Alright. Here we go. The Black-Yellow Hypocrisy of the BVBThe Lewandowski case shows: The fairytale-like years are over at Borussia Dortmund. Too rough is the reality. The BVB does not succeed anymore at positioning themselves as the humble counterpart to Bayern München. Thereby they are revealing a high level of hypocrisy. A commentary.
Paris, the city of love, is nothing in comparison. In Dortmund they are living the "echte Liebe" [true love] everywhere and permanently, they paint it on walls, wear it on T-Shirts, preach it in dialogues while having a beer at the pub. Love isn't red in Dortmund, but black-yellow. That's tremendously romantic. Nothing can be said against romanticism in football, for as long as cold calculation is the alternative. - and for as long as the romanticism is lived out of conviction.Carried Away by Klopp-Football
Borussia Dortmund have positioned themselves for more than two years as the romantic counterpart to the starkly possessed by having to be successful FC Bayern; as the "Good Guys". In 2011, the team won the Deutsche Meisterschaft, having an average age of 23 years. In 2012 the BVB won The Double, of course aged one year. You had to hammer yourself badly with Weissbier or tighten the suspenders of your Lederhosen a lot, to not get carried away at least a bit by the football of the Klopp-Eleven. [i.e. you had to be the most narrow minded Bayern fan]
If you look at those two years as a whole, then negative headlines seem to have dripped off of the Borussia - indifferent of Sahin's transfer to Real, Injury problems in both years, or Klopp's hissy fits. Sahin came back after an unhappy time with Real and Liverpool FC. That Shinji Kagawa and Mario Götze were out for long stretches was not mirrored in the results. And Klopp is simply an emotional loudmouth; his baseballcap authentic.D-Day 23rd April 2013
They have built themselves a black-yellow cosmos at the BVB, in which the solidarity between the "Boys" stood, and stands, above it all. Part of this recipe, however, is a high level of resistance against criticism, of whitewashery, of not-letting-problems-get-to-you-so-much."After years of binge-spending, it is, of all things, Borussia Dortmund who are showing that in pro-football it is not always money that counts."
wrote magazine "Der Spiegel" in the beginning of 2011. "But the attempt to overrule the laws of the business should not work out for very much longer."
It ended up working out for far longer than the author of that article had had in mind, surely.
But at the very least since the 23rd of April 2013 BVB is firmly brought back down to earth of cold hard business. On this day it was leaked that Mario Götze would pull his release clause and would transfer for 37 Million Euros to FC Bayern. Pretty unromantic.Klopp Appeases
Storms of outrage generally have a shorter half-life than they did formerly. This is not a Dortmund phenomenon. Still it is remarkable how resolutely Götze was excluded from the circle of "echte Liebhaber" [real lovers]. The shitstorm in the internet reached epic proportions, made contemplative with regard to decency, civility, dignity. On the Südtribüne [the huge-ass "Yellow Wall" Terrace in Dortmund's Westfalenstadion] the new-Bayer was told unmistakably to "**** Off Götze".
At least - or maybe: Of all people - Jürgen Klopp remained cool headed at the press conference immediately after the annunciation of the transfer, and reminded himself of not even one-and-a-half years ago. "All who are angry, may be told: Last year we signed Marco Reus for a fixed release clause of 17 Million. I'm sure they weren't exactly celebrating that in Mönchengladbach either."
It happens rarely that a Dortmunder himself meets hypocrisy with blasphemy.
In the current farce regarding Robert Lewandowski you need a better memory, to dig up a similar case. The Pole wants a transfer, to FC Bayern, now, despite his contract that's running til 2014. There supposedly has been a verbal promise of the BVB for that.
[I'm about half way through. I'll finish this tonight, but I'll need a quick break. I might as well post this first part now, though.]