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Borussia Dortmund are in the semifinals of the Champions League for the first time since they reached the final in 2013.

Edin Terzic’s side were a goal behind heading into the second leg as they faced a resilient Atletico Madrid side coached by Diego Simeone.

The defeat in Madrid was the definition of a game of two halves. The first saw Madrid storm to a 2-0 lead, however, Dortmund came back strongly in the second to claw their way back into the tie thanks to a goal by Sebastien Haller.

The second leg was an enthralling contest in which Dortmund let a 2-0 lead slip before scoring two quickfire second-half goals to seal a 4-2 win on the night and 5-4 aggregate triumph.

They have now taken a step towards the final, having beaten Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the first leg through Niclas Fullkrug’s goal. However, a huge test awaits in the return game in the French capital.

As they now prepare for another semifinal, here’s a look back at their record in UEFA’s top club competition.

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Have Borussia Dortmund won the Champions League?

Borussia Dortmund find themselves on a short list of clubs to have won the European Cup or Champions League, with their sole title coming when they defeated holders Juventus in the 1997 final.

Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side were ranked as outsiders to make an impact on the tournament after finishing second in Group B, behind Atletico Madrid.

However, a favourable quarterfinal draw saw them breeze past French side Auxerre before winning home and away against Manchester United in the semifinals.

Lars Ricken was the hero for Hitzfeld’s unfancied side as they set up a date with Marcello Lippi’s Juventus in the final in Munich.

Despite not boasting the same amount of household names as Juventus or United, Dortmund’s solid base of Matthias Sammer — who won the 1996 Ballon d’Or after leading Germany to Euro 96 glory — and Jurgen Kohler was balanced perfectly against the goal threat of Ricken and Karl-Heinz Riedle.

Two superb Riedle first-half goals put Dortmund in dreamland at the Olympiastadion, before a teenage Alessandro Del Piero came off the bench to drag Lippi’s charges back into the contest.

However, his salvo was upstaged by Ricken, as Dortmund’s homegrown hero curled home a superb winner just 16 seconds after coming off the bench, which remains a Champions League final record for the fastest substitute goal.

Victory in Germany went down as the iconic moment in Dortmund’s modern history as they became just the third Bundesliga team, after Bayern Munich and Hamburg, to become champions of Europe.

Borussia Dortmund Champions League record

Dortmund competed in the second season of the European Cup, in 1956/57, with their strongest run in the competition coming in 1964 as they lost out to Inter Milan in the semifinals.

That was to be Dortmund’s final appearance in the tournament for over three decades, as they dropped down into the UEFA Cup, punctuated by a lone 1966 Cup Winners’ Cup victory over Liverpool.

The reformatting of the competition in 1992 — alongside the creation of the English Premier League — opened up more space for non-champions to play in the Champions League, and Dortmund seized their chance. They lost in the quarterfinals to Ajax in 1995/96 before their triumphant return to the competition the following season.

They lost out to Real Madrid in the semifinals of their title defence in 1998, before a second final appearance came in the Jurgen Klopp era in 2013 when they were beaten by arch-rivals Bayern Munich at Wembley.

Since losing out to Bayern, Dortmund have qualified for the Champions League in nine of out of 10 seasons, making them the second-most consistent Bundesliga qualifier.

Borussia Dortmund’s European Cup/Champions League record
Season Stage Reached Eliminated by
1956/57 First Round Man United
1957/58 Quarterfinals AC Milan
1964/64 Semifinals Inter Milan
1995/96 Quarterfinals Ajax
1996/97 Winners  Beat Juventus
1997/98 Semifinals Real Madrid
1999/00 Group Stage Feyenoord, Rosenborg
2001/02 Group Stage Boavista, Liverpool
2002/03 Second Group Stage Real Madrid, AC Milan
2003/04 Third Round Qualifier Club Brugge
2011/2 Group Stage Arsenal, Marseille
2012/13 Runners up Lost to Bayern Munich
2013/14 Quarterfinals Real Madrid
2014/15 Round of 16 Juventus
2016/17 Quarterfinals AS Monaco
2017/18 Group Stage Tottenham, Real Madrid
2018/19 Round of 16 Tottenham
2019/20 Round of 16 PSG
2020/21 Quarterfinals Man City
2021/22 Group Stage Ajax, Sporting Lisbon
2022/23 Round of 16 Chelsea
2023/24 Semifinals*


UEFA Champions League schedule 2023/2024

Stage Draw First leg Second leg
Playoff Round Aug. 7, 2023 Aug. 22 & 23, 2023 Aug. 29 & 30, 2023
Group Stage Aug. 31, 2023 Sept. 19 & 20, 2023
Oct. 3 & 4, 2023
Oct. 24 & 25, 2023
Nov. 7 & 8, 2023
Nov. 28 & 29, 2023
Dec. 12 & 13, 2023
Round of 16 Dec. 18, 2023 Feb. 13-21, 2024 Mar. 5-13, 2024
Quarterfinals Mar. 15, 2024 Apr. 9 & 10, 2024 Apr. 16 & 17, 2024
Semifinals Apr. 30 & May 1, 2024 May 7 & 8, 2024
Final June 1, 2024

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