Welcome back, y’all! I hope y’all had a fun off-season and enjoyed time away from a screen. For now, it is time to get back to soccer. Starting in the 2021-22 season, Borussia Dortmund will have a women’s team! And due to that, the “Baby Bee Update” will now be the “Hive Update”.
On that note: remember to save the bees! If you see a bumblebee or honeybee sleeping on a flower, let them wake up slowly. If they’re busy pollinating, let them be. If you see one struggling, offer some sugar water. Nature will thank you.
So, what have our beloved youth teams been up to?
Borussia Dortmund U17 and U19
B-Junioren Budesliga West, NRW-Ligapokal B-Junioren
A-Junioren Budesliga West, NRW-Ligapokal A-Junioren, DFB Junioren Pokal
The U17 and U19 Bundesliga West seasons won’t start until September 11th. Since the seasons are starting a month later than usual, a new tournament was created for both the U17 and U19 teams: NRW Ligapokal. Each team will play at least three friendlies, with the winner of each of the four groups moving on to the semifinal and perhaps final.
This tournament starts at the beginning of August. The U17 semifinals will be held at the end of August with the final the first weekend in September. The U19 semifinals will be at the start of September with the final on November 20th.
Borussia Dortmund II (U23)
BVB II will be playing in the 3. Liga for the first season since 2014-15. And with that change, comes a roster overhaul. The following players have either left or joined the U23s prior to the 2021-22 season. In parentheses is their new, or rather, previous team.
Out: Alaa Bakir (MSV Duisburg); Taylan Duman (1. FC Nürnberg); Aday Ercan (SV Rödinghausen); Philipp Harlaß (TSV Aubstadt); Patrick Osterhage (VfL Bochum); Dominik Wanner (1. FSV Mainz 05 II); Henri Weigelt (TSV Steinbach Haiger); Malte Wengerowski (Blau-Weiß Lohne); Krystian Woźniak (FC 08 Homburg)
In: Maik Amedick (U19); Kamal Bafounta (U19); Timo Bornemann (Fortuna Düsseldorf); Leon Klußmann (U19); Antonios Papadopoulos (Hallescher FC); Marco Pašalić (VfB Stuttgart); Immanuel Pherai (from loan at PEC Zwolle); Ole Pohlmann (VFL Wolfsburg); Ted Tattermusch (SV Meppen); Berkan Taz (SC Verl); Albin Thaqi (U19)
The 3. Liga kicked off this past weekend. The U23s were away at FSV Zwickau on July 24th. After going down 1-0 early (3 minutes in), BVB II was able to pull out to a 2-1 lead. The returning loanee Immanuel Pherai evened the score in the 12th minute off his own rebound following an assist from Richmond Tachie. Tobias Raschl scored the second goal in the 59th minute, again off his own rebound. Shortly after followed Enrico Maaßen’s first substitution: Ted Tattermusch for Timo Bornemann (61’).
Niklas Dams received a red card in the 76th minute for a Notbremse, or last-man foul. Luckily, Zwickau didn’t receive a penalty kick, but rather a free kick from 17 meters out. Enrico Maaßen made three defensive subs in response: Max Hippe for Richmond Tachie, Ole Pohlmann for Marco Pašalić, and Cebrails Makreckis for Berkan Taz (78’).
The final sub made was Kamal Bafounta-Ortega for Immanuel Pherai (83’). Kamal Bafounta-Ortega and Kolbeinn Birgir Finnsson received yellow cards (90’). There were about 10 minutes of extra time played at the end of the second half, but Luca Unbehaun stood tall and made some epic saves.
WHAT A INCREDIBLE SAVE FROM LUCA UNBEHAUN TO WIN BVB II THEIR FIRST GAME 3. LIGA pic.twitter.com/dXTTU9wSX0— (@JamieNBVB_30) July 24, 2021
Leon Klußmann (GK), Haymenn Bah-Traore, and Maik Amedick sat on the bench for this game. Luca Unbehaun was named as the goalkeeper to the 3. Liga Team of the Week.
Borussia Dortmund Frauen
The women’s team is FINALLY starting this year. The roster is set and training camp commenced on July 26th, with friendlies on August 8th vs 1860 München, August 15th at Eintracht Solingen, August 18th at VfL Kamen, and August 22nd vs SVW Ahnatal. The first official matchday could be on August 29th.
Bald ist es soweit: Das allererste Testspiel unserer #BVB-Fußballfrauen steht vor der Tür!— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 23, 2021
8. August 2021
⏰ 15 Uhr
Stadion Rote Erde
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Borussia Dortmund U17
The NRW-Ligapokal B-Junioren matches for BVB are as follows: August 8th vs SV Lippstadt 08; August 14th vs Rot-Weiss Essen; August 21st vs 1. FC Köln.
Their first B-Junioren Bundesliga West match will be on September 11th away at DSC Arminia Bielefeld.
Borussia Dortmund U19
The NRW-Ligapokal A-Junioren matches for BVB are as follows: August 7th vs SC Preußen Münster, August 15th vs TSV Alemannia Aachen, and August 22nd vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Their first A-Junioren Bundesliga West match will be on September 11th away at Rot-Weiß Oberhausen.
The U19 also compete in the DFB Junioren Pokal. The first round is on August 28th at Viktoria 1889 Berlin.
Borussia Dortmund II
The next 3. Liga game is on July 31st at Rote Erde against Waldhof Mannheim. Mannheim finished in 8th place last season with 52 points in 38 games and a -5 goal differential. They lost their first game 2-0 against 1. FC Magdeburg. After one matchday, they are in last place. BVB II are in fourth place, but this early in, the standings don’t mean much.
Borussia Dortmund Frauen
The first game this team will ever play will be a friendly against fellow newly founded TSV 1860 München Frauen. The game will be held on August 8th at Stadion Rote Erde. Not too shabby of a location for your premiere!
Stats from kicker.de and fussball.de