I write this a few days after the final, where the feeling of getting so close has started to hit home and the thinking of what may have been ricochets around my head. The emotion when the final whistle blew was one of pride, as all of the magnificent vocal passionate Yellow Wall along with the 11 heroes on the pitch stifled tears amid memories of what has been an end to a journey, which has captivated the footballing world.
I love football and have done since I can remember, my parents remind me from an early age when all I cared about was looking for the football scores in the back of the paper. However, since I have been captivated by a club who play in “Schwarz-Gelb,” can I say that I really LOVE football, as the club is something that worms its way into your heart and beats away with such passion that you can not be taken in by its beauty and fervour.
Any normal football supporter would have walked away at the end, but as we know this is not any normal football club, as we all rose as one to honour the “Dortmunder Jungs” and when you see Jürgen Klopp constantly pound his heart with his fist you know the respect is mutual and something happened that I did not think was possible, my faith in the beautiful game had been restored by BVB.
Going on this emotional journey, which for me went to Manchester via Madrid and finally ending at Wembley was something I did not think was possible. It is an achievement of epic proportions when the likes of Madrid have not been in a final in 11 years despite the money they have spent could have gone a long way in solving the Spanish national debt.
It may not happen again for BVB as everyone will spend huge amounts (probably trying to buy out players) in trying to achieve the dream, when if you get the management and structure right it shows you can do it on pure passion and desire alone. When I looked around at Wembley I realised we were winners, as that love is forever and “Echte Liebe” had never been a truer statement.
It is going to be a new and exciting chapter for the club as we look to rebuild and though we seem to have the finances, the club realise the crazy spending of the early 2000’s is for others and with our own distinct model being copied by others shows imitation is the best form of flattery, and maybe the best way for a club to be run.
Whatever happens it is going to be an exciting adventure and we may look to Saturday as another turning point when we turn gracious and respected defeat into a magnificent triumph. I think the footballing world would like that, but even if it doesn’t I am proud to say I am and will always be
Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund
And I thank you for finding me as it is a wonderful friendship and love to have.