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Generating Gladbach's Golden era

My First Story
Started on 24 May 2013 by JordTheDesigner
Latest Reply on 27 May 2013 by JordTheDesigner
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Why Have I Chosen Gladbach ?
My love for Gladbach is very much there due to their string links with my boyhood club Liverpool and also they have a great team of youthful individuals that can drive the team to success

Who are they ?

Even in Germany, few football fans will ever have heard of the Anton Schmitz pub on Alsstrasse in Eicken, a district of Monchengladbach. On the other hand, the club founded there more than a century ago is a household name: Borussia Monchengladbach.

In November 1899, a group of young players broke away from Germania sports club and set up FC Borussia. Just a few weeks later, the men opted to join the youth section of the Congregation of Mary, as the institution had its own pitch. Eight months after that, what was destined to become one of the nation’s most successful clubs formally came into being.

Birth of an institution
Borussia Monchengladbach was officially founded on 1 August 1900 as Borussia 1900. Just 12 years later, the club had won promotion to the top tier, and claimed a first west German championship in 1920, defeating Koelner BC 3-1 after extra time in the final.

Borussia had merged with Germania 1889 athletic club in 1919, but the union only lasted two years and VfTuR 1889 M.Gladbach gave way to Borussia VfL 1900 e.V. Monchengladbach, the name it still bears today. Borussia’s first senior German international was 21-year-old defender Heinz Ditgens, who made his debut in a 9-0 victory over Luxembourg at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

After the chaos and trauma of the Second World War, Borussia resumed league operations in mid-June 1946. They were promoted to the second division (west) in 1949, and the Oberliga West, the regional top flight at the time, a year later. Following a string of relegations and promotions, Borussia cemented their place in the Oberliga and claimed a first title in 1958/59.

Another trophy followed in August 1960 when Borussia beat Cologne 3-1 to win the West German Cup. They would follow that a few weeks later with a maiden DFB German Cup triumph after a 3-2 victory over Karlsruhe. In the same year, Borussia became the first German contenders in the new European Cup Winners’ Cup, where they were knocked out by Glasgow giants Rangers in the last eight.

Monchengladbach earned promotion to the Bundesliga in 1965, a year after Hennes Weisweiler became head coach. The club’s widely-used nickname, the Foals, stems from the legendary Weisweiler’s tenure, as he was renowned from grooming and bringing on young players.

The making of a legend
Borussia advanced to figurehead status in German football in a golden era during the 1970s. On 31 October 1969, Monchengladbach moved to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, and remain second in the all-time roll of honour for leading the league at the end of a complete matchday, behind only serial champions Bayern Munich. The Foals claimed their first national title on 30 April 1970, with the plaudits raining in for coach Weisweiler and his team’s potent blend of youth and experience.

The history books record a curious incident on Matchday 27 the following season. With two minutes left in Borussia’s home meeting with Werder Bremen, Gladbach’s Herbert Laumen ended up in the net in a vain attempt to reach a Gunter Netzer free-kick. The striker hit the rigging with sufficient force to break the left-hand post and, as there was no replacement goal and the damage could not be repaired, the referee abandoned the match. The incident spelled the end of wooden goalposts in the professional game, and the offending post is now on display in the Borussia museum.

The immediate consequences were less rosy for Gladbach, as a German FA tribunal awarded the points to Werder. Despite this, Borussia finished the 1970/71 season with a wafer-thin advantage over Bayern, and became the first club to retain the Bundesliga title.

The men from the Lower Rhine remained a dominant force for many years, both on the domestic scene and in Europe. The 1972/73 campaign brought a second DFB Cup triumph and a place in the UEFA Cup final, although that ended in defeat to Liverpool. 1974/75 remains the most successful year in the club’s history, as Borussia brought home both a third league title and the UEFA Cup.

Weisweiler now departed to coach Barcelona, but new boss Udo Lattek led Borussia to a Bundesliga hat-trick with titles in 1976 and 1977. However, the season which produced a fifth national title ended with a painful defeat, again to Liverpool, but this time in the final of the European Champions’ Cup.

As it transpired, the high-water mark had been reached, although the next couple of years were not without entries in the club annals. On 29 April 1978, Gladbach thrashed Borussia Dortmund 12-0 to record the highest-ever margin of victory in the Bundesliga. A year later, they beat Red Star Belgrade to claim the UEFA Cup again, and although they also made the final in 1980, the trophy was lost to Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.

Over the next ten years, Borussia remained among the elite in German football, but trophies proved elusive. Gladbach lost the 1984 DFB Cup final on penalties to arch-rivals Bayern, and made the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 1987 only to go out on the back of a home defeat to Dundee United.

