Dortmund begin pre-season
Borussia Dortmund players
"This is a whole new world for me, and not only because of the pace," said Mustafa Amini, the young Australian with the red curly hair, adding: "I want to learn as much as I can."
It probably feels more like a "home game" for Oliver Kirch who had spells at various clubs in the Bundesliga before finally ending up at his favourite one.
He said: "My family comes from Dortmund, and I lived for three years in Körne, so I practically grew up with BVB and often saw them play when I was a child."
For Oliver Kirch, it actually was two dreams come true in the last couple of weeks. "It was three days before my wedding, and I was already euphoric when I got a call from Jürgen Klopp. It was just unbelievable," he said. "Under a coach like Jürgen Klopp even a 29-year-old can improve his game."
Leonardo Bittencourt joined the German champions from Cottbus. Following a knee injury, he already started training two weeks ago, first alone with assistant coach Andreas Schlumberger, and now with the team. "I happy to get the chance to play with the lads," he said. And on his future goals, he said: "I´m not putting myself under pressure."
Julian Schieber is no stranger to the Dortmund fans, having scored two goals for Stuttgart in an unforgettable 4-4 draw against Borussia in March 2012. "I´ll fight for my chance," said the striker who faces tough competition up front, including Robert Lewandowski.