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Chelsea or Borussia Dortmund? I know what I’d prefer Newcastle United to be

3 months ago
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Borussia Dortmund have won the league (Bundesliga) title twice in these past 19 years, the last one a decade ago in 2012.

They have also won three domestic cups looking back to 2003 onwards.

When it comes to the Champions League, only roughly half the seasons these past couple of decades have Borussia Dortmund played CL football and only once since 1998 have the German club got so far as beyond the last eight, finishing runners up in 2013.

So what has this got to do with Newcastle United I hear you asking?

Well, humour me a little longer.

Chelsea have won the Premier League title five times these past 19 years.

They have also on seven occasions in this time period got to the semi-finals stage of the Champions League and won the competition twice.

By my reckoning, Chelsea have won around 20 trophies in all these past 19 years, on average winning something every single season.

So my question as a Newcastle United fan (to other NUFC supporters) is…who would you rather have supported these past 19 or so years, Chelsea or Borussia Dortmund?

Easy isn’t it.

Borussia Dortmund, every single bloody time.

So five trophies instead of twenty or so, why would you want that?

Well, winning trophies isn’t everything, is it???

I have always seen Newcastle United as by far the closest club in character etc to these massive clubs in Germany, with huge passionate fanbases. Everything Chelsea are not.

Roman Abramovich has come along and bought them around 20 trophies these past 19 years but so what? It is all meaningless in reality. Well at least it is for me, I would rather never win a trophy ever as a Newcastle fan, than to have anything to do with Chelsea.

A horrific fanbase and a club that pretty much sum up everything that is wrong with modern football, how it (football) has been manipulated and the kind of people that have preyed on the English game in this time.

Chelsea didn’t even win a single trophy in their history until the year that Newcastle United won their last domestic one! In 1955 Newcastle picking up the FA Cup (their sixth, the tenth NUFC major trophy in all by that point), whilst Chelsea were picking up their very first league title and very first trophy.

Indeed, until you get to 1997, only 25 years ago, Chelsea had still only won four trophies in their entire history. That 1955 league title, then one FA Cup, one League Cup and one European Cup Winners Cup. Even just these past five years (2017 onwards) Chelsea have won as many trophies (four) as they did in their entire history before 1997.

I love the whole ethos of clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, who in normal (non-covid) times are easily the best supported club in Europe in terms of fans paying to watch them play, average home attendances of over 80,000 and with brilliant atmospheres. Compare that to the 40,000 crowds Chelsea attract and the feeble atmospheres?

No doubt some (mainly outsiders) reading this will be pointing out that Newcastle United now seemingly have owners who are allegedly going to try and help but NUFC trophies.

However, I see the potential for something very different at St James Park, or maybe in reality, a hybrid compared to our plastic friends at Stamford Bridge.

I am confident that the new ownership at Newcastle United will be currently looking at every possible way they can increase the St James Park capacity as high as possible. Since Mike Ashley left the atmospheres have returned to somewhere close to what we always knew from past experience was possible, so just imagine how much even better it could be with 60,000, or even 65,000+ inside SJP?

Ambitious club owners and the full force of the Newcastle United ‘Bundesliga style’ fanbase unleashed as well.

Sounds good to me.

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