The 1990s proved a troubled decade for the proud club as they slid towards a muted centenary year. By now meandering in mid-table in the Bundesliga, the Foals reached the DFB Cup final in 1992 but lost to Hannover. A 16-year wait for silverware ended in 1995 with a third triumph in the domestic cup, but there have been no additions to the trophy cabinet since then.

The club sank to a nadir four years later with a first-ever relegation from the top flight. Borussia were back in the elite two seasons later, but as a humble shadow of their former selves. Tenth in 2005/06 was the best they could manage, and they slipped to the second division again a year later.

The present
Borussia regained their top-flight status at the first attempt and were back for the 2008/09 campaign, but the glory days of the 1970s are a fast-fading memory, with finishes in 15th and 12th places in the last two seasons. However in 2011/2012 season Gladbach qualified for the Champions League Playoff Stage but their hopes have been dented by the sale of Marco Reus to Dortmund. Their future lies with Luuk de Jong his replacement and Marc Andre Ter Stegen possibly a future German one who has been compared with Oliver Kahn

The stadium
The Foals moved to the newly-constructed Borussia Park in July 2004. The state-of-the-art arena, built on a site relinquished by the British military, replaced the legendary but ageing Bokelberg and boasts a capacity of 54,057. The Borussia Park site also houses the club’s administrative headquarters, a fan shop, a restaurant, the training facility and extensive car parking. The stadium, built at a cost of €86.9 million, has staged three Germany men’s internationals to date, and is one of the nine venues for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 in Germany.

Lucien Favre learned the hard way that sometimes, it probably is not wise to complain about your employer on Facebook. Of course, when Borussia Dortmund also happens to be your most hated club team, it might be a little more difficult to bite your tongue when they sign one of your favorite players in Marco Reus. After legendary Forward Marco Reus was allowed to sign with Dortmund, Favre took to Facebook to voice his frustration with management and more directly at the club president – and after this was discovered, the Manager was fired as a result and barred from attending all further Gladbach Games, he was taken to court and was made to pay Gladbach €8 Million in compensation and was sacked by gross misconduct
A good start there mate nice cover of the history and now! Maybe use some headings when writing lots of text to make it easier to read but keep it up. Looking forward to this
Oooh, an extra £8m for you to spend in that compensation ;) This is looking great!
lol, there goes Lucien. Nice start mate and good luck. :)
2013-05-25 05:52#104708 The Special one : lol, there goes Lucien. Nice start mate and good luck. :)

Cheers Mate
2013-05-25 02:40#104680 k1rups : A good start there mate nice cover of the history and now! Maybe use some headings when writing lots of text to make it easier to read but keep it up. Looking forward to this

Sorry about that , this is my first story that I've done so Im still learning the basics
2013-05-25 06:51#104737 Gladbach :
2013-05-25 02:40#104680 k1rups : A good start there mate nice cover of the history and now! Maybe use some headings when writing lots of text to make it easier to read but keep it up. Looking forward to this

Sorry about that , this is my first story that I've done so Im still learning the basics

Don't apologise mate it's a learning curve and I learnt a lot from other people giving me guidance as well. I think you could set this up to be a great story and I will definitely follow :)

Meanwhile in Sweden Henrik Larsson had got up early to watch his nephew compete in his first biathlon competition in Stockholm. When his phone began to rang, on the Line was Gladbach's Club President Rolf Konings.

HL- Henrik Larsson
RK- Rolf Konings

RK- Good Morning Mr Larsson , We have been informed that you've just been sacked by a third division Swedish Club

HL- Talk about rubbing salt into the wounds, it was my first job and I've seen better highland league players than some of them, the pitch was awful, we had to train at a school , I wouldn't call it prime conditions for a decent manager to go to would you?

RK- Not at all Mr Larsson, My Name is Rolf, The Club President of Gladbach a team in the Bundesliga First Division, We are looking for a new manager after our previous manager Luciene was sacked by Gross Misconduct

HL- Wow! I'd be flattered to join such an world famous club but sadly I can't I'm still in dispute over not been paid for the last six months and Helsingborgs have offered me their assistant managers job, which I have already accepted, thank you for the offer though

RK: Is that so Mr Larsson , then me and the club can only wish you good luck for the future, Good Bye.

