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Borussia Dortmund: Life after Klopp

Started on 2 December 2014 by Iconic
Latest Reply on 30 April 2015 by Iconic
great start man, see about maybe adding in some images to improve the presentation - the content is excellent!
Timo Horn is a great capture!
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Transfers so far

The doors at the Signal Iduna Park seem to be revolving as their are no two new faces to introduce. The first as you know is goalkeeper Timo Horn bought from Koln (cologne) for £3,800,000 he has potential to be a quality player withn 3.5 stars on his report.

The next is a signing that got me some stick in chat but the second signing of this save is experienced striker Ivan Klasnic, formerly of Bolton and Werder Bremen the Croatian was available to sign on a free transfer he has agreed to a weekly salary of £3,600 for two years with an extension of one year if he makes five league apearences in his final season. Despite lacking burning pace or super strength he has a jumbo finishing stat of seventeen and composure of eighteen.

Reus to stay?

Dortmund starlet set to sign five year deal

Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus looks set to sign a new five year contract with Der BvB, the speedy winger has been the subject of a major transfer battle between numerous clubs such as English champions Manchester City along fellow BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE sides Manchester United, Arsenal, LiverpooL and Chelsea aswell as title rivals Bayern Munchen. When asked about Reus' influence on the team Iconic paused for a brief moment then stated 'Of course Marco isa fantastic player and he is what all teams need- a match winner.' 'but here at Dortmund we are not a one man team by any stretch of the imagination.'

Reus is still in recovery from a torn achilles tendon which prevented him from picking up a FIFA WORLD CUP winners medal in Rio. Reus was also questioned on that and his respond was rather philosphical 'At first I was really angry then I just got depressed and upset at the fact that my country was doing so well and I wasn't a part of it' 'But now I think that this experience has actually helped me to drive forward and be better and then maybe in Russia we can defend our title I will be part of it, I have time on my side you know I'm only twenty five so there are plaenty of titles that await me.'

Top marks for keeping Reus!
2014-12-11 20:12#203411 Tallery : Top marks for keeping Reus!

He's not signed it yet tom.
Nice story i'm going to follow it for sure.
Good luck in future!!! :)
Good luck :D


The reason that I have not been updating for a while is because this next update is very time consuming for those of you who don't know what it's about the playing days of me Mathias Iconic, it's taking time because I am having to research past league and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE winners along with where different countries finished in different FIFA WORLD CUP's. There are few websites I think I can trust so thank you for your patience and regular updates will return soon once this on is out of the way I also now have Gyazo so I should be adding screen shots to my story and there are some big Pre season developments to come with team selections so stay updated and thank you once again for your support and patience.
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2nd Story?

Before you ask, no this story is not ending but I am going o see if any peoples are interested in a potential new story. I have created a straw poll and if I get enough votes a new story will go forward along with this one here is the link to the poll where you can vote, just bear in mind voting closes on Sunday 21st December 2014.
The voting for this has closed
great story your of to a great start keep it up
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6 yearsEdited

Dortmund Vs Bayern or Iconic Vs Pep?

By Rafa Honigstein

As the new Bundesliga season draws ever closer it's time to take a look at the two front runners for the title Borussia Dortmund and of course champions Bayern Munchen. The 2014/15 season will see both clubs do battle for the Bundesliga again Bayern are once again the bookies favourites with Coral and Ladbrokes offering evens odds for the title to stay safely in Munchen. However the 2012/13 and 2013/14 runners-up will be mad keen to wrestle the title back and with new manager Mathias Iconic there is definitley an air of transition but also optimism around the Dortmund camp post Klopp, at thirty eight years of age Iconic is tipped as one of the most promising managers in world football. An ex player Iconic started out at hometown club Borussia Dortmund and his impressive performances earned him a shock FIFA WORLD CUP place in (West) Germany's squad for the 1990 tournament where he made one start and another three from the bench scoring the winning penalty over England in the semi-final. He also scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 quarter-final victory over Yugoslavia. Three years later in 1993 Iconic swapped Dortmund for Catalunya in a £6,000,000 deal. However injuries halted the twenty year old's progress, rubbing salt into the wounds of Iconic after all the effort from him and Barcelona to be fit for the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE final the Catlans were thrashed 4-0 by A.C. Milan with Iconic barely encountering the ball in his eighty three minutes on the pitch. The La Liga title did offer some consolation with Iconic scoring the fourth in a 5-2 win over Sevilla, this was his seventh goal of the season and he ended the season with sixteen assists ten coming in the league two in the Copa Del Rey and four in the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. Iconic was also a loser at the 1994 FIFA WORLD CUP with Germany being knocked out by Bulgaria in the Quarter-finals. He ended the tournament with one goal and two assists.


The 1994/95 campaign saw Barca forfeit the title for the first time since in five years, Iconic's form picked up however Barca ended the season trophy less. Individually it was a marginally better season for him with nine goals in La Liga with an additional three coming in the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and one in the Copa Del Rey.


1995/96 was yet another season plagued with injuries after receiving the August player of the month award he received a horrific break in his kneecap in a match against Deportivo La Coruna. Amazingly Iconic defied doctors and was playing again in just over a year later.


His career was thrown a lifeline in the summer of 1996 as Borussia Dortmund, at first Barca were sceptical but Iconic dug his heels in and forced a return to Dortmund but there was one problem with his move home. Iconic had now been dating Spanish football presenter Reina Cardolis and that would mean her leaving behind her career, family and friends in the end Cardolis decided to stay in Barcelona for several months to look for jobs and mull over the decision. Meanwhile iconic went from strength to strength back in Dortmund with eight goals and thirteen assists before the winter break. but despite having an incredible season, which he ended with twenty seven Bundesliga goals, five Pokal gaols and eight in the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, Dortmund were pipped to the title by Bayern Munchen a Der BvB finished third. In the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE however Dortmund reached the final and won it with Iconic providing the assists for both of Karl-Heinz Riedle' goals and for Lars Ricken.

