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Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time

Here is a look at the list of best Dortmund players of all time.
Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time

Borussia Dortmund was formed by 18 Dortmund soccer players in 1909. 8 German titles, 3 DFB-Pokals, 5  DFL-Supercups, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and one Intercontinental Cup have been captured by Borussia Dortmund. Their 1966 victory in the Cup Winners' Cup made them the very first German team to receive a European trophy. 

Borussia Dortmund, traces the history back to 1909, as one of the greatest and most popular German soccer teams of all time. They have won over twenty major trophies. 

Over recent decades, lots of great players have graced Signal Iduna Park. The club has lately established credibility for promoting talented young footballers. Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland are among the players.

Here's a look at the list of best Dortmund players of all time who over the decades have managed to bring glory to Dortmund and who will always be icons for their faithful followers.

 

Best Borussia Dortmund players of all time

Here is a look at the list of best Dortmund players of all time.

Roman Weidenfeller

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Date of birth: Aug 6, 1980
  • Place of birth: Diez  Germany
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 1,88 m
  • Citizenship: Germany
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Foot: left
  • Current club: Retired

Weidenfeller is the greatest ever goalkeeper of BVB and is second only to Michael Zorc in the club's ranking with 453 appearances in BVB jersey since his transfer in summer 2002. 

 Weidenfeller, a crucial player of Jurgen Klopp's team at the beginning of the last decade and instrumental in the double-winning 2011/12 season, frequently acted as the skipper in the place of Sebastian Kehl ahead of inheriting the armband in his last years of playing football. He captained BVB at Wembley in the 2013 UCL final in that iconic game. 

Never a goalkeeper has played more frequently than Roman Weidenfeller for Dortmund. He is considered as one of the best Dortmund players of all time. Roman is one of the longest-serving stars in Die Borussen history and the player will be noted for empowering Dortmund to win lots of titles, with a record of one clean sheet in every 3 matches. 

He played for 'Roman and Friends' in a particular testimonial game at the point when he retired as he really deserved it as one of the greatest Dortmund players of all time.


Jurgen Kohler

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Date of birth: Oct 6, 1965
  • Place of birth: Lambsheim  Germany
  • Age: 55
  • Height: 1,86 m
  • Citizenship: Germany
  • Position: Defender - Centre-Back
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Retired

Portrayed by the Frankfurter newspaper as an on-field human stop sign was famous to BVB supporters as football God and one of the best Dortmund players ever. In the 1996/97 UCL semi-final second leg over the Red Devils, the nickname was coined after an iconic performance at Old Trafford.

To enable Dortmund to win a 2-0 aggregate, following Lars Ricken's opening goal, Kohler made an amazing record with three clearances off the line against David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and Eric Cantona.

Surprisingly, Kohler had been struggling with illness before the match.  For the first time in their history, BVB went on to lift the cup, yet Kohler is not only known only for that one season. 

Throughout 1995 and 2002, the World Cup winner played 191 matches for  Borussia Dortmund. Kohler was a genius in the defensive line renowned for his tackling technique. In a discussion in 2012, remembering his profession, Kohler stated, with a tinge of remorse, "the days when you might follow your opposite number right to the toilet are long gone." 

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Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time

Kohler was one of the greatest German defenders in the world. Calm, balanced, and intelligent in the defensive line, and equipped with a deadly header.

After joining Dortmund in the last years of his football, Kohler played in the yellow shirt for 7 seasons and won 3 Bundesliga trophies.

The last match of his life was overshadowed by him being sent off, bringing Dortmund down to 10 players, leading to a penalty that enabled Feyenoord to beat BVB where the Germans lost the 2002 UEFA Cup title.

Considered as one of his generation's strongest center backs, Kohler was a technically skilled center-back, famous for his strategic vision, awareness, fast responses, positioning, and aerial prowess, which additionally made him a goal scorer at free-kicks. The defender was also famous for his skills to control the ball out of the defensive line while in possession.

 

Mats Hummels

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Name in home country: Mats Julian Hummels
  • Date of birth: Dec 16, 1988
  • Place of birth: Bergisch Gladbach Germany
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 1,91 m
  • Citizenship: Germany
  • Position: Defender - Centre-Back
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Borussia Dortmund

At the point when Hummels was bought through the 2nd attempt in summer 2019, leaving Bayern once more, there were clearly no negative thoughts. The defender had previously appeared as a crucial player in Klopp's team along with Neven Subotic

Hummels went on to make over 300 starts in his first term after his first arrival on loan in 2008 and was also the skipper for his last 2 years. Liverpool manager Klopp was enthusiastic about his comeback to the Signal Iduna Park: "I was very glad he returned to Dortmund. He's the best center-back in Germany." Mats Hummels merits his spot in the all-time best players of BVB without a doubt. 

