Hometown, great goals and the future – Michael Zorc fields questions from fans

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2022-05-13 10:25 by Borussia Dortmund

What did you always want to know about Michael Zorc. Prior to his departure, we asked him 09 questions from BVB fans.

What does your hometown of Dortmund mean to you? (

) A great deal, because I was born here and went to school here. I met my wife here and my children were born here. This is where I joined BVB, where I won titles and where I met a lot of lovely people. Dortmund will always be my home.

What kind of career would you have embarked upon had it not been for football? (

) I have asked myself the same question. I chose geography as a major at school and wanted to become a geography teacher. Thankfully for me – and even more so for the students – things turned out differently.

Who was the best player you had to play against? (

) We once played a friendly at the Nou Camp around 1983, when Franz-Josef Tenhagen and I played in midfield for BVB. Bernd Schuster and Diego Maradona played for Barcelona. There was a slight difference in class. And yet we only lost the game 2-1. In the league, I always had a tough time against Felix Magath. He ran so much, and I think that had an impact on his coaching career. It was difficult to get a hold of him. 

What was the best goal you scored in your career? (

) The best was definitely against Oli Kahn in 1996 in front of the South Stand in our stadium to make it 3-1. It was set up by a long ball from Matthias Sammer. The opener against Schalke with Jens Lehmann in goal, who stood rooted to the spot, was another emotional goal in front of the South Stand. Those were great goals.

What transfer are you most proud of? (

) Getting hold of Robert Lewandowski, because it wasn't so obvious at the time. He had a very difficult time in the Polish league, playing against experienced and crafty central defenders. Sometimes you'd drive over there to watch games and almost fall asleep because it was so boring. And sometime in the 88th minute, when you were almost heading home, he'd score again. It took him a while to establish himself with us, too. You could easily see the special skills he had back then, and he went on to become probably the best striker in the world.  

What advice have you already given Sebastian Kehl? (

) We're now in our fourth year of working together; we share ideas every day and talk a lot. He has certainly picked up a thing or two. We've attended most appointments together in the last few years. But Sebastian is also someone who has his own mind, is resistant to pressure and also wants to develop his own profile. And that's a good thing; he has to do that. Sebastian is not afraid to make difficult decisions. Pressure and expectations play a big role in our job. He shouldn't let himself be put under too much pressure or feel pressured.

How does it feel to be leaving BVB? (

) I'm still here, it's almost time. It's been a very long time and sometimes you also wish you could arrange your weekends a little more freely and not be with BVB for all of Saturday. You then have to explain either the win or the loss on Sunday. A lot more journalists call after defeats than when you've won 3-0. I'll be a little freer, that's one element of it.

What are you most looking forward once your time as sporting director is over? (

) Spending time with family and friends, and perhaps doing so a little more consciously too. Because quite honestly, if you come home on Saturday night and have just lost at home against Bochum, it's not a barrel of laughs at ours. The family are on their guard because the mood is not good.

How often do you want to be in the stadium next season? (

) As often as possible. Transcribed by Christina Reinke

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