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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
Poor month by your standards but still top of the league and a good away leg so still going strong

Bean steadies the ship as Dortmund dominate in March

A hugely disappointing month last month, saw Bayern catch up on current league leaders Borussia Dortmund. But Bean promised fans that the performances will be a drastic improvement from what they were last month and he was not wrong.

Dortmund VS Inter Milan: Champions League Last 16 Second Leg 1-0

After the first leg away in the intimidating San Siro, Joshua Bean and Borussia Dortmund welcomed Roberto Mancini's Inter Milan side to Germany, as the two sides locked horns in what everyone knew, was going to be a very tense match.

An away goal for Inter Milan early on could potentially end the match, if they would then be able to defend much like Dortmund did in the first half.

Davide Santon nearly created the away goal after just four minutes, when his cross cannoned off the cross bar and bounced into the path of Mauro Icardi who somehow managed to blast the ball over the bar from just several yards out.

Mancini was distraught whereas Bean was able to breath a very deep sigh of relief.

Dortmund fans were creating a wonderful atmosphere as they always do and when half-time came and went with the scores still level, they racked up the noise to try and encourage then men forward.

Samir Handanović somehow managed to claw not one but two rebound shots from firstly Aubameyang and then Julian Weigl, with both players left in shock that they weren't able to take the lead.

The game went into extra-time, the entire tie still without a goal. The pressure was huge and the tension was felt around the stadium.

But as the first half of extra time, entered added time, Mario Fernandes looked up from the ball and pinged a hopeful looking punt towards his teammate Aubameyang. The ball landed with a heavy thud and as a result, bounced high and aggressively forwards, this wrong footed Samir Handanović, who was not expecting such a vicious bounce, the ball tragically bounced over his head and to his despair, Aubameyang was able to catch up with the ball and send it on its way into the back of the net.

The goal would win the tie for Dortmund as they were able to hold out, the match ended in controversy as Mancini and Bean left without shaking hands nor talking, but it did not ruin the night for Dortmund fans.

Dortmund VS Hertha Berlin 2-0

Bean as well as promising an improvement this month, he also made it abundantly clear to the public that Dortmund will be a lot more solid defensively.

This game proved that, as for the first time in one and a half season, Dortund finished the match with less than 10 shots, but only allowed two shots at goal themselves.

Just minutes into the second half, Julian Weigl scored from just several yards out, skilfully dragging the ball back and leaving the keeper on the floor, allowing for him to tap the ball in without an real pressure.

It was amazing composure from the youngster, following a heavy pass from Xabi Alonso.

With just three minutes remaining, Aubameyang finished the match off, this time running onto a perfectly weighted pass from goalscorer Weigl, which he was able to curl past the keeper as he rushed out to close him down.

Kaiserlautern VS Dortmund 0-2

A comfortable win for Dortmund which was in the end over shadowed by the red card shown to the home side player, Lukas Gortler for his disgusting two footed lunch, into the back of Marco Reus who was lucky to escape injury.

During the more pleasant part of the match, Mkhitaryan scored once again this season, once again tapping in from close range, following a vicious cross from Marco Reus that narrowly evaded everyone apart from the winger who has been in superb form all season.

With just eight minutes remaining in the match, Aubameyang put the game to rest, scoring once more this season, this time from the penalty spot, after Jorge was deemed to have been brought down.

With just seconds remaining the referee was forced to send off Lukas Gortler for his challenge, which would later draw fierce criticism from all areas of German football.

Dortmund VS Schalke 1-0

Bean was once again taking control over arguably one of the fiercest rivalry matches in Europe, with these sides quite openly despising each other, on and off the field. The fans openly hate each other and players are often lost in the passion of the occasion and find themselves getting carried away physically.

Mkhitaryan however had his cool head on, as he scored a wonderful curling effort after just seven minutes from the corner of the 18 yard box, with the ball smacking off the far post and into the opposite corner.

New expensive signing, youngster José Giménez, was one of the player to get carried away and he was sent off and later banned for three matches, for throwing an elbow during a free-kick. The defender protested his innocence and the fans were disgusted with the referee, but the replays showed that an elbow was certainly used.

Dortmund managed to hang on and Schalke yet again dropped points at the hands of their rivals.

