Monday, October 27, 2014
We didn't have much time for tourism in Dortmund and it seems that the football dominates the city. We went past the U Building a few times, which rates as a place of interest, but due to its proximity to the stadium it didn't really register with us. Above is another monument of interest, St. Reinold's Church.
Another landmark is the Florianturm, a telecommunications tower not dissimilar to several others in Germany. It's located between the hotel where we stayed and the stadium. It is named after the patron saint of gardeners and was built for a horticultural show in 1959.
Sean was most impressed by the U-Bahn though and made this video of a train at Margrafenstrasse station, which was the station round the corner from our hotel.
But as the mural in departures at Dortmund airport shows, it's all about the football.
And finally the reason why we were in Dortmund... for the match between BVB and Hannover. Unfortunately, things didn't go according to plan.
Dortmund dominated the game for the first hour, but the Hannover team stood resolute and looked like they would be happy to get a 0-0 draw. Aubameyang and Ramos both had several chances for the home team, but appeared wasteful in front of goal, on another day they would have been 3-0 up at half time. Reus looked dangerous going forward and hit the top of the net with a goal that looked like it was going in. Mkhitaryan and Gundogan made some good progress in midfield, but still didn't look completely match fit. But as half time approached it looked more like when Dortmund were going to score rather than when.
Hannover seemed to still be determined to sit back and let Reus attack them after the break, on the odd occasion when they did break Subotic cleared the danger and Hannover didn't even get a shot in. Then the visitors got a free kick and Kiyotake beat Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goals with a beautiful shot that he couldn't do anything about. It was to be the only shot that they had all game. When they got the lead they sat back even further and Zieler in Hannover's goals was in fantastic form.
The game finished 1-0 despite all of Dortmund's dominance. The performance and effort can't be denied, but the result will cause Klopp a few more sleepless nights. There was also the problem that although the defence weren't really tested and Subotic cleared most dangers the ball sometimes fell into the danger zone as the midfielders didn't get back and Hummels despite his reputation had a couple of wonky moments when Hannover broke.
The Sud Tribune at Westfalen is famed for the noise and support that it gives the BVB team. They started up early and carried on until well after the match had finished despite the poor result. At the end the team looked suitably disappointed when they thanked the fans. Nobody apart from the Hannover fans probably expected 96 to win. Hopefully better times for the Sud Tribune are just around the corner.