Borussia Dortmund finished the season as the best runners-up in Bundesliga history.
Borussia Dortmund finished the season as the best runners-up in Bundesliga history.

Season Review 2015/16: Borussia Dortmund

After seven successful years under Jürgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund entered a brave new world in 2015/16. The start of the Thomas Tuchel era would exceed all expectations.

Season in a nutshell

In his own words, Tuchel wanted to make Dortmund a genuine challenger in the Bundesliga once more. He managed that in jaw-dropping style. Dortmund’s renowned high-tempo pressing game was complemented by precise, possession-based football. The measured yet constantly attacking build-up play earned plaudits at home and abroad and restored Dortmund’s status as the number one challengers to FC Bayern München.

Top three games

MD25: Borussia Dortmund 0-0 FC Bayern München

Despite being top scorers in the league, it was a goalless draw that showed how far Dortmund have come under Tuchel. The Klassiker against Bayern had everything: an intense, fast-paced, tactically intriguing match of the highest order.

MD1: Borussia Dortmund 4–0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

On the opening day of the season, a relentless Dortmund side simply blew Gladbach and memories of the disappointing previous season away.

MD12: Borussia Dortmund – FC Schalke 04 3:2

In a top-class Revierderby, Dortmund dominated, had more possession and countless chances yet only scraped past their great local rivals in the end.


He may have finished behind Robert Lewandowski in the leading scorers’ chart in the end, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enjoyed a prolific season, smashing records along the way. He became the first player since Klaus Allofs to score in ten consecutive matches (spanning two seasons), his final tally of 25 goals was more than any African player had ever managed before in a Bundesliga campaign and he overtook Lewandowski himself as Dortmund’s all-time leading foreign scorer.