Borussia Mönchengladbach II
Borussia Mönchengladbach II
is a football (soccer) club from Germany.
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Borussia Mönchengladbach is a Football in Germany based in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia. Borussia Mönchengladbach play in the Fußball-Bundesliga, the top league of German football. The club is one of Germany's most well-known, well-supported, and successful teams. Borussia Mönchengladbach
has over 50,000 members and is the sixth largest club in Germany. The official mascot of the club is the foal Jünter
. "Borussia" is a Latinized form of Prussia, a popular term in naming German clubs located within the former Kingdom of Prussia.
Ascent to the Bundesliga
In DFB_Cup_1959-60 Final the club won its first major honours when they beat Karlsruher SC
3:2 in the final of the German Cup and the following year took on the now familiar name Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach
. Further honours would be another decade in coming. Borussias results in the ten years leading up to the formation of the Fußball-Bundesliga in Fußball-Bundesliga 1963-64 were not good enough to earn them admission into the ranks of the nation's new top flight professional league and so they played in the second tier Regionalliga West (1963-74).
Mönchengladbach played their way into the Bundesliga in the 1965–66 season, alongside future powerhouse Bayern Munich
. These two clubs would go on to a fierce struggle as they challenged each other for league supremacy throughout the 1970s. Bayern
counted first, winning the Bundesliga championship in Fußball-Bundesliga 1968-69. M'gladbach
struck back immediately in the next season with a championship of their own and followed up with another one in Fußball-Bundesliga 1970-71, becoming the first Bundesliga club ever to successfully defend their title.
Borussia's Golden Decade
Bayern then became the first club to win three consecutive titles, with Borussia
finishing only a point behind the champions in Fußball-Bundesliga 1973-74. Die Fohlen were able to take some consolation in a 2:1 victory over 1. FC Köln
in DFB_Cup_1972-73 Final to win their second German Cup. Under coach Hennes Weisweiler the young side displayed an offensive minded philosophy and powerful play that attracted fans from all over Germany. The team stayed on the attack and matched Bayerns achievement with three consecutive titles of their own from Fußball-Bundesliga 1974-75 to Fußball-Bundesliga 1976-77. M'gladbach lost the European_Cup_1976-77 Final final of the UEFA Champions League to Liverpool F.C., but also made four appearances in the UEFA Cup with wins in UEFA_Cup_1974-75 Final and UEFA_Cup_1978-79 Final against losses in UEFA_Cup_1972-73 Final and UEFA_Cup_1979-80 Final. The club's spectacular run had come to an end with eight trophies to their credit, and although they would continue to be competitive for many years, success would be much harder to come by.
1980 and BeyondMönchengladbach's golden era ended in the 80's as the club had to sell many of its best players to keep its finances in order, and without talented coaches like Hennes Weisweiler and Udo Lattek it was not possible to stay on top. Even so, they managed to finish most seasons in the upper half of the league table and, in Fußball-Bundesliga 1983-84, they were part of a four way race to the Bundesliga championship, finishing one point ahead of Bayern, and tied on points with Hamburg and champions Stuttgart, but behind on goal difference. That same season M'gladbach lost the DFB_Cup_1983-84 Final final to Bayern on penalties.
The team's performance slipped significantly in the 90's and they found themselves struggling in the lower half of the Bundesliga table. They lost another German Cup on penalties – this time to Hannover – before winning their last honours to date with a 3–0 Cup win over Wolfsburg in DFB_Cup_1994-95 Final. Finally, in Fußball-Bundesliga 1998-99, they were relegated to 2.Bundesliga where they would spend two seasons. The club's return performance in the Bundesliga was uninspired as they remained mired in the bottom half of the league.
In 2004, M'Gladbach appointed Dick Advocaat, who had guided the Dutch national team to the semi-finals of the 2004 European Football Championship tournament and was a successful manager at Rangers F.C., as their new coach. However, he was unable to turn the team's fortunes and resigned in April of the following year. Former Mönchengladbach player and German international Horst Köppel was appointed caretaker for the remaining five fixtures of the season. Köppel had managed the club's reserves since leaving Borussia Dortmund in June 2004. For the Fußball-Bundesliga 2006-07 legendary Mönchengladbach player and coach Jupp Heynckes was appointed as team coach.
Borussia has taken steps to improve their financial situation with the construction of a new state-of-the-art stadium called Borussia-Park with a permitted capacity of 59,771 spectators (limited to 54,067 for Bundesliga games and to 46,249 for international games). The club had long been hindered by playing in a much smaller and older facility (Bökelberg, capacity 34,500) and with the opening of the new stadium in 2004 can look forward to increased revenues through higher ticket sales and the ability to host lucrative international matches.
