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Have Borussia Dortmund won the Champions League? History of BVB in Europe’s elite competition | Sporting News United Kingdom



In 2024, Borussia Dortmund got to the final of the Champions League for the first time since they were runners-up in 2013.

A 2-0 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain in the semifinals was secured after Mats Hummels gave them a 1-0 win at the Parc des PrincesThey defeated the French champions 1-0 in the first leg through Niclas Fullkrug’s goal.

Edin Terzic’s side were a goal behind heading into the second leg of the quarterfinals as they faced a resilient Atletico Madrid side coached by Diego Simeone, but they battled through a remarkable contest to progress. Many thought they could produce a similar shock against Real Madrid in the final at Wembley Stadium, the scene of their 2-1 loss to Bayern 11 years ago.

It was not to be. Despite a really promising first half, Dortmund were beaten 2-0 courtesy of goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior.

But how does BVB’s overall record look in this 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 Final Lost to Real Madrid

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