Borussia Dortmund visit Sheffield FC
Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund were at the Home of Football last weekend, ahead of their 2-1 win over Arsenal in the Champions League, to discover the roots of the game in Sheffield, the World's Oldest Club and the people behind it. A delegation from the German side visited the side on Sunday and Monday, after taking up a proposal from their supporters to forge links with the World’s First Football Club, following a visit to the Museum of Football in Manchester ahead of their clash with City.
BVB manager Jürgen Klopp said: “It’s important for us to show we are always interested in football’s traditions and history, so to work with the first club in football’s history is a great idea.”
A Dortmund spokesman said: “We want to look at the facilities and want to know more about the Club and what the Club needs. The idea is to support them on a long-term basis.”
Sheffield FC Chairman Richard Tims is delighted the German side have shown such an interest in the Club: “We are proud that Dortmund wants to work with us, and the fact so many German supporters visit us so frequently. German clubs have a much stronger bond with their supporters than their English counterparts, and they also appreciate football’s history and heritage more.”
The Borussia delegation enjoyed an extensive tour of the Home of Football, before heading to landmarks such as Olive Grove, the home of the World’s First Derby - Sandygate - as well as meeting staff, supporters and volunteers of the Club.
BVB’s visit certainly rejuvenated interest in the World’s First Football Club in social media circles, as “@sheffieldfc” - the Sheffield FC Twitter account - became one of the top ten trending subjects in the UK for most of Monday. Dortmund completed their tour with a trip to London, where they did the job of beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, to put them in a great position to progress to the next round of the Champions League.