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Borussia Dortmund – superstar factory

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At the end of December 2019, Jadon Sancho became the youngest player to reach 22 goals in the Bundesliga.

The decision to spend $13 million to buy the English midfielder in 2017, when Sancho had not yet played a single match for Man City’s first team, is part of the recruitment policy that Dortmund has pursued for many years.

Sancho is flourishing on the launching pad of Dortmund’s policy of favoring and trusting young stars.

`There is no coincidence or coincidence in what we do,` Lars Ricken – a Dortmund legend, now the club’s youth training director – told the BBC.

Besides goals, assists and countless performances that captivate fans, Sancho can also bring Dortmund great economic benefits.

In January 2019, Dortmund made such a big profit when selling Christian Pulisic, a 20-year-old American player, to Chelsea for 73 million USD.

The strategy mentioned by Ricken is also shown through two high-profile recruitments that Dortmund has made in the past seven months.

Borussia Dortmund - superstar factory

Haaland’s eight goals

Haaland scored eight goals in just his first four matches for Dortmund.

Previously, in July 2019, Dortmund recruited Giovanni Reyna – son of famous American football player Claudio Reyna, from New York City Club.

The strategy of `not buying superstars but creating superstars` is a product of the financial crisis that made Dortmund miserable in 2004 – seven years after the club won its first and only Champions League championship to date.

Dortmund’s last Bundesliga championship squad – in 2012 – had two homegrown players, Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels – who was eliminated from the Bayern training facility at the age of 19.

Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang belong to the new class of stars after the championship of Gotze and Hummels.

Borussia Dortmund - superstar factory

Aubameyang (left) and Dembele are eloquent proof that Dortmund makes huge profits by buying raw gems and honing them into superstars before selling them.

`Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were not superstars when they came to Dortmund,` Ricken added on February 11, on the sidelines of Dortmund’s loss to host Derby County in the European youth tournament.

Dortmund does not hide the secret of choosing their rough gems.

`A few months ago, we had a foreign player try out for the U17 team, but he was not fast enough as required, so we decided not to sign a contract. Besides speed, Dortmund also offers

According to this youth training director, the club prioritizes finding and training players in the city of Dortmund or neighboring localities.

Dortmund’s young squad playing Derby on February 11 includes striker Bradley Fink – Swiss and British nationality and being courted by the English Football Association (FA), Dutch midfielder Immanuel Pherai and Cameroonian striker Youssoufa.

Borussia Dortmund - superstar factory

Reyna (left) is expected to follow in the footsteps of seniors like Sancho to become the new symbol of Dortmund.

`When Reyna came to Dortmund, we all knew for sure he would become a professional player. What we were waiting for was when Reyna would play for the first team? In the summer? In the winter? In three months? After

Dortmund positions itself as a successful football club, applying very high standards consistently from youth to the first team.

With an average of nearly 80,000 spectators per home match, Dortmund is the club with the largest number of fans in Europe.

In that context, Dortmund will be a perfect picture if they win more titles.

Borussia Dortmund - superstar factory

Ricken has been with Dortmund since he was 14 years old, playing his entire career here, winning the 1997 Champions League with the club, before retiring and becoming a manager, in charge of the club’s youth training.

Not denying the importance of titles, Ricken believes that attitude plays an equally important role.

`By the middle of the 2014-2015 season, when Jurgen Klopp was still around, we were still ranked 17th on the Bundesliga scoreboard. But the fans did not turn their backs on us. When the team lost another match, they still supported the players.

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