The youngest ever team to win the Bundesliga- Borussia Dortmund’s season at a glance

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The youngest ever team to win the Bundesliga- Borussia Dortmund’s season at a glance

With the youngest team around in the Bundesliga and trophy drought extending to almost a decade, not even  a single person gave a chance to Borussia Dortmund for winning the League this season. The Black Yellows had an outstanding 2010/11 campaign and the only thing that went against them was their manager, Jurgen Klopp’s, glasses which got broken during the celebrations of a 3-1 Dortmund win over that time reigning champions, Bayern Munich, at the Allianz-Arena.

Dortmund didn’t make a perfect start to their sublime campaign and lost their very first game to Bayer Leverkusen at home. It was just a perfect kind of tonic for the Borussians who took no time to bounce back from that 2-0 loss and inflicted a 3-1 defeat on VfB Stuttgart in their very next game and that too away from home. The team just required one game to get the momentum back and performed beyond expectations much to the surprise of their own fans.

Former champions Bayern Munich at that stage already started sensing danger of losing their supremacy in the wake of some tremendous Dortmund performances.  Klopp’s strategy of going all out against each team was at first criticized by the club’s own higher officials but soon it started paying dividends with every passing game.

Players like Nuri Sahin, Mats Hummels and Mario Gotze were the stand out performers for the young champions and the work load was evenly divided amongst the full squad. Gotze regarded his full squad as one family and mentioned, "We're a team and we always stick together. We're all there for one another. We're like a family."

The club maintained unity and discipline throughout the whole campaign but the real support came from a massive crowd that travelled everywhere with the team. This thing induced added confidence in the young team who proved to be a surprise package for most of the crazy sports lovers.

The Borussians strengthened their hold on the top from round about the Match day 10 which caused concerns in Munich and Leverkusen camps. Jurgen Klopp managed his team in the best possible manner as Dortmund continued their exhilarating campaign. The team had a staggering ten point’s advantage prior to the start of the new-year and were looking all set to cause the biggest upset in Bundesliga history.

Since losing the first match of the season, Dortmund lost only four more games throughout the remaining campaign and were simply unbeatable at home. From 17 home games, the Black Yellows lost only once while playing at the Signal Iduna Park comparing that to the 12 wins. Their away form was also something to take note of as the team managed 11 wins away from home comparing that to the four losses.

One thing that enabled the Borussians to their first ever trophy in a decade’s time was their relentless defence. Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic stood firm throughout the campaign and the team as a whole let slipped in only 22 goals from 38 matches.

Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa was an inspirational addition to an already impressive outfit and played a key role in enabling his side towards a rare title by amassing 12 goals.

Dortmund went on to end their trophy drought but the only thing that the Borussians would have to work upon for the 2011/12 season is their conversion rate. The Black Yellows won the title but it is believed that the strikers squandered more than 50 clear cut chances during the whole 2010/11 campaign. Nevertheless Borussia Dortmund created history by becoming the youngest ever team to win the Bundesliga.


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