Home again: Dortmund have re-secured the services of their own former protege Nuri Sahin (m.) on an 18-month
Sahin (l.) was first promoted to Dortmund's senior squad in 2005/06 under then-coach Bert van Marwijk (r.), fresh from helping Turkey to the U-17 European title
On 6 August 2005, at the age of 16 years, 11 months and one day, Sahin (l.) made his Bundesliga
Under Bert van Marwijk's (r.) tutelage, he netted his first goal in the 2-1 win at 1. FC Nuremberg on
By this point, the left-footed shooting star (l.) had already made his full international debut for Turkey - against Germany.
Sahin spent 2007/08 on loan at top Dutch outfit Feyenoord, now coached by his former mentor Bert van Marwijk. The young midfielder
Then it was back to Dortmund, now with a new coach at the helm. Jürgen Klopp (r.) would prove to be a pivotal figure in
The following season, the locally born and raised talent consolidated his position as an onfield leader - and in 2010/11,
...before Real Madrid came calling, fulfilling a long-held dream of Sahin's. Injury kept him out of the pre-season preparations
...many of which were spent warming up on the touchline. Sahin subsequently mustered just four apperarances in the Primera Divison and the same
Ahead of the start of the current campaign, Sahin moved on loan to the Premier League and Liverpool FC in search of more match-time
But his spell at Anfield was not marked by great success either - just seven league starts, in which he was invariably substituted, and 16 appearances overall
Back at Borussia, Sahin (l.) got to enjoy that winning feeling again post haste, if only in the pre-restart Wintercup in Düsseldorf.