Bayern Munich is the most successful club in German club football, having won the league 31 times in the past. The club had showed its dominance in domestic competitions, most notably in the previous ten seasons in the German Bundesliga 1, with no contenders able to challenge the status quo it set since a decade ago. Nonetheless, certain good things do come to an end, especially after a long wait. For the first time in many seasons, the six-time winner of the UEFA Champions League / European Cups is finally encountering a strong rival that could topple them in the German Bundesliga 1, the Black and Yellow Borussia Dortmund.
Nine Wins in a Row in the League
The BVB had been revived and resurged under manager Edin Terzić, and is now level on points with league leader Bayern Munich with 11 games left to be played. After its recent win over another strong Bundesliga 1 outfit RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund achieved its ninth straight win in the league and they are set to welcome a chance to reach double-figure of consecutive wins, when they travelled to Veltins-Arena to face Schalke, the second-bottom team in the league.
Following the loss against Chelsea in the recent second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, the team in black and yellow can now fully concentrate on their league and DFB-Pokal endeavours. Should Terzić’s men continue to thrive and win the next two league games, they will face Bayern Munich away on Match Day 26 at the Allianz Arena on April Fools’ Day, with a huge chance to edge past the current leader to the top spot of the Bundesliga 1 table.
It is worth pointing out that despite losing Norwegian wonder striker Erling Haaland to Manchester City during the summer, Borussia Dortmund’s firepower did not suffer a huge step back. Instead, the duty to bag goals is evenly distributed to the team, with six players from the squad now scoring five goals or more in all competitions. Since Haaland’s exit, the team altered its playing style, relying on its midfield to deliver, and England’s Jude Bellingham is certainly their best player thus far.
JUDE BELLINGHAM TOTY!! ⭐️🎮 pic.twitter.com/O6xmhMu4L8
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) January 19, 2023
Bellingham Leading the Charge
The England international may be 19 years of age, but his maturity in midfield is what driving Borussia Dortmund forward this season. In the recent 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Dortmund’s no. 22 outshone all of his national teammates and was arguably the Three Lions’ best player in the tournament, despite England not making it to the semifinal or the final. The Stourbridge-born midfielder’s consistency in club and country even earned him a place in EA Sports’s annual Team of the Year, becoming the first player from his club to be inclusive of this selection.
Furthermore, with clubs like Liverpool and Real Madrid already eyeing to make a move for the midfield maestro, Dortmund would want to do its best in retaining the player; One of the best ways to do so is to help him winning a major silverware like the German Bundesliga 1 title.
Looking at the history, BVB was the last team to have won the league before a full decade of superiority by Bayern Munich, and the side did that by winning back-to-back league titles in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 Seasons. In terms of the overall record, Dortmund is also the second-best team ever with five championship wins and eight second-placed finishes. Hence, Terzić’s side does have all the right to lock horns with Bayern for the eventual title this season, and their loud fans will be over the moon if their team does the unthinkable.
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