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Hoeness doubts Dortmund potential

13 September 2012 13:48

Uli Hoeness has dismissed the suggestion Borussia Dortmund could replace Bayern Munich as the most popular Bundesliga side outside Germany.

Dortmund have beaten Bayern to the domestic title two seasons running, but Hoeness believes their popularity is limited to their own region, as opposed to Bayern's global brand.

"I do not think that Dortmund have passed us marketing wise. Dortmund are more of a regional thing whereas Bayern Munich are a global brand," Hoeness was quoted as saying by Bild.

"When you walk the boulevard in Beijing and ask a random person to name a German football club, the answer will always be Bayern Munich and not Borussia Dortmund.

"Dortmund will never be able to catch up with the incredible successes we have achieved in the past 30 years and the tradition that comes with it.

"If Dortmund are to be more popular than Bayern worldwide, they need to win at least 10 more consecutive Bundesliga titles."

Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga titles to date, but that is dwarfed by Bayern's tally of 22.

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Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 2 -1 3
7 1 +0 1
8 1 +0 1
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 +0 1
14 1 +0 1
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 2 -3 0

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