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DORTMUND, Germany (AP) While Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp lauded his side's progress to the Champions League final as an "incredible journey," the club's advancement off the pitch is no less remarkable.
Faced with insolvency in 2005 after years of economic difficulty, Dortmund has recovered by posting club-record revenue figures and expanding its fan-base to make it the most popular club in Germany, with a broadening appeal in Europe.
"Perhaps the headline should be `From Ground Zero to Wembley.' Eight years ago, there were creditors sitting here and no journalists. It was the edge of the cliff, you couldn't get any closer," Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said Wednesday.