Borussia Monchengladbach Swansea City

15th July

Brief history
Borussia Monchengladbach are one of the most successful and well-supported teams in Germany.
Founded in 1900, Their golden generation came in the 1970s, picking up an incredible five league titles.
They also went within one victory of lifting the European Cup in 1977, but lost in the final to Liverpool.
Monchengladbach also made four appearances in the Uefa Cup with wins in 1975 and 1979 while they were beaten in the final in 1973 and 1980.
Success has been limited since then, although they have remained competitive on the domestic front.
Their last cup success came in 1995 as they beat Wolfsburg to be crowned DFB Pokal champions before dropping out of the top flight four years later.
Monchengladbach returned two years later but again suffered relegation in 2007, but their stay in the second tier was short-lived as they made an immediate return.
Their fortunes have picked up since the appointment of former Switzerland international Lucien Favre, with sixth and fourth-placed finishes in the last two seasons.

Last season
Monchengladbach were a surprise package in the German top flight last season, finishing third - just three points behind runners-up Wolfsburg.
It meant they have qualified for Europe's top competition for the first time since 1978.
Attacking midfielder Raffael finished their top scorer with 12 goals while Max Kruse chipped in with 11 goals and nine assists. The German international, however, has since left Monchengladbach and joined Wolfsburg.
In knockout competition, they lost on penalties to Arminia Bielefeld in the quarter-finals of the German Cup and were beaten by eventual champions Sevilla in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Lucien Favre - A former Switerland international, Favre was appointed manager in February 14, 2011. It proved a perfect match as instigated an immediate turn of fortune as he steered Monchengladbach to safety following a relegation play-off win over Bochum.
The next campaign was a huge success, with Favre leading his side to a shock fourth-place finish. That saw Monchengladbach enter the Champions League Play-Off round, which they bowed out of following defeat to Dinamo Kiev.
Favre then lead Monchengladbach to top-table finishes in each of the following seasons.

Key players
Thorgan Hazard - brother of Chelsea winger Eden - impressed during his loan spell with Monchengladbach last season, and subsequently made his move from Stamford Bridge permanent. He ended the season with seven assists.
Raffael led the scoring charts with 12 goals coming from midfield, so he is definitely one to look out for, while fellow midfielder Patrick Herrmann, who has two caps for Germany, struck 11 goals.

New arrivals
Lars Stindl, Josip Drmic, Nico Elvedi and Andreas Christensen have all joined Monchengladbach this summer.
Midfielder Stindl ended a five-year spell at Hannover to join Favre's squad while Switzerland international striker Drmic arrived from Bayer Leverkusen.
Danish defender Christensen is also among the new faces after arriving on loan from Chelsea while 18-year-old centre back Elvedi joined from FC Zurich.

Notable former players
Former Germany manager Berti Vogts spent his entire playing at Monchengladbach, making over 400 league appearances during the club's golden decade in which they won five league titles during the1970s.
Juup Heynckes was a massive favourite with the club, having scored 292 goals in 400 appearances during two spells with Monchengladbach.
He scored a hat-trick in the second leg of the Uefa Cup final win over Twente in 1975, making Monchengladbach the first German club to lift the title.
Five years later he took over his first managerial role at Monchengladbach, before going on to become hugely successful at giants including Bayern Munich and Real Madrid while he returned to his former club for a short spell in 2006.
German legend Lothar Matthaus kicked off his career with Monchengladbach, helping the club to the Uefa Cup final in 1980 and the DFB Pokal Cup final in 1984.
He joined Bayern Munich after five years with Monchengladbach, with the 150-cap international enjoying a glittering career that included winning the World Cup in 1990.
Swedish striker Martin Dahlin - who went on to represent Roma and Blackburn - helped the club lift the Germany Cup in 1995, along with German midfielder Steffan Effenberg, who spent two different spells with the club.
American keeper Kasey Keller spent two years with Monchengladbach following his switch from Tottenham. He was also named captain at the club - becoming only the second American after Claudio Reyna to skipper a top-tier German team. Keller departed Germany and returned to England with Fulham.
Other former players include keeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen, now of Barcelona, and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus.

Bundesliga: Winners (5): 1969-70, 1970-71, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77
2-Bundesliga: Winners: 2007-08
DFB-Pokal: Winners (3): 1959-60, 1972-73, 1994-95
Runners-up (2): 1983-84, 1991-92
German Supercup: Winners: 1977 (Unofficial)
Runners-up: 1995
DFB-Ligapokal: Runners-up: 1972-73

European Cup:
Runners-up: 1976-77
Uefa Cup: Winners (2): 1974-75, 1978-79
Runners-up (2): 1972-73, 1979-80

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