Borussia Dortmund Fan Club London - The Podcast
Bonus show with the Blood Red Liverpool FC podcast: Good evening Philip Degen! BVB defender 2005-8/Liverpool 2008-11

Bonus show with the Blood Red Liverpool FC podcast: Good evening Philip Degen! BVB defender 2005-8/Liverpool 2008-11

November 25, 2020

Thank you for your interest in the BvB London fan community podcast as every week the focus of the show will be on exploring a facet of B​orussia Dortmund life by talking to experts and former participants of the club's life, like players, fans, journalists who have covered the club and functionaries and experts and thus make this wonderful club more accessible to non-German speakers but the podcast is also of interest to German football fans who speak English.

On today's show Matt Addison of the Liverpool FC Blood Red Podcast and Ben interview Philip Degen, BVB defender between 2005-08 who also played for the 'Reds' at Anfield between 2008-11. Degen ,who is now a football agent, went on to play for VFB Stuttgart in 2010/11, before finishing his career at home club FC Basel from 2011- 2016. Degen gained 32 caps with the Switzerland national team at senior level and played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and 2008 European Championships which was played across Austria and his home country Switzerland.

Philip talks about his three seasons at Westfalenstadion in which he notched up 68 appearances  In terms of finishes Borussia finished just outside the European qualifying spots in 7th in 05/06 and 06/07 and 13th in 07/08 under German coach Thomas Doll. In spite of injuries which sidelined the Liesetal born defender, who could also play on the right-wing, was a spectacular long-range shot which resulted in an outstanding goal to give BVB the lead in a 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich in season 2005/6. 

With Liverpool Degen narrowly missed out on the Premier League title in season 2008/9. In 2009/10 the 'Reds' reached the semi-final of the Europaleague where they were knocked out by winners Atletico Madrid. In 2010/11 the Anfield based club finished in 6th spot under coach Kenny Daglish.  In 2010/11 with VFB Stuttgart, Degen reached the last 16 of the Europaleague and finished 12th in the league. In 2011 Degen returned to his home country of Switzerland and joined FC  Basel where he achieved his most important successes including four successive Swiss Super League titles and the national cup in 2011/12 before retiring in 2016. 

Philipp shares his memories of his active career, the characters and personalities he worked with along the way and gives advice on what it takes to reach the professional level of football as well as talking about his appearances at the European Championship and World cup. We also talking about BVB's prospects, why Jude Bellingham is the hottest prospect in European football right now and he spills the beans on Bradley Fink a young English-Swiss attacker who could be shaping up to become one of BVB's stars in the next year's to come. 

We hope you enjoy the show, remember to send us your comments, share the show with friends and to apply for tickets contact the club via the website which is borussiadortmundlondon.co.uk or join the London BvB community at our online group at Facebook.com/borussiadortmundfanclubengland.
 
During the season you can also come to watch a game at our meet-up Stammtisch at the Naughty Bar, just off Oxford Street, in Cleveland street London.
 
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German language Episode Ep. 18 - Mittelstürmer Bernd Klotz (81-84) ‘Dortmund war damals ein anderer Klub’

German language Episode Ep. 18 - Mittelstürmer Bernd Klotz (81-84) ‘Dortmund war damals ein anderer Klub’

November 17, 2020

Vielen Dank für Ihr Interesse am BVB Londoner Fan-Community-Podcast. Jede Woche geht es darum, eine Facette des Lebens von Borussia Dortmund im Gespräch mit Experten und ehemaligen Teilnehmer des Vereinslebens wie Spielern, Fans, Journalisten, die diesen Verein in seiner Entwicklung beeinflusst haben, zu entdecken.

Unser Gast heute ist Bernd Klotz ein Stürmer der auch als offensiver Mittelfeldspieler spielte.

Er absolvierte 329 Profispiele und erzielte 83 Tore bei Borussia Dortmund zwischen 1981-84 sowie beim VFB Stuttgart, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Waldhof Mannheim und Fortuna Köln. Klotz spielte auch 8 Mal für die deutsche U21, wo er neben Littbarski und Matthäus und dabei 2 Tore erzielte.  

