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Overthrowing an Empire: One Yellow Wall at a time.

It is time for the bullying super power that is Bayern Munich to be overthrown for good and here is my journey to do so.
Started on 23 May 2016 by BeanyUnited
Latest Reply on 13 September 2016 by BeanyUnited

A solid September sees Dortmund top of the perch

The League

Yet another impressive performance by the title challengers. I am happy with all the fixtures, even the 0-0 draw, if you take into account the speed at which some of the games came between each other and with the injury crisis still looming over our heads, there were a lot of tired legs on that pitch! However to win every game bar one and that being a draw, is a solid month domestically.

My favourite win out of the three is the 4-2 against Darmstadt, in which we fell 2-0 behind at home! Only for a Kagawa hat-trick to inspire us onto a 4-2 thrashing of the away side.

Europa League

There was only one fixture in this month’s Europa League calendar but what a game it was.

Leading 2-0 and apparently cruising to victory, I saw my sides lead collapse to 2-2, I thought I had inspired victory by bringing on striker Adrian Ramos, formerly of Hertha Berlin when he scored a stunning goal to take the lead.

But the home side hit straight back, but it was the regular man in Mkhitaryan who scored an even better first time, curling goal to win the game 4-3.

Managers assessment

Player of the month:

Despite the hat-trick from Kagawa, he is unlucky to miss out on the player of the month in the eyes of the manager.

Dortmund’s best player this month is the little known central midfielder Julian Weigl, only rated 3 stars and is 20 years old. But over the last five games he has contributed two assists, has a passing completion rate of 74% and averages an impressive 8.04 match rating.

Goal of the month:

This award yet again goes to Kagawa. His equalizing goal and what turned out to be his first, was a 25 yard half-volley after a cross was punched clear by the keeper. Yes the keeper was off his line so made it difficult for himself, but it was still a great strike and it sent Dortmund on their way to a great come from behind win.
Some nice signings and a great start to the season despite all of the injuries. Although Bayern are hardly slacking

An up and down month sees Dortmund smash two rivals but lose twice

After a two previously amazing months, which saw Bean’s Dortmund side go unbeaten in all competitions thus far, it was obvious that at some point they would face at the bare minimum a slightly tougher month. The month of October gave Bean just that, as he experienced not only his first defeat but back to back defeats.

BVB VS Ludogorets 5-0

In the first Europa League fixture of a bust October month for Dortmund and Bean, the young manager fielded a rotated squad, with mostly substitutes having the chance to play for an entire 90 minutes. As well as Marco Reus starting for the first time since his broken collarbone in the opening match of the year.

It was a walk in the park for Borussia Dortmund with them scoring five goals to no reply.
The German side were in complete control of possession and chances as they stormed through the away teams defence again and again.

The best moment of the game came, when Reus scored from the spot after a long absence with his injury. He wasn’t ready to fully be back in the starting XI just yet but this game gave him a much needed run out and confidence boost.
Reus was joined by; Gundogan, Ozbolt, Bender and Ginter on the score sheet.

My man of the match: I give this to Gundogan, as the only starter on the pitch who had played regularly this season, he pulled the strings from his central midfield spot and even notched up two assists as well as his goal.

Borussia Monchengladbach VS BVB 1-3

The first fierce rivalry fixture of the season and the first fierce fixture in which Bean will have to see over with composure.

The home fans went home angry with the officials after they had two goals ruled offside. The first was rightly given by the linesmen, but the second was a howler by the assistant referee and denied BMG the chance to take the lead in this important game. As is so always the case in football, things went from bad to worse very quickly.

Henrikh Mkhitaryanopened the scoring for Dortmund 24 minutes, scoring directly from a 25 yard free-kick, in off the bar.

Within 10 minutes the score was 3-0 and BMG were facing defeat at the hands of their local rivals. Scorer turned provider as this time a free-kick was whipped across the face of goal and was tapped in by the emerging star of the season Shinji Kagawa.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his second and Dortmund’s third with a curing shot past the despairing goalkeeper.