Iconic spent another seven years back at Dortmund winning the Ballon D'or in 2002 after finishing in second (1998, 2001) and third (2000).

However the fairytale ended for Dortmund in 2002 as the went bankrupt Iconic did stay until his contract expired in 2004 thus leaving him a bosman freebie to a club willing to offer him a contract. step forward Real Madrid to give Iconic another crack at La Liga, but braking into the first team would mean dropping the mighty Zizou (Zinedine Zidane) a task that bordered on the impossible. This meant adapting his game and Iconic did this to great affect earning him a spot on the official La Liga team of the season also taking the MARCA (a Madrid newspaper) 'Best Buy' and their 'Liga BBVA team of the season' and the 'World XI', just over a decade after taking the spot of their 'Worst La Liga signing'. In 2005/06 Iconic was yet again named in both the official and the MARCA team of he season, but his fourteen goals were not enough to stop Barcelona claiming the La Liga title for the second successive seasons.


Despite lack of success with Real Iconic's form hadn't gone unnoticed by former team mate and then national team coach gave Iconic a recall to national team having not made an appearance for Deutschland since November 2004 and doubts were raised as many wondered whether Iconic could still cut it at top level international football . yet the public nee dent have worried s Iconic rolled back the years and won the Golden Ball at his last FIFA WORLD CUP PIPPING Zinedine Zidane to the title after his wold famous headbutt on Italy defender Marco Matterazzi.


The 2006/07 campaign saw Real break Barca dominance and win the La Liga for the first time in four years and the cherry on the cake for Iconic was the La Liga player of the season award.


In 2007/08 however after the transfer of Wesley Sneijder from Ajax, Iconic was played less and only managed twenty three appearances in all competitions as injuries also affected the then thirty four year old's performances and appearances.


At the of the 2008/09 Iconic was out of contract and announced that his next club would be his last. And as if those words were a magical spell first club Dortmund cranked up their interest and were in advanced talks with Iconic to sign him in a Player/Coach role. And the deal was officially signed on Friday 18th July 2008, in addition to being a coach Iconic was also given the captain's armband this spurred Dortmund on to a sixth place finish, a major improvement on 2008's thirteenth place. Iconic hit the net ten times and assisted a further eighteen in thirty three league games as he was named in the Bundesliga team of the season.


2009/10 saw Der BvB make further progress in the league and finished fifth Iconic was yet again at the heart of the Dortmund campaign scoring ten again whilst assisting twelve goals in twenty seven Bundesliga games. But then aged thirty six many thought that the 2009/10 season would be his last as he giving a lot of waves to the fans in the final home game of the season.


Iconic had other ideas and although making just twenty four Bundesliga starts he was billed as one of the main players in Dortmund's 2011 title success nine years after their last. Iconic hit eight goals and managed seven assists and finally called time on his illustrious career, which included UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and FIFA WORLD CUP winners medals along with numerous La Liga and Bundesliga title wins. And who could forget the Ballon D'Or/FIFA WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR title in 2002. Iconic has stayed out of football until his surprise appointment at Dortmund in place of Jurgen Klopp.

So who do you think will win the 2014/15 Bundesliga season- will them title stay safely in Munchen or will Dortmund reclaim their crown it's sure to be another brilliant season of football in Germany.
Very very nice update man!
Peoples I am going back to Germany for christmas so unfortunately I won't be able to finish the pre season update so until I return form Dortmund, Frohe Weihnachten (Merry Christmas)

Aimar set to sign on free

Pablo Aimar has today become the second free signing of Dortmund's season after agreeing on a two year contract with Dortmund having been without a club since being released by Malaysian champions Darul Takzim. Asked upon his thoughts of signing for Dortmund Aimar was optimistic saying 'I'm absolutely thrilled to be given another chance to play in on of Europe's big leagues. My time in Malaysia was great, I got to try out a new city, new culture, meet new people and see what Malaysia has to offer in terms of football. But I'm really happy that Mat (Iconic) has given me this chance to show I can still cut it at the top of European football.'

Iconic shared Aimar's optimism, however when asked about the signings of Aimar along with Ivan Klasnic (pictured) and Timo Horn showing that Dortmund lacked financial resources, Iconic's retort was forceful- unusual for such a calm, sophisticated manager- 'These transfers were made because I believe these players can improve the squad, Ivan, Pablo and Timo are all players I believe can improve the team.'

Subotic on the brink of Galacticos move

Still in Dortmund transfer news and Neven Subotic is on the verge of completing an estimated £16,500,000 to Real Madrid, Iconic refused to comment on the rumors sending the media into frenzy leading many to believe a deal has already been done. Dortmund fans have not taken to kindly this potential transfer, thirty one year old Ralf Jorgensen (member of the official Dortmund supporters club) commented 'If Neven is sold then a lot of peoples will question Iconic's judgement including me.'

Another member of the supporters club Anna Saunderhausen also contributed by saying 'We all have a great respect for Mats Iconic and if Subotic is to leave, then we must trust his decision regarding that.'

Subotic himself has also refused to comment on matters, and having been photographed in Madrid with Real president Florentino Perez a move is almost certain to happen.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has shown no fear in speaking out about the future of the Swiss Centre Back 'I think Iconic doesn't know just how good a player Subotic is and if we were to sign him I guarentee it would be for a very good price.' This latest aburst is bound to not go down well in the BvB camp as of yet Mats Iconic has not spoken anymore about the potential move to Madrid for Subotic, it is likely however that Subotic will be moving on sooner rather than later.

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