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Where Are They Now? The Borussia Dortmund Team That Stormed Europe In 2013

Where Are They Now? The Borussia Dortmund Team That Stormed Europe In 2013
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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As Borussia Dortmund stand on the verge of their first Bundesliga title since 2011-12, it's hard to fathom it's been ten years since their iconic run to the 2013 Champions League final.

Thursday marks ten years to the day since their all-German clash with rivals Bayern Munich at Wembley, which ultimately ended in heartbreak for BVB after Arjen Robben's late winner for Bayern.

Dortmund won the hearts of European football fans that season, however, with their vibrant young team dispatching of the likes of Ajax, Manchester City, Malaga and, most famously, Real Madrid, en route to the final in London.

We've revisited that game to give you the lowdown on where the Borussia Dortmund starting lineup from that 2013 final ended up.


Borussia Dortmund: Tracking down the 2013 Champions League final team

Goalkeeper: Roman Weidenfeller

Roman Weidenfeller stayed with Borussia Dortmund for another five years, and retired at the end of the 2017-18 season after making 453 appearances for the club.

The shot-stopper also has a World Cup winners' medal to his name. He was part of the 23-man Germany squad at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, though he did not see any game time, with Manuel Neuer - the Bayern Munich goalkeeper for that 2013 final in London - playing the entirety of every game.

Right-back: Łukasz Piszczek

One of those who lasted into the 2020s with Dortmund, Łukasz Piszczek left in 2021 after 11 years at the club.


He continues to play today, having returned to his hometown in Poland to play for Goczałkowice-Zdrój.

Centre-back: Mats Hummels

Mats Hummels' career has taken a rather bizarre path. He began his playing career at Bayern Munich, before signing for Borussia Dortmund in 2008 (initially on loan, before it was made permanent in 2009). After the success of Hummels' time at Dortmund, and their Champions League final appearance, he would spend another three years with the club before returning to Bayern in the summer of 2016.

Quaintly, he would complete yet another return in the summer of 2019, rejoining Dortmund where he continues to play today.


Mats Hummels in action for Borussia Dortmund in 2019 (Photo: Shutterstock)

He is another of this Dortmund squad who went on to win the 2014 World Cup, being named in the team of the tournament and scoring two goals, including the winner against France in the quarter-finals. He also won three further Bundesliga titles during his time with Bayern Munich.


Centre-back: Neven Subotic

Subotic left Dortmund in 2016 on loan, but managed to work his way back into the first team in the 2017-18 season.

He played out the final years of his career with various clubs across Europe, including Saint-Étienne and Union Berlin, and retired in 2021 after a year with Rheindorf Altach in Austria.

Left-back: Marcel Schmelzer

A one-club man, Schmelzer lasted almost another decade at Borussia Dortmund, retiring in 2022 after a career which saw him make 367 appearances for BVB.


He served as club captain for two years between 2016 and 2018, and remained a regular feature of the matchday squad right up until his retirement.

Was made captain of the club in 2016 until 2018, having spent his entire career there, and retired in 2022 after 17 years at the club

Midfield: Ilkay Gundogan

Aside from those who ended up at Bayern Munich, Ilkay Gundogan is undoubtedly the most successful of the group of players who started the 2013 Champions League final for Borussia Dortmund.


Gundogan - who scored Dortmund's goal in the Wembley final from the spot - left Germany for Manchester in 2016, joining Pep Guardiola's project at Manchester City.

Ilkay Gundogan in Champions League action for Manchester City in 2022 (Photo: Shutterstock)

He remains a core player of the team as they motor on towards a treble this season, and has won five league titles during his time at the club. He was included in the 2020-21 PFA Team of the Year, and represented Germany at the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, as well as EURO 2020.

Midfield: Sven Bender

Sven Bender left Borussia Dortmund in 2017, and retired in 2021 after four years at Bayer Leverkusen.

Curiously, despite winning only seven senior caps for his country, he was included as one of the three over-23 players for Germany at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he was part of the silver medal-winning team.

Right-wing: Jakub Blaszczykowski

Jakub Blaszczykowski is still playing, back home in Poland with Wisla Krakow - where he is also a part owner. He has also played for Fiorentina and Wolfsburg in the years since the 2013 final.

He played for Poland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as at EURO 2016. In that 2016 championship, he was part of the squad which reached the quarter-finals, where they were ultimately eliminated after Blaszczykowski missed in the 5-4 penalty shootout defeat to Portugal.

Number 10: Marco Reus

Another ever-loyal servant to Borussia Dortmund, Marco Reus is the only member of the 2013 team that has been at the club ever since.

He is still a central figure in the team, and has cemented his club legend status with 161 goals in 386 appearances in his years there. Six in 24 in the Bundesliga this season have helped Dortmund to the verge of their first title in ten years, and it would be just reward for Reus' years of service to the club.

8 October 2015; Wes Hoolahan, Republic of Ireland, in action against Marco Reus, Germany. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Germany. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

His cruelly bad luck with injuries have seen him miss two FIFA World Cups, as well as EUROs 2016 and 2020. He played and scored at the 2018 World Cup, when Germany were eliminated at the group stage.

Left-wing: Kevin Groẞkreutz

Kevin Groẞkreutz has undoubtedly had the most insane career path of any of the Borussia Dortmund squad since the 2013 Champions League final.

Groẞkreutz left Dortmund in 2015 - but issues with registering him as a Galatasaray player left him unable to play any matches for almost four months until January 2016. Once the January window opened, he chose to return to Germany with Stuttgart, without having played a single game for Galatasaray.

His contract was terminated by mutual decision just 14 months later, in the aftermath of Groẞkreutz reportedly being involved in a bar fight in the city. He now plays in the German sixth division with TuS Bovinghausen.

Oh, and he won a World Cup in 2014 with Germany on top of all of that.

Striker: Robert Lewandowski

Has firmly established himself as one of the greatest strikers in Bundesliga history, and one of the greatest forward players of the modern age.

Left Dortmund in 2014 after winning the Bundesliga golden boot in 2013-14, and joined rivals Bayern Munich. Lewandowski would go on to win eight back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Bayern, during which time he won a further six Bundesliga golden boots.

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-3 - Chelsea v Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League - Round of 16 First Leg, Stamford Bridge, London, UK - 25th Feb 2020 (Photo: Shutterstock)

The highlight of his time in Munich was scoring 15 goals in 11 appearances as Bayern won the 2020 UEFA Champions League. Moved to Barcelona last summer, where he helped La Blaugrana to their first La Liga title in four years as the league's top scorer.

Robbed of the 2020 Ballon d'Or when the ceremony was cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is hoisted aloft by the Liverpool players after their win in the 2019 UEFA Champions League final (Photo: Shutterstock)

Left Borussia Dortmund at the end of the 2014-15 season. Took over when Brendan Rodgers was sacked as Liverpool manager in October of that year and has overseen a revolutionary rejuvenation of the club's fortunes. Led them to their first Premier League title in 30 years in the 2019-20 season, and finally won the Champions League in 2018-19 after a further final defeat in 2018.

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