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Borussia Dortmund Fanzone: Getting to know Europe's most passionate club

Got the Bundesliga buzz and want to take in a game at Europe's best-attended stadium? Allow bundesliga.com to guide your visit to watch Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park.

History

Lauded for their world-famous atmosphere and the unique footballing experience they provide, Dortmund are the favourite of millions of supporters across the globe. A founding member of the Bundesliga – it was Dortmund’s Timo Konietzka that scored the league’s first ever goal – Borussia’s somewhat barren years and only relegation from the top flight in 1972 have been well compensated for by near constant success since the mid-1990s.

Bundesliga champions in 1995, 1997 and 2002, the club also lifted the UEFA Champions League in 1997 and reached the competition’s final in 2013 under Jürgen Klopp. The affable coach also presided over a league triumph in 2011 as well as the only domestic double in the club’s history a year later, and has left a legacy of exciting, entertaining football that has played a huge part in boosting the club’s image internationally in recent years.

Enigmatic coach Jürgen Klopp (2nd l.) led Dortmund through one of their most successful periods, including back-to-back Bundesliga titles and first domestic double. - imago sportfotodienst

Honours

8x German champions (1956, 1957, 1963, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2011, 2012)
4x DFB Cup (1965, 1989, 2012, 2017)
5x German Supercup (1989, 1995, 1996, 2013, 2014)
1x Champions League (1997)
1x UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1966)
1x Intercontinental Cup (1997)

Coach

After a transitional 2017/18 that began with Peter Bosz as coach and ended with Peter Stöger in the hot seat, a new era began in summer 2018 when BVB appointed Lucien Favre as boss. The Swiss tactician had enjoyed previously successful spells as a Bundesliga coach with Hertha Berlin and Borussia Mönchengladbach, both of whom he guided to fourth place finishes while playing some exciting attacking football.

Described by club captain Marco Reus as the “best coach I’ve ever had”, Favre came agonisingly close to bringing the Bundesliga Meisterschale back to Dortmund for the first time in seven years. Borussia finished just two points off eventual champions Bayern Munich, but the club see that he has the team on the right trajectory and have already signed an extended contract with one of the game’s foremost tactical minds.

Lucien Favre brought smiles back to Borussia Dortmund faces during his first season at the club. - imago images / Jan Huebner

Star man

When Reus is on form, so are Dortmund. The local boy and now club captain makes the team tick and leads from the front. With 17 goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga last season, he had a hand in over 30 per cent of Borussia’s league goals. Either scoring or assisting every 93 minutes, Dortmund averaged 2.65 points per game with their captain in the side, dropping to 2.14 without him.

Watch: Marco Reus' Klassiker impact

Last season

For long periods of the 2018/19 season, Dortmund fans were quietly saying ‘this could be our year’. And they had every right to after beating defending champions Bayern 3-2 on Matchday 11, opening up a nine-point gap to their rivals just a week later. Captain Reus was firing on all cylinders, English winger Jadon Sancho in lethal form and summer signing Axel Witsel anchoring the midfield. It wasn’t until Matchday 16 that BVB suffered their first domestic defeat of the season, against Fortuna Düsseldorf, but their cushion at the top was still six points by the halfway mark.

While hopes remained high heading into 2019, things began to unravel somewhat. Just one win in eight games across February/March saw Borussia eliminated from the DFB Cup on penalties by Werder Bremen before they were knocked out of the Champions League by eventual finalists Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16. By that time Bayern were breathing down their necks. A Klassiker defeat in Munich followed by a remarkable 4-2 Revierdeby loss at home to Schalke in April saw the long-time leaders turn chasers, but they fell just two points short of Bayern after 34 Matchdays.

