Borussia Dortmund makes Zorc’s successor official – ER becomes the new sports director

June 28, 2021 at 5:21 pm

Michael Zorc will finally stop at Borussia Dortmund in 2022.

Michael Zorc will finally stop at Borussia Dortmund in 2022.

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Dortmund. Now it is official: It will be one of the most important posts at Borussia Dortmund give an internal change next summer.

Sebastian Kehl will inherit Michael Zorc as sports director. So again becomes an ex-captain and long-time professional of Borussia Dortmund take over the office.

Borussia Dortmund: Sebastian Kehl inherits Michael Zorc as sports director

Actually, Zorc wanted to have retired a long time ago. But the corona crisis and the serious effects on professional football and the club moved him to extend it again.

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What was already clearly communicated is now official: On June 30, 2022 Michael Zorc will call it a day after 43 years at Borussia Dortmund. The 58-year-old hands over the scepter of sporting responsibility to his protégé Sebastian Kehl.

Watzke: Kehl “follows in big footsteps”

With only one short break, Kehl has been with BVB for 20 years. Most recently he worked as head of the licensed player department in a responsible position. He was considered the Crown Prince of Zorc – but rumors repeatedly brought doubts about Zorc’s successor. For example, the ex-BVB chief scout and today’s Stuttgart sports director Sven Mislintat is also said to have been observed as a candidate.

Dortmund is now creating clarity. And BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke also knows: “Of course he is following in big footsteps.”

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Zorc was already a leading figure and a fan favorite with the Westphalia as a player. As sports director, he arranged sensational transfers that have made Borussia Dortmund famous around the world as a springboard for talent. Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembélé, Ilkay Gündogan, Erling Haaland … the list of players who became stars at BVB is long.


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Kehl should now continue this successful work, and Watzke is certain “that Sebastian has the tools necessary for his job”.

“As sports director, creating the conditions for BVB to continue to be successful in the future is both a requirement and an obligation for me,” says Kehl himself. The 41-year-old will be trained by his mentor for another year, then he will be on his own Feet.


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