Bean oversees one last mass exodus with promise of signings to come
Much like earlier in the season, Joshua Bean oversaw one last mass exodus of a range of players. First team squad players not good enough for the actual squad, youngsters not reaching their potential or even a highly rated youngster sent out on loan.
Bean promised fans that signings were imminent and that the club, just needed to announce these signings before they were able to announce the incoming transfers of their own.
The young central midfielder was highly rated several seasons ago, expected to become a future star for club and country. For whatever reason he never truly developed and this loaning would appear to be his last chance to impress the staff at the club, if he wishes to secure a long term contract.
The Dortmund midfielder actually won player of the year several seasons ago, long before Joshua Beans' tenure as Dortmund coach. But last season, he was not required by Bean, performing rather poorly when he was called upon by the young manager. Dortmund fans are delighted to receive £7.5 million and free up the wages of a player who was no longer needed by the side.
Sadly this is a signing of a player with a lot of ability, that never worked out. Bean made him his first ever signing at Borussia Dortmund for just £14 million and there was a lot of excitement surrounding the Spanish player. However over the course of the entire season, in all competitions he made just 19 appearances and 10 of them were from the bench. His ill discipline was a major concern for Bean, as Camacho was sent off twice in nine starts and picked up another three yellow cards. Bean wished the Spaniard all the luck at Chelsea, but fans and coaching staff alike were pleased to recoup near enough what they spent.
The Argentinian winger, who is 20 years old, has been tipped to have a pretty solid career at the top level, but he urgently requires game time to be able to reach that level. Therefore Bean was delighted when he was able to agree a loan deal with the Berlin club officials who also agreed to play him as a key player in their squad.
The former Hertha Berlin striker, failed to have much of an impact last season when given the chance. Even when star striker Aubameyang was injured, the powerful centre forward was unable to truly make much of an impact. Plus with the signing of Shane Long for just £800,000 there was no longer a need for the Dortmund striker.
Dortmund announce an end to their transfer business, after several wonder kids join the ranks
After the departure of several squad and one or two younger players, Bean admitted that the signing of key players was over, stating that Dortmund did not need any new players for now.
He did however confess to the fact, that his impressive scout network of 14 scouts, were work night and day, seven days a week, to find him the best youngsters they could and it appears that in the clubs eyes, they succeeded, as Dortmund today announced the signings of four 'wonder kids'.
Earlier in the summer Dortmund announced the signing of Rulli, a 24 year old goalkeeper from Real Sociedad. Today they announce the signing of 16 year old goalkeeper, Peter Blähser, who is extremely highly rated among scouting networks in Europe. Dortmund actually had to fight off; Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea in their battle for the youngster. In the end Peter Blähser chose Dortmund on the basis that he believed that they are on the verge of building a dynasty in Germany. The youngster has been moved to Dortmund's second team, to gain valuable match experience.
Dani Olmo is an attacking midfielder who was attracting the interests of sides all over the world, in particular Spain and Italy. Bean knew that Dani Olmo had the potential to become one of the top attacking midfielders in the world and he made it a priority to sign the youngster before anyone else could. While Dortmund to not player with a central attacking midfielder, who knows what the next few seasons holds for Bean and his formations, as Dani Olmo has a few years before he is good enough yet. The youngster has been moved to Dortmund's second team, to gain valuable match experience.
The 18 year old striker, from Brazil, was racking up a lot of interest in his native country, even scoring several goals for Cruzeiro Esporte Clube first team at the ages of 16 and 17. His former club labelled him as "the next big thing" and for just £7.5 million, Borussia Dortmund are more than happy to take a punt at a player, who has undoubted potential. The youngster has been moved to Dortmund's second team, to gain valuable match experience.
Arguably the most well known youngster of the lot. Luís Henrique has been a target of the likes of Barcelona ever since he was 15, three years down the line and it would appear that Dortmund snatched him up just before his price tag sky rocketed. The youngster had scored 20 goals for Botafogo, in two seasons, which is incredibly impressive for a 16/17 year old. Much like the other hot prospects, Luís Henrique has been moved to the Dortmund second team for invaluable match experience, but Bean stated that he "will get occasional game time with the first team this season". It would appear that Bean has already found Aubameyang's long term replacement in this young Brazilian.
After winning both the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal, Borussia Dortmund and Joshua Bean were looking to add the German Super Cup to that collection, despite claims from the Dortmund camp that they were entering the match without any cares in the world of if they win or lose.
It was reportedly being touted as 'just another pre-season friendly' among the Dortmund players.
Bean did however, put out his full strength side, showing that despite claiming publicly he wasn't too bothered about a win or a loss, he was going to at least take it seriously enough to give his starters some game time together.
