Champions ready for fireworks

23.08.2012, 15:26:16 Uhr

 
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Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen open the 50th Bundesliga season and Julian Schieber (left) and Basti Prödl (right) will be on hand.
 
Just a few more hours and the longest summer break in Bundesliga history will be over - finally! When the 50th season of the Bundesliga kicks off Friday 24 August 2012 at Signal Iduna Park, the same two teams will face off who opened Germany's top flight in 1963 - Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen. Werder won that first match-up 3-2 and half a century later fans can hope for another game with plenty of goals. The Bundesliga opening match has never ended in a 0-0 draw.

Dortmund have experienced a true football fairy tale. A young, cheeky team has thrilled football Germany for the past two seasons, collecting 81 points last season in their defence of the 2010-11 title. No team had ever collected more than 81 points in a single season. In four years under Jürgen Klopp, the Black-Yellows have advanced to a real powerhouse, pushing Bayern Munich from the top spot and handing them the runners-up moniker.

 
Dortmund won two titles in three seasons with Shinji Kagawa (right, here against Werder’s Clemens Fritz). Dortmund won two titles in three seasons with Shinji Kagawa (right, here against Werder’s Clemens Fritz).
Championship hat-trick for anniversary season?
Dortmund manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has said the Champions League qualification is the goal for the new season. But it will also be about maintaining traits such as carefreeness, motivation, passion and especially hunger for titles. Klopp is predestined for this task like no other. Even the double in 2012 was a sensation. Now the motto is everything from the start.

Dortmund watched Shinji Kagawa depart for Manchester United but brought in Marco Reus from Gladbach. They also added talents such as Julian Schieber (Stuttgart) and Leonard Bittencourt (Cottbus) and veteran Oliver Kirch (Lautern). They all appeared in the first tough test of the season preparations as Dortmund lost to Bremen in the final of the Liga total! Cup. Dortmund have won the last two Bundesliga match-ups - 1-0 in March 2012 and 2-0 in October 2011. Bremen's last victory over BVB came in May 2011 with a 2-0 win at Weser Stadium. Back then, Werder were fighting against relegation and Dortmund had already secured the title.

 

 
Bundesliga, Season 2012/2013, Game day 1, 2012-08-24, Signal Iduna Park
 
Borussia Dortmund
(1 - 0)
2 - 1
SV Werder Bremen
 
 
Goals
 
1 - 0 Reus (11')
 
2 - 1 Götze (81')
 
1 - 1 Gebre Selassie (75')
 
 
 
 
Bookings
 
Gündogan (21')
 
Kehl (62')
 
Ignjovski (28')
 
Junuzovic (59')
 
 
 
 
Substitutions
 
Leitner for Gündogan (71')
 
Götze for Großkreutz (78')
 
Perisic for Kirch (82')
 
Petersen for Ignjovski (66')
 
Füllkrug for Hunt (87')
 
 
 
 
Notes
 
Referee: Felix Zwayer
 
Audience: 80645
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weiden.
 
 
 
 
Hummels
 
 
 
 
Schmel.
 
 
 
 
Kirch
 
 
 
 
Subotic
 
 
 
 
Gündog.
 
 
 
 
Blaszc.
 
 
 
 
Reus
 
 
 
 
Kehl
 
 
 
 
Großkr.
 
 
 
 
Lewand.
 
 
 
 
Mielitz
 
 
 
 
Ignjov.
 
 
 
 
Sokrat.
 
 
 
 
Prödl
 
 
 
 
Gebre .
 
 
 
 
Elia
 
 
 
 
Hunt
 
 
 
 
Arnaut.
 
 
 
 
Fritz
 
 
 
 
Junuzo.
 
 
 
 
De Bru.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Borussia Dortmund
SV Werder Bremen
 
19
 
 
Shots total
 
 
11
 
 
6
 
 
Shots on goal
 
 
3
 
 
9
 
 
Shots not on goal
 
 
6
 
 
4
 
 
Blocked shots
 
 
2
 
 
7
 
 
Corners
 
 
2
 
 
11
 
 
Crosses
 
 
19
 
 
52.8
 
 
Ball possession in %
 
 
47.2
 
 
55
 
 
Won challenges in %
 
 
45
 
 
464
 
 
Passes
 
 
394
 
 
83
 
 
Successful passes in %
 
 
81
 
 
18
 
 
Fouls
 
 
14
 
 
2
 
 
Offside
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
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