Borussia Dortmund Sold XI
Welcome back to another article on Bundesliga Chat! In this article, I will go over the best players that Borussia Dortmund has sold over the years in this Borussia Dortmund Sold XI. Similar to our Schalke 04 Sold XI that we launched earlier in the year, so if you want to check that out you can do here.
Transfer Details – £3.50 Million To Arsenal (2003/04)
Before Jens Lehmann conquered England with Arsenal, the German goalkeeper was at Borussia Dortmund. After joining the club from AC Milan for just £4 million, Jens Lehmann was also a part of the 2001/02 Bundesliga winning side with Dortmund. During this time he made 179 appearances for BVB conceded just 178 goals and keeping 63 meaning he just about averaged 1 goal conceded per game which is a great record for a goalkeeper. In 2003 Arsenal decided to buy Lehmann for £3.50 million and he made his move to North London where he would be a part of the invincible squad that won the Premier League in 2003/04 and the FA Cup in 2005.
Transfer Details – £15.30 Million To Parma (2001/02)
Not a name you may be too aware of but Evanilson has definitely earned his place in this Borussia Dortmund sold XI. Evanilson has had a very long career spanning across 16 years and many clubs. But the club where he earned the majority of his fame during his career was whilst having 2 stints Borussia Dortmund. After signing for Dortmund from Cruzeiro for £5.85 million, Evanilson made over 170 appearances scoring 4 goals and providing 27 assists before leaving Dortmund in 2005 for Atletico Minero for a free transfer. The only major honour in his time at the club was the 1 league title back in the 2001/02 season but there can be no doubt as to the quality he provided in the right back position at Signal Iduna Park.
Transfer Details – £15.30 Million To Borussia Mönchengladbach (2017/18)
Matthias Ginter has not long recently left Borussia Dortmund to join Borussia Mönchengladbach last season for the price of £15.30 million. Ginter originally joined Borussia Dortmund back in the summer of 2014 from SC Freiburg and has been a great servant to the club. During his time at the club, he made 102 appearances for Dortmund, scoring 4 goals and providing 12 assists for his teammates. His ability to play in both right back and as a center back makes Ginter a valuable asset for most of the teams he plays for.
Transfer Details – £31.50 Million To Bayern Munich (2016/17)
Arguably one of the best centre backs in the Bundesliga right now and has been for the last few years. So it’s no surprise that Mats Hummels starting to create attention around him after winning multiple silverware in Germany. He originally moved from Bayern Munich to Borussia Dortmund back in 2009 for £4.20 million. But as stated, 2 Bundesliga titles, 1 German Cup and 2 super cups later, Hummels moved back to Munich where he came through the ranks as a youth player. Since then his career has really begun to peak as he has been part of the Bayern Munich side that has dominated the Bundesliga for the last 6 years. The only thing missing from his trophy cabinet at Bayern is a Champions League winners medal. Will it happen in 2019? Who knows…
Transfer Details – Undisclosed Fee To Arsenal (2018/19)
Sokratis joined Borussia Dortmund back in 2013 from Werder Bremen for around £9 million. The greek international was a starting figure in the Borussia Dortmund year on year when he was there. Over the 5 years that Sokratis played for Dortmund, he made 198 appearances and scored 10 goals and made 2 assists too. He was always prone to a mistake which cost him in the long run but there is no denying that Sokratis was a quality asset for them. The only major honour that Sokratis picked up during his time at the club was 1 german cup in the 2016/17 season. But his time at Signal Iduna Park came to an end when Arsenal bought him for £14.4 million during the summer transfer window.
Transfer Details – £31.50 Million To Bayern Munich (2013/14)
After impressing in the Borussia Dortmund youth sides as a teenager, Mario Götze was brought into the senior team at aged 17 and his agility and flair is something that started to get noticed across Germany and the rest of Europe. A part of the famous trio of Marco Reus, Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski that took Dortmund to 2 Bundesliga titles and 1 German Cup. It was at the start of the 2013/14 season at the playmaker moved to Bayern Munich for a fee of £33.30 million. During his 3 years in Munich, he made 114 appearances, scoring 36 goals and registering 24 assists. After winning 3 Bundesliga titles and 2 German Cups first team football started to become rare and when Borussia Dortmund came to Bayern Munich with the offer of bringing him back to Signal Iduna Park the offer was accepted. So at the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Götze returned to Dortmund for £19.80 million. Over the course of his career at Borussia Dortmund, he has made over 160 appearances for the club, scoring 35 goals and registering 53 assists.
