going over the past season and how players have developed: Moritz Leitner, Ilkay Gündogan, and Viktor Fischer amongst others have improved well as footballers.

Robert Lewandowski has declined slightly as a footballer over the past season, one where he suffered a serious injury and missed 3 months. Kostas Katsouranis has also shown signs that he may be on the decline as a footballer.

The following youth players have trained well and shown signs of progression: Karl-Heinz Horn, Josef Bungert, and Josef Odenthal have improved significantly, while Ogün Gümüstas and Gordon Sievers have improved remarkably over the last season.

The players have all been granted an extra week holiday are are due to report back for training on Monday 23 June, except those who will be participating at the FIFA World Cup which runs until Sunday 13 July. A pre-season fixtures schedule will be announced shortly.

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The club have confirmed that no members of the senior squad will be leaving this summer due to contract expiry, but the club will not be taking up the option to increase the contract Kostas Katsouranis by a second year. Katsouranis made 18 appearances for the club this season.

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