On the 31st matchday of the 2006/2007 season Borussia Mönchengladbach were relegated from the Bundesliga after Arminia Bielefeld upset Werder Bremen 3–2 while Borussia lost 1–0 at home to VfB Stuttgart.
They were promoted back to the Bundesliga on the 32nd matchday of the 2007/2008 season after winning the match vs. SV Wehen 3–0.
Off the pitch, the fans have developed a bond with fans of Liverpool FC, having played against each other in a UEFA Cup final and a European Cup final in the 1970s. It is a friendship that is developing every year with supporters of Liverpool FC travelling to Mönchengladbach annually and vice-versa. After the Hillsborough disaster, fans of Borussia Mönchengladbach donated a large sum of money for the Hillsborough fund. They also provided the opposition for Emlyn Hughes' Testimonial game at Anfield. Many "Borussen" wear Liverpool shirts and scarves in the "Nordkurve" (the BMG Kop) during home games.
- Hans Krätschmer (1946–49)
- Werner Sottong (1949–50)
- Heinz Ditgens and Paul Pohl (1950–51)
- Fritz Pliska (1951–53)
- Fritz Silken (1953–55)
- Klaus Dondorf (1955–57)
- Fritz Pliska (1957–60)
- Bernd Oles (1960–62)
- Fritz Langner (1962–64)
- Hennes Weisweiler (1964–75)
- Udo Lattek (1975–79)
- Jupp Heynckes (1979–87)
- Wolf Werner (1987–89)
- Gerd vom Bruch (1989–91)
- Jürgen Gelsdorf (1991–92)
- Bernd Krauss (1992–96)
- Hannes Bongartz (1996–97)
- Norbert Meier (1997–98)
- Friedel Rausch (1998)
- Rainer Bonhof (1998–99)
- Hans Meyer (football) (1999–03)
- Ewald Lienen (2003)
- Holger Fach (2003–04)
- Dick Advocaat (2004–05)
- Horst Köppel (2005–06)
- Jupp Heynckes (2006–07)
- Jos Luhukay (2007–08)
- Hans Meyer (football) (2008–09)
- Michael Frontzeck (2009–2011)
- Lucien Favre (2011–)
For recent transfers, see List of German football transfers summer 2011 and List of German football transfers winter 2011–12.
As of 6 January 2012
Out on loan
Borussia Mönchengladbachs five Bundesliga championships entitle the club to display two Star (football badge) of the "Verdiente Meistervereine".
- Under 17 Bundesliga (football)
- - Winners (1): 2009
Borussia Mönchengladbach's name is attached to a number of Bundesliga records:
- In 1961, Borussia
became the first German side in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. However, they were defeated by Rangers F.C of Glasgow in the quarterfinals with losses of 0–3 and 0–8. The quarterfinals were the first round then.
- On 20 October 1971 Borussia Mönchengladbach won 7:1 vs Inter Milan. But the match was cancelled due to an empty Coca-Cola tin can was thrown at Inter striker Roberto Boninsegna, who collapsed to the ground, supposedly hit by that tin (“Büchsenwurf vom Bökelberg”). Inter launched a protest against the result and the UEFA granted a re-match to be staged in Germany with Berlin's Olympiastadion chosen, which ended in a goalless draw.
For a list of every Borussia Mönchengladbach player with 50 or more appearances, see List of Borussia Mönchengladbach players
Players of the club achieved the following honours:
Player of the Year – Europe
- 1977: Allan Simonsen
- 1986: Igor Belanov
Player of the Year – Germany
- 1971: Berti Vogts
- 1972: Günter Netzer
- 1973: Günter Netzer
- 1979: Berti Vogts
- 1987: Uwe Rahn
- 1990: Lothar Matthäus
- 1999: Lothar Matthäus
Player of the Year – Australia
- 1996: Damian Mori
Player of the Year – Austria
- 1986: Anton Polster
- 1997: Anton Polster
Player of the Year – Belgium
- 2001: Wesley Sonck
Player of the Year – Denmark
- 1994: Thomas Helveg
Player of the Year – Sweden
- 1993: Martin Dahlin
- 1995: Patrik Andersson
- 2001: Patrik Andersson
Player of the Year – USA
- 1997: Kasey Keller
- 1999: Kasey Keller
- 2005: Kasey Keller
- 1974 – 30 Goals – Jupp Heynckes (jointly with Gerd Müller (FC Bayern München)
- 1975 – 29 Goals – Jupp Heynckes
- 1987 – 24 Goals – Uwe Rahn
- 1995 – 20 Goals – Heiko Herrlich (jointly with Mario Basler (Werder Bremen)
Goal of the Year
- 1971: Ulrik Le Fevre
- 1972: Günter Netzer
- 1973: Günter Netzer
- 1978: Rainer Bonhof
- 1979: Harald Nickel
- 2005: Kasper Bögelund
- 2006: Oliver Neuville