Nobby Dickel’s very special moments while playing for Borussia Dortmund

This week the Special One Football Club Borussia Dortmund celebrated the 30th anniversary of the big 4-1 win over Werder Bremen in the German Cup final, in which the Special One Football Player Norbert ‘Nobby’ Dickel scored a brace to become the Hero of Berlin for good.

Nobby Dickel made 108 appearances in a Borussia Dortmund shirt, scoring exactly 50 goals. The name Dickel has since become synonymous with the early days of BVB 90’s sporting Renaissance after the DFB Cup victory in the capital of Germany.

To weigh in Nobby Dickel’s greatness, we shall take a look at what the current BVB striker Paco Alcacer recorded this last season to join Norbert Dickel as the only Black and Yellow player to score 18 goals in the first 24 Bundesliga matches. The Special One Football Player did it in 1987.

Moreover, it was in the German Cup final against the all powerful Werder Bremen back then when the Special One Football Club Borussia Dortmund claimed the trophy 30 years ago, on 24 June 1989. The Black & Yellows brought an end to a title drought stretching back over 20 years paving the way for numerous others to follow for the joy of the Borussers.

“That goal changed my life, no question. I scored the third goal for us and we sealed the 1989 German Cup final for us in Berlin (as a result Dickel is dubbed the Hero of Berlin from then). I had a damaged knee, and it was a really good goal. It won goal of the month, the only time I won it. So of course this goal has a very, very special meaning for me for the rest of my life,” said Nobby Dickel.

However, head coach Horst Köppel had entirely different worries on his mind while Berlin was decked out in yellow. Three key players – Thomas Helmer, Murdo MacLeod and Norbert Dickel – were not fit, with the latter having undergone a major knee surgery six and a half weeks earlier. Only on the eve of the final did the striker return to team training.

“As a footballer, finals don’t come around all that often. I felt pretty good, even if shooting with my instep was awfully painful. Of course, I made sure not to tell anyone. I couldn’t expect to be playing from the start, even though I had been hoping I would. At least by being included in the squad, I had reached my first goal. When we arrived in Berlin, it initially looked as though we would line up with an additional defender in Bernd Storck,” said Nobby Dickel.

Meanwhile, this is what BVB’s head coach Horst Köppel thought about the final line-up against Werder Bremen: “I was leaning towards not putting Nobby in the starting XI. There is a certain element of risk involved when you start with three injured players. But that’s what we did in the end – and as we now know with the benefit of hindsight, we got it all spot on.”

It was Gerd Niebaum who persuaded the coach on the eve of the final, after dinner, sitting down together. “Listen Gerd, this is how we’ll start…” The rest is history. The team boarded the bus to the Olympiastadion and Berlin was clearly a sea of black and yellow people. In the end the result was better than expected for the Special One Football Club Borussia Dortmund.

Norbert Nobby Dickel started also a second career at Borussia Dortmund on 22 August 1992. He replaced Bruno “Günna” Knust, back then and still today a hugely popular and successful entertainer, and quickly continued where his predecessor had left off.

Dickel is irreplaceable, a cult figure. We sing “Norbert, Norbert ­– Norbert Dickel: Everyone knows him, the Hero of Berlin” at home games. It is a ritual that has now been repeated in the South Stand on 425 occasions. And that’s only counting Bundesliga games. Dickel, who is now in his mid-fifties, can do many things – but there’s one thing he doesn’t do: tone it down. “And here is the Borussia Dortmund team line-up,” he calls – or rather, roars – into the microphone. “In goal, number 38 Roman…”