Transfer Details – £20 Million To Manchester City (2016/17)
An underrated part of Dortmund’s core during their most successful spell in the last 5 years. Ilkay Gündogan joined Borussia Dortmund from FC Nürnberg for the shrewd fee of £4.95 million back at the start of the 2011/12 season. Since then Gündogan was an integral part of the midfield and tactical system implemented under ex manager Jurgen Klopp. During his tenure at Signal Iduna Park, he made 157 appearances, scored 15 goals and provided 20 assists over the course of his career. Ilkay Gundogan won 1 Bundesliga title and 1 German cup during his time at Dortmund until Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City snapped him up for £24.30 million in 2016.
Transfer Details – £135 Million To Barcelona (2017/18)
One of the biggest transfers in world history. Despite only signing for Borussia Dortmund just 12 months before for £13.5 million, Barcelona’s offer of £108 million was just too good to turn down meaning he left for the Nou Camp, making Dortmund a whopping £95 million. Not bad for a 12 month stint, but during his time at Dortmund, Dembele made 50 appearances in total scoring 10 goals and assisting 22 goals. As well as lifting the DFB Pokal at the end of the 2016/17 season. Showing the world that he has the potential to become one of the worlds best players. Renowned for his skills in dribbling, passing, and crossing, Dembele has all the components to be a core part of a modern Barcelona side.
Transfer Details – Undisclosed Fee To Manchester United (2012/13)
Shinji Kagawa left Signal Iduna Park back in 2012 for Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. It was a move filled with promise for the Japanese international but it wasn’t to be for the playmaker. Despite scoring 6 goals and registering 10 assists in 57 appearances for his teammates he struggled to get consistent game time in the squad. Since then he re-signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2014, just 2 years after originally leaving the club. Kagawa has been a great servant to the club over the years and played a vital role in the side that led Dortmund to 2 league titles. A definite favourite for BVB fans.
Transfer Details – £30 Million To Manchester United (2016/17)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a real talent and one of the best players Dortmund have had in recent years. He signed from Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2013 after impressing in his performances in the champions league for the Ukranian team. He cost BVB £24.75 million and in his 3 at the club, he made 140 appearances and scored 41 and assisted 49 goals too. A staggering record for the Armenian winger average a goal or assist in most of his games for the club. He was Dortmund’s top scorer during the 2015/16 season but the only other honours he enjoyed in his time at Dortmund are the 2 super cup titles BVB won in 2013/14 & 2014/2015. He was sold to Manchester United for £37.80 million making a tasty £13 million profit, which was spent on replacing him with Ousmane Dembelé. Who as you’ve already read about, proved to be quite a catch.
Transfer Details – £56 million to Arsenal (2017/18)
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang signed for Borussia Dortmund from Saint Etienne for just £11 million in 2013 and originally started to play out on the wing until Robert Lewandowski was let go on a free transfer to Bayern Munich in the 2014/15 season where he moved to his natural striker position. Aubameyang’s record for Borussia Dortmund stands at after 213 appearances he netted 141 goals in all competitions as well as registering 36 assists. Aubameyang’s only major honour at Dortmund came with a DFB Pokal win in the 2016/17 season with a 2-1 final win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Transfer Details: Free Transfer To Bayern Munich (2014/15)
Robert Lewandowski is one of the most deadly finishers in the Bundesliga. Lewandowski made his move to the Bundesliga from Lech Poznan all the way back in 2010 for £4.28 million and has been one of the most high profile players in the league ever since. Lewandowski made a great return on his games played by scoring 103 goals in 187 games for Dortmund, registering 42 assists in the process. Honours came thick and fast too for the striker as he would win 2 Bundesliga titles, 1 German Cup and 1 Top Scorer medal in the Bundesliga too. As the end of his contract approached he signed a free transfer / pre contract agreement with Bayern Munich to join them at the beginning of the 2014/15 season, since then he has stepped up to the next level in his career having won multiple more trophies and scoring over 150 goals in 200+ appearances.
Transfer Details: £3.15 Million To VfB Stuttgart (2015/16)
Mainly the number 2 keeper for Borussia Dortmund behind Weidenfeller, Langerak spent 5 at Borussia Dortmund before leaving to sign for VfB Stuttgart. Over the course of his Dortmund career he made just the 35 appearances in all competitions, keeping 13 clean sheets.
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