BMG did get one back three minutes before half time courtesy of Patrick Herrmann, but it was too little too late.

My man of the match: Is of course Henrikh Mkhitaryan the man announced himself in a pressure fixture and dominated proceedings.

BVB VS Hamburg 2-0

There is very little to report, in this straight forward routine victory for Dortmund at home.

Yet again dominating the possession and creating chances throughout the entirety of the match, it in fact only took Kagawa one minute to score a stunning solo effort, jinxing past multiple defenders before blasting it in at the near post.

Gundogan scored the second, with a slightly less entertaining goal. A fierce shot by Topal was well saved, but the keeper could only parry it into the path of the oncoming central midfielder who tapped it in.

A boring game in truth, as Hamburg rarely threatened the Dortmund area.

My man of the match:
Give this man a knighthood already! Kagawa has been on stunning form and scored again in this fixture, arguably cementing his place in the side permanently.

Braga VS BVB 3-2

The first defeat of Joshua Bean’s tenure at Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund came into the match knowing that a win would all but gift them top spot qualification come the end of the Group Stages. But ?ukasz Piszczek evidently had other ideas. After just seven minutes the full-back was shown a straight red card, for one of the worse challenges seen on a football field (it is only a game and even I winced!). The challenge would later see Piszczek fined two weeks wages, which he instantly accepted.

However it was no easy win for Braga as the remaining ten men of Dortmund, pushed them to their limits. The 3-2 victory saw Dortmund equalise twice thanks to Marco Reus and Aubameyang, with

Aubameyang’s goal coming in the 86th minute.
However heartbreakingly, Braga scored as time expired to win the game and highlight just how idiotic Piszczek’s challenge was.

My man of the match: For the first time this update it goes to an opposition player, defensive midfielder Nikola Vuk?evi? was outstanding. He made sure that Dortmund felt every second that they were running around with out 11 men. He sprayed the ball to all corners of the pitch and kept the Dortmund men from resting, in the end it was this fatigue which cost Dortmund as they couldn’t get back in numbers from a corner to prevent an easy extra winner for Braga.

FC Koln VS BVB 4-2

After this game it looked as if the wheels of the season were well and truly about the fall off. An opening 10 minute implosion which saw Dortmund concede twice and miss an open goal of their own, really summed up the game for them.

Dortmund did get on the score sheet twice as they attempted to pull off a dramatic comeback, but after Aubameyang’s 41st minute goal to make it 2-1, Koln scored under a minute later to make it 3-1.

When Julian Weigl scored a screamer from the edge of the area to make it 3-2, Koln scored their fourth and final goal of the game just four minutes later.

Dortmund deserved to lose and Bean had a task on his hands to keep them on track.

My man of the match: Ironically it is my centre back Mats Hummels wjo takes this award (no seriously!) he cleared the ball off the line twice and made one amazing last ditch challenge. I dread to think what the final score would have been if it weren't for him!

BVB VS Ingolstadt 4-2

Another heart in mouth fixture for the Dortmund boys, as Ingolstadt took the lead after just three minutes. Dortmund were on the verge of one of the biggest implosions in recent years, but Bean was able to steady the ship and cruise to victory.

Aubameyang scored 15 minutes later, powering a shot past the keepers near post. Reus scored with 10 minutes of Aubameyang, rounding the keeper and slotting it into the empty net.
It was all smooth sailing for Dortmund as Ingolstadt equalised from a corner on the brink of half-time to make it 2-2.

However an identical goal from Aubameyang and a thunderous volley from outside the area by Sokratis Papastathopoulos secured Dortmund passage into the third round.

My man of the match: Aubameyang deserves the accolade for his performance in this fixture, with back to back defeats and trailing somehow in this one, the pacey striker stood up and made himself heard as he dragged his side to victory.

BVB VS Gelsenkirchen 3-0

Or as they are better known, FC Schalke.

One of Dortmund’s biggest rivalries and one of the biggest rivalires in world football, the Ruhr Derby.

