Michael Zorc at Borussia Dortmund before departure: “Rose needs players like Michael Zorc”

On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund will play the last match against Hertha BSC, where Michael Zorc has an official function for BVB. So, after 20 years as a player and 24 as a manager, it’s over. At SPOX and GOAL, some of Zorc’s companions tell their favorite anecdotes about the veteran.

Frank Mill (at BVB from 1986 to 1994)

“I had a lot of quarrels with Michael because we both belonged to the players’ council and we did not always agree on internal team matters. In the end, however, we always settled. I remember how it once happened with Sergei Gorlukovich, who came from Belarus” But Michael and I had the same approach. Sergej emptied the entire minibar before his first BVB match at the hotel. Therefore, coach Horst Köppel did not want to set him up, but we asked him to do so at least. The guy will. “We could do it, we thought. Köppel finally gave in, and look, Sergei did a really good job! (Laughs)

What still connects me to Michael is the story of the captain’s armband. Our coach Reinhard Saftig did not want me to remain captain. I was probably too strong for him, no idea. He wanted Michael as captain. President Gerd Niebaum, on the other hand, wanted me to remain captain. Juicy kept coming to Niebaum’s office because of the problem, and it continued for weeks. My relationship with Michael suffered a bit from this anger at first, because such a number was just fun. That was all before the 1988/89 season. Then we went to summer training camp. Before we left, we ate a meal together in Dortmund. The argument continued. Suddenly Juicy got up while we were eating, called his wife and asked to be picked up from there. After that, he was no longer the coach he gave up. We actually went to training camp without a trainer. Köppel came a little later – and made Michael captain. At one point, all the magic was just too stupid for me. I had a sensible conversation with Koeppel, and then the matter was settled for me. “

Wolfgang de Beer (at BVB from 1987 to 2001)

“The communication between players and referees used to be completely different and above all more relaxed. I remember a match in February 1991 at VfB Stuttgart, where we were 3-0 down after eleven minutes and ended up losing 7-0. After that third goal was closed, Referee Wolf-Günter Wiesel whistled for a controversial free kick to VfB Michael then went to the referee and said: “You whistle shit today!” Wiesel turned around and replied dry as a fart: ‘Look at the scoreboard – you’re mainly playing big shit! ‘ (laughs) Michael was a little puzzled and did not know what to do anymore. But Wiesel was also right. “

Michael Meier (manager at BVB from 1989 to 2005)

“In the early 1990s, when I was still relatively new to BVB, I had a conversation with Michael. His contract had to be extended. I found it anything but easy that I had to offer a real Dortmund veteran a fair and respectful contract Assignment. It should not be a gamble either. Michael pretty much negotiated his contracts on his own. Then I grabbed a piece of paper, pushed it over to him and said, “You can fill out three things here – term, base salary and the so-called annual performance bonus. ‘ “I walked out of the room afterwards. I have only done this once with Michael in all my time in football. I did it just to fix the dilemma for myself and not risk misjudging him. When I came back, Michael said: ‘I need one more day to think about it.’ (laughs) I think he discussed the matter again at home. The next day he came, introduced me to the numbers and finally signed the contract. Of course it was an increase compared to before, but it was very clear to me that he did not. “put too much pressure on this generosity. Michael is a man of attitude. If today’s BVB coach Marco Rose often talks about the necessary attitude, then he needs players with the Michael Zorc character.”

Andreas Möller (at BVB from 1988 – 1990 and 1994 – 2000)

“Unfortunately, I can not think of any anecdotal deviations about him. Michael was a serious athlete with an incredible will to win, and also very kind. As captain, he was often a good mediator between the club and the interests of the club. The players, for example in contract negotiations.He was also very good at separating private life and work.Privately he was relaxed, determined in a party mood and he was good at partying.He was always to the last. (laughs) But when it came to the locker room and the training ground, he was very ambitious, and there was a clear difference between the private one. “

Fritz Lünschermann (from 2008 – 2018 team leader at BVB)

“One side of Michael that is not so well known in public is that he can be very funny. He is quite reserved towards the media. When we sat down with Jürgen Klopp the night before the away games in the internal circle” We talked about God and the world and also thanks to Michael we laughed a lot. By Jürgen’s side, he became such a really happy person again. I would not say he was not before, but this coach did him really well. In addition, he has an incredible general knowledge that has always fascinated me. Michael is truly a very, very intelligent person. I also found it remarkable that despite the sometimes longer evenings the next morning he always talked his insides came over the slacker and got up early to run and bring his body back into good balance. (laughs) “

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