Borussia Dortmund Tryouts & Club Guide: History, Stadium, Players, and More!

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Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, commonly known as Borussia Dortmund, BVB, or simply Dortmund, is a German professional sports club based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The club competes in the Bundesliga, the top flight of German football.

Borussia Dortmund Youth Development System

Borussia Dortmund Academy

Borussia Dortmund Youth Sector is the youth set-up of Borussia Dortmund. The club operates the system for boys from the age of nine upwards and a total of 15 youth teams. Home games are staged at the club’s training ground Hohenbuschei.

The youth team has educated many players who have become regulars in the Bundesliga and the Germany national football team, such as Eike Immel, Lars Ricken and the current club Director for Sport Michael Zorc. Most recent graduates include first team regulars Marco Reus, Nuri Şahin and Marcel Schmelzer. The club has notably produced World Cup champions Mario Götze and Kevin Großkreutz.

Borussia Dortmund Academy Recruitment

The “Day of Talents” has a high, “twofold” importance for the BVB youth department. Twice a year, the football-loving children from Dortmund and the surrounding area have the opportunity to prove their skills under the eyes of the BVB junior coaches and scouts and then maybe get a place in one of the BVB junior teams.

In winter and spring, BVB invites you to its “Day of Talents”. Children and parents are often very excited and look forward – the big-eyed kickers – to their chance and a great day at BVB.

Where the boys in black and yellow train hard every day, where there is intensive practice, work and sweat for the best training and later big titles – there may be a place in one of the successful BVB junior teams.

Borussia Dortmund Performance Center


They come from all corners of Germany – and the world. Young footballers, highly talented, highly ambitious. They all have one big goal, they want to become professional footballers. For this they leave their families and friends.

The modern, well-equipped youth center in the youth performance center in Brackel is the new home of 22 highly talented footballers. When the boys open the door and their back leg is still in the hallway, the front leg is almost on the training ground. Short distances, the big dream, the big goal right in front of your eyes.

But they don’t live in a comfort zone. “We don’t want to develop little princes in brightly colored soccer shoes,” says junior coordinator Lars Ricken and reveals: “It’s a lot of effort that the boys have to put in. In principle, they have two jobs: soccer and school. You often get up at 6 a.m. and finish work at 8:30 p.m. – usually five times a week. This is not fun.”

After completing their school leaving certificate and completing their (specialist) high school diploma, many of our U19 and U23 junior players formulate the wish to “want to concentrate fully on football” in their second year as a youth player. That is certainly understandable after 12 or 13 years of school, but it does not go far enough with regard to the development of one’s own personality. There is a risk that the promotion of cognitive skills, further qualification and targeted life planning beyond the boundaries of football will be neglected in everyday life alongside training and matches.

This is exactly where our 18+ education offensive starts. With numerous offers, we offer our players opportunities for individual development, training and life planning.

Many students use a voluntary social or ecological year to further their education and orientation. In the period from August to May, we offer our talents, parallel to their team training, a qualification year with the following content:

  • Interdisciplinary educational approaches for personal further education
  • Possibilities of subjective and professional life planning
  • Offers to expand social skills
  • Targeted expansion of language skills
  • Training as a young professional football coach / B license by the Football and Athletics Association Westphalia eV
  • Financial advice
  • Interview and rhetoric training
  • Career advice as life planning
  • Guest student status at the Technical University (TU) Dortmund
  • Social Media & Me
  • English for students
  • Cooperation with the entrepreneurial college BITS in Iserlohn
  • BVB education fair on the training grounds
  • My household and I (planning – nutrition – design)

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Borussia Dortmund TRANSITION AREA U23

19 years of age is far from over!

We at Borussia Dortmund have spoken out clearly against the abolition of the U23 and in favor of intensive further development of our junior players! That means: We will continue to invest in personnel, know-how and infrastructure in the future. The training of our talents is not finished after the U19. On the contrary: The decisive steps in the transition from the junior to the senior sector are still to come. BVB continues to support the players on this path; he encourages them and gives them time to develop.

The elimination of the school burden creates time capacities for the talents after the U19, which we can use together for sports training. Our experience shows that focusing on football with intensive professional support enables enormous leaps in performance.

High priority for the transition area

At Borussia Dortmund, the transition area for the U23 is very important as the last level of training between the youth and the team of licensed players. The young talents learn here how to deal with the more physical game in the senior sector. The physical, but also the tactical requirements are increasing – regardless of whether the U23 is playing in the 3rd division or, as is currently the case, in the Regionalliga West.

