Loanees Return to Signal Iduna Park

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The club has welcomed back sixteen players to Signal Iduna Park that spent the last season out on loan, though two of those – Mustafa Amini (with Australia at the Asian U22 Championship) and Marvin Ducksch – have been released after not being offered new contracts.

Kevin Großkreutz and Leonardo Bittencourt return from top-flight action overseas having been on loan at AC Milan and Ajax respectively, while Ogün Gümüstas was at Energie Cottbus who won promotion to 1.Bundesliga, and Marc Hornschuh spent the season at 3.Liga title-winners Sandhausen.

PLAYER            POS  LOAN CLUB     DIV  APP GLS AST POM  AVE
Mustafa AMINI     AMC  Sandhausen    3L   27   5   3   2   6.85
Leo BITTENCOURT   AMC  Ajax          INT  30   5   3   0   6.83
Marcel DEELEN     DL   Rostock       2BL   5   0   1   0   6.38
Nils DIETZ        DM   Aalen         3L   24   0   1   0   6.42
Marvin DUCKSCH    ST   Darmstadt     REG  32   8   3   0   6.72
Jeremy DUDZIAK    MC   Ingolstadt    2BL  13   0   2   0   6.56
Erik DURM         ST   Braunschweig  2BL  32  13   2   2   6.96
Paul EHMANN       DM   Oberhausen    REG  35   1   2   0   6.18
Kevin GROßKREUTZ  AML  AC Milan      INT   8   1   0   0   6.76
Ogün GÜMÜSTAS     ST   Cottbus       2BL   1   0   0   0   6.30
Koray GÜNTER      DC   St Pauli      2BL  29   3   0   3   7.03
Marc HORNSCHUH    DC   Sandhausen    3L   37   1   4   2   6.97
Florian HÜBNER    DC   Braunschweig  2BL  31   0   1   1   6.59
Kai KAUL          DC   Offenbach     U19   0   0   0   0   -
Hervé MATTHYS     DC   Darmstadt     REG  17   0   1   1   6.62
Thomas MEIßNER    DC   Aachen        2BL  30   1   0   0   6.54

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Blackpool have announced that Millwall boss Derek Adams will be their new manager, after the 40 year-old Scot left his post at The Den yesterday. Adams guided Millwall to 16th in the Championship last season, but were knocked out of both domestic cups at the first hurdles.

Former Valladolid manager Miroslav Djukic has been appointed as the new man in charge of Racing Santander. The 49 year-old, capped 49 times by Serbia, had been out of top-flight management since being dismissed by Valladolid in November 2013.

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Daily Diary: Durm Wins Award, Cup Semi Draws

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Erik Durm, on loan at TSV Eintracht, has been named 2.Bundesliga Spieler des Tages for his blistering performance in their 3-2 home win over Heidenheim. The 22 year-old won and converted a penalty to open the scoring, before setting-up TSV’s second.

With the game poised at two apiece, he won a second penalty which was slotted away to give the home side all three points. Durm has scored 9 goals in his season-long loan at TSV and will likely be welcome back into the Dortmund senior fold next season.

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BVB will face a trip to either Regensburg or Nürnberg in the DFB-Pokal Semi-Finals should they win the Quarter-Final tie at Bayer Leverkusen in a fortnight. The other match will be Aue or Schalke at home to Hamburg or Wolfsburg on 24 March.

Dortmund U19’s reward for the win over Schalke is a trip to last year’s runners-up FC Köln in the Junioren-Pokal Semi-Finals, set to be held at the Franz-Kremer-Stadion on 25 March, just four days before the same fixture is set to take place in the league.

The other tie is Cottbus hosting Dinamo Dresden.

Großkreutz Loaned Out, Parting Shot at Surman.

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Kevin Großkreutz has moved from Dortmund to AC Milan on loan for the remainder of the season, but wasn’t full of praise for the manager he has won four trophies under. After making just nine appearances this season, the 26 year-old midfielder said that he was “satisified to be leaving the company” of Grayson Surman.

The quote, while hopefully mistranslated by the Milanese press, will undoubtedly not go down well at Signal Iduna Park.

Also heading out on loan as the transfer window closes is Hervé Matthys. The 19 year-old centre back joined Dortmund in the summer and has made eight appearances, but first-team action at SV Darmstadt is on the cards for the remainder of the season. The BVB management are said to be very fond of the Belgian teenager and will be keeping an eye on his progress at the fourth-tier club.

Dortmund registered their squad for the remainder of the Bundesliga season, with Jos Verniers (who signed last month) being added, as well as youngsters Osman Varol and Josef Bungert after their seventeenth birthdays.

U19s Beat Bayer, Progress to Cup QFs

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Dortmund are through to the Quarter-Finals of the national youth cup after a three-goal win at Bayer Leverkusen this morning, bouncing back from a disappointing league defeat at Wuppertaler on Wednesday

When the hosts didn’t clear a corner quarter of an hour in, Emiliano Mancinelli had time and space to drill a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Pushing for an equaliser shortly before the break, BVB caught Bayer on the break and Mancinelli doubled his tally when Karl-Heinz Horn squared for him to slot home.

Inside ninety seconds of the restart, Marwin Kerstiens siezed on a sloppy backpass from a defender, before nutmegging the home ‘keeper to put Dortmund three-up at the interval. That’s how it stayed, and BVB book their place in tomorrow’s last eight draw.

There was no place in the squad for Jeremy Dudziak, who completed his loan move to Ingolstadt later in the day.

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Daily Dortmund Diary: Friday 09 January

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DAILY DIARY, Friday 09 January 2015:

Youth player Ogün Gümüstas has moved to 2.Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus on loan for the remainder of the season. The 18 year-old striker has hit seven goals for BVB U19s in their Group 3 campaign this season, and everyone involved in agreeing the deal is hopeful he can get some first team football at the side pushing for promotion to the top flight.

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Pablo Correa has left Montpellier after just twelve months in charge, taking the vacant managerial position at Lille. Montpellier sit 12th in Ligue 1, while Lille are riding high in fourth place behind the big three of PSG, Marseille and Monaco. Correa replaces Rudi Garcia who left  for Monaco last month.

Reports coming from Belgium are that the RSC Anderlecht board are disappointed in recent comments from manager John van den Brom who allegedly expressed an interest in the Montpellier vacancy. This has raised eyebrows at Borussia Dortmund, whose manager Gray Surman is known to be very fond of the Brussels club, and has signed three players from the side in his tenure at BVB.

Coincidentally, Anderlecht and Dortmund meet in the Europa League next month.

D³: Sigurðsson Interest; Dudziak; McGeady

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DAILY DIARY, Tuesday 06 January 2015:

Gray Surman and the BVB management have denied their reported interest in Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurðsson, despite being linked with the 25 year-old in recent days. The Icelandic international has been a bit-part player for Spurs since his £8m move from Swansea three seasons ago, making just 26 appearances.

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Dortmund have accepted a loan offer from FC Ingolstadt to take Jeremy Dudziak for the rest of the season. The 18 year-old midfielder, who won his first cap for Tunisia U20 last year, has appeared in nearly all of Dortmund U19’s fixtures this season, but senior management see this as a good opportunity for him to experience first team football in 2.Bundesliga.

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Aiden McGeady has joined Chelsea in a £10m transfer, just two years after he joined Manchester United from Spartak Moscow for £23m. The Irish international made just 21 appearances at Old Trafford, scoring five goals. McGeady is likely to slot straight into the Chelsea side as Hatim Ben Arfa is out with a hamstring injury.