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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old April 27th, 2000, 14:01 Thread Starter
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All I have to say is "wow".
I remember look at the impressive invasion of talent into Dortmund this season (Bobic, Ikpeba, Worns, Reina), and I honestly thought they were going to give Bayern and Bayer a run for their money. As fate would have it, they're almost relegation-bound as I type this. So I would like to ask this question to all of you Bundesliga fans: what do you think the was the simglemost important factor contributing to the incredible decline of Borussia Dortmund this season?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old April 27th, 2000, 19:40
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The bad guy in my eyes is michael skibbe. he used alot of dortmunds players on stars who failed, i think he compared himself too much with ottmar hitzfeld. a big club like dortmund was just too big for him.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old April 28th, 2000, 14:08
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I think there are several reasons. At first, I can mention the players who failed this season: Fredi Bobic, Victor Ikpeba, Dédé, Evanilson and in the recent games Jens Lehmann.
Fredi Bobic for me was the biggest disappointment of this season - hew was acquired as top goalscorer by Dortmund, he played awfully almost all season long.
About Victor Ikpeba you have to say, that he never was given a fair chance, even when all the other strikers (Bobic, Herrlich, Reina) were completely out of form.
Dédé played a great season 1998/99, but he completely lost his form during the summer. Dédé together with Evanilson should form a dangerous pair on the wing, but all they produced were defensive mistakes. People in Germany think, the cause for their failure are integration problem, but why did Dédé play perfectly in 1998/99?
Another reason for Dortmund's desaster is the lack of a playmaker in the squad. Since Matthias Sammer's injury, they have a clear vacancy on that position. Micky Stevic was acquired from 1860 in January 1999, but he failed. During the summer break, Dortmund manager Michael Maier tried to bring Ciriaco Sforza from Kaiserslautern to Dortmund - without success; so no playmaker in the squad!
One thing I have to add: I had the impression, Dortmund never acted like a team on the field, all the season long. The Dortmund team always looked like a team of eleven individuals. And coach Michael Skibbe was too young to handle this situation. With the age of 33, he was not capable to lead a team of 25 superstars.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old May 5th, 2000, 18:38
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Does Dortmund need a defender?
Whe have one for sale: Frank Verlaat.
Please buy him!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old May 6th, 2000, 15:58
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Funny one Chivu, hehehe
Verlaat will only make things worse, that guy should just retire. Ajax have bought players of whom was thought they'd do great things, notably last season, Machlas,Van Halst, Laudrup. But Verlaat is the player of which absolutely nothing ever great happened.
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He made some great mistakes.
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