Borussia Dortmund announced today through their Twitter account the departure of two players, long-term BVB player Shinji Kagawa and 25-year-old Maximilian Philipp. The two moves were expected as Kagawa just came back from a loan spell in Turkey while Philipp didn’t get much playtime last season. While Kagawa chose warm weather in Spain’s second division Real Zaragoza, Philipp went east in the middle of mother Russia to join FC Dynamo Moscow. The transfer fees for Kagawa and Philipp are respectively 3 million Euros and 20 million Euros.
Looking Back on Shinji Kagawa’s Years at Borussia Dortmund
A Borussia Dortmund legend, Shinji Kagawa joined the Black and Yellows in July 2010 from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka. Despite being new to German football, his talent allowed him to get 28 appearances in all competitions for the Dortmund club. Moreover, he contributed with 12 goals and 2 assists in a season where Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga title.
Jurgen Klopp’s trust made Kagawa a key component in the next season. Instead of joining big European clubs that were after him, Kagawa stayed for an extra season in Dortmund where he really showed what he is capable of. He played 43 games in all competitions and scored 17 goals while providing 14 assists. Therefore, Borussia Dortmund were crowned Bundesliga and Cup champions at the end of the 2011-12 season.
After an unsuccessful spell in Manchester United, Kagawa makes a comeback to the Signal Iduna Park for the 2014-15 season. Despite a few injury spells, Kagawa managed to play a huge part in Borussia Dortmund’s development through these years. He is known to be a very humble player who has quick feet, an acute playmaking ability, and a deadly finisher.
Maximilian Philipp’s Short Stay in Dortmund
In July 2017, Borussia Dortmund signed one of the most promising attacking talents in the Bundesliga from SC Freiburg. Maximilian Philipp, or as his teammates like to call him “Milli”, had a respectable first season in the Signal Iduna Park, playing 27 games in all competitions where he scored 9 goals and provided 5 assists.
However, in the 2018-19 season, with the arrival of Paco Alcacer, Milli struggled with getting some playtime and finding the back of the net. He finished the season with 23 appearances and a very modest 2 goals and 3 assists. A very versatile player, Philipp is an attacker who plays mostly in the left-winger position and loves to break to the middle.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.