He was a high performer and a beacon of hope in the Borussia Dortmund youth teams. BVB believed that Tobias Raschl was the next big star in their own ranks. But the breakthrough to the professionals – he did not succeed the talented midfielder in the Ruhr area.
Instead, Raschl switched to SpVgg Greuther Fürth almost a year ago. He now plays there regularly and wants to go his way carefully. The former jewel of Borussia Dortmund spoke to DER WESTEN about his time at BVB, his departure and what he plans to do with Fürth.
Borussia Dortmund: Raschl experienced two valuable things
Raschl wore the black and yellow jersey for six and a half years. BVB brought him from Düsseldorf when he was 15. At Borussia he went through all youth teams. He experienced the most successful time in the U19. There he won the 2019 championship alongside other talents such as Luca Unbehaun and Immanuel Pherai.
“It was a great experience to be able to play in a final in front of a lot of spectators – it was something special that gave us a kick,” Raschl recalled to DER WESTEN about the final against VfB Stuttgart. In front of almost 8,000 spectators, Raschl was able to contribute an assist in the 5:3 victory.
In addition to joining the professional team, the success was one of the two most formative experiences of his time at Borussia Dortmund, reveals Raschl. With the professionals, “I got to know how the professional business works and how everyday life works,” he says today. “That was one of the most valuable things, because I was able to prepare for it like it is with other teams like in Fürth.”
He was denied a breakthrough among the professionals
In the first team of Borussia Dortmund, however, he could not assert himself. “Of course I’m aware that the opportunity was huge if you played or could play in front of these fans in the stadium,” says Raschl almost a year after his move.
“But there’s no point in mourning it. I have a new job here and I feel good here,” he clarifies. He doesn’t waste any thought about being back in Dortmund. “I know what I had there, but I also know what I have here.”
Borussia Dortmund: Departure after six and a half years
The move to SpVgg Greuther Fürth has completely paid off for him, reports the 22-year-old. “[In Dortmund] I played a lot for the U23s in the third division,” said Raschl. “But my aim was to show myself regularly in a better league.”
This opportunity arose through the move to Fürth. “I feel really good,” says the former jewel from Borussia Dortmund. Especially since the game association is on the up again. Since Alexander Zorniger took over as head coach in October, Raschl and his colleagues have fought their way out of the crisis. Back then you were last, now you’re 10th.
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“It does something to a team, if you win all of a sudden, then the second win comes and then you’re going,” explains Raschl. That also applies to himself. Since the change he has had a good rhythm and wants to continue like this. The goal in the second half of the season is now to win “significantly more than in the first half of the season” and to play an important role in this.