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 in May 2013 has been a contributing factor.
However, the board continue to be disappointed with the departure of Jakub Blaszczykowski, with the opinion that he should have commanded a higher fee than the £6m that Marseille paid for him. Fans were initially irked by the capture of Lars Bender and André Schürrle from a rival club, though both have performed well in pre-season.
Chairman Richard Rauball reported that despite several weeks of searching, no foreign feeder club links could be established. Despite recording a loss of £32.4m last month, largely from the Bender and Schürrle transfers, the club remain in a very healthy position.
Monthly Turnover: £22.25m Previous Month: £50.43m Main Income: £15.08m (Season Tickets) Monthly Expenditure: £54.65m Previous Month: £37.28m Main Expenditure: £32.73m (Transfer Expenditure)
Assistant Manager Zeljko Buvac has provided some feedback on how the players have been training over the past month: Among the senior players, Roman Weidenfeller and (the injured) Marcel Deelen have not impressed the fitness coaches, but Julian Koch has shown encouraging signs of improvement.
There’s better news on the youth front, with Hendrick Brauer (tactics), Josef Odenthal (ball control), and Daniel Schmadtke (shot-stopping) have been impressing David Wagner and Volker Kersting in recent weeks.
BVB were drawn away to fifth-tier SC Freucht in the opening round of the DFB-Pokal, which kicks the season off on 16 August. Dortmund have three friendlies between now and then, with a round of international fixtures also taking place.
IMPORTANT DATES - AUGUST 2014 SAT 02: Bayern Munich v. BVB (U19 Friendly) MON 04: BVB v. Fortuna Köln (Friendly) WED 06: Birthday, Roman Weidenfeller (34) SAT 09: BVB v. Wigan Athletic (Friendly) TUE 12: BVB v. PSV Eindhoven (Friendly) WED 13: International Fixtures SAT 16: SC Freucht v. BVB (DFB-Pokal First Round) SAT 16: Birthday, Koray Günter (20) SUN 17: DFB-Pokal Second Round Draw THU 21: Birthday, Robert Lewandowski (26) SAT 23: BVB v. Werder Bremen (Bundesliga Opening Day) WED 27: Birthday, Grayson Surman THU 28: UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw THU 28: Birthday, Jeremy Dudziak (19) FRI 29: Arsenal v. BVB (UEFA Supercup, Cardiff) SUN 31: BVB v. Wuppertaler SV (U19 Bundesliga Group 3)