1. Wurzeln beim VFB Stuttgart, erster Profivertrag, Spiel mit, Freundschaft mit Joachim Löw und Torhüter Eike Immel. 

2.  Saison 81/82 Das 500,000 DM Transfer Klotz zum BVB.Training mit Branko Zebec, "Die Gerüchte über das Trinken wurden niemals bewiesen", sein Trainingsstil, seine Persönlichkeit. Erste Eindrücke von Michael Zorc in seiner ersten Saison nach dem Aufstieg aus der U19-Mannschaft. Rolf Russmann war "der Boss", wir hätten Meister werden können, wenn Zebec geblieben wäre. 

3. Saison 82/83 Ein neuer Trainer Kalli Feldkamp gefolgt von Reinhard Saftig, ein Hattrick gegen Arminia Bielefeld beim 11:1, ein neuer Spieler aus Rumänien Marcel Raducanu "der Ball klebte an seinen Füßen wie Klebstoff", die Geschichte hinter der Pony-Marke und den BVB, Lothar Huber der König der Flanken, Sieg und Tore gegen Bayern München. 

4. Saison 83/84 "Zu viel Instabilität beeinträchtigte unser Spiel", Drei Trainer in einer Saison Franz, Konietzka und Tippenhauer. Schalkes Abstieg in die 2. Liga, Derby-Erinnerungen. "Wir wussten, dass die Situation des Klubs kritisch war" und die härtesten Bundesliga-Konkurrenten der Liga auf dem Spielfeld zu dieser Zeit und ein erstaunliches Spiel gegen den FC Barcelona gegen Maradona.

5. Wechsel zu Waldhof Mannheim unter Klaus Schlappner mit Jürgen Kohler, 2. Liga-Meister mit Fortuna Düsseldorf und ein Angebot von Sevilla und Deutschland U21 und Olympiamannschaft. 

6. Der BVB von heute ist mit dem von damals kaum zu vergleichen". Der Trainerschein, das Leben nach dem Sport, Geschäfts- und Familienleben und das Interesse an der Premier League.

Wir hoffen, dass euch die Show gefällt. Schickt uns eure Kommentare, teilt die Show mit Freunden und vergesst nicht zu liken. Wenn Ihr den Fanklub kontaktieren wollt, geht das über die Website borussiadortmundlondon.co.uk oder auch in der Online-Gruppe unter Facebook.com/borussiadortmundfanclubengland.

Während der Saison seit ihr herzlich wilkommen BVB Spiele an unserem Stammtisch in der Naughty Bar in der Londoner Cleveland Street in der Nähe der Oxford Street mit unsere Mitglieder mit anzusehen.

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German Language Episode  Ep. 17 - Mittelstürmer Will ‘Ente’ Lippens (1975-79) ‘Ohne Fans ist es Kacke”

German Language Episode Ep. 17 - Mittelstürmer Will ‘Ente’ Lippens (1975-79) ‘Ohne Fans ist es Kacke”

November 17, 2020

Vielen Dank für Ihr Interesse am BVB Londoner Fan-Community-Podcast. Jede Woche geht es darum, eine Facette des Lebens von Borussia Dortmund im Gespräch mit Experten und ehemaligen Teilnehmer des Vereinslebens wie Spielern, Fans, Journalisten, die diesen Verein in seiner Entwicklung beeinflusst haben, zu entdecken.

Unser heutiger Gast zu seinem 75. Geburtstag ist ein hervorragender Mittelstürmer, der in 336 Profispielen 242 Tore erzielte - eine spektakuläre Leistung und ein großartiger Charakter, der von den Fans für seinen Sinn für Humor und seine kleine Statur geliebt war und von den Verteidigern wegen seiner Trefferquote gefürchtet wurde - Willi "Ente" Lippens. 

Willi Lippens wurde 1945 in Bedburg, Hau, einem Dorf in der Nähe von Duisburg, geboren, er spielte als Mittelstürmer zwischen 1966 und 1982 bei Borussia Dortmund, RW Essen, RW Oberhausen und Dallas Tornado in der Nordamerikanischen Liga. 

