It has been a very long and tiring 2014/15 campaign for Borussia Dortmund. The black and yellows started the season in bad fettle as they struggled to come out of the relegation zone.
Even worse they found themselves bottom of the pile in February before a remarkable resurgence saw them finish 7th, enabling them to take part in next season’s Europa League. The players and manager Jürgen Klopp had to dig deep to bring about a change in fortunes but through all this time one thing never changed, the amazing support from their fans.
In a press conference, it was Klopp who said that BVB is the only team in the world who will be in a relegation place and still manage to receive such support and there was nothing untrue about what he said.
At times the bad run of form Dortmund were enduring was hard to bear not only for the die hard fans but also for neutrals but that didn’t seem to take its toll on the Dortmund faithful one bit.
The fans even surprised the players at some point during the course of the season when they were singing loudly after the home loss to Hamburg. They were chanting: ‘…And when you are down and are rock bottom we will be behind you singing Borussia, Borussia, BVB’. Splendid, right?
What’s even more surprising than the inspiring songs, eye catching choreography and colorful banners is the attendance at one of Europe’s largest grounds the Signal Iduna Park.
Every home game is played under a full house which in a Bundesliga game can accommodate about 80,463 fans, where standing is allowed and when the largest terrace in Europe the Südtribüne (South Bank) will be packed to the roof, making it the highest average attendance in Europe this season surpassing teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Even when times are tough, when they lose their best players and manager BVB can always depend on their amazing fans to drive them back up to the top heights of German and European football where they belong.
And after all what’s football without fans?
Written by Brook Genene
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