In the goalkeeping hierarchy at Borussia Dortmund, Hendrick Bonmann has moved up a place and starts the season as third choice at the black and yellows. He decided early on that the goalkeeping position was for him. “As a small child I used to stand in front of the garage door and save shots against my grandfather. That’s how it began,” he explained. The Essen born player was first discovered by Schalke 04, where he played for five years in the youth academy, before transferring to his hometown club Rot-Weiss Essen, where he graduated from the juniors to the first team and played his first games in the regional league.
The association with Borussia Dortmund came during his childhood, and here also his grandfather had an influence. Bonmann’s grandfather, season ticket holder at the Westphalia stadium, took his grandson to Dortmund and infected him with the yellow and gold virus. When the 21 year old moved to his favorite team in July 2013, a dream came true. The beginning of his time at Dortmund was very promising, before an operation on his hip saw him sit out half the season. But Bonmann fought back, is now between the posts for the second team and is third choice for the professionals.