Mats Hummels, powerful, tall, and influential, is always comparable to Franz Beckenbauer, the German icon. Coupled with Neven Subotic, through the 2010/11 campaign the pair kept the defense, as Dortmund won the championship with the strongest defensive performance in the Bundesliga. Second place belonged to Bayer Leverkusen who conceded double. 

After he started his youth profession at Bayern Munich at the age of 6, Hummels has been to and from opponents Die Roten disputably. He joined Bayern again after being eliminated by Bavarians in the 2013 UCL final, until moving to Dortmund for £33 m in 2018. 

Hummels is a massive, reliable, tactically versatile, and technically gifted defender, renowned for his effective defending and dominance in the air, just like his positional awareness and the skills to intercept loose balls and has proved to be one of the all-time greatest Dortmund players.

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Dede

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Full name: Leonardo de Deus Santos
  • Date of birth: Apr 18, 1978
  • Place of birth: Belo Horizonte  Brazil
  • Age: 42
  • Height: 1.76 m
  • Citizenship: Brazil
  • Position: Defender - Left-Back
  • Foot: left
  • Current club: Retired

Dede was unlucky that his greatest accomplishments in the mid-2000s clashed with a great Roberto Carlos in Brazil's left-back position, traditionally Brazilian in that he was maybe more relaxed heading forward than guarding. What a great player Dede had been for BVB, however.

He may have played just once for his national side, however, between 1998 and 2011, he played in 322 Bundesliga matches for Borussia Dortmund, ranking 3rd on the Brazilians' all-time list. Dede is regarded as one of the best Dortmund players of all time.

Since assisting to usher in Klopp's golden days by capturing the Bundesliga crown, Dede was given a spectacular send-off in 2011 and is now highly regarded at Signal Iduna Park.

At the point when voted by fans as one of the greatest players of the BVB team of the century he stated: " One of the greatest things that had ever happened since being in Dortmund, " proceeding:" I didn't play all the time at the highest level, but I still gave 100 percent and went after every ball. That's who I am. I'm so glad that the fans realized that. By giving interviews or TV advertisements, I wouldn't earn that."


Lukasz Piszczek

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Name in home country: Lukasz Piszczek
  • Date of birth: Jun 3, 1985
  • Place of birth: Czechowice-Dziedzice  Poland
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 1,84 m
  • Citizenship: Poland
  • Position: Defender - Right-Back
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Borussia Dortmund

Just Dede participated in more matches for Dortmund amongst non-German stars than Piszczek, and the Polish man is still playing in the flanks for BVB at the age of 35. He played in all but one match after his transfer from Hertha Berlin in 2010 as Dortmund spectacularly won their first Bundesliga championship under Jurgen Klopp. 

He appeared just as important in the league the next year, as Borussia defeated Bayern Munich in the DFB Cup final to secure the first domestic double of all time, he played every minute of their DFB cup season. Piszczek, Versatile enough to play the backline or on both flanks, has proved to be one of the best Dortmund players of all time. 

Piszczek has played 366 games for Dortmund, leading the team win Bundesliga trophies in 2011 and 2012, together with DFB-Pokal championships in 2012 and 2017.

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Andreas Moller

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Date of birth: Sep 2, 1967
  • Place of birth: Frankfurt am Main  Germany
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 1,80 m
  • Citizenship: Germany
  • Position: Midfielder - Attacking Midfield
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Retired

Through two different periods with Borussia Dortmund, Schwalbenkonig played more than 300 games. Whereas the first of them included the club's first triumph in the DFB Cup in over twenty years, compared to his comeback, it was comparatively mild. 

Moller reentered Borussia Dortmund after 4 years at Eintracht Frankfurt and Juventus. At the point when he netted the first goal of the game against Hamburg on the final day of the 1994/95 campaign they won their first Bundesliga championship. In the following season, 8 goals and thirteen

assists resulted in consecutive trophies before the club captured their only champions league championship in 1997. In the final game against Juventus Moller gave two assists in the 3-1 victory in Munich. Andreas Moller has proved to be one of the best Dortmund players of all time.
Moller slapped Lothar Matthaus in a game over Bayern Munich to entitle himself ever more to the Borussia Dortmund fans. 