  • Advantage 3rd division: The teams in the single-track third division work at professional level. A U23 is required week after week at most in this group; the players are brought closer to the level of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga. This also includes the long away trips. If the U23s play in the 3rd division, they offer players from the BVB professional squad an ideal platform to gain match practice after long injury breaks, to build up rhythm and to prepare for their comeback in the Bundesliga.
  • Advantage of the regional league: The advantages described above are also the disadvantages of the third division. In a duel with ambitious clubs, a U23 whose primary goal is to further develop talent will mostly play against relegation. It’s different in the regional league. The number of feelings of achievement is higher there. The fun factor increases and with it self-confidence.

If you can’t make it at 19, you’re not good enough?
– Sorry, but we see it differently!

Critics of the U23 say: There are no young and old players – only good and not so good. The good ones make the leap into the professional field even after the U19 – or to put it the other way around: If you don’t make it at 19, you are just not good enough!

Sorry, but we see it differently at Borussia Dortmund. It may well be that the very best actually manage direct entry into the Bundesliga at 19. But not everyone is a Marco Reus, a Mario Götze or a Julian Weigl. In addition to such exceptional talents, there are a large number of highly talented players who need a little more time to transition. And who deserve that we give them this time.

Lars Ricken: Don’t increase the pressure!

  • “Only a few young players make the leap from A-youth to professional football,” says Lars Ricken, BVB youth coordinator and one of those who started in the Bundesliga as a 17-year-old in the mid-1990s. ” Of course we want all of our talents to develop as quickly as possible. But we mustn’t give them the impression: ‘If you can’t make it from the U19 to the professional squad, you won’t make it any more’. Anyone who does this should bear in mind the immense pressure they are building up with it. “
  • Lars Ricken knows: “With the appropriate sporting development, young players can make the leap from the 3rd division or regional division to the Bundesliga in a very short time.” He cites two prominent examples from BVB’s recent past: Jones Hofmann and Erik Durm come from the U23. Durm even became world champion in Brazil in 2014.

Michael Zorc: Ideal platform for development

  • Ricken’s statements are supported by sporting director Michael Zorc: “The second team is a very good platform for our young players to gain match practice and competition experience and thereby develop themselves further,” he says. “If we succeed in regularly shaping players for our Bundesliga team in the U23 or training them so well that they can find a sporting perspective at other professional clubs, our concept has fully served its purpose.”

The U23 remains a stepping stone!

  • So does the U23 remain a springboard for promising talents in the regional league? Ingo Preuß, who has been the sporting director of the U23 for years, is “pretty sure” about this – because: “The team we played with in the regional league five years ago have no fewer talents in professional clubs than in the three The following third division years. Our talents can show themselves in the fourth division as well as in the third. Ultimately, it is mainly up to them; their willingness and attitude. “

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Borussia Dortmund History

Borussia Dortmund is the second largest sports club in Germany based on membership, having been founded in 1909 by a group of eighteen football players from the city of Dortmund. The club’s football team is a part of a massive membership-based sports club that has more than 145,000 members. The club has active departments in other sports as well, most notably in the discipline of handball for women.

Westfalenstadion is the largest stadium in Germany, and Borussia Dortmund has the greatest average attendance of any association football club in the world. The team has played all of their home games there since 1974. The moniker “the Black-and-Yellows” refers to Borussia Dortmund football club because the team’s colors are black and yellow.

They have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbors in the Ruhr region, Schalke 04, against whom they compete in the annual Revierderby. In addition, they compete against Bayern Munich in “The Classic.”

According to Deloitte’s annual Football Money League, Dortmund was ranked as the second richest sports club in Germany in 2015, and the 12th richest football team in the world. This ranking was based on the club’s revenue. In addition, under the leadership of Michael Zorc as director of Dortmund in the 2010s, the club has established a reputation for identifying and cultivating young talent, and they have continued to place an emphasis on the development of a youth system. They have been praised for generally keeping to an attacking footballing philosophy, which is another area in which they have excelled.


The Westfalenstadion is the football stadium that Borussia Dortmund calls home. It is located in Dortmund, which is in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The park was formerly located in the Westphalian province of Germany, hence the origin of its official name, Signal Iduna Park, which was used for sponsorship purposes.

The stadium is regarded as having one of the best atmospheres of any football venue in all of Europe, making it one of the most famous football stadiums in Europe. It can accommodate 81,365 people for league play (both standing and seated), and it can accommodate 65,829 people for international play (seated only). It is the largest stadium in Germany, the seventh-largest in Europe, and the second-largest home to a top-flight European team in Europe, behind only Camp Nou and in front of only the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

It now holds the record for highest average fan attendance in Europe, which was achieved during the 2011–2012 season when approximately 1.37 million people attended a total of 17 games, with an attendance of 80,588 per game on average. In 2015, there were a total of 55,000 annual season tickets purchased by customers.