Bundesliga – Not exactly what I was expecting, but not bad at all. Bayern faltering, same for us. Leverkusen looking strong, but we’ll see. It’s going to be a long season, and we can only get stronger. Bayern Match is included below. No matter what day or time that match happens, I know we’ll all be at LA Draught for it.
Champions League – Beyond the Bundesliga, we have two “must show up” matches in UCL. Milan at home should tell us where we are at the moment, while away to Newcastle will confirm. We’ve been on an upswing since PSG, so I’m hoping for the best.
Pokal – Everyone was hoping for an interesting draw. Kaiserslautern? St. Pauli? Not to be this time around. It will be Hoffenheim at home on Halloween. At least something we know we can handle.
04.10 WedBorussia Dortmund vs Milan – 12 noon, Paramount+
07.10 Sat Borussia Dortmund vs Union Berlin – 6:30am, ESPN+
20.10 Fri Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen – 11:30pm, ESPN+
25.10 Wed – Newcastle United vs Borussia Dortmund – 12 noon, Paramount+
28.10 Sat Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund – TBA*, ESPN+
31.10 Tue Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim – TBA*, ESPN+ POK
04.11 Sat Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern München – TBA, ESPN+
OK, kind of a tough group. Not because the other teams are particularly good, but because all of the teams are so tightly grouped in quality.
Amazing to see how low PSG has fallen, and, of course, they always suck in UCL. Newcastle are up there based on last seasons results, but they are probably not that good. AC Milan is probably fairly ranked, but Dortmund…well…we all seen their recent form. So here’s September:
01.09 FriDortmund vs FC Heidenheim – 11:30am, ESPN+ 2-2
16.09 Sat Freiburg vs Dortmund – 6:30am, ESPN+
19.09 Tue Paris SG vs Dortmund – 12:00pm, Paramount +
23.09 Sat – Dortmund vs VfL Wolfsburg – 6:30am, ESPN+
The start of the season almost seems anticlimactic after San Diego and Las Vegas. Some of us were hosting Dortmund in Southern California for the second time, but many more had their first experience of Dortmund in the USA.
Topspiel first week at home is the perfect situation. First team is healthy, except…Adeyemi is doubtful. Köln is (believe it or not) having more injury problems than us, including obvious starters like Ljubicic and Hübers. This should be good.
26.08 Sat VfL Bochum vs Dortmund – 6:30am, ESPN+
This is as close as we get to a Derby nowadays, so I guess we make the most of it.
31.08 2023/24- 9am – Champions League group stage draw – Details Here
You’ll all want to see who we get. There are some weaklings in Pot 1 that could really help us out.