Dortmund captain through time
The Dortmund captains have trough the history always been a German national. The following is a list of all Dortmund club captains since 1963.
1963–1965 Alfred Schmidt
Alfred “Aki” Schmidt played as attacking midfielder for Borussia Dortmund from 1956 to 1968, winning the German Cup in 1965 and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1966. In total, he played for Dortmund 276 times, scoring 67 times. He was the Dortmund captain between 1963 to 1965.
Until his death in 2016 (aged 81), he served as the fan correspondent of Borussia Dortmund.
1965–1968 Wolfgang Paul
Wolfgang Paul was a defender for Borussia Dortmund from 1961 to 1971. He was captaining Borussia Dortmund from 1965 to 1968 and was leading the team to the European Cup Winners Cup in 1966.
Unfortunately he had to retire early because of the effects of an injury picked up in the late 1960’s.
1968–1971 Sigfried Held
Sigfried “Siggi” Held played as an attacking midfelder or forward. In 1965 he joined Borussia Dortmund from Kickers Offenbach. During his career he played 230 games and scored 44 goals for Dortmund. He was captain in the period from 1968 to 1971.
After his retirement as a professional player in 1981 he became a football coach for clubs like FC Schalke 04 in Germany, Galatasaray in Turkey and national coach for Iceland, Malta and Thailand.
1971–1974 Dieter Kurrat
Dieter ‘Hoppi’ Kurrat played as midfielder or defender for Dortmund between 1960 – 1974 and played 309 matches. He was captain for the team from 1971 until 1974. He was also a part of the Dortmund team winning the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1965-1966.
1974–1977 Klaus Ackermann
Klaus Ackermann played as a attacker, defencer or midfielder for Dortmund between 1974 and 1979. He played 101 games and scored 9 goals and was the Dortmund captain from 1974 until 1977.
1977–1979 Lothar Huber
Lothar Huber was a defender for Borussia Dortmund from 1974 until 1987. He was captain for the team between 1977 – 1979.
Lothar Huber was assistant coach for Borussia Dortmund in the 2003-2004 season, before he was named as manager for the club TSG Sprockhövel.
1979–1983 Manfred Burgsmüller
Manfred “Manni” Burgsmüller was a attacker or midfielder for Borussia Dortmund from 1976 until 1983 and captain for the team between 1979–1983.
He appeared in 447 Bundesliga games over the course of 17 seasons, mainly for Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen, scoring 213 goals.
After retiring professionally in his 40’s, he played as a kicker in American football.
1983–1985 Rolf Rüssmann
Rolf Rüssmann played as a defender for Borussia Dortmund in 5 years from 1980 until 1985 and was the captain from 1983. He joined Borussia Dortmund from FC Schalke 04 and played 149 games (scored 48 goals).
He died on 2 October 2009 from prostate cancer less than two weeks before he would have turned 59.
1985–1987 Dirk Hupe
Dirk Hupe was a defender for Borussia Dortmund between 1985 – 1988 and was the Dortmund captain from 1985 until 1987. He played 93 games for Dortmund and scored 6 goals.
After his time in Dortmund he moved to SC Fortuna Köln.
1987–1989 Frank Mill
Frank Mill was a attacker for Dortmund from 1986 until 1994 and captain for the team between 1987–1989. He played 178 games and scored 49 goals.
He was part of the 1990 FIFA World Cup winning squad of West Germany. Further, he participated at the 1984 and at the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he won the bronze medal with the German team.
1989–1997 Michael Zorc
Michael Zorc was a central midfielder playing for Borussia Dortmund in his entire career from 1981 until 1998. He played 463 games and scored 131 goals. He was the Dortmund captain between 1989–1997.
He was nicknamed “Susi” in his early days because of his long hair. Upon retiring at nearly 36, Zorc became sports manager of Borussia Dortmund.
1997–2003 Stefan Reuter
Stefan Reuter was a defender or midfielder for Borussia Dortmund from 1992 until 2004. He joined Dortmund from Juventus and played 307 matches and scored 11 goals. He was the Dortmund captain between 1997–2003 and was captaining the Dortmund team that won the 1996-1997 UEFA Champions League trophy.
During his playing career, he was a member of the West Germany national football team squad which won the 1990 FIFA World Cup squad and the Germany squad which won UEFA Euro 1996.
2003–2004 Christoph Metzelder
Christoph Metzelder was a central defender for Borussia Dortmund from 2007 until 2007 before joining Real Madrid for 3 seasons. He was the Dortmund captain in the period 2003–2004 and played total 126 matches and scored 2 goals for Borussia Dortmund.
2004–2008 Christian Wörns
Christian Wörns played as a sweeper for Dortmund in the period 1999-2008 and was the captain for the team from 2004 until his retirement in 2008.
Wörns was widely considered one of the finest German defenders of his generation and one of the best center backs of his era.
2008–2010 & 2011-2014 Sebastian Kehl
Sebastian Kehl played as a defensive midfielder for Borussia Dortmund from 2002 until 2011 and was the team captain in the period 2008–2010 and again in the period 2011-2014. He played 274 games and scored 20 goals.
Kehl was a German international for five years. He appeared for the nation in two World Cups – finishing second in the 2002 edition – and Euro 2004.
2010–2011 Roman Weidenfeller
Roman Weidenfeller is the current goalkeeper for Borussia Dortmund has been at the club since 2002. He was the Dortmund captain in the period 2010–2011.
Weidenfeller moved to Borussia Dortmund from Kaiserslautern in 2002 as a possible replacement for Jens Lehmann, who had moved to Arsenal in 2003.
2014–2016 Mats Hummels
Mats Hummels is currently playing for Bayern Munich. He joined Bayern Munich after 7 years playing as a central defender for Borussia Dortmund. He played 250 games for Dortmund and scored 20 goals. He joined Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2009. He was the captain for Dortmund in the period 2014–2016.
2016–present Marcel Schmelzer
Marcel Schmelzer is currently playing as a left back for Borussia Dortmund and he is the new captain after Mats Hummels left the club. Schmelzer has played his entire senior career at Borussia Dortmund.