Founded in 1909, Borussia Dortmund are one of Germany's most successful teams. They were the first football club from the Bundesliga to win a European competition and have won a total of eight German titles. Traditionally, the club has a rivalry with Schalke, which known as the Revierderby.
In the early years, the club played in a variety of regional leagues. During the 1920s the club decided to experiment with signing professional players, but the experiment ultimately placed the club in trouble. By 1929 Dortmund faced serious financial difficulties and the team was only saved by the generosity of a supporter. The post war years saw a change in fortunes and the club began to establish itself. In 1963, when the German Football Association opted to establish a fully professional league, the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund were awarded a place as one of the sixteen teams in the top division.
Dortmund won league titles in 1955–56, 1956–57 and 1962–63, but their golden era spanned from 1992-2002. During this time, the club won three league titles, the UEFA Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Their Champions League victory came in 1996-97, after they beat Italian giants Juventus in the final. Further Bundesliga wins in 2010–11 and 2011–12 over Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munchen respectively have closed out a highly successful twenty years for the team.
Notable players to represent Borussia Dortmund over the years include former European Footballer of the Year Matthias Sammer, Michael Zorc, Andreas Möller, Lars Ricken, Tomáš Rosický and Mario Götze. The team's record goalscorer is Alfred Preissler.
The club has played home matches at Signal Iduna Park, commonly known as Westfalenstadion, since 1974. Currently, the ground has a capacity of 80,645 for league matches and is the biggest stadium in Germany. It has both seated and standing sections and was voted the best club football stadium in the world by The Times newspaper.