Sebastian Kehl from 2022 BVB sports director

Now it’s official: Sebastian Kehl will succeed Michael Zorc.

The 41-year-old signed a contract on Monday until 2025 and will take over the post of sports director from 2022. (Bundesliga schedule and results)

This news is no longer surprising. At the beginning of the year, BVB and its ex-captain had agreed on this with a handshake. Now everything is in the towel.

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Kehl and Zorc work hand in hand

The choice to promote Kehl is logical and logical at the same time. Why?

The last few months have been a kind of “sweating” for Kehl. He continued to develop in the slipstream of Zorc. Both worked (and still work) hand in hand. Kehl was and is involved in all important processes. He is also on board, for example, in the current negotiations with Manchester United over Jadon Sancho.

The former national player knows the tough Bundesliga business. He has been in this for 23 years. As the head of Borussia Dortmund’s licensed players, the native of Fulda has gained a massive profile within the industry over the past three years. In fact, he’s a kind of pioneer in this area. In the summer of 2018, the previously new position was created, other (ex) Bundesliga clubs – such as Revier rival Schalke – followed.

Kehl has impressively proven that he can work structurally. So he professionalized the professional area and hired new staff. He collected plus points, who is also valued in the cabin, most recently through his careful and confident handling during the Corona crisis.

Kehl experienced ups and downs with BVB

In addition, the vice-world champion from 2002 brings a high degree of identification with him – not entirely insignificant for an emotional club like Borussia Dortmund. Kehl was champion and cup winner, but also went through difficult times of crisis with the Pott club. (Bundesliga table)

Of course, all of this is not enough. Kehl knows that too. The footsteps he will be following are huge. Zorc, who has a mega network within the industry, has made BVB the second strongest force in Germany through clever transfers from an almost bankrupt club.

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But the now 58-year-old also made mistakes. His entry into the sports director business was bumpy. He also went wrong with transfers and also had to get to know the adversities of the sometimes strange business. But he punched his way through (successfully) in his own way.

Kehl has yet to find its own way …