For Dortmund, Andreas Moller was a game-changer, powerful with both feet and promising in the air. He scored 88 goals for BVB in his two spells for the club. He also played for Juventus, where he played in the team that defeated Black and Yellows in the 1993 UEFA Cup final. Andreas Moller, a versatile midfielder, produced nearly as many goals as he recorded, giving an amazing 84 assists. 

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time

One of them came in the 1997 UCL final when he found Lars Ricken for the 3rd goal of the matches that destroyed his former club, the Old Lady.

Portrayed by ESPN as "one of his generation's best midfielders," Moller was a creative, flexible, and full skilled midfielder, famous for his passing range, intuition, awareness, insight, and technical skills, as well as his stamina, responsiveness, and acceleration of planning and implementation that allowed him to play very next-time passes.

Moller also had the capacity to move the ball. He was additionally famous for his goalscoring, because of his strong and precise offensive abilities with both feet, along with his aerial prowess, in addition to his creative ability to give assists to peers, which enabled him to excel in the air.

The player's attacking skills even enabled him to be used in more advanced positions, as a second striker or even as a winger. Andreas Moller was a free-kick expert as well.

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Michael Zorc

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Date of birth: Aug 25, 1962
  • Place of birth: Dortmund  Germany
  • Age: 58
  • Height: 1,83 m
  • Citizenship: Germany
  • Position: Midfielder - Defensive Midfield
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Retired

Probably there's nobody who adequately personifies Borussia Dortmund than Michael Zorc. At the age of 16, he entered the club academy before moving on to play a total of 572 games for Dortmund. Despite being a midfielder, he has even the highest goalscoring record of BVB with 159 goals.

Zorc, the club skipper from 1988, celebrated one of Dortmund's most prosperous times. In his first campaign as captain, the DFB Cup victory came along and it was also Zorc who won those successive Bundesliga and Champions League trophies in 1997. He retired the next year and headed right into the club departments and took over as sporting director in 2005.

Zorc is yet the another-club man who set the record with Dortmund for the most games played, appearing as a player 572 times. He netted more than 10 goals in 7 different campaigns and tallied sufficient goals to place him second in the list of all-time leading Dortmund scorers.

As a sporting director at the club, he won three league trophies. He is considered one of the best players in Dortmund history.


Matthias Sammer

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Date of birth: Sep 5, 1967
  • Place of birth: Dresden  DDR
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 1,81 m
  • Citizenship: Germany 
  • Position: Midfielder - Defensive Midfield
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Retired

Sammer, the only footballer to receive the Ballon d'Or as a Dortmund player, was another crucial player in the two accomplishments in the league and the Champions League victory.

As a sweeper, the former German international was essential in violating the Juventus team featuring Zidane, Deschamps, Vieri, and Del Piero in the UCL final, even skippering the side with Zorc beginning on the sidelines. 

Matthias Sammer is regarded as one of the best Dortmund players of all time. The year after his departure, Sammer made his coaching qualifications and replaced Udo Lattek as Borussia Dortmund's manager in 2000.

Two years later, another Bundesliga championship resulted as he instilled his playing experience to the newest crop of footballers from Dortmund. Although he was a Bayern sporting director who celebrated the treble which included defeating BVB in the final of the UCL, Sammer retained the admiration at Signal Iduna Park.

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Marco Reus

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Date of birth: May 31, 1989
  • Place of birth: Dortmund  Germany
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 1,80 m
  • Citizenship: Germany
  • Position: Midfielder - Attacking Midfield
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Borussia Dortmund

Reus and Zorc have similar characteristics, they are two of the greatest footballers of all time to wear Dortmund's Black and yellow jersey. Maybe it's just an awful background of injuries that kept Reus from getting any further. 

After all, it is an impressive run of over 270 games including 131 goals and 82 assists. Every playmaker will be grateful for having a role in a goal out of 4 through every 5 games. Marco Reus has been appointed Dortmund's season player two different times.

He has also been appointed the German Footballer of the Year for the second time in 2019. Reus has proved to be one of the best Dortmund players of all time.