Competition Review

I am beyond happy with this month. Four wins in four. Six goals in four games. Zero goals conceded in four games. There is nothing more I can ask for from my players in this month and I am delighted to have progressed further in Europe.

Monthly Awards

A much better month! 8 games left 8 points clear…Surely you will retain the league?! Keep up the good work!
@TheLFCFan The league is looking likely now! Tough though with playing in three competitions at once but I have faith we can see it out!

Borussia Dortmund can beat Man City claims Bean

Borussia Dortmund squeezed past Inter Milan in the last round of the Champions League, to set up a clash with Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

The opening match is to be played at the Signal Iduna Park, where Bean is hoping his side and put the game out of City's reach, for the return leg at the Etihad Stadium.

Dortmund were quickly made the underdogs of the tie, to the surprise of Bean who claimed that.

" the odds should be evens for both sides in my opinion. The two legs both have the potential to be thrillers, with either side able to win it. But I honestly think we will win, we are hugely underestimated by a lot of the English press.

When asked why this may be, Bean just shrugged and replied,

"Who knows, maybe they believe that, because Bayern Munich have dominated for so long, other teams only become successful when Munich are having a bad season. Meaning we are not truly champion standard. Only thing I can think of?

Borussia Dortmund have been in immense form so far this tournament and the 1-0 win over Inter Milan, in the eyes of a lot of pundits, showed another dimension to the Dortmund side who under Bean has already become known for its potency.

Bean, who was fielding questions ahead of the first leg, agreed that the Inter Milan win is arguably the most important win of the season.

" We were under a lot of pressure in front of out own fans, especially when the game entered extra-time. Our fans are fantastic they wouldn't be baying for blood if we were to lose, but you always want to give the home fans a good game and result. But when we entered extra-time we knew a single goal from Milan, would end the tie, due to the away goals rule. When Aubameyang scored, I barely celebrated because I knew we weren't safe just yet.

A recurring question that Bean has faced on the eve of big games is, how will he sit up his team to play? Will the attack? Will he defend? Bean just laughed this off.

"Well I am hardly going to tell everyone my game plan am I" he laughed as the press asked the question, "one thing that can be promised is, the fans can believe with us, that we can beat Manchester City and that we can go on to the win the entire tournament. I believe as do the players."
I'm strongly with Mr Bean at this moment, Man City is a tough draw but it's a winnable one!
Another great season so far now go and hammer City, I have faith
@Jack Hahaha glad you agree mate! Will be very, very tough but over two legs anything can happen :)

@ninjaskill Thanks a lot mate, cheers for reading! And I have faith I can do it, will be tough though :)

Borussia Dortmund make a strong start to April

Quick side note, the month of April consists of eight games, so I am going to split it into two, four game updates as an eight game update would be nothing short of an essay wouldn't want to bore ya to much!

After the strengths of last month, with the league looking more and more likely and the treble still on, the month of April was going to be a huge decider in whether Dortmund are to make the treble a reality.

Three league games and the first leg against Manchester City, awaited the fans in the first half of this month.

FC Koln VS Dortmund 1-3

Besides Bayern Munich, Dortmund with this squad that Bean has amassed over two seasons, expect to beat most teams nine times out of ten. But there are easier games in the Bundesliga than FC Koln away from home, in front of their hugely intimidating and passionate home fans.

Dortmund were put instantly on the back foot when an early cross from former Liverpool and Chelsea winger, Victor Moses, found Anthony Modeste who volleyed home from eight yards out, leaving Bean with his head in his hands at his sides early slip up.

But in times of struggles, football sides have to lean on their star players to drag them to the finishing line and Aubameyang stood up and delivered today.

With just five minutes left in the first half, Dortmund were banging on the door but it remained firmly shut. Several attempted crosses and through balls in quick succession were successfully headed away by the FC Koln defenders. But when Jorge saw two successive crosses blocked, he picked up the third rebound and played it short to Mkhitaryan. The Armenian winger twisted past his man and pulled it back for Aubameyang who first time was able to slot it past the keeper.

If the equaliser was well played b Dortmund, the second goal was down right bad luck for FC Koln. Mkhitaryan and Jorge reversed roles, this time the winger playing the fullback in behind the defence, his cross picked out Aubameyang perfectly whose first time volley thundered into the cross bar. But the striker was the first to latch onto the rebound and the keeper was left defenceless as Aubameyang was able to toe poke the rebound past him.

