Borussia Dortmund was founded in 1909 by eighteen football players from Dortmund. They are very famous for having one of the most passionate fan bases in football. Their Stadium Signal Iduna Park is the biggest stadium in Germany. Many great players have played for this club. In this article, let us have a look some of the greatest Borussia Dortmund players ever.
Based on various factors like longevity, consistency, skills and the impact they had on the club, here are the 10 greatest Borussia Dortmund players ever in this ‘BVB legends list’.
10. Jurgen Kohler [1995-2002]
Apps – 243
Regarded as one of the greatest Borussia Dortmund players of all time, Kohler was a physically strong centre-back, who was famed for his defensive perception, anticipation, quick reactions, marking, and prowess in the air, which also made him a goal threat during set-pieces. He was also known for his composure when in possession and his ability to play the ball out of defence.
He even successfully marked and stopped some of the world’s greatest strikers such as van Basten, Lineker, and Maradona. Kohler played for Dortmund for seven years, leading the team won two Bundesliga titles and one Champions League trophy.
9. Marco Reus [2012-Present]
When Reus penetrates the penalty area at high speed, the leather football is seemingly glued to his boot. Speed and excellent technique combine with his ability to sniff out a goal
Already regarded among BVB legends, Reus was born in Dortmund and grew up there and played for local team Post und Telekom SV Dortmund, as well as for the Borussia Dortmund youth team. Reaching the final of the German football championship in 2006 as an under 17, the slight 16 year old made it to the squad but not the first eleven. After this, he took a different path.
The attacker played in the Under-19 Bundesliga with Rot Weiss Ahlen and made the first team in the 2007/08 season – from the regional leagues via League 3 to the second Bundesliga. There, he made it as a regular and essential player. In summer 2009, Reus moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he saw “the best opportunity” to “make long term developments”.
In summer 2012, Dortmund’s Sporting Director Michael Zorc skilfully saw how to use Reus’ deep-rootedness in Dortmund to get the German international back. During the transfer window, he pitted himself against Europe’s top clubs, who were also after the skilful player with a distinct knack for scoring.
8. Lars Ricken [1993-2007]
Ricken represented Borussia Dortmund during his entire professional career, which spanned 15 years, being the youngest player to ever appear for the club in an official match, a record later broken by Nuri Şahin.
He won 3 Bundesliga titles and 1 Champions League with the club. He undoubtedly deserves a place in this list of greatest Borussia Dortmund players ever.
7. Alfred Niepieklo [1951-1960]
[2nd one in the pic]
This German midfielder scored a staggering 124 goals in 200 apps for the club making him one of the greatest Borussia Dortmund players of all time. He is among the club’s all time top 10 goalscorers.
He sadly passed away in 2014.
6. Mathias Sammer [1993-1999]
Matthias Sammer is one of the Bundesliga’s best player of all time. This player also became the only Dortmund player ever to win a Ballon d’Or award. Sammer won the award in 1996, a year in which he led Dortmund to be a Bundesliga champions and helped German national team win the Euro 1996.
Throughout his career, Sammer was known as a tough, strong, and determined libero. He is also one of the highest scoring defenders in the world of football.