The monthly board review has taken place at Signal Iduna Park, and to summarise, the Borussia Dortmund board are pleased with Gray Surman’s management of the team. The club’s increased stature since he took the helm exactly 400 days ago has been a contributing factor.
However, the board are slightly disappointed with the departure of Jakub Blaszczykowski who left for Marseille in a £6m move after seven years at BVB, having signed from Wisla Krakow for £2m in 2007.
Chairman Richard Rauball has announced that club will shortly begin the search for an international feeder club to boost the club’s commercial and footballing links across the continent. A suitable list of clubs is expected at the next monthly meeting.
The club are in a very good overall financial position, having posted a profit of £13.5m last month, largely boosted by the receipt of sponsorship money, Blaszczykowski’s departure and a decreased wage bill.
Monthly Turnover: £50.43m Previous Month: £59.37m Main Income: £26.61m (Sponsorship) Monthly Expenditure: £37.28m Previous Month: £20.17m Main Expenditure: £21.8m (Shareholders)
Assistant Manager Zeljko Buvac has provided some feedback on how the players have been training over the past month: Among the senior players, Ilkay Gündogan (tactics) and Koray Günter (fitness) have been a real concern with their lack of progress.
There’s better news on the youth front, with Hendrick Brauer, Ogün Gümüstas and Marwin Kerstiens impressing during fitness sessions, although Josef Odenthal doesn’t appear to be improving during tactics drills.
Squad numbers for the 2014-15 season will be announced on 08 August.
The draw for the DFB-Pokal First Round will be made on Sunday 06 July, with the ties set to kick the new season off on Saturday 16 August. BVB have six fixtures this month, including the DFL-Supercup.
IMPORTANT DATES - JULY 2014 WED 02: Fort Lauderdale Strikes v. BVB (Friendly) SAT 05: FC Nürnberg v. BVB (U19s Fr.) SUN 06: DFB-Pokal First Round Draw WED 09: Wuppertaler SV Borussia v. BVB (Friendly) SUN 13: FIFA World Cup Final TUE 15: Hull City v. BVB (Friendly) THU 17: Birthday - Heinz Lindner, 24 FRI 18: 3.Fußball-Liga Season Begins SAT 19: Southampton v. BVB (Friendly) SAT 19: Birthday - Kevin Großkreutz, 26 TUE 22: Everton v. BVB (Friendly) SAT 26: Fortuna Düsseldorf v. BVB (Supercup) SAT 26: Werder Bremen v. BVB (U19s Fr.)