Alex Popp

Fan Survey Could Force Borussia Dortmund Into a Frauen Bundesliga Rethink

Borussia Dortmund are currently the biggest European club without a women’s team, although BVB have recently reaffirmed their interest in forming one. The German giants recently sent out a survey to fans asking for their thoughts on the issue, with questions focusing on the values of the team and whether they should take over an existing club or start from scratch. Although the results are yet to be published, fans inside the Westfalenstadion have previously made their feelings clear by holding up a banner saying ‘Football is for everybody. Women’s team now’ on a number of occasions. Although it isn’t cheap to form a completely new side, the Black and Yellows should have enough financial clout to compete in this sphere.

BVB aren’t the only side who have failed to capitalise on the exponential growth of the women’s game with both Manchester United and Real Madrid only recently forming teams in the last 18 months. The latter acquired Madrid-based club CD Tacon in November 2019 for a reported $500,000 and Dortmund may opt to go down a similar path if it proves financially unviable to start from ground level.

The club have a substantial worldwide fan-base and even if only 50% of supporters were fully behind the venture, it would still significantly increase interest in the Frauen Bundesliga, and would surely benefit the overall profile of the North Rhine-Westphalia club. Top-flight attendances have slowly increased year-on-year with high-flying Wolfsburg attracting an average crowd of 1,689 during the 2017-18 campaign. Dortmund are a big name in European football and attracting players is unlikely to be an issue. Germany captain Alexandra Popp has already hinted that she’d be tempted by a move to the club. The Witten-born star is a lifelong BVB fan and has thrown her full support behind the idea.

Although the Frauen Bundesliga is one of the most popular leagues in the women’s game, Bayern Munich defender Carina Wenniger has suggested that it isn’t growing as quickly as other divisions such as the WSL, although she admits that there are plenty of good players currently plying their trade in the top flight. The presence of Borussia Dortmund would surely help take the league to the next level and could potentially help attract a plethora of top international players to the region.

Should the change happen, the club could potentially choose to follow a similar blueprint to their men’s team. The Black and Yellows are renowned for buying young talent and moulding them into future stars. The environment that they have created at their Brackel-based training ground allows promising players to develop and become better all-round footballers. As a result, they’ve been able to make a significant profit on the majority of their graduates. This system has caught the imagination of football fans around the world, and their easy-on-the-eye style has helped them to become one of the most-watched sides in the German top flight.

Viewing figures for Dortmund’s men’s match against Schalke in the much-anticipated Revierderby in mid-May this year were strong in both the UK and US. BVB games also tend to contain plenty of goals and Lucien Favre’s side are always expected to deliver on the entertainment front. The in-play markets, which are available on all of the best Bundesliga betting sites and allow users to wager mid-way through the game have been particularly popular with Dortmund backers over the last few weeks, with 12 of their clubs first 16 goals since the restart arriving in the second half.

Although the women’s team would not be expected to be as accomplished and slick as their male counterparts during the first matches, integrating the same philosophies and beliefs would surely pave the way for future success. Although they need to avoid trampling over some of the more well-established teams in the region, there is clearly a voracious appetite amongst the fan-base for the club to establish a women’s team. Whatever the results of the survey, the club finally appear to be making inroads, and it may not be long before this well-established brand are making their mark on the Frauen Bundesliga


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