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by Sydney
Political Cartoonist and Commentator


Sydney

Oct 22, 2020

The Bundesliga club has gained a reputation of finding and fostering world-class talent; taking young players with potential and developing them into world beaters. Its record speaks for itself. The likes of Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembélé have all, at different stages, walked through Dortmund's halls and gone on to play at the very highest level, making the club a handsome profit in return. The current squad now boasts prodigious talents such as Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland who, already, are considered two of the best players in world football and who will, one day, demand eye-watering transfer fees. But this isn't just a happy accident. It's a very deliberate strategy that has transformed Dortmund into real contenders -- both domestically and in the Champions League -- despite it not being able to compete financially with some of the continent's biggest teams. The club's enviable philosophy was borne from its near bankruptcy in 2005, forcing it to do business differently to some of its wealthier rivals. "I think we at Dortmund have a clear idea, a clear philosophy and we give these players experience and playing time," Lars Ricken, Dortmund's youth academy director, told CNN Sport. "I think that is the difference to some other clubs and our unique characteristic. That is the reason why a lot of young promising players find their way to Dortmund."


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The Bundesliga club has gained a reputation of finding and fostering world-class talent; taking young players with potential and developing them into world beaters.
Its record speaks for itself.
    The likes of Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembélé have all, at different stages, walked through Dortmund's halls and gone on to play at the very highest level, making the club a handsome profit in return.
    The current squad now boasts prodigious talents such as Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland who, already, are considered two of the best players in world football and who will, one day, demand eye-watering transfer fees.
    But this isn't just a happy accident. It's a very deliberate strategy that has transformed Dortmund into real contenders -- both domestically and in the Champions League -- despite it not being able to compete financially with some of the continent's biggest teams.
    The club's enviable philosophy was borne from its near bankruptcy in 2005, forcing it to do business differently to some of its wealthier rivals.
    "I think we at Dortmund have a clear idea, a clear philosophy and we give these players experience and playing time," Lars Ricken, Dortmund's youth academy director, told CNN Sport.
    "I think that is the difference to some other clubs and our unique characteristic. That is the reason why a lot of young promising players find their way to Dortmund."

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