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The Laudrup Legacy

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Started on 19 October 2014 by Neal
Latest Reply on 29 March 2015 by Jamesg237
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Congrats on an awesome domestic season with Atletico. Micheal certainly proved people wrong, doubting his credentials as manager for such a big club. Now go win the Champions League, I know you can do it! Oh, and Brian... you better up your game, your brother is showing you up right now :P
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9 yearsEdited

THE DFB-POKAL FINAL



The Borussen Derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in German football. Though "Der Klassiker" normally takes the headlines between perennial title contenders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, der BVB have another strong enemy in the form of Borussia Moenchengladbach. Die Fohlen finished an admirable third place this season, and though they finished 26 points behind Dortmund, they know this is their final chance to upstage their rivals this year.

Gladbach have had to fight quite hard to reach this stage of the tournament. They've had to take on Bundesliga sides Hoffenheim in penalties, Wolfsburg, and Hoffenheim. Dortmund have had it easier in most other rounds, cruising past Homburg, Stuttgart, and Eintracht Braunschweig in a flood of goals. Brian Laudrup's men, however, had the sternest test in the form of Bayern Munich in the semifinals, who they shocked by hammering 3-0 at the Westfalenstadion.

Laudrup made a number of changes to his usual side for this final. Mathias Ginter was given the nod in central midfield, Shinji Kagawa replaced star Henrikh Mkhitaryan underneath the striker, and Kevin Volland was started up top over Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Ex-Gladbach superstar Marco Reus made the lineup, however, in a big talking point before the match. The full team news was as follows:


Borussia Dortmund Team News
Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Subotic, Schmelzer; Ginter, Gundogan; Bellarabi, Kagawa, Reus; Volland
Substitutes: Langerak, Umtiti, Sahin, Jojic, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Immobile

Borussia Moenchengladbach Team News
Starting XI (4-4-1-1): Sommer; Johnson, Schulz, Dominguez, Wendt; Hahn, Nordtveit, Kramer, Herrmann; Raffael; Kruse
Substitutes: Heimeroth, Stranzl, Traore, Hrgota, Xhaka, Korb, Hazard


Against all the odds, it was Lucien Favre's men who got off to the lightning start. Eleven minutes into the match, Andre Hahn put himself into acres of space on the right wing with his electric pace. The midfielder swerved a delightful cross into the box for Cristoph Kramer to attack and powerfully head into the back of the net to give Gladbach a stunning 1-0 lead.

Dortmund did not stay dormant for long, though. Eleven minutes later, they struck back through a rather unlikely source. Marcel Schmelzer had delivered a great cross to the top of the box for Kevin Volland to audaciously volley toward goal with his amazing technique. Yann Sommer parried the ball out, but the rebound fell straight to Shinji Kagawa to tap home to equalize, only the Japan international's 4th goal of the season that has mainly been spent on the bench.

There was little more action to report until late in the second half. Karim Bellarabi, who had been causing problems all game with his blistering pace on the right flank, sent in a rather poor cross straight to Yann Sommer. The goalkeeper, not quite paying attention, evidently, dropped the ball, allowing substitute Henrikh Mkhitaryan to jab the ball home to give Dortmund a 2-1 lead with his 22nd goal of the year.



Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been Borussia Dortmund's top scorer this season and perhaps proved why he should have started with his late impact for der BVB.


Moenchengladbach were far from finished, however. With just moments left in the match, Die Fohlen threw everything they had forward, seeking an improbable late equalizer to send the match into a tense extra time. They found it through a bit of beautiful interplay from Kramer and Hermann to put Branimir Hrgota through on goal for a simple finish past Roman Weidenfeller to send the white-garbed half of the 75,000 packed into the Olympiastadion into raptures.

Dortmund nearly put their noses in front just two minutes into extra time. Shinji Kagawa ghosted his way past Havard Nordtveit and clipped a reverse pass in behind for Marco Reus. The Germany international sprang onto the pass and rifled into the bottom corner, but his celebrations were cut short by the offside flag. Later replays showed that he was, in fact, onside, and fans grew worried this call would cost them the DFB-Pokal.

Reus would not be denied that simply, however. Late in the second period of extra time, the left winger cut his way into the box but was brutally upended by Alvaro Dominguez. The defender was shown a yellow card, and Reus stepped up to the spot, knowing this penalty could win his side the trophy. The superstar made no mistake, sending Sommer the wrong way and sealing the victory for his side at 3-2.



With his cup-winning penalty kick, Marco Reus scored his 20th goal of the season to add to his 20 assists, concluding one of his best years yet in a Dortmund shirt.


After 120 minutes of fierce battle, Borussia Dortmund's forces had prevailed in dramatic fashion. This was the second time in four years that der BVB had won the DFB-Pokal, and the fourth time in the prestigious club's history that the trophy has come home to Dortmund.

"It's a great feeling," Brian Laudrup told reporters after proudly watching Roman Weidenfeller hoist the historic trophy. "We endured a bit of a tougher time in the Bundesliga and in Europe this season, so I'm very glad to bring a trophy back for the fans at the end of the year. Next year, we will build on this great triumph!"

