Written by Will Parchman

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Borussia Dortmund is misleading.

All the tropes of a Big Club are there; the 85,000-seat stadium, always full. The world class players. The Champions League runs. The domestic cups. The global fan base. If you were new to the game, there’s nothing blatantly obvious, really, to separate BVB from, say, clubs like Manchester City, Juventus or even Real Madrid.

They are, of course, not like those clubs. Their budget is smaller, their mandate more constricted, their ultimate aims in player acquisition different. They trawl up coveted youth players for pennies, or, in Christian Pulisic’s case, for free. They’re willing to burn time pushing them up through their U19 apparatus in exchange for lower fees. They need to make big sales before they splash for big buys.

And, in the case of Ousmane Dembele, they use their multi-faceted scouting network to pull up transfers for teenagers at a fraction of the cost.

Dembele moved from Rennes in 2016 for $15 million. His latent value according to Transfermarkt more than doubled in the last year, which Dembele spent setting Europe to the torch. But latent value doesn’t mean much in the afterglow of Neymar’s $222 million move to PSG. Barcelona, now flush with cash everyone in the world can see spilling from their coffers, needs a replacement. Or two. And Dembele is on the list.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Borussia Dortmund does not want to sell Christian Pulisic. Presumably, Christian Pulisic does not want to be sold. How do we know this?

Christian Pulisic just signed an extension with BVB through 2020.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Christian Pulisic didn’t start Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League match against Real Madrid on Tuesday. But my goodness did he finish it.

Real Madrid looked unfazed as it descended into the bubbling cauldron of BVB’s Signal Iduna Park, taking a 2-1 lead late into the second half. Pulisic, the King of America, came on with about 20 minutes to go and didn’t waste much time in lassoing the game and pulling it back into Dortmund’s favor.

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Written by Will Parchman

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When Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Borussia Dortmund in 2013, you could hardly have found a player more suited to BVB. Flush with Champions League money and riding a Jurgen Klopp-sized wave, BVB threw a club record €27.5 million at the creative attacking midfielder from Shakhtar Donetsk.

In modern soccer parlance, BVB is essentially an intermediary between the Shakhtars and the Manchester Uniteds of the world. It provides a vital link between the clubs that pull promising wonderkids from their homes and the clubs that do no scouting and skim off the top of the rest of Europe. Shakhtar is the former. Manchester United is the latter.

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Written by Travis Clark

Forgive us for posting a lot of Borussia Dortmund content over the past couple of weeks.

Part of that is down to the absence of our humble blogging overlord Will Parchman, and part of it is down to Christian Pulisic’s rise at the club.

Anyways, Dortmund is back in action for the second leg of El Kloppico, aka its matchup with Liverpool. This morning they posted a video demonstrating a pretty interesting routine. Keep an eye on Shinji Kagawa.

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Written by Travis Clark

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There’s over-hyping a player and then there’s covering a youngster’s surge into prominence.

We’re trying to find the balance between the two.

Christian Pulisic landed in headlines again on Sunday, as the 17-year-old American started and played 73 minutes for Borussia Dortmund against Schalke.

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Written by Travis Clark

The Christian Pulisic hype train is careening out of control.

On the heels of his U.S. men’s national team debut, the Pa. native came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Europe League.

Pulisic spoke with reporters after his decent outing. He continues to look comfortable in Dortmund’s high-energy play, completing six of seven passes during his brief stint.

Up next for Pulisic and Dortmund? The Revierderby, as BVB faces Bundesliga rivals Schalke on Sunday.

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Written by Travis Clark

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Billed as one of the two must-see matchups of the Europa League’s round of 16, Marcos Reus and Borussia Dortmund seized control of its tie against Tottenham, steamrolling the London club by a 3-0 score line.

Most of it comes down to the finishing of Marco Reus.

Facing a rotated Spurs side, with one eye on the English Premier League title race, Dortmund dominated from the opening kickoff. After some typically wayward finishing, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a clinical header, with Reus adding two more in the second half.

His second goal summed up the gulf in class between the two on the day.

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Written by The 91st

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Christian Pulisic officially joined Borussia Dortmund earlier this year thanks to Croatian family connections. We’ve previously talked about his progress with the team, but it’s one thing to discuss his potential, and entirely another to see him go from strength to strength every week.

For the second week in a row, Pulisic scored for the Dortmund U19s, and thanks to the wonders of the internet, we’ve managed to find a few highlights thanks to Google Translate and intimidating German text. They might not be 30-yard stunners or inch-perfect bikes, but goals are goals, and it’s heartening to see an American developing overseas.

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Written by Will Parchman

Manchester United very nearly ruined Shinji Kagawa. Thank goodness, as this peach of a goal he scored in Dortmund’s comfortable win over Paderborn on Wednesday proves, it did not. But it was despite everything.

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