The more than 80,000 fans at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday afternoon will observe a minute's silence for former club captain Manfred Burgsmüller, who passed away in May.
When the surprising news of Burgsmüller's death broke in mid-May, BVB president Dr. Reinhard Rauball said: "Manni Burgsmüller was the face of Borussia Dortmund from the mid-1970s to the start of the 1980s. He possessed all the attributes that a striker can have. It's a shame that he was never shown the level of appreciation his quality and ingenuity deserved within the national team setup. On a personal level, he was a very pleasant, funny and straightforward guy who was simply a pleasure to be around. The BVB family will miss Manni Burgsmüller dearly."
Burgsmüller joined Borussia Dortmund in October 1976 after the club had been promoted and stayed for almost seven seasons. He is the eight-time German champions' record goalscorer in the Bundesliga, with 135 goals, and captained the team from 1979 to 1983. His three senior international appearances came during his spell at the club. All in all, Burgsmüller made 571 appearances for Rot-Weiss Essen, Bayer Uerdingen, Borussia Dortmund, 1. FC Nuremberg, Rot-Weiß Oberhausen and Werder Bremen. He won the German Bundesliga, his only national title, with the Green & Whites in 1988. A year later, he appeared as a substitute in the 4-1 DFB Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Burgsmüller would have turned 70 on 22 December.
Starting this season, his portrait will adorn one of the entrances to the South Stand.
"Manni Burgsmüller was an idol for an entire generation. I really enjoyed watching him play football," said BVB chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke. "He's the record Bundesliga goalscorer for our club. A great Black & Yellow. The news of his death shook me deeply." (br)