2.Dortmund – Bayern story
Borussia Dortmund were Champions League winners in 1997, but in 2004, they were under unbearable financial crisis and remained in the Bundesliga surviving on Bayern Munich’s aid.
But in 2008, the black and yellow club appointed Jurgen Klopp as their manager. Klopp took over a club that finished a disappointing 13th in the previous season and in his first season; Klopp guided the BVB to a Super Cup win over Bayern Munich. The club finished 6th then 5th in the following season.
In 2010/11 season, Klopp and his boys won Bundesliga title with 81 points – the highest points tally in the history of the Bundesliga at that time. In 2011/12, they managed to win their first domestic double.
The following season in the Champions League, Dortmund were grouped with Spanish champions Real Madrid, English champions Manchester City and Dutch champions Ajax but still topped the group without losing a single game. They defeated Real Madrid again in the semi-final before and had to face Bayern in the final game.
All neutral fans were supporting them, but they sadly lost the trophy in 89th minute after Robben scored the winner in favour of Bavarians.
He is probably the finest and the most popular footballer today. But his mother Dolores Aveiro admitted that she almost aborted him. He was born in a poor neighbourhood of Funchal and was the youngest child of Dolores, a cook, and Jose Dinis Aveiro, a municipal gardener.
The five time Ballon D’Or winner used to share a single room with his mother and two sisters. He was later expelled from school for throwing a chair at a teacher who disrespected him. His mother did all what she could so that his son keep his full concentration on football.
Aged 8, Ronaldo was signed as an eight-year-old boy by local club Andorinha, where his father was the kit-man. He then joined local club Nacional. In 1997, Nacional owed Sporting €22,500. They didn’t have the money, so Nacional owners offered Ronaldo if Sporting forgot the debt.
After joining Sporting, Ronaldo caught the eye of Manchester United when the two clubs were playing a friendly game for the inauguration of the Estadio Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon. Ronaldo impressed Fergie, and the then Man United manager signed him.
The rest is history.