BVB are the second biggest club in Germany and have significantly more in terms of revenues than Ajax does. I doubt you can even remotely put them in the same bucket. They've had a couple of down years by finishing second and third in the German league (as if that's a down season), but they're still consistent CL contenders. What Ajax has done this season is much more of an accomplishment than what BVB does next year. For example, BVB bought Schurrle for 30 million 3 seasons ago. That's the type of signing that Ajax could never make. Their "splash" was Tadic who was half that.
The only parallel is that Dortmund as Ajax like developing younger players in their first team, however it's mostly young talent that has been bought, not developed within BVB (e.g. Sancho, Akanji, Weigl, Zagadou, Diallo, Gurreiro, Dahoud, Phillip are all purchases)... the only real academy products are Gotze, Schmelzer, Larsen and Pulisic.
In regards to SMS, agreed. We need to him keep improving after a bit of a let down of a season, which given the transfer talk and the World Cup does make sense. I think he was a bit lucky to win the Serie A midfielder of the year award; feels like someone wanted him to win that to increase his transfer value.
As far as Frankfurt are concerned, I'm also of the same opinion. It's a shame everything fell apart. Really thought they would beat Chelsea given how the second leg was looking and after Jovic made his penalty I honestly thought they would win. I was really surprised the two next PK takers missed. I think that's when the team 'lost' the season and their subsequent results illustrated it. Seems like Kostic will stay at Frankfurt though after he signed a 3 year permanent transfer moving him away from Hamburg for 6.5 million euros I believe. He was on loan this season.
I think Gacinovic should also stay as he'll be a first team regular in a top German side next season. If Haller and Rebic stay they'll also have good goalscorers to pick up Jovic's void. The reason I say this is because they're guaranteed starters in the Bundesliga. Keep playing and find consistency before making the step up to a better side. At the same time, the market values of these players will never be higher, so I wonder if Frankfurt will decide to cash in.
I didn't mean literally the same as Ajax. I meant how they also have an excellent youth program like Ajax does. Most of their top talents are home grown (or developed) and like Ajax, they sell them for 10x the value that they originally paid (Ajax also "steals" a lot of talents around Eredivisie). They pick up a lot of young talents in their league on the cheap like Brandt this summer and will most likely sell him for 80+ million when all is said and done.
This is where we majorly differ. I would never call Dortmund a contender. They've been pretenders if anything. They massively underperform in the knockout stages. I think they finally have a good enough team to make a run like Ajax did this year
Sure, Ajax doesn't have the money like Dortmund but they have a similar system in terms of development and business structure.
Last but most importantly, Ajax has a richer history. Ajax has won 4 "CL's" in their history while Dortmund has only won the major title once. While the latter club has more prestige nowadays, that wasn't always the case. It does seem like Ajax is making the right moves to stick around longer this time. However, you can never compare a Dutch club vs a German club due to the monetary disparity of how their respective leagues are funded. It's like comparing platinum to silver.
Kostic had a buy-out clause. They were always going to exercise the clause considering how well Kostic has been. Saying this, I'm not 100% certain as I don't know the rules of Bundesliga, but I do believe they can sign him to a long-term contract and sell him in the same window if he is being bought out from a loan.
Luka Jovic just signed a multi year contract and is currently being shopped. So, it should definitely be possible.
I don't think it was luck at all. Claudio Lotito is directly involved with the football mafia. This guy moves large sums of money and has been involved in many scandals. I have no doubt he's
Saying this, I think SMS still had a great season and was their most pivotal player. Sadly, he was screwed over last summer of a good transfer to a top club because Lotito and Kezman are greedy little f*ckers. This was part of SMS' depression when the season started. In his head, he was already in Spain eating paella. However, just seeing his intensity these last few games, there seems to be a fire that his been lit under him. He has the same intensity that he had last season. I think he realizes that in order to play for a club like Real or Barca one day, he needs to bust his a$$ and be more consistent. I think this year was the best thing that's happened to him in his career and if he can see that as a positive sign of further motivation and improvement, he can become one of the best midfielders in the world. He has a level of calm and vision that very few players have. Add to that his versatile goal scoring threat and he can be very valuable to the NT for years to come. Guy doesn't rely on speed and as he ages, we can just push him further up the pitch in a more offensive role where he thrives anyways. Expect another 8 years out of him in his career at the highest level.
Unless Rebic forces his way out or Kovac comes knocking on his door, he's not going anywhere. Too valuable to the club considering they only get 50% from his transfer and the other half goes to Fiorentina who always does brilliant business. There's a good chance Haller stays only because he knows as well that he can take his game one extra level. Paciência is also another good option for Eintracht. Yeah, he missed a penalty. Big deal. He's been immense in the second half of the season. As long as they can keep guys like Kostic, Da Costa and Hinteregger, they'll be fine with selling Jovic. They need more depth anyways which is what they said they will do with Jovic's transfer money. They should be pretty hungry to over-perform again next season. Again, I like the idea of most of our guys staying at their current clubs where they are getting 90 min per game because next summer we have the Euros. We need players to be in good shape but also have that confidence and belief. One big reason why I think Tadic and Kostic should stay at Ajax and Eintracht, respectively. I would also like to see Grujic loaned out to Hertha for one more season and Maksimovic back at Valencia playing in the CL. SMS will be a big X factor because we all know how C. Ronaldo is with low effort players like SMS. If SMS doesn't start playing well right away, C. Ronaldo will start crying about needing to bench him (all this assuming SMS is off to Juve).
Also want to mention that it seems like Valencia want to buy back Maksimovic due to his buy-back clause in his contract with Getafe. However, according to the media, they seem to be shopping both him and Racic.
I doubt they'll make a move regarding Racic until after the U21 tournament. One thing working against them is the transfer sanctions regarding
Overall, I can't really fault any player this season. Many have in fact excelled and risen above their original potential like Dmitrovic or Kostic. Jovic has blossomed into Europes best young striker. SMS is on his way again. Milenkovic has proven that he can be a top defender one day liken to Vidic or Bane.
Tadic has exceeded all expectations and has been a top 5 player in Europe this season. If Ajax won the CL, I have no doubt he would have finished first or second in Ballon D'or depending on the Messi treatment.
We have a star level player at every position from GK to MF to S. I really hope Krstajic smartens up and takes his job seriously going forward. It's not often Serbia produces a team like this. He should find motivation in proving his biggest critics wrong. If I was him, I'd be studying football day and night.