The entire pre-match build up wasn’t based on the football or the fact that first was hosting third. The entire line of questioning was which manager could handle the pressure the most.
Well that was answered emphatically by Bean and his side as they defeated their rivals without breaking a sweat.

It was pure territorial and possession based domination by Dortmund, placing their opponents in a strangle hold. But they just couldn’t find the killer blow.

But as the clock hit 62 minutes, Aubameyang scored at the near post with a flicked on header that somehow evaded everybody and the pressure faded. Weigl scored a tap in after a stunning cross from Kagawa which found the young midfielder wide open and just four yard out.
Aubameyang scored the third and final goal from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute after he was brought down by the keeper.

My man of the match: For back to back games the award goes to Aubameyang who scored twice in a fierce rivalry match.

Managers assessment

Player of the month: This award goes to Reus for coming back from injury and scoring two goals and creating five goals in what has been a stunning month for the German winger. Boy oh boy are Dortmund fans happy to have this man back!

Goal of the month: Purely for sentimental reasons, Reus scoops the double this month. Having missed him for the past two months as he leaves a gaping hole in the side, to see him come back and emphatically dispatch of the penalty was a nice ending to the 5-0 rout.

This months performances leaves us top of the First Division, second in Group C of the Europa League and into the 3rd round of the German Cup.

Going really well in a really good league mate!
2016-05-26 17:29#232508 mgriffin2012 : Going really well in a really good league mate!

Thanks a lot bro! Played several more months so expect plenty of updates soon :)

Dortmund back to undefeated ways, after scintillating month

While the month of October was far from a disappointment, heck two defeats is hardly the end of the world. But Bean was keen to get his Dortmund side back on track, he knew that in reality they should be winning at least 5 out of 6 of the games this month.

To the delight of the fans that is exactly what they did.

Dortmund VS Braga 4-0

It was the opening match of November for the Dortmund players and they were gifted with what should be a routine victory in front of an expectant home fan base.

It took a mere 18 minutes for in-form man Shinji Kagawa to head his side in front. A Park Joo-Ho cross was flicked on by the diving header of Marco Reus, leaving the goal wide open for Kagawa to casually nod it home from at most three yards out.

Just five minutes later, Dortmund put the game to bed with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang running onto a long ball from Julian Weigl on his own halfway line and the 26, year old striker, used his blistering pace to surge past the struggling defenders, round the goal keeper and slot home. Much to the delight of the home fans.

That goal was just the start for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored twice more to secure his hat-trick in the second half. Not long after the second half started, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found himself with the ball on the corner of the 18 yard box. With no support in the box or overlapping him, he jinxed it past his opposing defender and curled the ball into the top right corner.

This goal right earned the plaudits from fans and pundits alike after the m
atch. His final goal came towards the end of the match, Marco Reus received a fizzing pass from Gundogan and with the outside of his foot he played it in behind the defenders. Aubameyang ran onto the pass and with a first time shot, blasted it into the left hand corner of the goal.

My Man of the Match: [/h2] It is pretty obvious who this is going to! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned in the best performance arguably of the season, as Dortmund got revenge over the Braga side who dealt them their first defeat of the season earlier in the year.

Wolfsburg VS Dortmund 1-3

In the league Dortmund travelled to Wolfsburg in what was expected to be a tightly contested match.

A Marco Reus free-kick saw playmaking midfielder Gundogan with the ball at his feet, in the six yard box and he made no mistake of his opportunity as he slotted it into the bottom corner with the keeping only able to get a single hand to the ball.

Gundogan also scored the second goal of the game. An electric breakaway that he started, saw the ball find right-back Castro out wide. He absolutely drilled the ball with all his might into the six yard box, it was hacked clear to Gundogan and a deflected shot bobbled into the net.
With two player sent off before half-time Wolfsburg fans were shocked when their side scored the next goal. A 30 yard peach of a free-kick that found the top right corner and the match was somehow back on.

However thanks to some beautiful football from Marco Reus he was able to set up new signing Ignacio Camacho and the Italian was never in doubt to blast the ball home.

