Borussia Dortmund Youth Sector

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Borussia Dortmund Youth Sector
Full name Ballspielverein Borussia
09 e.V. Dortmund
President Dr Reinhard Rauball
Youth Coordinator Lars Ricken
Website Club home page

Borussia Dortmund Youth Sector is the youth set-up of Borussia Dortmund. The club operates the system for boys from the age of nine upwards and a total of 15 youth teams. Home games are staged at the club's training ground Hohenbuschei.

Lars Ricken, a former Dortmund player and German international, has been the youth coordinator since 2008.[1]

The youth team has educated many players who have become regulars in the Fußball-Bundesliga and the Germany national football team, such as Eike Immel, Lars Ricken and the current club Director for Sport Michael Zorc. Most recent graduates include first team regulars Marco Reus, Nuri Şahin and Marcel Schmelzer. The club has notably produced World Cup champions Mario Götze and Kevin Großkreutz.


The club recruits young players and teach them football skills required to play at that club's standard. The young apprentices offered the chance to train in close proximity to the professional players.

The club launched partnerships with United States sides Cincinnati United and La Roca Futbol Club. The cooperation will include training philosophies and drills for their coaches and annual training camps with Dortmund coaching staff.[2]

The Evonik-Fußballschule des BVB was opened in July 2011 to provide mainstream education for the youth players who do not reside in the Dortmund area.[3]

In 2014, a new dormitory for young players from outside of Dortmund was opened. It houses the young sportsmen who are trained to become a part of the club's professional teams.[4]

Youth teams[edit]


The team currently competes in the Under 19 Bundesliga and the UEFA Youth League. It also participates in the Under 19 Westphalia Cup. Some of the members of the Under 19 team also play for the club's reserve team Borussia Dortmund II. Former Under 17 head coach Benjamin Hoffmann has been the head coach since September 2016.

As of 31 August 2016 [5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Germany GK Eike Bansen
Germany GK Michael Luyambula
United States GK Will Pulisic
Germany DF Niklas Beste
Germany DF Jan Binias
Germany DF Patrick Fritsch
Germany DF Luca Kilian
Germany DF Sören Lippert
Germany DF Amos Pieper
Germany DF Alexander Schulte
Germany DF Till Schumacher (only UEFA Youth League)
Germany DF Julian Schwermann
Germany DF Tim Sechelmann
Germany DF Jan Stuhldreier
Germany MF Jano Baxmann
Denmark MF Jacob Bruun Larsen
No. Position Player
Germany MF Dženis Burnić
Poland MF David Kopacz
Germany MF Şahin Kösecik
Germany MF Alexander Laukart
Belgium MF Orel Mangala (on loan from Anderlecht)
Germany MF Felix Passlack
United States MF Christian Pulisic
Italy MF Dario Scuderi
Germany MF Dominik Wanner
Germany MF Yoel Yilma
Germany FW Etienne Amenyido
Germany FW Jonas Arweiler (only UEFA Youth League)
Germany FW Hüseyin Bulut
Germany FW Gabriel Kyeremateng
Germany FW Janni-Luca Serra
Poland FW Robin Wodniok


The team currently competes in the Under 17 Bundesliga and the Under 17 Westphalia Cup. Sebastian Geppert has been the head coach since September 2016.

As of 31 August 2016 [6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Germany GK Michele Cordi
Germany GK Lucien Hawryluk
Germany GK Luca Unbehaun
Germany DF Marco Ehmann
Germany DF Mohammed El Gourari
Germany DF Niclas Knoop
Germany DF Tobias Mißner
Germany DF Florian Rausch
Germany DF Marius von Cysewski
Germany DF Torge Witteborg
Germany MF Francesco Di Pierro
Germany MF Constantin Fath
Germany MF Ramzi Ferjani
No. Position Player
Germany MF Yassin Ibrahim
Germany MF Reda Khadra
Germany MF Georgios Pintidis
Germany MF Tobias Raschl
Germany MF Maik Reimer
Germany MF Julius Schell
Germany FW Emre Aydinel
Germany FW Alaa Bakir
Germany FW Paul-Philipp Besong
Germany FW Robin Kehr
Germany FW Jonas Schneck
Germany FW Özkan Terzioglu

Current technical staff[edit]

Role Under 19[5] Under 17[6]
Head coach Germany Benjamin Hoffmann Germany Sebastian Geppert
Assistant coach Germany Daniel Rios Germany
Goalkeeper coach Germany Andreas Braun Germany Marco Knoop


Winners (7): 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2015–16, 2016–17
Runners-up (1): 2008–09
Winners (6): 1983–84, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2013–14, 2014–15
Runners-up (6): 1998–99, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2015–16
Winners (3): 2008–09, 2015–16, 2016–17
Winners (4): 2007–08, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
Runners-up (3): 2006–07, 2010–11, 2016–17
  • DFB Junioren Vereinspokal
Runners-up (1): 2008–09
  • Under 19 Westphalia Cup
Winners (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2014–15
Runners-up (1): 2012–13
  • Under 17 Westphalia Cup
Winners (3): 2006–07, 2008–09, 2013–14
Runners-up (3): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2015–16

International youth graduates[edit]

This is a list of former Borussia Dortmund youth graduates who have gone on to represent their country at full international level.

As of 6 June 2017

Fritz Walter Medal[edit]

First awarded in 2005, the Fritz Walter Medal is a series of annual awards given by the German Football Association to German youth footballers. The following youth graduates have won the medal.

As of 30 July 2015
Year Category Metal Player
2005 Under 18 Gold medal icon.svg Gold Marc-André Kruska
2005 Under 17 Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze Sebastian Tyrała1[›]
2009 Under 17 Gold medal icon.svg Gold Mario Götze
2010 Under 18 Gold medal icon.svg Gold Mario Götze
2012 Under 19 Gold medal icon.svg Gold Antonio Rüdiger
2015 Under 17 Gold medal icon.svg Gold Felix Passlack

^ 1: Tyrała began his career with the Germany national youth football team. Later he switched to Poland.


  1. ^ "Lars Ricken Is Borussia's New Youth Coordinator". 11 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "BVB announce partnership with football clubs in the US". 2 July 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "BVB Evonik Fußballschule eröffnet - 500 Kinder trainieren im Schatten des Signal Iduna Park" (in German). 25 July 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Das neue Jugendhaus: Schwarzgelbe Talent-WG" (in German). 28 May 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "A-Junioren-Bundesliga, Saison 2015/2016" (in German). Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "B-Junioren-Bundesliga, Saison 2015/2016)" (in German). Retrieved 1 July 2015. 

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