1. Aufgewachsen im Schatten des Zweiten Weltkriegs und der kuriosen Geschichte eines wohlwollenden örtlichen Schornsteinfegers, des ersten Profivertrages beim RW Essen und eines ersten Hattricks beim 10:1-Sieg beim 1.FC Muelheim. 

2. Borussia Dortmund klopft in der Saison 76/77 bei Lippens an. Er spielt für den neu aufgestiegenen BVB unter Otto Rehagel, Auswärtssieg bei den FC Bayern, 50.000 im neuen Westfalenstadion und Geschichten von Erwin Kostedde und Mirco Votava.

4. Spielzeit 77/78 Eine 12:0 Klastsche gegen Borussia Mönchengladbach die Geschichte hinter Dortmunds schlimmster Niederlage, ein Trikot mit Samson und ein Löwe auf der Brust, und grosse Rivalität und Freundschaft mit Sigi Held.   

5. Saison 78/79 Ein 17-jähriger Torhüter Eike Immel macht einen sofortigen Eindruck, Spiele gegen "Mighty Mouse" Kevin Keegan, Vergleich mit Jadon Sancho und der 'in der Bundesliga damals kamen die Verteidiger mit Mord davon".

6. Ruhestand, Familienleben und die Liebe zum englischen Spiel und zur Premier League.

 Wir hoffen, dass euch die Show gefällt. Schickt uns eure Kommentare, teilt die Show mit Freunden und vergesst nicht zu liken. Wenn Ihr den Fanklub kontaktieren wollt, geht das über die Website borussiadortmundlondon.co.uk oder auch in der Online-Gruppe unter Facebook.com/borussiadortmundfanclubengland.

Während der Saison seit ihr herzlich wilkommen BVB Spiele an unserem Stammtisch in der Naughty Bar in der Londoner Cleveland Street in der Nähe der Oxford Street mit unsere Mitglieder mit anzusehen.

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Episode 16 The Centreback former Norway international Andre Bergdølmo (BVB 2003-05)

Episode 16 The Centreback former Norway international Andre Bergdølmo (BVB 2003-05)

October 26, 2020

Thank you for your interest in the BvB London fan community podcast as every week the focus of the show will be on exploring a facet of B​orussia Dortmund life by talking to experts and former participants of the club's life, like players, fans, journalists who have covered the club and functionaries and experts and thus make this wonderful club more accessible to non-German speakers but the podcast is also of interest to German football fans who speak English.

Our guest on podcast 16 has since 2016 been a coach with Norwegian second tier (1. divisjon) team Sarsborg 08. As a player he played as a full-back and won 6 championships and 3 cups in Norway, Denmark and Holland, as well as being voted player of the year in his home country in 2002. 

He played for Borussia Dortmund under Matthias Sammer in 2003/4 and then Bert Van Marwijk in season 2004/5 our guest is 64 time Norway international André Bergdølmo and here is our show:

1. Roots in Norwegian football - Learning the ropes with Lillestrom and winning championships with the 'kings of the Norwegian game' Rosenborg.  

2. Big transfer to Ajax - Three seasons in Amsterdam, winning the KNVB and Super Cups alongside greats like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jari Litmanen and Wesley Snijder and why Andre turned down Portsmouth FC for Dortmund.

3. Season 2003/4 An offer from the Premier League why BVB? Welcome to Borussia - In a season hit with key injuries to Evanilson, Metzelder and Frings there were big shoes to fill what were the first impressions of Borussia Dortmund under Matthias Sammer and the  Westfalenstadion? Memories of colleagues of Ewerthon, Amoroso and Stefan Reuter, Champions league v Brugge and the UEFA cup campaign. 

4. The second season with Bert Van Marwijk in 2004/5 memories of Weidenfeller, Dede, Rosicky and Kehl, Ebi Smolarek and the mighty Jan Koller, that Nike kit, the 14th March a day no BVB fan will ever forget but what was it like for the players?

5. FC Copenhagen - UEFA cup v Celtic, Campioni, winning the Danish Championship. 

6. The Norwegian national team - The 2000 European Championships, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Alf-Inge Halaand and friends. Thoughts on Erling Haaland and the current Norwegian generation. 