With 10 minutes remaining in the game, Aubameyang scored his third of the game and 30th of the season so far. It was yet again Mkhitaryan who was involved in the build up play, when he was left in acres of space on the left hand side. With the FC Koln defence left wide open, the winger slowed play down, looked up and pulled the ball back to Aubameyang who first time slotted it home for his hat-trick and all three points.

Dortmund VS Hamburg 3-0

Following last weeks strong win, Dortmund knew a few more wins and they wer mathematically untouchable at the top of the table. A 3-0 hammering of Hamburg was a good way to continue the fine form.

The game started well for the home side, when a Marco Reus shot was well parried by the Hamburg keeper René Adler, but unfortunately for him it landed on a plate for Mkhitaryan who turned the rebound home.

Marco Reus had his hand in the second as well, when his whipped in corner, found Shkodran Mustafi inside the six yard box and the German international made no mistake, heading home with point blank range to score his first goal for Borussia Dortmund.

If René Adler was unlucky for the first goal of the game, he was at fault for this one. An atrocious kick from hand, went as far as Julian Weigl who was still inside the Hamburg half. The youngster quickly relayed the ball off to Marco Reus who in turn found Aubameyang with a first time pass. The striker, was able to play in Mkhitaryan quickly and the winger curled it past René Adler and into the far corner of the goal.

Dortmund VS Manchester City: Champions League quarter final first leg. 2-0

Joshua Bean was vocal in his belief that his side could defeat the English side, who while dominating domestically in recent years, have consistently fallen short in Europe.

Dortmund fans couldn't believe their luck when they were awarded a penalty after just 13 minutes, but former Bayern Munich man, Xabi Alonso, struck the bar and it was hacked clear by Vincent Kompany.

Five minutes before half-time however, Dortmund fans were celebrating ecstatically. With one of the simplest goals you are likely to see, Marco Reus collected the ball on the corner of the box, a few step overs followed and he managed to chip the ball into the area. Aubameyang rose the highest and headed home, sending the home fans into half-time bouncing.

The second goal was also simple, with some lacklustre defending from the English visitors, but it still required a sublime finish from Marco Reus.

Aubameyang saw his shot well saved and Joe Hart was able to hack the ball clear, preventing Mkhitaryan from pouncing on the rebound. The clearance only went as far as Jorge however and he scuffed his cross past everybody and into the feet of Reus. With Hart still off his line, the winger lobbed the England number one and wheeled away with delight.

Augsburg VS Dortmund 1-1

With the second leg against Manchester City coming up in just four days, Bean decided to rotate the entire starting XI, leaving his key players on the bench in case they will be required.

In the end they were.

Dortmund were dominating possession and chances all game, but following a free-kick early in the second, Dortmund were hit on an electric counter-attack. With the ball being headed clear, Augsburg stormed forwards through Tobias Werner who played in Raúl Bobadilla, the striker first time slotted the ball through the stretched defence for Ji Dong-Won, who was arguably in an offside position. The complaints of the Dortmund players didn't prevent the striker from tapping it into the net and taking the lead.

Bean made several substitutions, bringing on Reus, Aubameyang and Julian Weigl and it was the German winger Reus, who scored his 19th goal of the season to snatch a point late on.

The winger picked off an Augsburg throw in on halfway and simply put his head down and surged forwards, the winger was allowed more space than he could have ever expected as the defenders backed off him. He casually beat the centre back aiming to block his shot on goal and he unleashed a ferocious shot which was unstoppable.

Amazing win over City! Great month there and long may it continue when you win the title ;)

Pep Guardiola booed by fans as Dortmund leave it late

Quick note: Due to having a number of important games coming up I am reporting on them individually and then doing an overall assessment of the entire month as usual but short than usual updates. Purely because this game is huge and there are two other important games! Anyways enjoy :)

Before the first leg at the Borussia Dortmund stadium Westfalenstadion, more commonly known as Signal Iduna Park, Joshua Bean was very, very insistent that his side could qualify to the semi-finals against a very strong Manchester City side.

A 2-0 win in front of their home fans, didn't finish the match by any means according to Bean, but he did admit "it gives us a strong platform to hold onto".

But here we were, half-time in the second leg and it was still 0-0. surely, only a collapse could see Manchester City claw themselves back into this one?