The stadium

One of the wonders of the modern world, BVB’s Signal Iduna Park is a cathedral to football, and a place all football fans should journey to at least once in their life. Packed to its 81,365 capacity every game, it is Germany’s largest stadium and has the largest single terrace for standing supporters in Europe, with 24,454 filling its world-famous Südtribüne (south stand) to create the awe-inspiring ‘Yellow Wall’. Deafeningly loud and utterly awe-inspiring, the stadium is a Mecca for thousands of football fans visiting Germany, and also happens to be affordable. The club’s most expensive Bundesliga season ticket for 2019/20 is priced at just €759 ($865, £680), while the cheapest is just €219 ($249, £196).

Opened for the FIFA World Cup in 1974, the stadium, originally known as the Westfalenstadion, has been Dortmund’s home ever since the club outgrew their previous home. The arena hosted the 2001 UEFA Cup final and a further six matches at the 2006 World Cup. The ground is an unmissable landmark of the Dortmund skyline and the distinctive 62-metre-high yellow pylons atop the stadium can be seen for miles around.

Watch: Inside the Signal Iduna Park

The city

The largest city in the Ruhr region of North Rhine-Westphalia with a population of more than half a million people, Dortmund has been shaped by its production-centred past, focused primarily on steel, coal and beer. Football is now a firm element of that mix as the coal and steel industries declined. As well as Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park and accompanying Borusseum, the city is also home to newly opened German Football Museum, funded by profits from the 2006 FIFA World Cup to present the history of German football.

Largely decimated during World War II, modern Dortmund is an open and green city with spacious parks and numerous waterways crossing the city. You can catch a beautiful view over the city rooftops from St. Reinoldi’s tower, whilst you can also visit the famous Dortmunder U – the former site of the Union brewery and now home to several museums.

Food plays a big role in the culture of the city with Bratwurst (fried sausage) and Currywurst (spicy sausage) both staples of a matchday diet in and around the Signal Iduna Park or at a local beer garden either heading to or from the ground. There are two further delicacies that no visitor to Dortmund should go without: Pfefferpotthast (similar to goulash) and Himmel und Äd (black pudding with stewed apples and mashed potatoes) are both proud symbols of Dortmund cuisine.

Getting there

Dortmund airport is served by low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair with services to the UK and continental Europe. However, for a greater range of airlines and destinations, Dusseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airport are the two major air hubs in the region with daily flights across Europe and to North America, and are within an hour of Dortmund by regional train, or even less with the high-speed ICE, with Dortmund Hauptbahnhof serving as a major rail hub in the German rail network.

For a greater variety of flights from North America, Frankfurt airport is Germany’s busiest and only two hours away from Dortmund thanks to frequent, direct high-speed train services.

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Getting to the Signal Iduna Park

Situated just south of the city centre, the Signal Iduna Park is served by numerous local rail lines. The U42 (Theodor-Fliedner-Heim station), U45 (Stadion) and U46 (Westfallenhallen and Stadion) all travel to the stadium with the Stadion station only open on matchdays. Deutsche Bahn services on mainline tracks also serve the Dortmund Signal-Iduna-Park station with scheduled and special matchday trains serving Dortmund Hauptbahnhof and the greater Ruhr area.

Buying tickets

Dortmund matches are almost always sold out, but tickets can still be bought via the official club website HERE.

Watch on TV

If you can’t make it to the stadium, Bundesliga matches are broadcast around the world. FOX Sports and Univision provide coverage in the United States, while BT Sports are the exclusive broadcaster in the United Kingdom. In Germany, Sky Sports show the majority of matches, with Eurosport hosting one match per week.

The Borussia Dortmund home kit for 2019/20 - Borussia Dortmund

Buying the kit

You can get your own Dortmund jersey from the official club shop.

Stateside fan clubs

As one of Germany’s best supported clubs it is no surprise that love for BVB has spread across the Atlantic. Official fan clubs can be found from Washington DC on the East Coast all the way to Los Angeles and San Diego on the West via Indianapolis, Kansas City and more. Head here to find your nearest Dortmund fan club.