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Borussia Dortmund – a German club based in Dortmund are famously known for their top-flight achievements and success in Europe. They play in the German top-flight league – The Bundesliga.

One of the most successful clubs in Germany and Europe, Borussia Dortmund have won eight German Championships and three DFB Pokal cups. They also have their own rich history in European competitions, becoming the first German team to win the European Cup in 1966, while also winning it again in 1997.

The fans of Dortmund are the true identity of the club and it has been evident ever since they were formed. The splendid football exhibited on the pitch, the usual giant-killing in all competitions they play and bringing through some of the best young talents in world football – are some of the things that have made the club special in its own way.

One thing that makes them stand out is no doubt their fanbase. The Signal Iduna Park is one of the largest football stadiums in the world and the atmosphere created there by the home fans is one of the best. It usually turns out to be intimidating for the visiting club, much like what Anfield does to its visitors.

Much of the support comes from their long formed club mantra and ethos – Echte Liebe. When translated it says “Real Love” in English, but shows only a glimpse of what the club is about and here is all you need to know about the Borussia Dortmund club mantra.

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Echte Liebe meaning

Echte Liebe is synonymous to the Dortmund fans and one that they keep very close to their heart. People who follow football know that the game is more than a feeling for fans.

Echte Liebe is somewhat similarly close to these lines. A common love for the sport that unites peoples and different races from around the world, it’s that plain and simple. It forges the kind of memories that is hard to take away from any human being.

Even for an outsider who isn’t from Germany, Dortmund fans make sure that those fans do not feel out of place. It’s that unconditional love for the sport and fanbase that are the lynchpin of the club motto.

Borussia Dortmund has been one of the biggest clubs in Germany ever since football was started in the country. Although, Jurgen Klopp’s era at Signal Iduna Park truly shaped the present and the future of the club.

They call the German manager the Godfather of the club who had won two consecutive Bundesliga titles and also reached the 2013 UEFA Champions League finals, where they lost to German rivals Bayern Munich.

The mentality he enforced inside the dressing room has helped them look at clubs around the world like Bayern Munich into the eye, and go toe-to-toe with every elite club challenging for trophies.


It is natural for every fan that the club he supports to get emotional during the highs and lows. But such is the humane management of Borussia Dortmund, not just fans but the affection shown by them to the players throughout the years also reach the players on a personal level.

Such special moments always become a part of the club, players and fans. These last a lifetime with everyone involved around the club and is truly what Echte Liebe is all about.

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Arnold Lewis
A hardcore Chelsea fan, who is often found playing football on the weekends. He has an exceptional voice and his rendition of old Hindi classic songs will make your heart melt. He is the man with the funky hair.

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