The "Liga Borussia" is a project launched by the Academia Borussia together with the German School of Mexico City, which aims to provide young footballers with age-appropriate opportunities to play sports. Within the project, the young footballers played 4-on-4 games on different small pitches.
There are even mini goals, but no goalkeepers were allowed. The format gives the youngsters plenty of touches, chances to intercept and win the ball and goal scoring opportunities and, of course, it allows them to experience success. As the scores were not recorded, the emphasis was on fun, without pressure on the results.
The first Liga Borussia was held over three days. The number of participants increased from day to day, with some 170 enthusiastic children taking to the pitch on the third day. The rules on and off the pitch were also very well respected, and the children and their parents, who were mainly resident in Mexico, got a sense of what Borussia Dortmund is all about! For the grand finale of the project, all of the youngsters were given a medal and a Black and Yellow giveaway.
Plans have already been drawn up for the project for the next school year, meaning Mexico is part of the Black and Yellow family now too!
Zoom local derby social distancing viewing party:
The fans of Borussia Dortmund based in Mexico met for a virtual public viewing to support their team together after the restart of the Bundesliga. Even though the Bundesliga restart had to take place behind closed doors this year, the creative supporters of the Black and Yellows were online in the early hours of the morning to express their support from a distance. The fans celebrated Dortmund's victory against their arch-rivals with flags, scarves and traditional songs.
After two months without a goal in the Bundesliga, in the 29th minute, the fans celebrated Haaland's goal as if they were sitting together in their local pub as normal. The joy of watching Dortmund play continued with a brace from Guerreiro and Hazard putting an exclamation mark on the scoreline. The scenes of celebration for the home team's victory were equally impressive. The game, which this time was followed at a distance but nevertheless together, allowed all those involved to feel a little sense of community despite the social distancing – for the 90 minutes of football at least.
Not only the fans, but also the Mexican media were enthusiastic about this campaign, so a virtual public viewing is now also planned for every other game of the season. We stick together through thick and thin – even virtually!
When ESPN asked the Academia Borussia to make a video of the Academia's young players playing a match against two ex-pros, Jared Borguetti and Francisco Gabriel de Anda, there was only one answer: we laced up our boots and got ready for truly special match! But who exactly would the football-hungry kids be coming up against?
Both ex-pros played for the Mexican national team at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. After finishing their careers, both worked as pundits for ESPN Mexico.
In the end, a total of 120 children from different locations in and around Mexico City answered the call of the TV station. The kids, ranging from 4 to 12 years old, wanted to take advantage of this great opportunity to share the pitch with their idols. Several teams consisting of 20 youngsters kitted out in the Black and Yellow took turns to face the two former professionals, of course dressed in the well-known ESPN red.
80 fans of the BVB09MEX fan club ensured a proper 1909% atmosphere and cheered the youngsters on to give it their all. The station then broadcast the video of this special match as part of the children's day, which is celebrated on 30 April in Mexico. ESPN made it possible for many children of all ages to have memorable moments with their idols, thereby expressing their commitment to the children.