My Man of the Match [/b2]
While the game gave Gundogan the man of the match (which is fair enough) I believe that Reus deserves the award this game. His two assists came from beautiful passes, whereas both of Gundogans goals were close range finishes, not that I am complaining!

Reus also terrorised the entire Wolfsburg game and was unlucky to not score a brace himself.

Dortmund VS Frankfurt 3-1

The game was over and done with after just 15 minutes gone in the first half.

Marco Reus scored an instinctive first time finish from outside the area after just two minutes had passed, Aubameyang was tackled on the edge of the area and by pure good fortune it teed up Reus for his first time shot. Aubameyang got his goal 13 minutes later however, as Kagawa nutmegged his marking fullback, cut the ball back and slipped it into the path of the striker who blasted it into the net.

It did seem for a brief moment that Frankfurt were back in the game for real, when they scored from a free-kick thanks to a goalkeeper error, but Aubameyang quickly diminished their hopes. Julian Weigl who was starting to make waves around the league for his consistent performances, lofted the ball a good 30 yards over the Frankfurt defence and Aubameyang was able to latch onto the ball with one raised foot, he then controlled with his other foot before passing it into the far corner to make it 3-1 and settle the match.

My Man of the Match
It goes to Aubameyang yet again, as both of his goals were simply stunning. The first was simple in build-up but the finish was emphatic, the second was just a great goal all-round and his fine form continued.

Dortmund VS AS Saint-Etienne 0-0

Sometimes in football draws can be thrilling matches such as the 4-4 match between Arsenal and Liverpool. On rarer occasions 0-0 draws can also be entertaining, if lots happened during the match.

However with Bean playing a rotated squad to help keep the fitness of the starting X1 up, the Dortmund players truly turned in a lethargic performance. But the defence was solid enough to prevent any genuine Saint-Etienne chances.

My Man of the Match
I am not being harsh here, no one deserves it. The game was truly that boring to watch and nothing happened (thanks Football Manager!)

Hertha Berlin VS Dortmund 0-2

With the starting X1 back on the field a win was expected, even away in the capital. The Dortmund players duly obliged.

It wasn’t a simple victory, Berlin dominated for the entire 90 minutes. They dominated possession, had two shots for everyone one of Dortmund’s and even hit the woodwork four times throughout the match.

But Dortmund hit a cruel sucker punch when a long-ball by Shinji Kagawa found Marco Reus in acres of space, the German international laid it off to Aubameyang he dribbles past the centre-back before curling it into the top corner. First real chance. First goal of the game.

Dortmund were hanging on for the entirety of the game, with Bean pacing up and down the touchline clutching at his hair as Berlin threw players forward.

But Aubameyang scored in the last minute of added time to secure victory for Dortmund, defensive midfielder Sven Bender who came off the bench, played the ball through for Marco Reus and the winger made the perfect cross which found Aubameyang facing an empty net and he applied the finishing touches.

My Man of the Match
It has to be Aubameyang.

While Reus got both assists, he was quite as a whole in the game. Aubameynag was the only player looking threatening in the match and his two goals both came without much support from others, he was given the ball in good places but he had no other option but to score or give the ball away.
Both times he was called upon he scored.

Managers Assessment

Player of the Month:
The best player throughout the course of this month was clearly Aubameyang. The striker scored seven goals in just four starts. He was literally impossible to handle for the defenders and he was a nightmare for every single game.

Goal of the Month
The goal of the month goes to Aubameyang so he sweeps the awards this month, the goal in question is his second goal against Braga which saw him curl the ball into the top corner.

The months results sees Dortmund sitting atop of the league and top of the Europa League group as well as still in the German Cup.

Some great results in there and sitting top of the league at this stage is no mean feat!
2016-06-02 08:49#232991 mgriffin2012 : Some great results in there and sitting top of the league at this stage is no mean feat!

Thanks a lot pal! Going to be a tough season ahead so need to start fast and that I have :)

Dortmund surge on as Bean leads them to yet another 100% month

Coming off the back of an amazing November, Dortmund were sitting pretty atop of the league table, fighting for first place in their Europa League group stage and were still in the German Cup.

