Bayern Munich have dominated the Bundesliga in the last decade, winning their ninth title in a row last season, despite an early-season wobble which saw Niko Kovac being dismissed and Hansi Flick brought in on an interim basis to steady the ship. Flick ended up getting the job on a permanent basis after Bayern won an unprecedented treble, beating PSG in the Champions League final to win their sixth European Cup, and they look in supreme form at the start of the new season as well, tonking Schalke 8-0 on the opening night to set out their stall for a tenth consecutive title. In such an environment, the other Bundesliga clubs are right to wonder what they are supposed to fight for, but Borussia Dortmund look like setting themselves up for success with a very strong recruitment strategy.

Dortmund have become renowned as one of the best clubs for young players to develop and mature in recent years, with the result that some of the best young players in the world are now choosing to move to the club to ensure that they can maximize their potential. English youngster Jadon Sancho, who arrived in Germany as a 17-year-old from Manchester City three years ago, is now heavily pursued by Manchester United after two seasons where he has hit double digits for goals and assists. Dortmund also snapped up Erling Haaland, one of the most devastating young strikers to have been seen in recent years, and the Norwegian has been scoring goals for fun ever since, continuing his brilliant run which began at Bryne and Molde in Norway, and then took him to Red Bull Salzburg before his arrival at Dortmund. Christian Pulisic, who moved to Chelsea last season, is another example of a young attacker who developed brilliantly and was then sold for a huge fee. Achraf Hakimi, the Moroccan right-back, burnished his claim as one of the best young right-backs in the world in two seasons at the SIGNAL-Iduna Park, and was sold by Real Madrid to Inter Milan this summer upon the expiry of his loan at Dortmund. There are many more examples which show just how well Dortmund treat their young players, and the current crop has the potential to be one of the best ones yet.

It looks likely that Sancho will stay at the club for another season; you can find at esportbetting.net all the betting odds on his move to Manchester United being completed before the end of the transfer window, and if so, he will form part of a devastating attack with Haaland, along with a couple of other youngsters. Dortmund snapped up English youngster Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City this summer, with United again as one of the interested parties, and he has hit the ground running as well, scoring on his debut. They also have Giovanni Reyna on their books – a 17-year-old American attacker who is the son of American legend Claudio Reyna and Danielle Egan, who played for the USA women’s team. Reyna has been earning huge plaudits as well, and all of these young, vibrant players look like they will be able to lead a challenge to Bayern’s dominance in the German game.