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Report: Borussia Dortmund Name Coaches for Women’s Team

The Borussia Dortmund Frauen will begin play in the 2021-22 season

Germany vs Canada Semi Final: Women’s Football - Olympics: Day 11 Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images

According to, the leading German women’s soccer website, Borussia Dortmund have named Thomas Sulewski as head coach and Annike Krahn and Christian Timm as assistant coaches for their women’s team.

Thomas Sulewski

Thomas Sulewski was the coach of SV Berghofen, a local Dortmund women’s soccer team, for three years and got them promoted to the 2. Bundesliga.

Annike Krahn

Annike Krahn is a (super successful) former professional soccer player. Born in Bochum, she played as a center-back for FCR 2001 Duisburg (Bundesliga, 2004-2012, 146 appearances, 8 goals), Paris Saint-Germain (Division 1, 2012-2015, 52 appearances, 2 goals), and Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga, 2015-2017, 37 appearances, 0 goals).

With Duisburg, she was runner-up in the Bundesliga five times, won the DFB Pokal Frauen twice, and won the UEFA Women’s Cup (now Champions League) once.

For the senior German national team, Krahn had 137 appearances and 5 goals from 2005-2016. She won gold at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, the 2009 UEFA Women’s Euro in Finland, the 2013 UEFA Women’s Euro in Sweden, and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She also earned bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. And man, was it ever fun to watch these teams! Krahn was part of the stellar defense that did not allow a single goal the entire 2007 World Cup tournament.

Semi Final Germany v Norway - Women’s World Cup 2007 Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

Christian Timm

Christian Timm, another local, played striker for Dortmund from 1996-99, winning the UEFA Champions League in 1997. He went on to play for 1. FC Köln (1999-2002) and helped them earn promotion to the Bundesliga. He bounced around from various clubs, until finally retiring in 2012, mostly due to injury issues that plagued his entire career.

As announced in September, Borussia Dortmund will have a women’s and girls’ soccer department. Instead of purchasing a team, they will start from the ground up, the real Borussen way. The women’s team will begin play in the Kreisliga (eight-tier) in the 2021-22 season. The goal is to reach the Bundesliga within 10 years. Home games will be played at Stadion Rote Erde.