Mustafa Amini confirms Borussia Dortmund exit

Mustafa Amini has departed Borussia Dortmund.
Young Australian midfielder Mustafa Amini has thanked Borussia Dortmund and their fans for “life-changing experiences” at the club after confirming he’s moving on in search of first-team football.

Amini has spent three seasons at the Bundesliga club but has been unable to break into the first-team during that time.

“I didn’t expect this day to come so soon in my short lived career at BVB, but I thank you very much for an amazing 3 years I’ll never forget,” Amini said on Instagram.

“The journey has made me learn a lot about myself and has turned me into a man that is ready for his next footballing challenge.

“After today a new journey will start for me where I’m now 22. It’s important for me to try and fulfill my complete ability by playing first team football somewhere else.”

The 22-year-old recently ruled out a return to the Hyundai A-League, with his preference to stay in Europe.

It’s understood he has options to stay in Germany or move to either Belgium, the Netherlands or Denmark.

If Amini can secure some consistent game-time next season he looms as a key figure for Aurelio Vidmar’s Olyroos as they look to qualify for next year’s Rio Olympics.

 

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Ned Zelic tips Mitch Langerak to stay at Borussia Dortmund

Mitch Langerak in goals for Borussia Dortmund during this season's UEFA Champions League.
Former Borussia Dortmund defender Ned Zelic doesn’t expect Mitch Langerak to follow fellow Australian Mustafa Amini out of the door at the Bundesliga club.
Australia Under-23 international Amini revealed on Friday that he is preparing to quit Dortmund at the end of the 2014-15 campaign after three seasons with the club’s youth team as he seeks first-team football.

Langerak has only made 26 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions since joining from Melbourne Victory in 2010, deputising for first-choice goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, and the Socceroos international has previously dismissed talk of a possible departure.

But the 26-year-old has found game time increasingly hard to come by since the 2015 Asian Cup, with the Australian yet to tally a league appearance this year, having started five consecutive matches before the mid-season break in January.

Langerak played second fiddle to Mathew Ryan throughout Australia’s successful Asian Cup campaign on home soil, which has led to yet another period on the sidelines in the Bundesliga, though Zelic believes Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp would be reluctant to part ways with the keeper.

“I can’t see Dortmund letting him go to satisfy his own needs because they see him as the perfect number two,” Zelic told Perform.

“It is a bit disappointing for Mitch because he was in the team, then the Asian Cup came around and he missed the entire training period after the winter break.

“Obviously it was great to have him in the [Socceroos] squad but if you look at his individual position it was a bit of disaster. He was on the bench the whole time.

“Weidenfeller has been good since the break. They have been getting good results. Obviously Klopp is going to keep him in the team.”

Langerak’s lack of regular game time has also seen him fall behind countryman Ryan in Ange Postecoglou’s plans, with the 22-year-old firmly entrenched as Australia’s number one following his stellar form for Belgian giants Club Brugge.

“It is unlucky for Mitch because I have always been a big fan of his. It was always going to be a good battle between Maty Ryan and Mitch for the number one spot,” Zelic added.

“I always thought, If Mitch was playing regularly like Maty and that’s the good decision that Maty made to go to Club Brugge where he has gone to the next level.

“If Mitch was in that position where he was playing week in week out, he would have gone to the next level as well.”

Source : Football Federation Australia Website

Borussia Dortmund call-up delights Socceroo keeper Mitchell Langerak

December 7, 2014

Big time: Mitchell Langerak makes a save during a Socceroos training session.

Big time: Mitchell Langerak makes a save during a Socceroos training session. Photo: Getty Images

Australia goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak admits he was delighted to help Borussia Dortmund get off the bottom of the Bundesliga table having been chosen ahead of Germany squad member Roman Weidenfeller.

The 26-year-old Socceroos shot-stopper made only his 22 appearance for Dortmund in Friday’s 1-0 win over Hoffenheim as Ilkay Gundogan’s 17th-minute header lifted his side from the bottom to 14th in the Bundesliga table.

Despite reaching the Champions League’s last 16, dire league form had seen Dortmund plummet to the bottom of the table after eight defeats in 13 games before Friday’s victory.

Langerak has been an understudy since joining Dortmund in 2010 and only previously played when World Cup-winner Weidenfeller had been either injured or rested, but he only found out he was starting on Friday morning.

The Australian was given the nod by Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp “to freshen up” the side after doing some “sensational things” in training and Langerak kept a clean sheet at Borussia’s Westfalenstadion, even if he was surprised to play.

“I always have to be ready for it, but of course I was a bit nervous before the game, but when I’m on the pitch, the nerves are all forgotten and I have to concentrate,” he said.

“Of course, it helps if the team is playing well, then I don’t have that much to do, but of course, I’m very happy.”

Langerak is used to late call-ups have replaced the injured Weidenfeller in the first half of the 2012 German Cup final when Dortmund romped to a 5-2 win over Bayern Munich in Berlin.

Klopp has refused to say whether Langerak will keep his place for Tuesday’s final Champions League group match at home to Anderlecht with Borussia already in the last 16 or next Saturday’s league match at Hertha Berlin.

“I wanted the freshness and the fun Mitchell Langerak brings and it was a good decision to put him in goal,” Klopp said of the ex-Melbourne Victory goalkeeper.

“Who will be in goal for the next game will be a gut decision again.”

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Source : The Canberra Times

Mitch Langerak keeps winning streak at Borussia Dortmund

Monday, 7 April 2014 1:36 PM

Langerak keeps winning streak at Dortmund

Socceroo Mitch Langerak did the trick again for Borussia Dortmund, who have never lost in the Bundesliga when he deputises for the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, reports Goal.com.

Langerak played down his remarkable record after Borussia Dortmund recorded a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Langerak deputised for the injured Roman Weidenfeller at the Westfalenstadion, as the hosts came from behind to pick up all three points.

It was his first start in the league since December 14, a 2-2 draw away to Hoffenheim, and the former Melbourne Victory goalkeeper’s ninth Bundesliga appearance without tasting defeat since making his debut in a 3-1 away win over Bayern Munich in 2011.

“They’re just numbers,” he was quoted by the Bundesliga website when quizzed.

“Thankfully I have a good team in front of me. They make my job in goal really easy.”

Although the 25-year-old conceded it’s difficult to be on top form when playing so irregularly, he knows that comes with the territory of being second choice at one of Europe’s biggest clubs.

“If you’re getting a lot of match practice, it’s obviously easier on the pitch,” he said.

“But I’m aware of my situation and know I have to be ready to play at the drop of a hat. I was told on Friday that I’d be playing against Wolfsburg on Saturday, so I had one day to prepare.”

And Langerak was giving nothing away when asked about the chances of keeping his place for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to Real Madrid on Tuesday.

“I can’t say. For the team’s sake, I hope Roman recovers by Tuesday,” he said.

“It’s an incredibly important game for us. Our Champions League adventure isn’t over, even if we lost the first leg 3-0. We’re always capable of scoring one or two goals, especially at home. We can, and we need to. We’ll just have to see what happens.”

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Source : Football Federation Australia