Talents are already broken in modest comparisons. This young German reminds him of Franz Beckenbauer, inter-trainer legend Helenio Herrera pondered in Australia during the Junior World Championship in October 1981. Michael Zorc was the name of the black -tired Libero of the German team, who won the final against Qatar in Sydney 4-0.

And this Zorc, freshly baked world champion and winner of the silver ball as the second best player of the tournament? He sat down after the return and learned for his high school diploma at the Dortmund Heisenberg -Gymnasium – final grade 2.9, topic in the oral examination geography: the Peruvian irrigation system.

Six days after the World Cup final, he was already on the lawn 16,500 kilometers away and gave his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund under Branko Zebec, the very first of 572 games at the end as a professional in black and yellow. The boy from Dortmund-Eving, who used to stand in the stadium himself and cheered on BVB’s second division soccer players, was suddenly right in the middle of it-and he should no longer go.

He has the greatest career of all Borussia.

Hans-Joachim Watzke

Initially parallel to the Bundeswehr sports funding group in Essen-Kupferdroh and then to study economics at the University of Dortmund, Zorc became an increasingly important for his home club.

a real worker

A worker who rightly carried the 8 on his back. Always on the go between defense and storm, active at the front, active at the back, with calm on the ball, strong, loyal, reliable, reliable and incredibly effective: 159 goals scored the BVB’s record Bundesliga player for his club and converted 49 out of 57 penalty – decision -making weakness was not to be noted as a player.

Zorc went ahead: When in 1986 in the relegation against Fortuna Cologne about the whereabouts of the Bundesliga and a good extent was also about the economic survival of the club, he initiated the turn in the backlog with his equalizer in the furious 8: 0 -In victory in the decision -making game.

Greatest sporting success than players: Michael Zorc wins the Champions League. Imago sports photo service

In good and in bad times

The times got better and Zorc was in the middle of it. In 1988 he celebrated the victory in the DFB Cup a year later, stood in 1993 in the UEFA Cup final lost to Juventus Turin and experienced the big title at the end of his player career.

He, in 1995 and 1996, became German champion as the best goal scorer of his team, gets the Champions League and the 1997 World Cup – even if he doesn’t play much anymore. It is still important, and this meaning becomes clear, especially in the glorious evening in Munich, which Karl-Heinz Riedle and Lars Ricken dominate with their hits in retrospect.

The calls of the Dortmund fans in the Olympic Stadium are audible around a quarter of an hour before the final whistle, his nickname “Susi” echoes from the ranks. Matthias Sammer, the captain of the starting eleven, was, the coach Ottmar Hitzfeld convinced that it was at least briefly using Zorc so that he could accept the trophy, Andreas Möller had himself been replaced.

In addition to our glorious past and a great stadium, we didn’t have much to offer with 80,000 fans.

Michael Zorc

“A fine gesture of Matthias”, Zorc will say 25 years later in the current Franz Beckenbauer series about the royal class, “and how the audience asked my substitution deeply. I am grateful that I am still a few minutes on the Standing space and part of the team was allowed to be “.

In Tokyo in the intercontinental duel against Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte, in December of the same year, he demonstrated his qualities one last time in the same football world and hits the lead in the 2-0 win, after the season it is over.

fast change to management

He does not treat himself to a long break, on the contrary: Zorc gets in directly in the management of the club. “The quick change was wanted by me, nobody pushed me into this position,” he says in retrospect: “I have always had an interest in economic contexts.” One of his first transfers: Dede, still one of the largest crowd favorites. Not a bad start for someone who says today: “I was an apprentice in the first few years.”

He had to learn quickly, because the club’s most severe crisis awaited him and the club when BVB in the mid-2000s only scraped bankruptcy and Zorc had to work with significantly less money from 2003. “Back then, apart from our glorious past and a great stadium with 80,000 fans, we didn’t have much to offer. Our task was primarily to halve the salary expenses within a year and a half,” he looked back in the Franz Beckenbauer five years ago.

“Every issue that was over 500,000 euros had to be approved by a so-called steering committee. However, the claims had not reduced by half. We were still perceived as a champions League club for a long time – But we were no longer. Controlling this expectation was a big problem in addition to the acquisition of new players. “

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Happiness Happiness Jürgen Klopp

But a black and yellow Phoenix rose from the ashes of the burned millions. “In the look at we managed it quite well, I think, even if it took a few years until we developed up again from a solid base,” he reports: “That went step by step – also because we were At that time, Jürgen Klopp had done the right handle and won the right partner to develop our sporting concept. “

Klopp’s stroke of luck, maybe the most important personnel. With the energetic trainer and skillful purchases, the path went steeply again, reached the crowning glory in the 2011 championship title, the Double 2012, the 2013 Champions League final.

Success trio: Michael Zorc, Jürgen Klopp and Hans-Joachim Watzke (from left). Imago/Ulmer

Forming years were previously for everyone in the club, even for the Zorc, which was not undisputed for a while. “If you do the job as long as I do, then you just don’t have the sunny days. You have to learn to deal with it properly. Both in the negative scenario and now in the positive,” he says: “At least it has led to me for Has learned myself to let criticism only to a certain point and try to sleep sensibly and keep a clear look. This is not always easy. But you shouldn’t be completely captured. Otherwise you will feel At some point like in the jungle and finds no way out. “

To the outside, he conveyed a closed picture, the sporting leadership almost always conveyed a closed picture, controversial discussions remained internally, personal vanities and animosities behind. And Zorc, the Westphalian and the child of the Ruhrpott, whose grandfather was once a minister at the Stein colliery in Dortmund-Eving, remained the mostly dormant pole.

Loyal, level -headed, reliable, with a knack for good purchases and in negotiations tough if it had to be – especially when it came to a lot of money again: in the course of his career, he has implemented around 2 billion euros in transfers. “I’m not a romantic,” he repeated one time and time, sentimentalities are rather strange to him. And yet Saturday, the last game of Borussia Dortmund, will be particularly responsible.

He was formative for this club for 44 years, 20 years on the lawn, 24 in the office. Eight titles as a player, ten as a official – only five of his 23 titles won Borussia Dortmund without Michael Zorc. “He has the greatest career of all Borussia. 44 years with his club in his city – there is nothing more possible,” Hans -Joachim Watzke honors in an interview with the SID. It is the end of an era, a life’s work – and even that is still understated.