An apology Steinar Pedersen did in fact of course play two seasons for BVB 1996/7 and 97/98.

We hope you enjoy the show, remember to send us your comments, share the show with friends and to apply for tickets contact the club via the website which is borussiadortmundlondon.co.uk or join the London BvB community at our online group at Facebook.com/borussiadortmundfanclubengland.
 
During the season you can also come to watch a game at our meet-up Stammtisch at the Naughty Bar, just off Oxford Street, in Cleveland street London.
 
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Episode 15 Fan Kultur - Premier League v Bundesliga fan culture

Episode 15 Fan Kultur - Premier League v Bundesliga fan culture

October 23, 2020

Thank you for your interest in the BvB London fan community podcast as every week the focus of the show will be on exploring a facet of B​orussia Dortmund life by talking to experts and former participants of the club's life, like players, fans, journalists who have covered the club and functionaries and experts and thus make this wonderful club more accessible to non-German speakers but the podcast is also of interest to German football fans who speak English.

The focus of the show is on fan culture in UK vs Germany.  Borussia Dortmund has some of the most loyal and committed fans recognised around the world and the highest attendance of any football club in the world at over 81,000 average per game but what is it that makes German fan culture so unique?
 
What is it that draws so many UK fans to the Bundesliga and BVB week in week out? How does UK fan culture compare? Have we lost our fan atmosphere in UK football grounds? Is English football too commercial? What can we learn from the Bundesliga and BVB? This show is a fan culture special. 
 
Football without the fans is nothing as Jock Stein the great Scottish coach said and empty grounds because of Covid-19 are a major threat to world football on tonight's show Phil and David join Ben along with our special guest Phiilipp Buchner sports presenter with RBB Radio Radio Berlin Brandenburg to debate one of our game's most important issues do we still get a football experience we recognise in England?
 
Here's the show's rundown: 
 

1. Ticket pricing: Always a hot topic is the cost of actually going to watch your club.  In England we are lead to believe that German football is a lot more affordable. With Arsenal charging over £2000 for a season ticket almost 8 times as much as a season ticket at Borussia Dortmund (€230) is English football pricing us out of the game?

2. TV games and fixture times: Pre COVID football across Europe has been moving games for TV with little regard for match going fans.  There have been protests in Germany against Monday night matches but they persist in the second tier 2 Liga, is fixtures scheduling a problem fans in the Uk and Germany share? What can we do about it? 

3. Matches during COVID-19:  Its good to see fans back in German football albeit tiny numbers of locally based fans. Whilst in England you can only attend football in the 7th tier in crowds up to 600.  Is this a sacrifice worth taking?  How have the steps Germany has done to get fans back and how its been received?  What about piped crowd sound is it a valued innovation or just another gimmick? Does football even matter when people are losing their lives? 

4. Hardcore fans and ultras: In England we see Ultras not as a hooligan but as a group that take their support to the next level organising massive choreographies and displays in grounds, organised fans that have influence with the clubs to an enviable level but is it too much? Who are the Ultras really and what do they do?  Is fan culture dead in the UK? 

5. Safe standing: How is it seen in Germany? Is standing just a cheaper option or the option of choice? Does it improve the atmosphere? Should we bring this back in the UK? 

6. Atmosphere in the grounds: Atmospheres at Premier league games are often dull for many reasons.   Germany is seen a leading light in match day atmosphere, is the case and if so is working for German football and what are we getting wrong in England?

7. Safety at games for away fans: Away fans in England are often treated as second class citizens by match day stewards and police but it’s a lot safer now to attend games as an away fan in the UK than it was 20 years ago but German fans travel to domestic away games in greater numbers and the rail travel is free how does it work? With half of clubs being able to survive on media income alone do fans still count in the Premier League?     

We hope you enjoy the show, remember to send us your comments, share the show with friends and to apply for tickets contact the club via the website which is borussiadortmundlondon.co.uk or join the London BvB community at our online group at Facebook.com/borussiadortmundfanclubengland.
 
