Borussia are in mourning. Right up until the 86th minute of the final day of the Bundesliga season it seemed that the Black n Yellows were going to end their 29 year wait for the German championship. But then a Guido Buchwald goal for VfB in their game against Leverkusen (resulting in a 2-1 win for VfB) turned BVB dreams to dust. The 30,000 BVB fans assembled on the Friedensplatz to watch the game against Duisburg were struck dumb. Having anticipated celebrating a championship win, they now had second place to, er, celebrate. So how did it come to this climax? Going into the 34th and final day BVB (in Duisburg), VfB Stuttgart (in Leverkusen) and Eintracht Frankfurt (in Rostock) all had a chance to win the title. Frankfurt suffered a defeat and so it was down to the other two to decide the destination of the title. A goal from Chapuisat gave BVB the lead after 10 minutes and they stayed ahead in their game from that point on. Meanwhile, with Bayer 04 in the lead against VfB the Friedensplatz was optimistic, but then the equaliser in Leverkusen came on 41 minutes and then the winner. So Stuttgart, with Eike Immel in goal, were 1992 Bundesliga champions.
Some 30,000 BVB fans today witnessed the oddest marriage proposal in Bundesliga history. The scene was set in the Friedensplatz in Dortmund town centre. Most had gathered there to see the last Borussia Dortmund game of the 91/92 season against MSV Duisburg but Jörg Enseling, BVB fan and master butcher, saw it as an opportunity to ask Tanja those special words, ”Will you marry me?“. Happily she was only too happy to scream into the microphone that she would indeed marry him. It was also young Tanja’s 20th birthday. Some birthday present, eh? The day would have been perfect if BVB had won the Bundesliga title, but alas, that was not to be.
Today, the 5th of May, marks the 29th anniversary of that win over Liverpool and today now also marks the birth of a joint project between the club and the town of Dortmund. Town mayor Guenter Samtlebe and BVB boss Dr Gerd Niebaum, witnessed by prominent guests, signed an undertaking to‘ loan‘ the stadium and its surrounds for a sum of one million a year to ”Westfalenstadion Dortmund GmbH & Co. KG“. This organisation has plans to expand the stadium. Initially the two main stands will be enlarged at a cost of over 60 million Deutschmarks with the two ends next up for expansion and renovation. The aim is to build a stadium with a capacity of 70,000. The council will not have to pay a penny for this. It is the second time that BVB have taken the lead in stadium building in Germany. In 1924, they almost totally self-financed the rebuilding of their then home ground ”Weisse Wiese“ into the „Borussia Sport Park“ to the tune of 50,000 Reichmarks.
The Friedensplatz probably witnessed its most tear-filled day as bitter sweet emotions accompanied both BVB’s 2-0 win secure BVB the 1995 Bundesliga title and the final farewell of crowd favourite Flemming Povlsen from the ranks of BVB. Some 40 BVB fan clubs gathered on the stage to join Pur Harmonie and Karl-Heinz Bandosz (Heja BVB) to say goodbye to the Danish international who has had to retire due to injury. The 1992 European champion was presented with many gifts to mark his time at the club and BVB manager Michael Meier was very effusive in praise of the man who will now return to Denmark to live there with his family.
The Fan-Meet at the ”Alten Markt“ in connection with the BVB games against Manchester United in the Champions League semi-finals was today heralded a great success. Some 6,000 BVB and Man Utd fans mingled happily as, for the first time, the event went into the evening hours with the game being shown on a giant screen. The screen had been arranged to cater for the many Manchester fans that had travelled without a ticket for the game. Highlight of the day was undoubtedly the appearance of Man Utd legend Bobby Charlton in the afternoon. Charlton urged everyone to enjoy the game in a spirit of friendship and his wishes were granted. Even UEFA’s observers were impressed. It was simply a great example of the warm welcome Dortmund provides its football fan visitors. It was especially pleasing that the event went so well because in the build-up to the game the English press had expressed horror at the prospect of an ”invitation to fight“. The Man Utd board are now urgently looking into the possibility of arranging something similar for the return leg in two weeks’ time.