The mid-nineties was a golden period in Dortmunds history, a heyday where they shocked the world and became kings of Europe.
Nobody outside the doors of the Westfalenstadion could have envisaged what was to occur in 1997, where in front of their home nation, Die Borussen toppled Italy’s renowned force Juventus and brought the European Cup back to German soil for the first time in fourteen years.
Dortmund then went on to beat Brazilian club Cruzeiro 2–0 in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup Final, and in doing so became only the second German club to be world champions.
Although it was only a brief domination of world football, German commentator Marcel Reif put it: "The Brothers Grimm are turning in their grave - these are incredible stories!"
Led by Ottmar Hitzfeld, the nineties were a golden age for Ballspielverein Borussia Dortmund.
In a memorable 1997 UEFA Champions League Final in Munich, Dortmund faced a Juventus team featuring Zidane. Riedle put Dortmund ahead and then made it two with a bullet header from a corner kick. In the second half, Del Piero pulled one back for Juventus with a back heel, and it seemed momentum was with the reigning champions.
Then 20-year old substitute and local boy Lars Ricken latched on to a through pass by Möller. Only sixteen seconds after coming on to the pitch, Ricken chipped Peruzzi in the Juve goal from over 20 yards with his first touch of the ball.
"When I was sitting on the bench, I saw that Perruzzi had been standing too far out of his goal," Ricken revealed. "I then said to myself that the first ball which comes to me, I will shoot it blindly towards goal".
Dortmund lifted the trophy with a 3–1 victory, then went on to beat Brazilian club Cruzeiro 2–0 in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup Final.
Ricken was told by Johan Cruyff he could "play a big role in the Italian or Spanish league in the years to come" but never fulfilled his potential and remained with Dortmund until his retirement in February 2009.