During the season you can also come to watch a game at our meet-up Stammtisch at the Naughty Bar, just off Oxford Street, in Cleveland street London.
 
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Episode 14 The TV Presenter: Raphael Honigstein - The season preview, let’s talk Borussia’s Bayern challenge..

Episode 14 The TV Presenter: Raphael Honigstein - The season preview, let’s talk Borussia’s Bayern challenge..

September 18, 2020
Thank you for your interest in the BvB London fan community podcast as every week the focus of the show will be on exploring a facet of B​orussia Dortmund life by talking to experts and former participants of the club's life, like players, fans, journalists who have covered the club and functionaries and experts and thus make this wonderful club more accessible to non-German speakers but the podcast is also of interest to German football fans who speak English.
 
The focus of the show is a Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund, two titans of the German league and yet not a battle of equals, Bayern have a turnover of €300m more than Die Schwarz-Gelben. But the Meisterschaften of 2019 and 20 have been amongst the exciting and promising in recent years, with more than a hint of potentiality for a major upset to the benefit of the boys from the Westfalenstadion.
 
Raphael Honigstein is one of the leading football broadcast journalists in the UK who feeds the appetite in UK for the fan's favourite football league, the Bundesliga, well-known to viewers of BT Sport TV as a pundit, a commentator on Talk Sport and a writer for amongst others the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Also an author of a number of books including 'Bring the noise' on BVB's former and current Liverpool gaffer Jürgen Klopp and 'Das Reboot how German football reinvented itself and conquered the world', originating from Bavaria a life-long FC Bayern Munich fan.
 
Topic 1 - Bayern in short why are they where they are at this time? Bayern have won all the Bundesliga titles since 2013 and now the triple they have an excellent squad including and Hansi Flick has exceeded everyone's expectations. What is the impact on German football? 
 
Topic 2 Dortmund as an area is less industrially successful than Munich and so BVB has to rely on fan power which they manage admirably they have the biggest gate in the world and make €4m per home game and BVB run a very tidy ship with a €0.5bn turnover and €30m profit in 19/20 but have been for many years unable to hold the big names like Hummels and Lewandowski and some label Dortmund a 'selling club' but is there another reason players leave? What is the reason for BVB's pain in the face of the Munich juggernaut? 
 
Topic 3 What about the way the two clubs are run? The management structure? The technical staff, what difference do Matthias Sammer and Sebastian Kehl at Borussia make? Borussia have one of the most talented squads since the 2011/12 double-winning season but is the number 1 spot in the German league title on the cards with the current squad? What are the areas BVB need to make up the numbers in? 
 
Topic 4 There have been a run of managers since Klopp left without finding the 'special one' Was it a mistake to sack Tuchel? Lucien Favre's tactics are getting points and record numbers of goals but is he a winner? His last title was 9 years ago and in the Swiss League. Is he the one to mould the 'New Generation' into a silverware-winning team and we take a look at some of those coaches who Watzke and Zorc may be running the ruler over for the a potential change of guard. 
 
Topic 5 As on every show we find out what our guests own experiences of going to Westfalenstadion are, can a Bayern fan still admire the home of the Black and Yellow? What does Borussia Dortmund mean in Germany as a club? Plus we get Rapha's Predictions for the top places in the 20-21 Bundesliga season ahead.
 
On the eve of 20-21 Colm and Ben of Fan Club London take the pulse of German football, can the fan's league of choice survive another Bayern title? Plus Colm works on his German pronunciation skills and Ben discovers Rapha and him have more in common than they realised and share a common appreciation for some of the grounds around England. 
 
We hope you enjoy the show, remember to send us your comments, share the show with friends and to apply for tickets contact the club via the website which is borussiadortmundlondon.co.uk or join the London BvB community at our online group at Facebook.com/borussiadortmundfanclubengland.
 
During the season you can also come to watch a game at our meet-up Stammtisch at the Naughty Bar, just off Oxford Street, in Cleveland street London.
 