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At least you won something ;)
Congrats on the trophy win!
Nice win, corngrats on the trophy!
Brian deserved something and it is better then nothing.
Michael is the coach of the year most definitely. Michael 1 Brian 0.
About time you win a title, Brian ;) haha!
pompeyblue: The Champions League final is going to be a helluva game, hopefully Michael completes the treble. Perhaps this DFB-Pokal win brings Brian at least a little closer to Mike, though :P

LFC: Better than not winning anything at all! :))

Justice: Thanks Niko! It always feels great to bring home some silverware :)

Jonte-23: Thanks pal, it's a wonderful feeling! :D

mo_123: Yeah, Brian and Dortmund definitely deserved to get some success out of this season. Hopefully they can build on it next season, but you are correct, Michael was definitely the main man this year!

Pauker: He just had a tougher settling process, I suppose :P
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9 yearsEdited

La Liga BBVA: 2014/2015 Season Review


La Liga enjoyed one of its most exciting seasons to date this past year. Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and FC Barcelona dueled it out in a three horse race yet again for the title, leading to one of the greatest back-and-forth seasons in decades. Now, the dust has settled across Spain, and it's time to look back at the events of the past twelve months.


THE CHAMPION


For the second year in a row, Atletico de Madrid have won La Liga BBVA against all the odds. Nobody expected them to overthrow Barcelona and Real Madrid's stranglehold last year, and nobody thought they could possibly fend off the lions for a second year running, but even after losing many of their star players and even their manager, Los Colchoneros have proven too tough to be pushed aside.

This is Atletico's 11th ever La Liga victory, a distant third to Barcelona's 22 and Real Madrid's 32 competition wins. They were lead by a number of star players in attack; Koke and Antoine Griezmann tied for third most assists in the league with 14, while Mattia Destro finished third in the Pichichi race with 19 goals in his 30 appearances.

Michael Laudrup's fantastic, attacking-oriented and possession-based style also ushered in a brilliant new record for both Atletico and the country of 101 points in the league, bypassing the 100 that both Barcelona and Real Madrid have achieved in the past few years.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFICATION


The three teams in second, third, and fourth place had to settle for UEFA Champions League spots. Real Madrid, despite leading the pack for most of the season, blew their chance with late season draws against Barcelona and hosting Valencia to fall into second place. FC Barcelona was never really in the race, and finished 9 points back of their arch-nemesis.

Sevilla was the surprise contender for the 4th and final UEFA Champions League qualification spot. Led by 19 goal Carlos Bacca and superstar winger Gerard Deulofeu, Paco Ayestaran's men trounced any competition for the final qualification spot and will enjoy their time in European competition next season.

RELEGATION


Three teams had to suffer the unfortunate fate of being relegated to Liga Adelante, Spain's second division. Eibar were the first to go down, finishing in 20th place with a mere 19 points and just 3 wins throughout the entirety of the season. Getafe also went down after a disappointing year, but most bitter of all was the relegation of Villareal.

The Yellow Submarine endured an absolutely terrible second half of the season, going all of February and April without winning a single match, and ultimately dropping into the relegation zone and finishing 18th. Despite this being only their second season back in the top flight, after finishing 6th in La Liga last year, this drop will be a massive disappointment.

LA LIGA PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Cristiano Ronaldo is this year's winner of the La Liga Player of the Year award. With Lionel Messi having won this award the previous four editions, Cristiano will be delighted to finally get his hands on this trophy. Despite his side not winning any major trophies this year, the Portuguese winger made a massive impact for Real Madrid. He led the league with 36 goals, and was second highest in assists with 16. He also had a league-high 8.02 average Opta rating.

PICHICHI AWARD


Cristiano Ronaldo is also the winner of this year's Pichichi Award, the prize given to the player that scored the most goals in La Liga over the course of the season. Ronaldo scored 36, well ahead of second placed Tomar Hemed, who netted 22. The top Spanish scorer fell very short, with Elche's frontman Coro netting 12 times. Shockingly, Lionel Messi scored a mere 19 goals, tied for third, his lowest finish in over half a decade.

ZAMORA AWARD


Iker Casillas has finally won his second Zamora Award, given to the league's best goalkeeper. The last six years have been dominated by Victor Valdes and Thibaut Courtois, but with both finally gone, Saint Iker has risen to the task. The Spanish national team legend, who has come under intense fire for his performances at the 2014 World Cup, silenced his haters, keeping 16 clean sheets and conceding a mere 12 goals.

MANAGER OF THE YEAR


The final award of the season goes to Michael Laudrup, for Manager of the Year. This season was the Dane's first with Atletico Madrid as he finally returned to La Liga, and what an impression he made. His Atletico side's trademark passing style trounced all opposition in his path and led Los Colchoneros to the La Liga title against great odds; there is no more deserving recipient.

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I haven't commented on this story for a while so... CONGRATS ON EVERYTHING YOU'VE WON!
Kinda feel a bit lazy not stating what you've won but do you seriously expect me to go back page by page writing down all you're achievements...? ;)

Also, very nice update, loving the layout!
13 points clear of Barcelona and three points clear of your city rivals. Now time for Los Colcheronos !
No doubt your goalscoring prowess fired you to the title in epic fashion! Now that you are the true King of Spain, do you add more world class players to your squad or do you make your own?
Very well done Nala!
Great updates m8 ! And great succes !!
Josh_MU: Thanks so much, Josh! Phew, glad you didn't mention all my achievements, your comment probably would've taken up the whole page or summat ridiculous like that ;)

Walter: Vivan los colchoneros!

Justice: Yeah, the 116 goals scored certainly helped, though we couldn't quite beat Real Madrid's record there. I definitely am going to build the squad a bit more for next year; my second team is pretty weak, so I want to sell the deadweight and get better depth overall.

Tallery: Thanks very much, Tala!

Red Devil: Cheers man, it feels great to win! :D

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