Borussia Dortmund have had a busier off-season in the transfer market than any other club in Europe. With the disappointment of missing out on the title by just 2 points in 2018-19, BVB and Lucien Favre have quickly gotten their business done to try and right their wrongs and make another title charge in 2019-20. The likes of Julian Brandt, Nico Schulz, Mats Hummels and Thorgan Hazard have all joined Borussia Dortmund and will provide much needed improvements in several departments for the club. The one biggest fix was clearly needed at left-back, while Lukasz Pisczcek on the right is aging slowly and will in time need a more long-term option if Achraf Hakimi does re-join Real Madrid in 2020/21.
The first half of the 2018-19 campaign was the most fun I've ever had watching Borussia Dortmund. The Black and Yellows were flying high in the Bundesliga and went undefeated until the end of December, while only losing 1 Champions League game in that time. New signings Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, Axel Witsel and Achraf … Continue reading Borussia Dortmund Season In Review
At the end of the day, a team can win playing any formation and there isn't necessarily any formation that is superior to another. However, some of the best teams in the modern era have perfected certain systems and styles of play, guided by the formation they use. Here is an examination of some of the best teams in the world and how their formation has led to their success.
Pressing has become an increasingly important aspect to the modern game. Some of the most successful teams in the world play a high pressing game, including Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. As a result, it has received great attention worldwide and is beginning to be implemented everywhere as a strategy, including with young players. … Continue reading How To Coach Pressing
Borussia Dortmund have been flying high in 2018-19, losing just one Bundesliga match so far this season. Their impressive form under Lucien Favre has set up an intriguing battle for the title, especially given Bayern Munich's six season title-winning streak. Niko Kovac's Bayern Munich have had a roller coaster of a campaign so far, but … Continue reading Dortmund vs. Bayern, The Most Intriguing Bundesliga Title Race in Years
Numbers 110-101 were so close to making The Mastermind Top 100 in 2018 but ultimately missed out. Read on to see who makes the cut.
After the worst Video Assistant Referee decision in the history of football, Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus came to life to inspire Borussia Dortmund to a 2-1 victory in the Riverderby. It was a quick start for Borussia Dortmund, an early foul on Achraf Hakimi was turned into a brilliant set-piece by Marco Reus. Reus … Continue reading Schalke 04 1-2 Borussia Dortmund: Sancho and Reus Dominate the Derby
I've been watching Borussia Dortmund since 2010. Back in those days, Dortmund was the best team in the Bundesliga. They immediately caught my attention for their exciting attacking play and verve. Every game was full of excitement and instantly, the Black and Yellows became my favourite club. Things haven't been as good as of late, … Continue reading Borussia Dortmund Should Have Never Sacked Thomas Tuchel
The first legs of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals were all absolutely fantastic and none of the four matches ended in a stalemate, providing so much intrigue for what could happen next week when the second legs take place. Dortmund bounced back from a horrific attack to put up a good fight against Monaco … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Team of the Week Quarter Finals (April 11-12)
Continuing to get their business done early, that is before the transfer window even opens, Borussia Dortmund have completed their second signing of the summer as Monchengladbach's Mahmoud Dahoud joins Thomas Tuchel's ever-growing side. The signing comes a month after Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak confirmed that he would be joining BVB on a free … Continue reading Mahmoud Dahoud Joins Borussia Dortmund
How good has the UEFA Champions League been this year?! The Round of 16's first week of second leg fixtures did not disappoint in any regard and was one of the most exciting weeks of action the tournament has ever seen. March 7th-8th saw unsurprising results like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich thumping their opponents in … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Team of the Week Round of 16 (March 7-8)
This is an article that is long overdue. Ousmane Dembele has quickly become one of The Mastermind's favourite footballers this season in such a short span of time, taking to his new club better than anyone could have ever hoped for. Nobody expected Ousmane Dembele to have this big of an impact for Borussia Dortmund … Continue reading Ousmane Dembele Is The Best Teenager In World Football