Borussia Dortmund II is the reserve side of B.V. Borussia 09 e.V Dortmund. The league system in Germany allows reserve teams to play in their leagues.
When the team was set up it initially played in the local Kreisliga. In 1957 they were promoted to the Bezirksliga. By 1964 they had progressed to the Landesliga Westfalen. Five years later the side walked away with that title to go up to the Oberliga Westfalen, which was the third level of German football at the time.
In 1974 the new Westfalenstadion was built leaving Borussia Dortmund II to use the old Stadion Rote Erde.
Borussia Dortmund II reached the final of the Westphalia Cup in 1991, where they were defeated by Arminia Bielefeld. However, the team qualified for the following seasons DFB-Pokal (German Cup). They went out 5-2 in the first round to 1. FC Saarbrucken at Stadion Rote Erde.
In 1998 coach Michael Skibbe led the team to a convincing Oberliga Westfalen title with promotion to Regionalliga West/Südwest. Dortmund should have been relegated at the end of their first season, but they were reprieved as both Wuppertaler SV and FC 08 Homburg failed to meet their financial obligations.
For the 2000-01 campaign Dortmund were shifted to the Regionalliga Nord under Edwin Boekamp. The team were relegated after one season back to Oberliga Westfalen but were promoted again at the first attempt with Horst Koppel at the helm.
In 2005 the team suffered another demotion, but again showed great tenacity by going straight back up. In 2008 Dortmund were placed in Regionalliga West. Theo Schneider took his team to the title in 2009 winning promotion to the recently formed 3. Liga where they lasted for just one campaign.
David Wagner took over as coach of Borussia Dortmund II, taking the side back up to 3. Liga. They remained there until the end of the 2014-15 season when they finished in the relegation zone.
Borussia Dortmund II will play in Regionalliga West in the 2015-16 season.
23rd January 2010 and 19th February 2011
Dortmund was the destination for a couple of lad’s football weekends. First up it was with Crusher, Carl and Colm for the Bundesliga clash with Hamburger SV. On the second occasion Crusher couldn’t make it, leaving just the three of us. We attended the FC St Pauli top flight game.
The Hamburg game was a tea time kick off so I couldn't get a great look, but I went inside for a beer from one of the many stalls vending from the gates to Stadion Rote Erde. The St Pauli clash was an afternoon game so it was easier to get a proper look.
Stadion Rote Erde really was a decent arena but it was easy to see why BVB wanted to go more modern and opt for a stadium without a running track when they set a trend that took a lot longer to catch on around Germany when they built the Westfalenstadion for the 1974 World Cup. The old place was still in decent condition, even though the DFB had to five it special dispensation to hold 3. Liga football.
The Main Stand was a single tier of bench seating with many pillars holding up the roof, which was dwarfed by the new enlarged stadium next door. The rest of the stadium consisted of a decent open terracing around the 400m running track. The steps went even further back behind the ends. Behind the far curve the terrace was interrupted with a fine old arched entrance.
It certainly offered a decent place for a pre match beer before going in next door to the main event in town.