Even if the UK is home to some of the sturdiest rivalries in the world, you don’t need to look further than mainland Europe to find its equal. Dortmund wouldn’t be what it is today without some of the teams that they are competing with on a weekly basis. Here are some of those you need to know about.
Sometimes you just need some teams to root against. Dortmund is no exception. No matter who you or your parents support, in Germany or anywhere else, love is always fueled by opposition and rivalries. Regardless of whether you’re interested in the Bundesliga due to value betting or if you’re just in it for the love of the game, having a team to root against makes it a whole lot more enjoyable. Here we’ll take a look at the rivals of Borussia Dortmund.
The champions from Munich
The big bad wolf of the Bundesliga has dominated German football for decades. Bayern Munich is a true European powerhouse in every sense of the world and more or less has a subscription to the Meisterschale. Known for their entertaining football and dominant performances combined with a true winners mentality and packed stands this is a choice that some might consider boring, while others simply rejoice at the opportunity to watch them play.
Dortmund is always a contender for the title, but Bayern always seems to snatch their favourite player to get the upper hand. Götze, Hummels, Lewandowski, just to name a few. Not a nice move.
The Revierderby setting new standards
Bayern might be bad but Schalke 04 has always been the team to beat if you’re a Borussia supporter. The derby can soon celebrate 100 years of fierce competition and it is always good fun to watch, even if you’re not supporting any of the teams. In the past years, there have been some entertaining 8-goal matches that have already become legendary. The year Schalke played in the 2. Bundesliga, they were truly missed.
That said, let’s not forget all the other clubs of the Ruhr District such as Bochum, Duisburg and Rot-Weiss Essen whose game, when facing off against BVB, is known as the “kleines Revierderby”. The Ruhr District is in general packed with football clubs, such as FC Köln, Leverkusen and Fortuna Düsseldorf just to name a few. It’s truly fussball heaven.
The other Borussia
There’s another Borussia in the Bundesliga and they are from Mönchengladbach. The Borussen-derby as it is called might be a bit hidden or even forgotten, since Gladbach for many years was not in the top flight. But since the mid-2000s they have begun to rise again and are a contender for Europa League or Conference League.
Marco Reus, undoubtedly one of the star players of BVB also has a shared history, as he played well for Mönchengladbach for several seasons before joining Dortmund over 10 years ago. This gives a bit more history to the Borussenderby today as the stakes as always will be personal.