Mitchell Langerak- Nagoya Grampus
The goalkeeping department hasn’t been filled with gold exactly for Dortmund, but Langerak was a fine 2nd choice goalie who appeared 35 times for the club during 2010-2015. He won 5 trophies with Dortmund, and later made his way to VfB Stuttgart, and then joined Levante in 2017, and after a few months he settled into the camps of Nagoya Grampus.
Mats Hummels- Bayern Munich
When Hummels moved to Munich from Dortmund, it broke the heart of many fans across the World, and many labelled him as a traitor despite the fact Hummels being a Bayern academy product. He moved to Dortmund in 2008 on loan, but then switched his allegiance a year later due to heavy competition. He played 309 times for them, and scored 25 goals, while captaining the side in his last year.
The Greek defender is one of the most reliable players in the World right now, but when he joined Dortmund in 2013 as a like for like replacement for Felipe Santana, much wasn’t expected from him. He established himself as a first choice centre back quickly, and gained popularity due to his cautious style of play. He played 198 times and scored 10 goals, before moving to England.
One of Germany’s teenage prodigy in 2014, Ginter is a delight to watch as he bores the technical mastery of a German player. The lanky defender is a centre back by trade, but has played as a right back or a right wing back at times. He was swooped in right after the 2014 World Cup, and made 101 appearances for Dortmund, before moving to Monchengladbach with whom he is having a great season.
Ilkay Gundogan- Manchester City
There are very few midfielders in the World, who can replicate the achievements of Frank Lampard as an individual. Gundogan belongs to that list. Calm on the ball and always seems to buy that extra second, Gundogan loves to attack opposition box and that has credited him with many vital goals. He was the lynchpin of the Dortmund side after moving from FC Nurnberg in 2011, and played 157 times before moving to English side Manchester City.
Sven Bender- Bayer Leverkusen
Often playing as a double pivot with Ilkay, Bender is more defensive minded and knows how to guard the fort well. He was pivotal to Klopp’s plan and was part of the side that won the league in 2011 and 2012. He moved to Leverkusen in 2017 after his role reduced to a fringe player, but till then he had accumulated 224 games.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan- Arsenal
The Armenian was bought from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 as a possible replacement to Gotze, and boy didn’t he perform well. With 140 games under his belt in 3 seasons, Mkhitaryan netted 41 times with 23 of them coming in his last season. The Armenian was a goal scoring midfielder which also allowed him to play on the wings. He was sold to United in 2016 before he switched to Arsenal 2 years later.
Robert Lewandowski- Bayern Munich
Who can forget the night at Signal Iduna Park where Dortmund wreaked havoc against Real Madrid in the Champions League. Lewandowski was the mischief maker, and the Pole did have a great time with Dortmund. He scored 103 goals in 187 matches and was the top scorer in the league as well. He moved to Bayern on a free transfer which can only make people tear their scalps in disbelief.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang- Arsenal
The Gabonese played out wide as Lewa was the preferred centre forward in 2013, and due to his pace, that wasn’t a problem. As Lewa moved to Munich, Aubameyang was an undisputed choice, and he was their best recruit by far as he netted 141 times in 213 matches while winning Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2015/16. He moved to Arsenal in 2018, and has been an indispensable figure there as well.
Christian Pulisic- Chelsea
The latest transfer that has sparked news across the globe. Pulisic is by far the most talented US player ever to play football. His abundance of energy has seen him play at wing back positions as well, and his creativity and pace are what Chelsea will adore. He will join Chelsea in 2019 summer, which means he has 6 months to make a name for himself in Dortmund.
Ousmanne Dembele- Barcelona
The French winger is an ambidextrous player and he is easily one of the most exciting prospects with such fluidity at an early age. His move to Camp Nou has been controversial as he had spent a year only with Dortmund where he had scored 10 times and assisted 20 times. The French winger has a World Cup medal under his belt, and he can only rise higher from here.
Jurgen Klopp (Manager)- Liverpool
The Dortmund fans can sell everything they can to have their beloved Klopp back at the club. When passion runs so deep down the fans, only coaches like Klopp knows how to cultivate it and make them the World’s best after taking over the ruins in 2008 where Dortmund was fighting for survival. He won 2 league titles, and 4 other trophies while narrowly losing out to Munich in 2013 Champions League. He believed in Dortmund graduates and made few cheap yet significant signings. He left the club in 2015, but with a win % of 56.3%.