With Dortmund, Edin Terzic’s second chance

With Dortmund, Edin Terzic’s second chance
With Dortmund, Edin Terzic’s second chance

A year after missing the opportunity to win the Bundesliga and follow in the footsteps of Jürgen Klopp, Edin Terzic is offered a second chance to enter the pantheon of Borussia Dortmund, in the final of the Champions League, Saturday, against Real Madrid.

At only 41 years old, Terzic can make a place for himself in the legend of the Ruhr club, alongside Ottmar Hitzfeld, winner in 1997 of Dortmund’s only Champions League at the expense of Zinédine Zidane’s Juventus Turin, Didier Deschamps or even Alessandro Del Piero.

“At the time, I was 14 years old and, unfortunately, I was not in Munich (the venue of the final). I watched the match in my city on a giant screen, and I watched it again much more often afterwards. It was a special day for Borussia fans,” the technician recently said.

The day after the final, he went to the airport with his brother to welcome the team, nothing more logical for this child of the “Yellow Wall”, the immense standing platform where 25,000 Borussia Dortmund supporters gather. in the Westfalenstadion.

In 2013, he traveled to London on the supporters’ bus for the lost final (2-1) against Bayern at Wembley.
Twenty-seven years after the 1997 coronation, it is he who can be welcomed as a hero on Sunday, in the event of another triumph at Wembley, against the eternal Real Madrid, led by the indestructible Carlo Ancelotti.

Such scenes of jubilation are rare on Borsigplatz, a place of gathering and celebration in Dortmund. Last year, everything was in place to welcome 300,000 to 400,000 people for Borussia’s first title since 2012, and put an end to Bayern’s hegemony (ten consecutive crowns) in the Bundesliga.

But it was tears of sadness which accompanied Terzic’s few steps towards the imposing south stand: his team could not do better than a draw against Mainz (2-2) and Bayern, for their part, had snatched the title on a goal from Jamal Musiala in Cologne (2-1) in the 88th minute.

A first hitch in the coaching career of this child from “a family of immigrant workers”, son of a father from Bosnia and a mother from Croatia, who fled the Balkans in the early 1980s .

It was on an afternoon in November 1991 that young Edin fell under the spell of Borussia and the charged atmosphere of the Westfalenstadion, during a Bundesliga match against Duisburg.
In the Ruhr region, he is spoiled for choice, but his favorite is BVB.

Football quickly became his passion in the early 1990s, crossed by the war in the Balkans which marked his childhood – in their house in Menden, on the south-eastern edge of the Dortmund metropolitan area, they regularly welcomed refugees, and an uncle dies in the conflict.

After quickly ending his amateur playing career, he was hired by Borussia, Hannes Wolf taking him as an assistant in the youth teams, where he met a certain Antonio Rüdiger.

Taken under his wing by the Croatian Slaven Bilic (whose assistant he is at Besiktas and West Ham), he then takes on the role of BVB coach for the first time for an interim period of a few months concluded in mid-May 2021 by a success in the German Cup. He will settle permanently at the head of the team in the summer of 2022 for a three-season contract.

“I was not only a fan but an employee of the club. The path to the coaching bench and the professional world, I did not take it as a supporter, but as a youth coach, as a recruiter, as an assistant”, he slipped into an interview with broadcaster DAZN before the final.

Threatened before Christmas after a bad period in the championship (7 points taken out of 24), he ensured the club’s “minimum objective” by qualifying it for the next C1. Enough to watch with peace of mind towards the Wembley final.

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