With Munich taking the role as the dominant side and Dortmund setting up to defend it was a rather drab first 45 minutes, it wasn't until Thomas Müller scored the opening goal of the fixture, heading home from a whipped in Arjen Roben corner, that the game then suddenly sprung to life.
Marco Reus and Aubameyang collectively hit the post just minutes later and to make matters even more frustrating, Aubameyang connected with Mkhitaryan, who was brought down inside the area, but the referee waved play on, much to the annoyance of the Dortmund fans.
The game was effectively over when Ayoze Pérez scored a simple tap in, following a beautiful cross from opening goal scorer Thomas Müller. The former Newcastle striker, was left in acres of space and made no mistake, slotting the ball home.
Second choice right back Łukasz Piszczek, who had been subbed on for Mario Fernandes, managed to drag Dortmund back into the game, scoring a screamer from outside the area, after the ball was hacked half clear by Jerome Boateng.
However, with just one minute remaining of added time, Thomas Müller finished off Dortmund, scoring yet another header, this time courtesy of a deflected Lewis Holtby shot, which looped into the area and fell kindly to the German international to head past an out of position Gerónimo Rulli.
Dortmund were able to pull one back as time expired, to regain some more credibility, thanks to a 93rd minute goal from Aubameyang, rounding Manuel Neuer and slotting home, after latching onto a perfect Julian Weigl pass.
While they may have lost, Bean stated after the game that "he was more than happy with the performance" and that "I am very confident we can win the title yet again this season".
The man of the match has to be German international and Bayern Munich winger, Thomas Müller, whose two goals, finished Dortmund's hopes of another trophy for the cabinet.
Dortmund enjoy fantastic pre-season on and off the pitch as they look for back to back titles
Last season Joshua Bean joined Dortmund and was simply asked to qualify for the Champions League for his first season, then the club will build from there. Of course he then went on to guide his side to the domestic double.
This season, it is obvious that Borussia Dortmund are being asked to compete for the title, reach the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal and at least reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
While pre-season is ultimately irrelevant, in the grander scheme of things. It sure does help comfort any nervous fans, that this season they have a strong squad.
Dortmund's pre-season will do exactly that, reassuring fans that not only does Bean have his tactics sorted, but also the squad looks incredibly tough.
Apart from the disappointing 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, this pre-season was an incredibly successful one. Including results such as beating Galatasaray 5-0 away from home.
While pre-season can never be used as sole evidence on how a side will do or should do, it can't harm a sides confidence coming into the competitive fixtures.
Transfer round up: Ins and Outs
Borussia Dortmund have ended the transfer window, with a net spend of only £57 million. Which if you split between the end of last seasons money being; TV money, competition money, merchandise and ticket money as well as the major payout they received for winning the Bundesliga, along side the transfer budget they would have been given this summer, £57 million net spend is not an awful lot.
It was the sales of several key players, as well as deadwood, which allowed Bean to reinvest heavily in his squad this summer. He also made sure to rid of any player that he felt took too much in wages in return for what they gave the club, hence why players such as Adrian Ramos were allowed to go on the cheap. The wages saved, by far out does any money they could have got for the player, if they bargained for a good deal for weeks on end.
Bean has built a squad for now and a squad for the future and it is a squad that Dortmund fans can be especially excited about, as they look set to challenge on three fronts this season.
With just three competitive fixtures to play in the month of August, following the end of pre-season, Borussia Dortmund would have the joys of facing Villingen away from home, a side who play their football in the sixth tier of German football in an amateur league.
In the league they face Wolfsburg and Leverkusen.
Villingen VS Borussia Dortmund 0-11
Joshua Bean almost apologeticly announced on the eve of the match that he would be playing his full strength side. Not because he relished the idea of humiliating a bunch of amateur players, or ruining the fans big day out.
But because he recognised that the game was the perfect way to give his preferred starting eleven, an easy match, but still in a real competitive fixture. Practice he thought, would be stupid to miss out on, especially with his new look defence and goalkeeper.
Aubameyang took all the plaudits from this game, scoring a staggering nine times, as Dortmund truly annihilated their opposition.
It was in fact the youngster Julian Weigl who opened up the rout after 10 minutes, curling the ball home, from the edge of the area, following a half cleared corner.
Aubameyang then scored his first of the night, quickly followed by the third of the game courtesy of Mario Fernandes and after 19 minutes it was 3-0.
Aubameyang scored his second, a perfect low volley from just inside the box, just 37 seconds after the Mario Fernandes goal. There were two more goals before half-time, thanks to Aubameyang securing his hat-trick and Shane Long heading home his first ever goal for the club on his debut.
