Borussia Dortmund reached the semi-finals of the DFB Cup for the 11th time in the club’s history. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the 82nd minute to seal a 1-0 win at Frankfurt. Four days later, both sides met again in the Bundesliga, with Aubameyang again on target. In the 4-0 victory the Gabon international even bagged a brace.
With one exception, a 3-0 defeat at Hamburger SV who played their first game under their new coach Mirko Slomka, February was a successful month for the club. Besides reaching the semi-finals of the DFB Cup, the team picked up another six points in the league. And in the Champions League they won 4-2 at FC Zenit to put themselves in a commanding position to qualify for the last eight of the competition.
Mkhitaryan (4 mins.) and Reus (5 mins.) scored the quickest two goals in the club’s history to give BVB an early 2-0 lead, which was also the earliest 2-0 lead in the history of the Champions League, before Lewandowski added another two, with the Russian side twice pulling a goal back.
In the Bundesliga, BVB won 5-1 away to Werder Bremen through goals from Lewandowski (2), Mkhitaryan and Friedrich, followed by a 4-0 win at home over Frankfurt. As already mentioned, Aubameyang scored twice in this match and Lewandowski added another goal to his increasing tally, but the story of the game came from another source. Milos Jojic, who was signed in the January transfer window following the injury of Blaszczykowski, scored on his debut in the Bundesliga 17 seconds after coming on as a substitute with his first touch on the ball – it was the quickest goal of a player making his debut in the history of the Bundesliga. For Jürgen Klopp, the 4-0 win was the 111th victory as Dortmund boss, breaking the record of BVB coaching legend Ottmar Hitzfeld.
The 2014 Sports Marketing Award went to Dortmund: “Borussia Dortmund turned London black and yellow and made a major contribution to understanding between peoples,” said the jury in its citation. “From Dortmund with Love!” was the message of an emotional, impressing and unforgettable marketing campaign that won the hearts of people in the “motherland of football” in the build-up to the 2013 Champions League final.
Borussia Dortmund became the third club in Germany to have reached the 100,000 member mark. “Never before have we had such rapid growth,” said BVB president Dr Reinhard Rauball. Michael Zorc, who has been at the club since 1978, first as a player, then as sporting director, signed a contract extension until 2019. “He stands for Borussia Dortmund like no-one else,” said Hans-Joachim Watzke in praise of Zorc and emphased the club’s “appreciation and trust in the high quality of his work.”