Reus, known for his consistent hard work and flexibility, has scored a goal just almost every other match in the 8 seasons since joining BVB. Reus is famous for his flexibility, pace, stamina, technical abilities, wisdom, and ability to shoot. but the player is also recognized for his vulnerability to injury. 

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time

Franz Beckenbauer talked about Reus in 2012, stating, "No one is better than the prolific Reus and Gotze as a classic couple." Reus was named the Footballer of the Year in 2012 and was appointed in 2013 as a member of the UEFA Team of the Year. Reus was rated by Bloomberg as the fourth-best player in Europe in 2013.

The player is world-renowned for his aggressive moves, solid finishing with either foot, positioning, and reading of the game, but also his free-kick accuracy, Reus is additionally a hard-working footballer and an accurate distributor who has a clear vision that helps him, in addition to netting goals himself, to produce opportunities and provide assists to peers.

Generally speaking, Reus is a dynamic player, interested in playing in many offensive roles, and has been used as a second striker, as a center forward, as a winger on either flank, and also as a central midfield attacking role.

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Robert Lewandowski

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Date of birth: Aug 21, 1988
  • Place of birth: Warszawa  Poland
  • Age: 32
  • Height: 1,84 m
  • Citizenship: Poland  Poland
  • Position: Forward - Centre-Forward
  • Foot: right
  • Current club: Bayern Munich

It's quite strange to think that Lewandowski used to be a Dortmund star and one of the best Dortmund footballers of all time, a truly excellent attacker for 4 years, with the way he's been pounding for Bayern for the last 6 years. He joined Borussia Dortmund instead of Blackburn Rovers due to the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland that prevented him to travel to England at that time.  

The Polish skipper played 187 matches and netted 103 goals for BVB. For Lewandowski and the team, the 2011/12 season was especially unforgettable.

Thirty goals in 47 matches made the campaign the most fruitful ever for Dortmund as they captured their first domestic double. He helped hold Bayern well at distance with 22 in the season, along with netting the winning goal in the most important Matchday 30 ahead of lifting the DFB Cup with a hat-trick in the final against Bayern.

Lewandowski did the same thing against Los Blancos in the UCL semi-finals the next season, netting 4 goals in a game this time to be present in the Wembley Klassiker final. Lewandowski is increasingly considered as the world's best forward.

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time

Lewandowski is a clinical finisher, a precise and powerful scorer with his head and either foot. He is regarded to embody nearly all the desired attributes of a classical number 9, a complete striker: tallness, stamina, composure, speed, smart movement, and mastery with both feet.

While he predominantly performs in the box as a finisher, due to his tactical sense, the capability to shoot the first touch, toughness in the air, and a strong shot from either foot, his outstanding analytical ability, fast feet, superb dribbling, perception, and athleticism often allow him to pick up the ball from his back to the net and both bring his peers into action or win fouls for his side.

The player is also famous for his work-rate and positional performance and is able to drop into different positions on the field to make space with his acceleration for teammates or confuse opponents by retargeting unexpected offensive runs into the box.

He is a strong penalty taker and has shown classiness and control on the spot regularly. Additionally, Lewandowski has also been lauded by commentators, coaches, and administrators for his excellent work ethic, endurance, attitude, and consistency, both on the field and in training sessions. He is regarded as one of the best Dortmund players of all time.

 

Manfred Burgsmuller

Best Borussia Dortmund Players of All Time
  • Date of birth: Dec 22, 1949
  • Place of birth: Essen  Germany
  • Date of death: 18.05.2019 (†69)
  • Height: 1.77 m
  • Citizenship: Germany
  • Position: Forward - Centre-Forward
  • Foot: right

As we are listing the best footballers in the history of Dortmund, owing to the fact that he is Dortmund's joint-highest goalscorer in the Bundesliga, Manfred Burgsmuller merits a spot in the rundown. 

Through his 7-year spell with Borussia Dortmund, the midfielder scored a remarkable 135 goals from 224 Bundesliga matches. Even more admirable as you remember he was not operating as a striker. 

While playing for Dortmund, he never ended up winning significant glory, however, his goal record stabilized his spot in the history book of the team. He always owes some credit to his durability as a professional player, quitting after a 22-year tenure at the age of 41 in 1990. 

But he somehow wasn't done. He is regarded as one of the best Dortmund players of all time. He started a six-year career as a kicker with NFL Europe's Rhein Fire squad in 1996, winning two World Bowls. 
 

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