Back in his office "Damn It! He was our first choice and we've got no other managers in our radar, back to drawing board then." Dass ist nicht so Gut"

Gladbach have released the following Statement:

We would like to announce to the fans that we are finalising a deal with an ex professional who is very much close to our hearts and has many ties with the Bundesliga and Gladbach. The announcement is set to be made at Borussia-Park this afternoon
i love Gladbach, will defo be following! good luck
2013-05-25 07:28#104747 WeAreFev : i love Gladbach, will defo be following! good luck

Thank you mate , it should pick up speed within the next couple of days Statement
The Club is proud to announce that Didi Hamman will be our new manager replacing Luciene. The 39 year old is a German footballer who was most recently manager at Stockport County. Throughout his career, he has played for Bayern Munich, Newcastle United, Liverpool, and Manchester City primarily in a defensive midfield position. He also spent time at Milton Keynes Dons as a player/coach before joining Leicester City as a first team coach. He was a member of the German national side from 1997 until 2006. His ambitions and expectations lead us to our decision as he wants to create the golden era like the 1970's. He will hold a press conference with the press later this afternoon

Didi Hamman Press Conference
J- Journalist
DH- Didi Hamman
The Journalist is Jurgen Ottamier from Bild Sport

J- "Welcome to Borussia- Park, Didi."

D- “It is a pleasure to be at this club , the fans all have a special link with my greatest club side Liverpool.”

J-"Alright, Didi, let's begin the questions. First, What are your feelings on being the manager at Gladbach after you failed to keep Stockport in the Football League ?"

D-"Stockport County was and still is a massive learning curve for me as a manager, I can only apologize for what happened, the takeover bid never happened and I didn't get the budget I needed to keep them up. Taking over the Gladbach job will be easier as I have a strong knowledge of the Bundesliga and still think it is the best league in the world , the fans have the best atmosphere and the all clubs in Germany care about the fans first profit second unlike in England."

J – Do you think that you can build on last seasons success without star player Marco Reus

DH- I think it's going to be very difficult, however the club has a lot of young wonderkids that can take the club forward so hopefully we can finish 4th in the league again and I’d also like to win the DFB Pokal this year

J - What kind of transfers do you expect to be making this year?

DH – Due to the financial state of the club and our biggest sponsor Audi pulling out over the comments of Luciene, the chairman has given me a modest 800K to spend. I could sell players to buy new ones but they all deserve a chance at the club so they will all stay until at least January. In terms of players coming in I’d like to sign a goal keeper to cover for Marc- Andre Ter Stegen and possibly another striker on loan, preferably Samed Yesil who is a vibrant kid that can lead the line for the national team in the coming years.

J - What do you think are realistic targets for your team this season?

DH - I think this season we should realistically be putting a good challenge for the continental places, and also winning the domestic cups. A good run in Europe would also be really helpful, as it could make us some much-needed money and raise the profile of our club and hopefully help us tie down deals for some of the younger players because if we do not have a good season they will look to leave and we cant afford to keep them against their will

J - Alright, What do you make of the current backroom staff?

DH – The staff at the club are fantastic however I need to fill in a few roles as the First Team Coach and Luciene’s assistant resigned and we have a vacancy for a goalkeeper coach and a Sporting Director. The good news is that I have already recruited staff in these positions and I know them all very well.

My assistant manager for the next 4 years will be Christian Ziege , I played with him internationally and at Liverpool and his current work for the Germany National team Youth System has attracted my attention and the DFB have allowed him to join up with Gladbach. I am assured it will be a popular choice as Christian spent many years at this club and will know what it feels like to play at this fantastic club. I have appointed Former Grasshopper manager Ciriaco Sforza as my first team coach , Oliver Kahn as my Goalkeeping Coach and Thomas Helmer as Sporting Director. I have played with Oliver and Thomas at international level and Sforza was a real help when I first broke into the Munich First Team. Oliver will be helping ter Stegen to become the goalkeeper he is hyped up to be while Sforza will bring fresh ideas to training allowing me and Thomas to focus on the tactics and transfer side of the club.

J- Wow! There’s a lot of experience their good luck with the season and we will catch up with you soon

Didi sat down with Christian and looked over his new team and instantly saw the youthfulness and talent his club had:

Luuk De Jong

Name: Luuk de Jong
Current Team: Borussia M.Gladbach
Shirt Number: 9
Age: 22 years old (27-08-1990)
Height: 188cm
Weight: 86kg
Nationality: Netherlands
Bought for 15 Million Euros from FC Twente to replace Reus , he is the future of the ream alongside Peniel Mlapa upfront and only 21 de Jong is the spear head of a very youthful attack

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (20) professional football career started at his local club Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he earned his debut in April 2011. He has later recorded 57 appearances for Gladbach, and is a regular first team member.
Even though he's still young and has many years to develop further, he has become one of the main transfer targets for world class clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid, and has the potential to beat Manuel Neuer for the number 1 spot of the German national team and is worth 5.75 million Euros

Granit Xhaka

He is a young but promising player who works good as a deep lying playmaker, similar to Pirlo, but with dribbling skills. Who will lead the midfielder and link up with Havard Nordtveit as the two centre midfields worth 7.25 Million Euros and only 19 Granit has a very exciting career ahead of him.

N.B. I am playing the game on FMH 2013 as it will be quicker but I will go into as much detail as any other story has

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