Borussia Dortmund have won the hearts and minds of the football world by playing an attractive brand of football, full of attacking threat and sublime individual skill.
Not many people predicted Borussia Dortmund would go on to book their place in the Champions League final, nor did many know the true quality that Dortmund possessed.
In the ideal world Dortmund would build on their Champions League defeat, and try to come back stronger and win the competition next season.
But in a world of greed, power and elitism Dortmund will be stripped of their best talents and quickly move from the limelight into the dark footballing shadows.
This paints an all too familiar picture of what happens to football clubs who don’t quite possess the power, prestige and riches of their giant competitors. The big clubs come like vultures tearing away at anything seen as worth and value until the club is left operating but with far reduced potential and damaged ambition.
For example Robert Lewandowski has had a magnificent season for Dortmund, scoring 24 goals in the German league and ten goals in the Champions League including a hat trick against Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
The sad reality is that he will be leaving Dortmund for Bayern Munich along with his teammate Mario Gotze who has equally shown world class ability.
It's a tragic state of affairs when a team has to sell its best players. Whether it is the club needing the money, or players wishing to leave the shark will continue to snap at those lower down the food chain.
Of course, this has happened lots of times before. The elite teams who get to the Champions League final such as Manchester United, Barcelona and now Bayern Munich can strengthen their squads and the following year we will see them again in the Champions League final.
However the smaller clubs who reach that stage often gravitate towards the abyss of the footballing underworld. Bayer Leverkusen reached the final of the Champions League in 2002, the following season there star player Michael Ballack left for Bayern Munich and they were eliminated before the Champions League knockout stages.
Another example is Porto. The Portuguese outfit won the Champions League in 2004. However their victory came at a price. Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho followed Jose Mourinho to the riches of Chelsea and Deco was signed by footballing Giants Barcelona. The following season Porto was knocked out at the first knockout stage. And surprise surprise, neither Porto nor Bayer Leverkusen have reached the Champions league final since.
It is a depressing reality that will hit Dortmund fans hard. For all the struggles that Dortmund have encountered in their recent history there Champions League crusade might have felt like the glory days were coming back. It is a bittersweet pill to swallow. Show the world your great footballing style and individual brilliance and try and win the Champions League. The Sweet.
Watch your best players leave and possibly the manager for those teams with more prestige and great purchasing power. The bitter.
I feel for you Dortmund fans.
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