Welcome to Fear The Wall’s weekly update on the kids. This will include updates to Borussia Dortmund’s U17, U19, and U23 teams. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.
Borussia Dortmund U17 & U19
B-Junioren Bundesliga West & A-Junioren Bundesliga West
The teams are practicing with their 2021-22 season rosters. Players from the U15/U16 squads have been called up to the U17 and U17 players to the U19.
Die #bvbu17 und #bvbu19 trainieren und spielen schon in der neuen Zusammensetzung, also mit aufgerückten Spielern aus der U15/U16 bzw. U17. Mit bspw. Lütke-Frie und Bynoe-Gittens sind länger verletzte Spieler wieder im Training. Semic und Rijkhoff sollen alsbald folgen.— BVBJugend (@BVBJugend) April 11, 2021
Borussia Dortmund II (U23)
Hockey Soccer was the name of the game on April 7th. First place Borussia Dortmund II drew 1-1 when they traveled to third place Preußen Münster.
The starting 11 was captained by Steffen Tigges, who made it back from Manchester in time:
Taylan Duman, Maximilian Hippe, Patrick Osterhage, and Moritz Broschinksi remain on the injured list.
It was a windy day in Münster, so ground balls were the way to go. In the 10th minute, Tobias Raschl found Kolbeinn Finnsson for the opening goal. Unfortunately, two minutes later Preußen found the back of the net as well. The two teams traded chances all game, but the goalies stood strong and held their ground. The weather, on the other hand, was having itself a day, from sun to rain to snow and back to sun.
Enrico Maaßen’s first sub came in the 64th minute, as Henri Weigelt injured himself in a tackle. Albin Thaqi came on. Further substitutions were Dominik Wanner for Kolbeinn Finnsson (75’), Aday Ercan for Alaa Bakir (87’), and Cebrails Makreckis for Richmond Tachie (87’).
Rot-Weiss Essen drew 1-1 to SV Rödinghausen, so no damage was done to the standings.
Saturday, April 10th, BVB II traveled to Borussia Mönchengladbach II and came home with three points and a 4-1 win in their bags. The injured list grew a bit: Moritz Broschinksi, Taylan Duman, Maximilian Hippe, Patrick Osterhage, and Henri Weigelt. Ansgar Knauff was also unavailable as he was doing cooler things in the BuLi. Conversely, Felix Passlack was dropped from the first team and made his season debut in the Regionalliga.
Steffen Tigges once again captained the team:
It was a rainy night and became a bit of a sludge fest for Dortmund II against Gladbach’s 5-4-1 system. However, Dominik Wanner found Richmond Tachie for the first goal just 20 minutes in. Nine minutes later Tobias Raschl found Steffen Tigges. Dortmund was definitely in control of this game.
At the start of the second, Luca Unbehaun was a busy bee, and Enrico Maaßen responded by bringing in Florian Krebs for Marco Hober (59’). Shortly later, a Dominik Wanner to Richmond Tachie to Steffen Tigges counter attack made it to Felix Passlack for the 3-0 (61’).
Two more subs were made, Kolbeinn Finnsson for Dominik Wanner (62’) and Alaa Bakir for Tobias Raschl (64’), before Mönchengladbach scored a goal of their own (70’). Erico Maaßen made one final sub in the 77th: Haymenn Bah-Traore for Felix Passlack. Steffen Tigges put a lid on this game in the 80th minute after a feed from Richmond Tachie.
This game did see a few yellows for the Dortmund fellas: Felix Passlack (8’), Albin Thaqi (45’), and Niklas Dams (85’).
Borussia Dortmund II
A third straight game on the road awaits the U23s when they face Rot-Weiß Oberhausen on April 18th.
Oberhausen is in eighth place thanks to a stellar second half of the season (26 points in 13 games). On the season, they are 13W-11D-9L (50 points) with a +11 (52:41) goal differential. In their last 10 games, they are 6W-2D-2L.
Dortmund II remains in first place with 78 points (23W-9D-1L) and a goal differential of +57 (80:23). The unbeaten streak is now up to 20 games. What a time to be alive. There are seven scheduled games left, so safe to say it’s the home stretch. Buckle up, it’s going to be fun!
Stats from kicker.de and fussball.de