¡Campeones! ¡Campeones! OLE OLE OLE!
Sorry, I’m still buzzing from Borussia Dortmund’s victory over RB Leipzig. In the DFB Pokal. In the final. Did I mention we just won a trophy? Did me singing ¡Campeones! give it away?
Anyway, BVB CEO Hans Joachim Watzke has decided to rudely interrupt my celebrations by giving me a news story I have to write about. Just as interim manager Edin Terzic was hoisting the DFB Pokal trophy to the Berlin sky, Watzke announced that only a few days ago, Terzic had signed a contract extension with BVB.
For a few months, I was under the impression that Terzic already planned to remain in Dortmund as an assistant coach once the season ends, to continue working under Marco Rose. However, as he led BVB back into contention for the Champions League and towards a DFB Pokal victory, more and more rumors began to emerge that other clubs like Wolfsburg might be interested in hiring Terzic full time.
Terzic has completely surpassed the admittedly low expectations that I had for him. When Lucien Favre was sacked and I learned that Terzic would be his replacement, I highly doubted that BVB would get even close to Champions League qualification, let alone win a trophy. I couldn’t be happier to have been proven wrong. Terzic has managed to keep this group of youngsters and aging veterans in fighting spirit, despite suffering many setbacks including a seemingly endless procession of injuries and heart-wrenching defeats. Despite all that, he’s now been rewarded with his first major trophy and what I can only imagine is a hefty pay raise.
I really hope Terzic does choose to stick around as an assistant coach instead of taking a role as head coach somewhere else. Although if he does, it might just be to gain some experience before he returns to BVB to coach beyond the level of an interim manager. No matter what Terzic chooses to do this summer, I think it’s safe to say his impact on BVB has only just begun.