German soccer champions borussia dortmund, unbeaten in 20 league games, will not be held back by underdog blob on their way to berlin. "Dortmund is the mab of things in german fubball," furth coach mike buskens emphasized. "There, one player costs more than our entire team". And if we add the value of our stadium, we might end up with the market value of mario gotze," said the coach, who turned 44 on monday. As an ex-schalker with a lot of heart, he’s particularly hot against BVB’s "full rockets," as he called the first-league leaders: "if dortmunders offer us anything, we’ll be there!"
The hostility in the ruhrpott is also a rough topic at the cup match, two ex-schalkers want to argue the guests: buskens was 18 years gelsenkirchener, 12 years stormed furths winter addition gerald asamoah for the "konigsblauen". The 33-year-old has scored four times in four second-division games to date, and he has a very special history with BVB: in 2007, schalke was on the verge of the championship, played in dortmund – and asamoah announced that he wanted to run home to fub if they won the title.
But schalke lost, stuttgart became champions, and asamoah’s tears flowed. "It was always cool to play against ludenscheid. I didn’t think I’d get the chance to do it again," he told "kicker" – he didn’t want to mention the name dortmund. His mission: "first defeat ludenscheid, then win the cup and become champions!"
More than three and a half million euros have already flowed into the french coffers as a result of the cup adventure and the surprising victories in nurnberg and hoffenheim. In the second division, buskens’ team is so stable that this time it could really be something with the long-awaited promotion, the first in the club’s history. "In any case, we know that we have a super squad together," said asamoah and said, "i have a good record against ludenscheid."
Even the overwhelming favorites can’t help but respect the result. "It’s incredible how furth makes so much out of so little. That deserves a lot of respect," praised BVB coach jurgen klopp. "Furth is a first-division team that is well-fancied," analyzed managing director hans-joachim watzke. In the current competition, both teams have yet to concede a goal in the regular season. "We’ve developed a rough desire from the cup defeats of the past few years to go very far this season," klopp said at monday’s press conference. The westphalians are ready for the 10. In a semifinal for the first time, a fifth appearance in the final beckons.
In front of a sellout crowd of around 15,500, "we’re in for a witch’s cauldron," warned national defender marcel schmelzer. About 2200 dortmunder supporters will accompany BVB. Bad omen: whenever the black-and-yellows have played a cup semifinal away from home so far, they have been knocked out. We don’t want this to happen a sixth time: "it’s a very important game – for us, for the club, for the city. We definitely want to go to berlin," said ilkay gundogan.
Furth’s last title win, the third german championship, was 83 years ago. The last rough BVB slip against the franks is there even more prasenter: on 4. August 1990 dortmund were eliminated in the first round of the cup by spvgg furth, then a regional league team. 1:3 – even though the westphalians played 88 minutes with a superior number of players. The BVB stadium magazine spoke at the time of "probably the worst embarrassment BVB has ever suffered in the competition for the BVB cup".
Spvgg greuther furth: grun – nehrig, kleine, mavraj, schmidtgal – furstner, prib – klaus, sararer – occean, asamoah
Borussia dortmund: weidenfeller – piszczek, subotic, hummels, schmelzer – bender, kehl – blaszczykowski, kagawa, grobkreutz – lewandowski