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  • September 1, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Grundig-Stadion, Nürnberg
  • Referee: T. Welz
  • • Attendance: 50000

Nurnberg - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Two sides look to build on winning Bundesliga starts

Nurnberg - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Two sides look to build on winning Bundesliga starts


Jurgen Klopp's men travel to Bavaria after getting their Bundesliga campaign off to a dramatic opening with a late 2-1 win over Werder Bremen on August 24



Chandler, Nilsson, Klose, Pinola
Simons, Balitsch
Frantz, Kiyotake, Esswein


Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl
Kuba, Gotze, Reus

Dieter Hecking is widely expected to stick to the team that claimed a credible 1-0 win away at Hamburg on matchday one.

Adam Hlousek and Markus Mendler are both continuing their rehabilitation from their respective knee operations and will be unavailable. One potential change could come up front. On-loan Wolfsburg striker Sebastian Polter has been in good form of late, but Hecking could elect to recall Tomas Pekhart to the starting lineup.

Borussia Dortmund will be able to welcome back Lukazs Piszczek at right-back after the Pole missed his side's Bundesliga opener against Werder Bremen with a muscle strain.

The rest of the back five remains unchanged, with Roman Weidenfeller filling his regular position between the sticks behind Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic and Marcel Schmelzer. Sebastian Kehl will continue in midfield alongside Ilkay Gundogan in the absence of the hernia-stricken Sven Bender.

The major question mark concerns Mario Gotze. The 20-year-old came off the bench to net the winning goal against Thomas Schaaf's side, and should he be deemed fit enough to start, should take Kevin Grosskreutz's place in the XI, with Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski continuing on the right.

  • Nurnberg have beaten Borussia Dortmund just once since 1992. They achieved this on matchday 14 of the 2007-08 season with a 2-0 win.
  • Despite the visitors recording back to back Bundesliga titles, Nurnberg have still won one nine national championships, one more than the
    Ruhr club's tally of eight.
  • The Bavarian side beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the final of the 1961 German football championship in Hannover.
  • Borussia Dortmund triumphed 2-0 in this fixture last season in February. Lucas Barrios, who left the Bundesliga for China this summer, scored his first goal of the season.
  • In the champions' other trips to Bavaria, they won 1-0 against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, but stumbled to a 0-0 draw with Augsburg.
  • Germany international midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (pictured, right) spent two years at Nurnberg before winning a move to Signal Iduna Park.


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1Raphael SchäferGoalkeeper
3Per NilssonDefender
5Timm KloseDefender
25Horacio Javier PinolaDefender
37Timothy ChandlerDefender
2Timmy SimonsMidfielder
5Hanno BalitschMidfielder
8Hiroshi KiyotakeMidfielder
14Robert MakMidfielder
9Tomas PekhartStriker
11Alexander EssweinStriker
22Patrick RakovskyGoalkeeper
-Marcos AntonioDefender
21Marvin PlattenhardtDefender
14Markus FeulnerMidfielder
10Timo GebhartMidfielder
18Almog CohenMidfielder
9Sebastian PolterStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
Players to Watch
Hiroshi Kiyotake
Hiroshi Kiyotake
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Japanese schemer was the key performer as Deiter Hecking's men got their Bundesliga campaign off to a credible start with a 1-0 win over Hamburg at the Imtech Arena. The 22-year-old pulled all the strings in midfield, and after such an impressive Bundesliga debut, looks capable of following in the footsteps of the likes of Shinji Kagawa in becoming one of Germany's great J-League imports.
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
After enduring a frustrating end to last season and an inactive Euro 2012 campaign, the 22-year-old looks set to return to his brilliant best. It took the Germany international a matter of minutes to score the winning goal against Werder Bremen last week, and will be looking forward to forging an understanding with new acquisition Marco Reus as Klopp's men look to get their Bundesliga defence off to a flyer, and perhaps make an impace in Europe.
The champions produced a steely performance to overcome Werder Bremen in the opening game of the Bundesliga season, and their key attackers, Kuba, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski are all showing signs of hitting their best form. At the back, Lukasz Piszczek's return will mean that Oliver Kirch, who was a liability last week, will drop out, so I'd expect Jurgen Klopp's side to stroll to another easy victory.
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