Borussia Dortmund go into the 2017/18 season with a new training team. At the top stands Peter Bosz. At his side: two long term companions as assistants as well as three fitness coaches and two goalkeeper trainers whose association with BVB stretches way back.
After his playing career ended, during which he won the Dutch league title and three cups while wearing the Feyenoord Rotterdam kit in the early 1990s, as well as being capped eight times for his country and playing in the 1992 European Championship, Peter Bosz (53) managed AGOVV Apeldoorn, BV De Graafschap, Heracles Almelo, Vitesse Arnheim, Maccabi Tel Aviv and finally, in the 2016/17 season, Europa League finalists Ajax Amsterdam. He also worked as the Technical Director at Feyenoord from 2006 to 2010.
Bosz took the playing style of Dutch idol Johan Cruyff as his cue. His teams combine possession with Gegenpressing and explosive attacking plays. The 53 year old gives "the wild young boys up front plenty of freedom, and they pay him back with some spectacular football", states the Frankfurter Rundschau.
Hendrik „Hendrie“ Krüzen (52) met Peter Bosz for the first time as Bosz began his managerial career at AGOVV Apeldoorn while Krüzen's playing career was winding down there. Krüzen made 187 first division appearances in the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as five senior national team appearances, becoming European Champion with the Netherlands in 1988. From 2004 on, Krüzen and Bosz would work together at many different clubs, including Heracles Almelo, Vitesse Arnheim, Maccabi Tel Aviv and finally Ajax Amsterdam; Bosz in the role of manager – and Krüzen as assistant manager (during Bosz’s time as Sporting Director at Feyenoord, Krüzen was manager at Almelo during the 2007/08 season).
Albert Capellas (49) is also a one time travel companion of Peter Bosz. The Spaniard previously worked for FC Barcelona from 1999 on (as assistant trainer to the B Team until 2003), and was responsible for the youth academy "La Masia" there until his departure in 2010. After that, he worked as co-trainer at Vitesse Arnheim, doing so under Peter Bosz during the 2013/2014 season. The duo were reunified in 2016/17, winning the title with Maccabi Tel Aviv together and participating in the UEFA Champions League. Prior to that, Capellas had worked for Bröndby Kopenhagen.
The Fitness Coaches
Andreas Beck has worked as a fitness coach at Borussia Dortmund for five years. The 41 year old took charge of this area at the beginning of the season. The qualified sports scientist worked from 2007 until 2012 as a rehabilitation and fitness coach at 1. FC Nuremberg before he came to BVB.
Florian Wangler (37) is already going into his tenth season at BVB. He completed his practicum in summer 2008, convincing with his performance and specialist knowledge. Born in Hamburg, he studied sport science in Kiel and continues to educate himself about the latest developments in his field of work.
Dr. Anke Steffen (33), a qualified sports instructor who specialised in prevention and rehabilitation, now moves to work with the senior team after mentoring the U17s and U19s from 2013 onwards. The Saarlander previously worked in the Sports Medicine Institute at Saarbrücken, which, among the things, carried out performance diagnostics at BVB. "I feel very much at home here, and know many faces from across the last four years."
The Goalkeeper Trainers
A black and yellow bedrock is entering his 31st season at Borsigplatz. Wolfgang „Teddy“ de Beer (53) went unchallenged as BVB's regular goalkeeper between 1986 until 1991, and was a great last man on the way to the club's cup victory in 1989, before subsequently becoming a loyal number 2 behind Stefan Klos and Jens Lehmann. The A Licence holder transferred to the training staff in 2001. Even though the South Stand favourite is for many the embodiment of club loyalty to Dortmund, he lives with his family in his hometown of Dinslaken.
Matthias Kleinsteiber (39) has also been a Borussia man for many years. In 1993 he won the German championship with the B Juniors and repeated this feat three years later with the A Youth Team. He was on the bench 16 times as reserve keeper for the senior team between 1999 and 2005. After he had moved from Meiningen (Thüringen) as a youth to Dortmund, he lived in the BVB youth house – he would subsequently take over the running of this model facility with his wife Cornelia, which has been in a new building in Brackel since 2014.