Loanees Return To BVB, Contracts Expire


The last day of June is traditionally the day when contracts end and players return to their parent clubs after season-long loans. Dortmund today welcomed back six players, and said farewell to 14 others who either didn’t do enough to earn new deals, or were unable to agree terms with the BVB management and director of football.

Julian Koch and Lasse Sobiech return from their spells away to the news that they will be given first-team squad numbers for the 2013-14 season by new manager Grayson Surman. The entire Dortmund II squad are currently listed as available for season-long loan deals.

Player           Club       Age  Pos  Apps   Rat   Goals  Assts

Kerem Demirbay   Trier II   19   MC     0    ----    0      0
Jeremy Dudziak   Erfurt     17   MC    29    6.74    0      2
David Ginczek    St. Pauli  22   ST     2    6.35    0      0
Florian Hübner   Erfurt     22   DC    33    6.93    2      2 
Julian Koch      Duisburg   22   DR    15    7.22    0      5
Lasse Sobiech    Fürth      22   DC    29    6.71    0      3

The club has released Marcel Halstenberg after he failed to agree terms on a new contract, despite being promoted to the Dortmund senior squad recently. Thirteen players have left Dortmund II – who are not competing in 3.Fußball-Liga next season – on free transfers after their contracts have expired.

Zlatan Alomerovic  Ensar Baykan     Rico Benatelli  Onur Cenik
Kerem Demirbay     Jonas Hofmann    Tim Hohmann     Tim Kübel
Edin Sancaktar     Christian Silaj  Admir Terzic
Hervenogi Unzola   Cedric Wilmes

mitchell-langerak-originalMitchell Langerak has been called up by Australia manager Holger Osieck for his EAFF East Asian Cup squad. The four-nation tournament takes place between 19-26 July, featuring Australia, China, Japan and hosts S.Korea.


Dortmund Hire Wigan’s GS


Monday 27 May:

Borussia Dortmund chairman Reinhard Rauball has confirmed that the club has offered Wigan Athletic manager GS a four-year contract worth £34k per week to take the managerial job at Signal Iduna Park. We can report that GS has accepted the offer and Wigan Athletic will be paid compensation totaling £2m. A press conference will be held tomorrow to introduce the new manager to the German media.


Chairman Reinhard Rauball has welcomed GS to Signal Iduna Park, assuring he can rely on the full backing of the club’s board. In terms of his contract with the club, GS has been given a deal until June 2017 worth £34,000 per week. Staff members from the previous regime have been retained but they will all accept the mutual termination of their contracts should GS wish to bring in his own backroom team, though GS has made no indication to do so. In order to aid with the transition, the board’s spokesperson and assistant manager Zeljko Buvac held a meeting with GS regarding the club, its history and team policies, and to welcome the Canadian to the club.

Rauball confirmed that as part of the hiring of GS, there would be no restrictions on the club’s scouting network.

  • Transfer Budget (2012-13): £3.4m
  • Wage Budget: £775k per week
  • Wage Spend: £853k per week

2012/13 Statistics:

Borussia Dortmund finished 3rd in Bundesliga, with 58 points from 34 matches. Bayern Munich won the league (73pts), with Schalke runners-up (67pts). Dortmund lost 1-0 at home to Bayern Munich in the 3rd round of the German Cup. In Europe, Dortmund finished 3rd in their Champions League group behind Manchester City and Barcelona, and were knocked out in the second knockout round of the Europa League, losing on away goals to FC Twente. The club did start the season with a piece of silverware however, winning the curtain-raiser Supercup final on penalties after a 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in July 2012.

  • Mario Gotze was ranked joint-first with Stuttgart’s Daniel Van Buuyten for most man-of-the-match awards this season with nine, and was ranked fourth in the league for average match rating, 7.53 from his 32 appearances.
  • Kevin Grosskreutz ranked 5th in the league for distance covered per 90 minutes, with 6.2 miles.
  • Roman Weidenfeller ranked 4th in the league for clean sheets, with 11 from his 33 matches.
  • Neven Subotic ranked 2nd in the league for key tackles, 27.
  • Mario Gotze (2nd, 28) and Marco Reus (4th, 26) were also ranked for most key passes in the league.

Director of Football:

Michael Zorc has compiled a brief report on the club’s current obligations in the transfer market. In terms of loans, the only player loaned to the club is Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh. There are currently six Dortmund players out on loan, including Lasse Sobiech (Furth), Julian Koch (Duisburg), Daniel Ginczek (St Pauli), Florian Hubner and Jeremy Dudziak (Erfurt). GS indicated that he would like the board to appoint a Head of Youth Development in order to streamline the progress from U-19 and U-23 to the first team.

Assistant Manager:

Zeljko Buvac has compiled a report to help GS evaluate the squad and will continue to do so on a fortnightly basis. Zeljko has picked out the coach report for Marco Reus, indicating that when played in his favoured right winger role, he is one of the best players in the team. Brief discussions were held about formations, with Dortmund preferring a 4-5-1 system, and set piece takers.


Club History:

Founded in 1909, Borussia Dortmund are a professional German club currently playing in Bundesliga-1, the top flight of the domestic German football league system. the club play their home games at Signal Iduna Park and possess top training facilities and excellent youth facilities. The Dortmund reserve team play at Stadion Rote Erde. The club also has above average junior coaching and an established youth recruitment network. The club is affectionately known as Der BVB and retains a fierce rivalry with FC Schalke 04.

Enjoying the greatest spell of success during the 1990s, Der BVB have a history they can be proud of. Boasting a total of eighteen competition wins, here are just some of their highlights: Dortmund won the Champions League in 1997, won the German top division eight times and are four-time runners-up, won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1966, and finished runners-up in the Europa League in 1993 and 2002.

Manager Introduction

GS has taken the reins at his beloved Wigan Athletic. They currently sit 3rd in the Premier League, with two defeats (Spurs and Sunderland away), and were knocked out of the Capitol One Cup in the fourth round away at Fulham. Here’s a comprehensive look at his save:

Premier League: 3rd, 26pts (Pl14, W7, D5, L2, GD+10)
League Cup: Knocked out in 3rd Round (a v. Fulham 0-1 aet)

Left: Premier League table 30 Nov 2012; Right: Wigan Athletic fixtures/results
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Transfer History
IN (£3.4m): John Giudetti (Man City, loan); Florian Klein (FC Salzburg, loan), Ian Evatt (Blackpool, £1.3m), Santiago Garcia (Palermo/Inter, £2m).
OUT (£1.2m): Piscu (Rapid Wien, £1.2m); Callum McManaman, Lee Nicholls, Danny Redmond, Fraser Fyvie, Albert Crusat (all loans, see image).

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Introduction to Real-Time FM!

Real Time FM starts on 1st December 2012. The premise is simple: play a Football Manager 2013 save in real-time and blog as you go. The saves are individual rather than a network game, so warped versions of reality are surely soon to appear. More to follow as we’ve got our saves up-to-date and introduced ourselves. A twitter feed has been set-up at @realtimeFM.