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Episode 13 Scottish Premier League 20-21 Season Preview with Chief Executive Duncan Fraser of Aberdeen FC

Episode 13 Scottish Premier League 20-21 Season Preview with Chief Executive Duncan Fraser of Aberdeen FC

August 6, 2020

Thank you for your interest in the BvB London fan community podcast with the summer break in full force in the Bundesliga and BVB at their annual training camp at Bad Ragaz on today's show we head back to Scotland to get a preview of the 20-21 season that has just kicked off. 

We share an hour with Duncan Fraser who for the past 18 years has been a director of Aberdeen FC 9 of which were spent as CEO a position which he resigned from in June 2020. He is currently Scotland's FIFA Commissioner and a UEFA delegate. On the show, Duncan gives a rare insight into life at the top of a top tier football club and working Scotland's corner within the not always uncontroversial European governing bodies. 

A chartered accountant by training, Duncan is a life-long Aberdeen fan and he has been involved with the club as club secretary, operations director, managing director and CEO. During the 17 years at the club, The 'Dons' as Aberdeen are known won the Scottish League Cup in 2014. 

Aberdeen FC have never been relegated from the top tier of Scottish football and have won the title 4 times, the Scottish cup 7 times and the League cup 6 times. The crowning achievement for the club who play their football at Pittodrie stadium was the 1983/84 UEFA European Cup Winners cup and Super Cup under manager Sir Alec Ferguson. 

Topics on the show: 

1. Introduction to Duncan, how did he come to be in football, his life with Aberdeen FC and what he has learnt from managing a football club.

2. An introduction to Aberdeen FC and Pittodrie stadium, the great players and managers what makes this club unique? What about the fans of the 'Dons' what makes them special? 

3. Preview of the 20-21 SPL season, will Celtic make it 10? Will Stevie Gerrard survive the season? Will it be a two-horse race again? Where will Aberdeen finish? Who will be this season dark-horse? Predictions for the season finishers?  

4. The Scottish national team and the European qualifiers, who are the bright young players in Scottish Football to look out for? What have been the challenges of Scottish football since the glory days up until the 80s? 

5. How is safe standing working in Scotland? Do you think it will be a success? Duncan shares his view on safe-standing and Bundesliga audiences as well as his experience of German football and Borussia Dortmund and the 50+1 form of ownership in Germany.  

6. Being Scotland's FIFA commissioner and a UEFA delegate, what direction are the reforms of the governing bodies going? Are the UEFA Nations League and new third tier for clubs the conference 'viable' or is this more watering down of football?

7. Are we likely to see a new competition replacing the Champions League? A Euro 2020, now postponed across Europe, is UEFA out of touch with climate challenges? Should football be doing more in this respect? 

The football plan that is mentioned in the podcast that influenced the developments at the DFB was a plan developed by former Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson initially for the FA in 2000 substantial parts of which were implemented according to Wilkinson by the DFB in an article in The Times in March 2012.  

You can find the fan club at the usual social media tags. We hope you enjoyed the show, remember to send us your comments, share the show with friends and to apply for tickets contact the club via the website which is borussiadortmundlondon.co.uk or join the London BvB community at our online group at Facebook.com/borussiadortmundfanclubengland. During the season you can also come to watch a game at our meet-up Stammtisch at the Naughty Bar, just off Oxford Street, in Cleveland street London.
 
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Episode 12  A Striker’s story England hero Tony Woodcock (Active 1974-90)

Episode 12 A Striker’s story England hero Tony Woodcock (Active 1974-90)

July 30, 2020
Welcome to the BvB London fan club podcast as every week the focus of the show will be on exploring a facet of Borussia Dortmund life by talking to experts and former participants of the club's life, like players, fans, journalists who have covered the club and functionaries and experts and thus make our BvB more accessible to non-German speakers in particular.
 
