Inside Planet Dortmund – Glasgow BVB SC

Posted on June 24, 2011

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It has been a historic campaign for Die Borussen which was capped off in stunning fashion with Jurgen Klopp’s men securing the league championship.

And the title party, somehow, found its way to Scotland where Glasgow’s very own Borussia Dortmund supporters club celebrated the club’s title triumph.

I caught up with Andy King, a proud member of the Glasgow BVB Supporters Club, to find out a bit more about them and his thoughts on the season.

“It originally started in the Murdo Macleod era when he went to Dortmund and I invited 4 mates to Parkhead in the Dortmund end and 2 mates flew over from Dortmund for the uefa cup game,

“Over the years we would go over in 2s and 3s

Andy has his roots in Germany with his father being stationed there with the army and he eventually married in Dortmund.

“It really got of the ground officially in 2003 with 4 mates going over each year for Xmas, long weekend, beer, Christmas market and a Dortmund game thrown in. We had a direct flight from Edinburgh to Dortmund then,

“The idea got bigger when Berti Vogts managed Scotland and played Germany in Dortmund. We met about 7 Scots who all follow BVB and live in Dortmund. Then 2 years ago I emailed BVB and made the club official. Within 24 hours got an email from Glasgow (Jorg Klein) who set up Planet Dortmund SC (Glasgow BVB Fans).

“He introduced me to other like-minded fans living in Tranent and Edinburgh. We started the facebook page and others came out of the woodwork, mostly Celtic fans I may add, but know their stuff.

“This then strated a fortnightly meet at the Brauhaus pub in Edinburgh that shows the game live.”

The Glasgow contingent of BVB fans had their own Player of the Year vote and it was a surprise candidate who came out on top.

“Dortmund player of the year? The whole team,

“But Neven Subotic won with wait for it 4 votes, 8 others had 3 votes.”

The Champions League will bring back many fond memories for Dortmund fans, especially with the final being held in Munich.

“Direct entry of course and I believe they will do well, with our experience last year in the Europa and hopefully we don’t lose anyone else (Dede and Sahin gone) should be a good one, especially with the final being in Munich,

“Who can forget 1997?”

Andy believes next year’s Bundesliga will be tougher than last with Bayern and Schalke potential challengers for their crown.

He added: “It should be challenging again with Bayern stronger and S04 should be up there this season. Will be tighter than last”

All the best to Andy and the lads in their chase for two-in-a-row next season.

Planet Dortmund: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Planet-Dortmund-Supporters-Club/215010784481

Edinburgh Borussen: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edinburgh-Borussen/123954507615263

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