The month of December saw them succeed in all three competitions as they continued to exceed the ecpectations of the press and fans alike, with Dortmund only being expected to finish 3rd this year and struggle to get out of their Europa League group.

Dortmund VS Hoffenheim 4-1

In the opening match of the season, Dortmund hosted struggling side Hoffenheim in a match which the Der BVB fans expected nothing more than three points.

Things didn’t get off to a good start however as Hoffenheim opened the scoring within 10 minutes, thanks to a headed goal from Schmid.

However Gundogan equalised just moments later, latching onto a pass from Weigl and chipping the onrushing goalkeeper.
With the scores level at half-time and with the away side seemingly happy to take a point, it needed something special from anyone of the Dortmund players to unlock the Hoffenheim defensive line up.

Courtesy of a Marco Reus second half hat-trick, that indeed happened. Just 10 minutes into the second half, Reus was brought down inside the area and he coolly picked himself up and blasted the ball straight down the middle. His second and Dortmund’s third of the game came when he was able jinx past the fullback and play a lovely one-two with Aubameyang, allowing him an open goal which he gleefully took full advantage of.

The hat-trick and match was confirmed when Reus was given all the time in the world on the edge of the area, the German winger jinxed past his marker and emphatically thumped it past the keeper.

My man of the match:
The man of the match has to be Reus here. Not very often do players get hat-tricks and they do they deserve the plaudits, it was a superb performance by the German winger and his form has been superb since his recovery from injury.

Ludogorets VS Dortmund 0-3

Dortmund came into the match knowing that a win here would give them top spot. All they had to do was win.

Gundogan calmed any nerves that there may have been, when his curling effort from 18 yards hit the inside of the post and edged over the line.

It was a lacklustre performance for a lot of the match by Dortmund, but Reus secured the three points and the top of the group when he calmly converted an early second half penalty.
Reus got onto the score sheet once again from yet another dead ball situation, this time a curling free-kick that dipped straight into the left hand corner of the goal.

It was a comfortable situation for Dortmund and they didn’t slip up.

My man of the match:
It of course has to be Marco Reus scoring twice to secure the top of the group in the Europa League, boosting our long chances of winning the competition.

Hannover VS Dortmund 0-3

A sensational first half hat-trick from inform striker Aubameyang, sunk the home side in this dominating performance by Der BVB.

The current league leaders were on a nine game unbeaten streak coming into this game and were looking to make it 10 games unbeaten on the bounce. Things got off to a great start when Aubameyang scored a thunderous long range effort after just nine minutes, thanks to a chipped pass from Kagawa, the ball set up perfectly for Aubameyang who struck the ball with perfection and it flew into the top corner.

His second goal was a lot less impressive but they matter all the same, a drilled cross from left back Park Joo Ho was hacked clear by under pressure Hannover keeper, but much to his horror it deflected off of Aubameyang and rolled into the back of the net before he could recover in time.

Then on the stroke of half time, Aubameyang got on the end of yet another Park Joo Ho cross, which was drilled across the six yard box and the striker slotted the ball home first time, ending any hope of a comeback by the home side.

Sadly for Park, who was having the game of his life, he was carried off in the third minute of stoppage time in the first half with a serious looking gash in his thigh.

My man of the match:
These are getting a bit repetitive between Reus and Aubameyang now! But a hat-trick in the first half can’t be ignored and he picks up yet another man of the match award. If he can keep his form up to even half this level, then we have a great chance of making something happen this season.

Dortmund VS Berlin-Köpenick Dammfeld 2-0

This German Cup Third Round fixture, saw Joshua Bean field a completely rotated starting XI, giving his first team the players the chance to rest and recover after some great performances throughout the last two months.

With Berlin refusing to leave their own half with more than two men, it wasn’t the easiest of victories for the First Division league leaders. A piece of magic from first team challenger Mkhitaryan, saw the home side open the scoring after 26 minutes. The Armenian attacking midfielder, chipped the ball over the opposing full back, cut inside to the edge of the 18 yard box and curled it into the far corner. Arguably a better keeper would have got a hand to it, but the goal is still worthy of all plaudits that come Mkhitaryan’s way.

