All you need to know about one of the Bundesliga's true heavyweights, Borussia Dortmund.

Fun facts

  • The North Rhine-Westphalian giants have the highest average attendance of any football club worldwide (81,178).
  • The SIGNAL IDUNA PARK's famous South Stand - more commonly known as the Gelbe Wand, or Yellow Wall - also happens to be the world's largest terrace, with a capacity of nearly 25,000.
  • BVB's rivalry with Ruhr district neighbours FC Schalke 04 is one of the most passionate and hard-fought in world football.

The Revierderby between between Dortmund and Schalke is one of the hottest fixtures on the Bundesliga calendar. © gettyimages / Thomas Bielefeld


One of the founding members of the Bundesliga as defending German champions, Borussia Dortmund had to wait another 32 years before finally claiming the national crown again. That heralded an era of glory with three Bundesliga titles and their only UEFA Champions League triumph in 1997. After briefly flirting with relegation during the mid-noughties, the arrival of charismatic head coach Jürgen Klopp marked the beginning of the most successful period in the club's history, as Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa and Co. went on to win back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 and reach the 2013 Champions League final, which they lost to bitter rivals FC Bayern München.

Ousmane Dembele (l.) is one of a handful of exciting new arrivals to have joined BVB in summer 2016. © imago / DeFodi

Former 1. FSV Mainz 05 head coach Thomas Tuchel replaced Klopp for the 2015/16 campaign and steered Die Schwarzgelben to second with a points haul that would have delivered a sixth Bundesliga title to the club in all but four Bundesliga seasons to date. Summer signings of European champion Raphael Guerreiro from FC Lorient and exciting teenager Ousmane Dembele from Stade Rennais FC have left hopes high that the departures of Mats Hummels and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be too keenly felt.


Bundesliga champions: 1994/95, 1995/96, 2001/02, 2010/11, 2011/12

DFB Cup Winners: 1964/65, 1988/89, 2011/12

German Supercup winners: 1989/90, 1995/96, 1996/97, 2013/14, 2014/15

UEFA Champions League winners: 1996/97

European Cup Winners' Cup winners: 1965/66

Intercontinental Cup winners: 1997/98

Dortmund enjoyed unprecedented success under Jürgen Klopp.


Capacity: 80,645