Borussia Monchengladbach have really done it! As all fans dared to dream, the players and supporters will be treated to the iconic UEFA Champions League anthem for at least six group games next season. By beating Bremen at the Weserstadion, Gladbach have secured third place in the Bundesliga with one game to go.
A European giant in the 1970s, the Foals have struggled to make a mark in recent years. Whilst the 70s saw the club go head-to-head with Bayern Munich on an annual basis, the following decades could not have been more different for both clubs. To say that Gladbach struggled would be an understatement. The reality is that the once most feared club in Europe had fallen from grace. From mid-table finishes to relegation to the 2.Bundesliga, the club’s loyal supporters have seen all that a fan does not wish to see.
However, Borussia’s rise to the Bundesliga elite has been a somewhat steady journey. With the Borussia Park (capacity of just over 54,000) replacing the outdated Bokelberg in the summer of 2004, the club were able to slowly return to glories of the past, despite another relegation setback in 2007.
In actual fact, Borussia’s return to success coincided with the 2011 appointment of coaching genius Lucien Favre, who managed the club to success and longevity not seen in Monchengladbach for years. Favre’s strong partnership with Max Eberl, the club’s sporting director, coupled with determined senior management, have stabilised the club. So much so, that for the first time in years, the fans were served a sense of longevity. After miraculously saving Gladbach from relegation during his first six months in charge, Favre managed to build a squad that has not finished below 8th since.
Beating Werder Bremen, a former Champions League regular, on the penultimate matchday of Bundesliga season 14/15 marked the pinnacle of Favre’s achievements with Monchengladbach thus far. The club will now compete with European giants and may upset the likes of Real Madrid just like they used to do during the 1970s, when they famously beat Inter Milan 7-1 and competed with Liverpool for the European title.
Whatever next season brings, Borussia Monchengladbach are a club on the rise and they should be reckoned with over the coming years, in Germany and beyond. We wish this iconic club all the best in Europe’s elite competition and could not be more excited about watching some of Europe’s most attractive attacking football.