Dortmund fairytale goes on despite final defeat

Posted by Stephan Uersfeld

Sometimes all of London is not enough. And all the while it can be just what you need. Bayern Munich have deservedly taken the European crown. Dortmund's dream might have ended but there will other dreams to dream for the Schwatzgelben.

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What a trip this has been. This weekend, and all of the Champions League season. When it all came to an end and the players lined up in front of the Dortmund supporters, a few tears could be seen in the stands of Wembley stadium.

Not because Borussia had lost the game but because those boys who had stormed through Europe and through the Bundesliga the previous two years will soon be scattered to the four winds without having won the crown. "We will have a lot work building a new team," Jurgen Klopp said after the game.

But the core of the Borussia Dortmund team will remain and a few new players could refresh the team - Wembley 2013 has not been the last chance to win a major title. As Bayern Munich lift the trophy, BVB fans looked back on a season that has loaded them with pride about their very own achievements over the past few years.

Robert Lewandowski now finally is free to reveal his plans for next season. Felipe Santana and Jurgen Klopp seemed to have said farewell on the pitch, and Patrick Owomoyela got the team together for a long final moment. Hand in hand the Borussia team said goodbye to their supporters, who would let the result stand in the way of giving the team it’s well deserved final farewell.

Players come and go, but the current Borussia Dortmund squad has taken the club back to the heights of European football.

And the 69 seconds against Malaga, the away game at City, Lewandowski's four goals against Real Madrid will be in the club’s history forever. The dust over the Gotze and – most possibly – Lewandowski transfer will settle sometime in the not-so-distant future and then – maybe one, maybe three, maybe five, maybe even ten years from now – we will be able to look back on this team and remember them as the ones that put us back on the map in Europe.

Jurgen Klopp also said: "The weather was good, everything was great. Only the result was so sh**." True words from one of the game's great managers. Others will write more about the result, so let's focus on what was great about this weekend - and only mention the opening ceremony as a chronicler of the evening.

On a weekend that had too many high points to single out a particular one, a couple of questions have to be asked:

1. Is there a better place for a final than Wembley stadium? And can there be better hosts than the people of London? And can an Opening Ceremony be more disgraceful than the one we saw in Wembley on Saturday night? Armed football supporters clashing in the stadium before the game.

2: In the footballing world, is there anything better than being a Borussia Dortmund fan right now?

At least today, both questions have to be answered with no. Even with Jurgen Klopp’s statement directly after the game, the latter is not to change anytime soon. Why on earth should there ever be anything more enjoyable than being a Borussia Dortmund supporter, even in the face of defeat in a Champions League final?

This weekend in London Dortmund fans left their marks, in The Albany in Great Portland Street where a mix of fans from all over the world celebrated Borussia Dortmund and enjoyed German techno after listening to the great Uli Hesse. And English fans who had joined the party shook their heads in disbelief over the wild mix that is Dortmund fan culture.

Dortmund fans left their marks on Trafalgar Square as thousands conquered it pre-match and sang songs. Scotsmen wearing Kilts, Kutte and Kaputzenpulli and Englishman just passing by on their way to the pub to wish the Dortmund supporters all the luck in the world. The Metropolitan Police joined the party and Bayern Munich fans stood on the side, in quest of their lost fan culture.

All over London throughout the whole weekend Dortmund fans felt at home as locals rooted for the blacknyellows. At Lord's – the home of cricket - I was treated to a small guided tour of one of the great grounds in sports for free, only for wearing the right colours. The guided tour led to a lengthy discussion about ticket prices in England and Germany and one final attempt to lure Lewandowski to England. "If you meet Robert," the Lord's employee said, "make sure to tell him he has to come to United. We’ll send you Rooney instead."

Another guy remarked that “all of London is behind you” and “I am from Liverpool, so add that in as well.” It was not enough. Not all of London, not all of Dortmund and not even all of the combination was enough, not to beat the unstoppable Bayern. The dream may be over but the fairytale has not ended yet.

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