Johannes Focher was the goalkeeper in the U23 promotion-winning team of 2012, played over 100 times for Dortmund and can call himself a two-time German champion and DFB-Pokal winner. In the latest edition of the BVB podcast, we spoke to him about the start of his career – including promotion to the third tier, his time in the Bundesliga squad, and riding around the Borsigplatz with the first team.
The 31-year-old casts his mind back and explains how the BVB U23s are in a similar situation ahead of the coming weekend to the one they found themselves in nine years ago. "Wuppertal made that day very difficult for us, it was back and forth. They didn't want to give us an inch, that's certainly going to be the case this time as well," said Focher, who now plays for RSV Meinerzhagen in the Oberliga.
The Hammer native also spoke about his time as a professional at BVB, as well as the overseas semester he spent in Australia and his professional experiences in the financial sector. In addition, Focher tells the story of how Neven Subotic gave him the idea of going on a caravan tour through Eastern Europe. "We went with a few lads to the cup final in Berlin and then went on to Poland after that. There wasn't really a plan, but it was Neven's idea," recalled the shot-stopper.
You can hear this and many other exciting anecdotes and stories in the 68th episode of the BVB podcast, presented by 1&1. Click here for the latest episode.