On today's episode, fan club president Ben welcomes BVB fan Mark Sheppard and Tony Woodcock a former striker whose clubs include Arsenal, 1 FC Köln and Nottingham Forest. Tony also won 42 England caps scoring 16 goals for the England national team including at the FIFA World cup 1982 in Spain. Playing 432 games at elite level, Woodcock scored a total of a stunning 139 goals. Tony won the European cup, now UEFA Champions League in 1979 with Nottingham Forest having already won the 1978 English first division, now renamed Premier League, title with the same club. A recent poll of Arsenal fans ranked Woodcock 48th in the all-time list of Arsenal's best players. The prolific striker also played for during two stints with 1 FC Köln in the Bundesliga. Tony now runs his own financial business and is a father of four. Topics on the show: 
 
1 The beginnings in football and Nottingham Forest, how he came to be a pro footballer, his debut, working under Brian Clough, winning the European cup, the ascend from the second tier to champions, an unparalleled achievement in English football, players who made the biggest impression plus loan spells with Lincoln CIty under Graham Taylor and Doncaster Rovers. 
 
2 The move to the Bundesliga and a record signing for 1 FC Köln. A massive welcome by 10.000 supporters in Cologne. Why a club like Cologne? Former team mates Dieter Müller, Toni Schumacher and Pierre Littbarski and Bernd Schuster,  the 79-80 DFB Pokal final. 81-82 just missed out on the title to then European Cup (now UEFA Champions league) winners HSV by 3 points, top scorer at 1 FC Köln with 15 goals. 
 
3 Arsenal transfer
What attracted him about Arsenal, scoring 5 in one game v Aston Villa, a goal tally of 56 goals a great achievement, that North London rivalry, the great characters that stood out Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Rocky Rocastle, George Graham unforgettable stories from Highbury.

 
4  Back to 1 FC Köln
Friends and teammates including soon to be BVB stars Thomas 'Icke' Haessler, Fleming Poulsen, Juergen Kohler all BVB stars later, Stefan Engels, the Allofs brothers, an injury and friendship with Bundesliga stars of the time like Marcel Raducanu plus why the connection with 1.FC Köln and the people of Cologne is so strong.
 
5  A sensational England career  Kevin Keegan, playing Germany at the FIFA World Cup, memories of Terry Butcher, Bryan Robson, Bobby Robson the team coach, highlights of an international career playing against some of the greatest stars of World football including Zico and Maradona. 
 
You can find the fan club at the usual social media tags. We hope you enjoyed the show, remember to send us your comments, share the show with friends and to apply for tickets contact the club via the website which is borussiadortmundlondon.co.uk or join the London BvB community at our online group at Facebook.com/borussiadortmundfanclubengland. During the season you can also come to watch a game at our meet-up Stammtisch at the Naughty Bar, just off Oxford Street, in Cleveland street London.
 
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Episode 11 The Goalkeeper: Dennis Gentenaar BVB (05/06)

Episode 11 The Goalkeeper: Dennis Gentenaar BVB (05/06)

July 11, 2020
Welcome to the BvB London fan club podcast as every week the focus of the show will be on exploring a facet of Borussia Dortmund life by talking to experts and former participants of the club's life, like players, fans, journalists who have covered the club and functionaries and experts and thus make our BvB more accessible to non-German speakers in particular.
 
Dennis Gentenaar a UEFA C licensed goalkeeping coach currently with Al Wahda FC in United Arab Emirates talks to Ben. Dennis is a former keeper who played with Borussia Dortmund in season 05/06 where BVB finished in 7th spot. His former clubs include Ajax Amsterdam, NEC, Venlo and Almere City in Holland playing 270 matches at pro level. Dennis is now a squad member of the Borussia Dortmund legends team. Topics on the show:
 
1 How did Dennis's career kick off with NEC, how did he come to be a pro footballer. When did he sign his first contract? What was his debut like? A total of 10 years with NEC including an amazing UEFA Cup campaign and an infamous fan pitch invasion. Working under Johan Neeskens one of the greatest Dutch players. The club's rivalry with Vitesse Arnheim and being elected 2003 dutch keeper of the year.
 
2 BVB in 05/06 Working with Bert Van Marwjik in a season where BVB finished 9th and our club was battling the biggest financial crisis in it's history. Signing for a legendary club. A debut against Mainz 05.  Great friendship with Ebbi Smolarek. Stories of Lars Ricken, Christoph Metzelder and the South-Africans Buckley and Pienaar, Dede's pool parties, Nuri Sahin starts his career at Westfalenstadion. Recollections of being the understudy to Roman Weidenfeller. Living in Dortmund what makes it a unique football city.  
 
