44 years Borussia Dortmund – Farewell to Michael Zorc

Updated on 05/10/2022 13:01

Together with Jürgen Klopp and Aki Watzke, he laid the foundation for the most successful period in the club’s recent history: Michael Zorc. Now, after 44 years, his time in BVB is coming to an end. A fan says goodbye.


“The ideal case in life is that if you have been together for a long time, you experience stories together, experience moments together that will be remembered – and in positive memories.”

The words that Jürgen Klopp chose when he left Borussia Dortmund in 2016 could not fit better with the man who, together with Klopp and Aki Watzke, laid the foundation for the most successful period in the club’s recent history: Michael Zorc.

Michael Zorc was always there. When I became a Borussia fan as a young boy in the 90’s, his time as an active player was already coming to an end. This was followed by his second career as sports director at BVB.

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Next Saturday at the home game against Hertha BSC, this era ends – and this number must be printed – 44 years in the service of Borussia Dortmund. Whether as a youth player, professional or sporting director: The 59-year-old (who at a young age was nicknamed “Susi” affectionately because of his magnificent curls) shaped the club in vastly different ways.

A life in black and yellow

The native of Dortmund can take a whole sack full of the stories and memories mentioned in the beginning. No wonder, for even a brief glance at his successes feels like a stroll through the Borusseum: relegation in 1986 and staying up at the last minute. Cup victory in 1989 after more than 20 years without a title. The championships in 1995 and 1996 and of course the great triumph in Munich, when BVB in 1997 was named the best European team. That Zorc is the club’s record player with 572 appearances seems almost like a side note.

When he became sporting director in 2005, the club was in the much-cited “pathology court”. And as if “Susi” had not already cemented his legendary status as a player, he was one of the fathers of the unique success story at the low point in the club’s history, which probably culminated in 2012 with the double victory.

Not everyone succeeds in finding the right time to leave. Michael Zorc hung up his shoes as the winner of the Champions League and Intercontinental Cup. He leaves behind his successor as sporting director, Sebastian Kehl, some homework but a completely healthy club. He wanted to stop in 2021, but due to the pandemic, he added a year to lead his BVB through this crisis. That alone says enough about Borussia’s Michael Zorc.

Zorc shaped the club year after year

At the same time, it is perhaps paradoxical that Zorc is the one who played a major role in establishing BVB as a constant in the modern international football industry. Because: it was and is associated with the commitment, development and sale of world-class players. This role as Borussia as a transit station for great talents is on the one hand the result of excellent management work, on the other hand it is for parts of the fan scene a reason for the gradual alienation from the club and the lack of identification numbers. .

Also because of Zorc’s reserved nature, it was sometimes forgotten that such an identification figure had marked the club markedly year after year before our eyes.

As justified as the fans’ criticism of the not always successful balance between “real love” and commercialization is – so we must be thankful that with Michael Zorc there has been a sports director at work for the last 17 years, which one certainly can not blame. : that he has no black and yellow heart.

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A club legend is said goodbye

It is a great omission in sports that its legends often do not get our recognition until they leave the big stage. In everyday life in the Bundesliga, it’s easier to get angry at an official because of a transfer flop than to pause and appreciate someone who has literally dedicated their entire lives to the club.

Much will be written over the next few days: about Erling Haaland’s next career step, about his possible successor, about Youssoufa Moukoko’s alleged dissatisfaction, about X points after the league champions from Munich. As Dortmund fans, we do well to ignore all of this and instead give Michael Zorc the goodbye that a person of his stature deserves. A true club legend. A real Borussia.

Ten championships in a row means an impressive record in German football. FC Bayern Munich is causing boredom at the top of the Bundesliga. In 2011 and 2012, he was teased and driven by his longtime rival from Dortmund. (Teaser image: image alliance / GES sports photo) © DAZN

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