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What Does 'Borussia' Mean?

Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:40 am

The Bundsliga has clubs named Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach. What is the significance of "Borussia?"
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RE: What Does 'Borussia' Mean?

Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:46 am

Borussia is the Latin word for Prussia (or Preussen in German). Möchengladbach and Dortmund must have been part of the Western Prussia, hence why they took that name.
 
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RE: What Does 'Borussia' Mean?

Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:49 am

it stands for surrender hahahaha
 
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RE: What Does 'Borussia' Mean?

Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:49 am

Borussia is the Latin name for Prussia, see this explanation (in German) from the Borussia Dortmund website.

And by the way: Es gibt nur eine Borussia... Borussia Dortmund!  Wink

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RE: What Does 'Borussia' Mean?

Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:20 am

In german class at school we drifted onto the subject of sports, and as part of this subject our teacher showed us a video about a group of people who went to see Bayern Munchen at Olympiastadion. Sure we learned the word for "team" and "referee", but those were mainly drowned out by shouts of "HEEEEY! SCHEISSE, WAS IST DAS??? OLEEEE OLE OLE OLEEEE... Argh! Mein opa spielt besser!!!"

etc...  Smile

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RE: What Does 'Borussia' Mean?

Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:17 am

These clubs were named when nationalist sentiment was strong in the newly founded empire... though Dortmund and Mönchengladback historically aren't part of Prussia, they emphasized the "Prussian virtues" in the naming of the clubs.

Note also "Alemania Aachen", also playing in the Bundesliga this year; that name refers to the Alamanni, an ancient Germanic tribe.
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RE: What Does 'Borussia' Mean?

Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:21 am

Quoting Rara (Reply 5):
Note also "Alemania Aachen", also playing in the Bundesliga this year; that name refers to the Alamanni, an ancient Germanic tribe.

Not to mention's Aachen's proximity to Francophone nations.
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