3 Three seasons with the mighty Ajax Amsterdam, why winning the KNVB Cup in 2007 was surprisingly not the ultimate highlight. Playing alongside Huntelaar, Snijder, Davids, Rommedahl. Luis Suarez emerges with a 34 goal haul and golden boot and is voted player of the season What is unique about Ajax?
 
4 Later career with Almere and Nijmegen. A return to NEC where he remains one of the most popular keepers, an amazing goodbye. What is the real contrast between the Dutch and German leagues which is the most challenging and why? 
 
5 What makes the role of goalkeeper unique? What special skills does it take? Life as a goalkeeping coach in the desert and Dennis's pride in seeing his son Dayan on the path to pro football in UAE.  
 
You can find the fan club at the usual social media tags. We hope you enjoyed the show, remember to send us your comments, share the show with friends and to apply for tickets contact the club via the website which is borussiadortmundlondon.co.uk or join the London BvB community at our online group at Facebook.com/borussiadortmundfanclubengland. During the season you can also come to watch a game at our meet-up Stammtisch at the Naughty Bar, just off Oxford Street, in Cleveland street London.
 

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Episode 10 Borussia Dortmund London Fan Club Podcast 1.FC Kaiserslautern bust, seriously?! With Nik Wildhagen of Talking Fussball

Episode 10 Borussia Dortmund London Fan Club Podcast 1.FC Kaiserslautern bust, seriously?! With Nik Wildhagen of Talking Fussball

June 28, 2020
Welcome to the BvB London fan club podcast as every week the focus of the show will be on exploring a facet of Borussia Dortmund life by talking to experts and former participants of the club's life, like players, fans, journalists who have covered the club and functionaries and experts and thus make our BvB more accessible to non-German speakers in particular.
 
In a week where the Meisterschaft is decided and Bayern have taken the honours , again, Borussia Dortmund are confirmed finishing in second in the league for the 09th time as 'Vizemeister' (second-place finishers) it's time for a tactical diversion.
 
Ben heads to the South-West of Germany. On tonight's show we look at one of BVBs old rivals over the decades who is now facing huge challenges to survive as a professional club like a number of others they have been badly affected by the pandemic but have also suffered years of mismanagement and have now this week gone into voluntary administration; four-time champions 1 F.C Kaiserslautern. 
 
How could that have happened to such a big club? Is this a one-off or is there an underlying weakness below the 2 Liga in German football? Ben's guests are Mark Sheppard and Talking Fussball editor Nik Wildhagen, Nik is a journalist with a passion for historical clubs of Germany and on the show.
 
Kaiserslautern is a club steeped in history and should be on any groundhoppers bucket-list.  We explore how a club who won the Championship as recently as 1998 with a stadium with an average following of 18,000 spectators even in the third tier could be facing insolvency. What are the factors that have contributed to the relegation of '1FCK' and the factors into the crisis and we explore the club's history in the Bundesliga and in European competition.  
 
As every week, we contrast this with English clubs, this time we look at Leeds United in the 1990s who faced a similar plight which it has taken them twenty years to recover from as they knock on promotion to the Premier League in the last weeks of the 19-20 season. 
 
We look at the wider challenges of the 2 and 3 Liga and Regionaliga clubs, the second, third and fourth-tiers of German football. Who are the former Champions and DFB Pokal winners playing in the leagues and what are the challenges they face, will more clubs follow? 
 
Apologies to 1.FC Kaiserslautern's goalkeeping coach and 'Lautern' fan his name is of course Gerald Ehrmann not Ehrenfeld!  
 
We hope you enjoy the show, remember to send us your comments, share the show with friends and to apply for tickets contact the club via the website which is borussiadortmundlondon.co.uk or join the London BvB community at our online group at Facebook.com/borussiadortmundfanclubengland. During the season you can also come to watch a game at our meet-up Stammtisch at the Naughty Bar, just off Oxford Street, in Cleveland street London
 

 

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