42 Facts About Borussia Monchengladbach


Monchengladbach, commonly known as Borussia Monchengladbach, Monchengladbach or Gladbach, is a professional football club based in Monchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that plays in the Bundesliga, the top flight of German football.

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Borussia Monchengladbach were founded in 1900, with its name derived from a Latinized form of Prussia, which was a popular name for German clubs in the former Kingdom of Prussia.

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Since 2004, Borussia Monchengladbach have played at Borussia-Park, having previously played at the Bokelbergstadion since 1919.

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Borussia was chosen because Monchengladbach was located in the western provinces awarded to the Kingdom of Prussia as part of the 1815 Congress of Vienna.

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Whereas FC Monchengladbach was decently established, young Borussia found it difficult to guarantee regular access to training grounds and equipment.

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From within the congregation, Borussia Monchengladbach was able to more effectively organize official games against various opposing teams.

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Borussia Monchengladbach continued playing local and regional opponents like Britannia Dusseldorf and BV Solingen.

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In 1904, Borussia Monchengladbach competed with several other local teams in the third class of the second district of the Rhenish-Westphalian Sports Federation.

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Ultimately, Borussia acquired a patch of land on Reyerhutterstraße in Monchengladbach to enable organized play, at a time when the growing spread of football made it more and more of a hassle in terms of property damage and noise pollution.

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In 1907, Borussia Monchengladbach left Reyerhutterstraße, where a new factory was under construction, and reached a deal with Gladbacher Turnverein 1848 to cooperatively run a ground near the Schweizerhaus, a famous gastronomy in the vicinity of the Kaiser-Friedrich-Halle [de].

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Borussia Monchengladbach subsequently moved to grounds near the Catholic graveyard, and finished fourth in the league.

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Borussia Monchengladbach easily dominated the league with twelve wins, one draw and one loss, and thus earned qualification for promotion games towards Verbandsliga as northern district champions as well as the West German championship.

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Ultimately, Borussia Monchengladbach lost the finals for the West German championship against Cologne BC 01, the precursor of Borussia Monchengladbach's greatest all-time rival, 1.

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Borussia Monchengladbach ended the season in sixth place in the league, at eight wins, two draws and eight losses.

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Borussia Monchengladbach nonetheless entered the season with the clear goal to earn the district championship.

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Regardless, Borussia was able to assemble a functional team for the season, and played games against Union Krefeld, Viktoria Rheydt, Konstantia Kaldenkirchen, VfB Krefeld, FC Monchengladbach and Eintracht Monchengladbach.

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On 15 March 1919, FC Borussia merged with another local club, Turnverein Germania 1889, becoming 1889 VfTuR M Gladbach.

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In July 1962, Borussia Monchengladbach signed Fritz Langner, who had won the West German championship in 1959 with Westfalia Herne, as their new coach.

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Borussia Monchengladbach was taken with the style of Borussia and wrote that they would play like young foals.

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Borussia Monchengladbach struck back immediately in the next season with a championship of their own and followed up with a second title in 1971, becoming the first Bundesliga club ever to successfully defend their title.

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Borussia Monchengladbach pressed Players not in a fixed game system, but promoted individualism and gave them considerable freedom on the field.

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The Borussia Monchengladbach finished the first season in the Bundesliga on the 13th place in the table.

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Borussia Monchengladbach won the championship five times, more than any other team in this time.

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Today Borussia Monchengladbach takes third place in the list of league leaders in the Bundesliga behind Bayern and Dortmund.

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Nine weeks after the post-break game, on 5 June 1971, Borussia Monchengladbach were the first side in the history of the Bundesliga to defend their championship title, with a victory at Eintracht Frankfurt.

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In that first season following the departure of Gunter Netzer, Borussia Monchengladbach finished as runner-up to champions Bayern Munich by one point.

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Borussia Monchengladbach graduated in the following years 1972 to 1974, the championship in third and fifth place and vice-champion.

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Borussia Monchengladbach needed one point to defend the title on the final day.

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Borussia Monchengladbach made the hat-trick and won on 21 May 1977 for the third time in a row and for the fifth time overall the German championship title.

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Borussia Monchengladbach would have been able to decide the championship in their favour had they won the match against 1.

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Borussia Monchengladbach signed Jupp Heynckes to be assistant coach to Lattek this season.

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On 22 April 1987, Borussia Monchengladbach lost against the Scottish representative Dundee United after defeat at home in Bokelberg in the UEFA Cup semi-final.

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Borussia Monchengladbach finished the season in seventh place and thus missed the participation in international competitions.

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Under Friedel Rausch could Borussia Monchengladbach only hold the bundesliga position after a dramatic season finale in 1998.

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Borussia Monchengladbach won first place in the national fair play ranking in 2002 in the draw for a place in the UEFA Cup, but the lot was not drawn.

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The Borussia Monchengladbach defeated TSV 1860 Munich 3:1; the last goal on Bokelberg was headed by Arie van Lent.

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Borussia Monchengladbach had taken steps to improve their financial situation with the construction of a new state-of-the-art stadium called Borussia Monchengladbach-Park with a permitted capacity of 59,771 spectators.

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Under Favre, who took over in January 2011, Borussia Monchengladbach has in recent years shown ambitions to re-establish themselves in the top regions of the Bundesliga.

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Hecking began with three wins in four Bundesliga matches as Borussia Monchengladbach rose to ninth place and earned a place in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal.

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The fans of Borussia Monchengladbach collected 21,000 DM for the families of the 96 dead in the stadium disaster in Sheffield and presented it to Liverpool FC in 1991 in Borussia Monchengladbach.

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Weisweiler is a central figure in both clubs' mythologies; the mascot of Cologne is named Hennes in his honour, whereas Borussia Monchengladbach venerates Weisweiler as the coach of its "team of the century".

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Notably, Borussia Monchengladbach is more likely to win than FC Koln even in away matches.

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