Former Hertha Berlin striker, today’s rivals, Adrian Ramos who had openly told the press much to the displeasure of his manager that he wanted more game time, scored the second and final goal of the game. A powerful header from an in-swinging corner was enough to beat the Berlin keeper and Dortmund were through to the next round.

My man of the match:
Today’s man of the match is actually going to the centre back Ginter. The young centre back was a rock at the back and made it virtually impossible for Berlin to even have a sniff of goal when they did dare to counter-attack. It was an impressive performance by the youngster.

Dortmund VS Ingolstadt 5-0

The performance of the month by far for Borussia Dortmund as they humiliated the visitors today.

The away side got off to an awful start when they brought down Aubameyang in the area after just 14 minutes and German international Marco Reus stepped up and drilled it straight down the middle to open the scoring.

Reus was again involved in the second goal as his cross found Shinji Kagawa wide open for the skilful midfielder to slot the ball past an out of position reaching goalkeeper.

Reus scored his second of the game thanks to a wonderful ball from Gundogan, the winger latched onto a looping through ball from the central midfielder and he had the wits about him to dink the ball over an onrushing goal keeper.

Just minutes later Aubameyang made it 4-0 before half-time, as he got onto the end of a fizzed Piszczek cross and he was able to steer it home with one touch.

The sides were a gulf apart and the icing on the cake came when Gundogan scored the fifth goal of the game just after half time, finessing the ball past a despairing keeper from close range.

My man of the match

Young midfielder Julian Weigl has been impressing with his performances in recent matches, forcing much more established central midfielders out of the side. This was another such case as he truly pulled the strings from the centre of the field. While not getting any direct assists today, he was the architect behind many of the attacks in this match often supplying the wingers and full backs with superb passes, which allowed them time to pick out the man in the middle.

Managers’ assessment

Player of the month:

While none of his performances were standout performances such as the Aubameyang hat-trick, his month was superb and he was the most important player on the pitch nearly every week and that man is Julian Weigl. He created so many chances in this month alone and is a name to look out for this season.

Goal of the season
Aubameyang’s thunderous volley on his way to a hat-trick against Hannover is this month’s goal of the month. A truly spectacular goal.

The climax of this month sees Dortmund sitting atop the league table, the Europa League group and into the next round of the German Cup.
Very good month and nice to see yellow at the top of the table!
Still going really strong at the top of the Bundesliga mate, keep gunning for that title!
@Tallery Thanks mate and yeah always a nice change to that dreaded red, no offence ;)

@Griffin Thank you mate, I will make sure my players give it their all!
Great season so far, hopefully this continues and you break the little run Bayern are on when it comes to title wins.

2015 Awards Ceremony

The annual end of the calendar year awards ceremony which saw awards given out for best players from all continents as well as the Player of the Year and Golden Ball winner.

It was a night to winner for Dortmund players and fans as their men came home with numerous awards, celebrating the hard work that they had put in thus far this year.

Shinji Kagawa brings home Asian Footballer of the Year

Japanese international footballer Kagawa has been performing admirably for his club side this season as well as his international side and he deserved this award.

Aubameyang enjoys multiple successes at the awards

Aubameyang smashed the African awards this year, he was tipped as the best African footballer in the world by African Broadcasters, was named in the team of the year and was voted the second best African player by fans.

Marco Reus left beaming by amazing double

Marco Reus went from a star player for his club and country, to being officially voted the best player in the world for 2015. He won the golden ball and player of the year awards, marking himself out as the worlds greatest player for 2015, which will be nothing short of ecstatic news for Dortmund fans back home.

Team of the Year

To mark the end of a great season, the awards ceremony closed on the team of the year. Three Dortmund players in; Reus, Gundogan and Aubameyang were all featured.

I have tried to install facepacks countless times but it just doesn't seem to work on my laptop for some reason, so enjoy the faceless people of today ;)
@ScottT Yeah hopefully I can end their little run of dominance so far!!

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