As the rain poured down from the grey sky of Manchester, Manchester City players entered the field of play for the second time that night, but this time the fans were in full roar as they knew it was now or never for them.

65 minutes had flown past and City were getting desperate, a Sergio Agüero shot flew narrowly past the post, a Vincent Kompany header actually struck the bar before being caught by Gerónimo Rulli and a poor referee call robbed them of a blatant penalty after Jorge quite clearly handled the ball inside the area.

However, perhaps aware that he had made a huge mistake or maybe even buckling under the home crowds torrents of abuse, referee Martin Strömbergsson pointed to the spot the very next chance he got, which came courtesy of a clumsy challenge from Mario Fernandes but an extremely dubious dive from England youngster Raheem Sterling.

Yaya Toure stood forward to take the penalty and the Ivory Coast international made no mistakes, sending Gerónimo Rulli the wrong way to make it 2-1 on aggregate.

Just three minutes later, Manchester City were somehow level, when a hopefully long ball from Toure found the Argentinian Sergio Agüero who was able to pounce on the bouncing ball which admittedly was taken by the strong winds on the night and he made no mistake, blasting it into the back of the net.

Guardiola's face was a look of relief whereas he counterparts was one of horror. But they were to swap roles all too quickly.

From kick-off, Aubameyang played it back casually and darted forwards to try and assert some pace and pressure in the attack. Mario Fernandes found himself on the ball and was allowed space to ping in a dangerous looking ball for Reus. The German winger beat his man and pinged in a dangerous looking cross.

Aubameyang rose the highest and was able to head the ball home with power and precision, past the despairing hand of Joe Hart. While there was still time left on the clock, the away goal meant Dortmund's 3-2 aggregate lead was in reality 4-2 and City fans let their voices heard as their side quickly gave up.

As the full-time whistle rung out around the Etihad, Joshua Bean was quick to shake hands with opposite number before sprinting down the touchline to applaud the Dortmund away fans, as did many of his players.

The draw for the semi-final was conducted before kick-off to fit in with sponsors TV licensing and it now means that Borussia Dortmund will face Arsenal in the semi-finals with the opening leg being hosted at the Signal Iduna Park.
Get In! Hate City! Great result overall! Along with the league getting closer and closer i predict a major celebration at the end of the season :D
@TheLFCFan Thanks a lot dude! Hopefully can see of Arsenal and in a one off final who knows eh!
Great win over City. Hopefully you can continue to perform in big games

Friday, 21st April, 2017

After a long team meeting with the backroom staff, I rushed home with plenty of time to catch the start of the Bayern Munich match. The only remaining title challengers were away at FC Koln today and the home fans had promised Dortmund that they would put the final nail in Munich's coffin.

The players had refused to talk about the game tonight, but I knew they were all thinking about it. The maths was simple, if Munich lost tonight then anything but a defeat at the hands of Paderborn tomorrow and we were Bundesliga champions for the second season running. I could barely believe it whenever I thought about it.

Last season we dominated the league and with the DFB-Pokal also won, I thought we would have been labelled as genuine contenders, but perhaps due to the monopoly Munich have created over the history of German football they are automatically favourites, as no one seemed to give us any respect in suggesting we have a chance.

The two sides walked out and I could just sense that Bayern were not all there mentally, everyone knew the title was as goo as ours and it looked like Bayern had finally given up believing otherwise.

As I looked down at my phone, texting my family back home, I could hear the commentators getting more and more excited at something happening in the match. I glance up at the exact moment the youngster Donis Avdijaj headed home following a brutal counter-attack.

I launched myself out of my chair in celebration, yelling at the top of my lungs. The rest of the match was a blur, players and backroom staff were bombarding my phone with messages asking if I was yet to see the score, my family congratulated me on what appeared to be yet another title.

Then suddenly with just seconds remaining Memphis Depay took an almighty dive in the FC Koln penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. I was livid.

"How is that a penalty you idiot!" I was furious, especially when I saw Arturo Vidal step up to take the penalty. This man never misses from the spot, he was more often than not as cool as they come. The refs whistle blew and I looked through my fingers as the Chilean started his run up.

I think it is fair to say my drink went everywhere when the keeper tipped the ball onto the bar and a defender hacked it away. When the full-time whistle sounded out on my TV screen, I instantly grabbed my phone and called my parents back home.

"Mum, Dad, I am a point away from another title!"

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