The second half was all Aubameyang as the strike put in a performance of truly breathtaking standards, scoring six goals in 45 minutes.
The first three of the six were near identical, all close range volleys, after latching onto drilled crosses from the wings. His seventh, eighth and ninth goals however, took the beating to lows for the home side.
The first of the three, saw the Dortmund star man, collect the ball from the halfway line, beat four men, round the keeper and tap home as cool as you would like. His eighth of the night, was a Rooney like overhead kick, from slightly closer range, after a Marco Reus cross was deflected high into the air.
The final goal for Aubameyang and the eleventh goal of the night, came from a horrendous mistake from the Villingen goalkeeper. A back pass to the keeper rolled slowly to him, with the score being 10-0 Dortmund were in no rush to press him. Yet somehow the keeper managed to slice the kick directly to an unmarked Aubameyang who just passed it into the gaping net.
The full time whistle was met by polite applause from the travelling Dortmund fans, as Bean almost apologetically shook his opposing number hand.
Despite it being against the weakest of opposition, scoring nine goals is simply amazing and of course Aubameyang secures the award.
Dortmund VS Wolfsburg 3-0
The first league game of the season, was a fairly average one in terms of difficulty. Any side worth their weight in the Bundesliga, would expect to win these kind of games at home and that is exactly what Dortmund did.
Marco Reus scored directly from a free-kick, 25 yards out, after just 23 minutes. The ball cannoned off the right post and managed to squeeze its way over the line despite the best attempts by the keeper to clear it.
Reus doubled his goal tally and Dortmund's lead, several minutes into the second half, when he headed home, following a looping Mkhitaryan cross.
Substitute Mehmet Topal added the icing on the cake, scoring the third goal of the game, heading home, following yet another inch perfect cross from Mkhitaryan.
It was an odd game, purely because Dortmund went about their business so casually yet still trumped the visitors 3-0.
It has to go to Mkhitaryan for his two inch perfect crosses. His crosses for Reus's second goal and Topal's goal, were simply sensational. Something you would expect to see in a David Beckham highlight video.
Leverkusen VS Dortmund 1-4
A boring opening 45 minutes, did not prepare the neutrals watching at home, for the five goals that followed in the second half.
Two goals in the opening three minutes of the second half near enough ended any chances of Leverkusen getting anything from this game.
Aubameyang opened the scoring, connecting perfectly with young midfielder Weigl, who eventually played the striker through on goal and African Footballer of the Year, did not disappoint, curling the ball over a diving keeper.
New signing Jorge, scored two minutes later, with a potential goal of the season contender already, volleying home from 30 yards out, following an odd looped pass from Reus. The ball was lofted high in the air to the left back who was in acres of space on the left hand side and first time the young Brazilian rocketed the ball into the back of the net.
Former Manchester United man, Javier Hernadez was able to claw one back, scoring from the penalty spot on 68 minutes. But two more goals from Aubameyang, securing his hat-trick, ended the match.
Aubameyang was known for scoring his goals in bunches during games and his two goals on the 66th and 69th minute, proved that.
He headed home his second of the match, directly from a Mario Fernandes cross on the right hand side, thanks to some wonderful build up play by Reus, who escaped not one but two tackles, freeing up the overlapping fullback.
The fourth goal of the night for Dortmund and the clincher of the hat-trick, was a superb solo goal by Aubameyang. Just like he manages to do so often for Joshua Bean, the striker beat several Leverkusen players, rounded the keeper and passed the ball into the empty net.
This game saw another stunning performance from Aubameyang but it is in fact Xabi Alonso who picks up the award. He made it nearly impossible for the home side to create a half decent chance as well as setting up a lot of the Dortmund attacks today with his quick long balls sprayed out wide.
Thanks to some stunning goals from Aubameyang and some simply brilliant team play by the likes of Mkhitaryan, Reus and Weigl, Dortmund sat comfortably atop the table and were into the next round of the DFB-Pokal.
I am especially happy with the fact that, after the big time departure of Shinji Kagawa one of the main reasons that I let him go was because I believed Mkhitaryan could be more influential for my side and so far I am being proven right! So I have no complaints after a near perfect month.
@Jack Very interesting indeed! But for £800k what could possibly go wrong?? He offers pace and strength and with a small contract and a low transfer fee the worse that happens is he comes on as sub when I need him and doesn't make a dent! I believe he score enough goals to warrant just £800k mind! Also thanks a lot mate, big season ahead here so the preparations have to be perfect!
@Jack Does it make it even worse that Reus started the match as a sub because he had a slight hamstring problem, yet Shane Long still scored despite playing as a winger? Hahahah! Yeah 6th tier of German football, amateur club and their goalkeeper was 19.. I almost feel bad!