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Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach e.V., commonly known as Borussia Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach or Gladbach, is a German football club in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia. Founded in 1900, Borussia Mönchengladbach play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system, making their first appearance in the league during the 1965–66 season. Subsequently, the club became one of Germany’s best-known, best-supported, and most successful teams, winning the Bundesliga five times during the 1970s, as well as two UEFA Cup titles in 1975 and 1979 and reaching a European Cup final in 1977.

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Since 2004, Borussia Mönchengladbach have played at the 54,057 capacity Borussia-Park, having previously played at the smaller Bökelbergstadion since 1919. Borussia-Park is famous for its “Nordkurve” (or North stand), a single-tiered stand. Borussia Mönchengladbach has over 75,000 members as of April 2016 and is the fifth largest club in Germany. Their main rivals are 1. FC Köln, against whom they compete in the Rheinland Derby.

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“Borussia” is a Latinized form of Prussia, a popular term for German clubs in the former Kingdom of Prussia. The club’s nickname is Die Fohlen (“The Foals”), coined in the 1970s due to having a young team with a fast, aggressive playing style. They also frequently refer to themselves as Die Fohlenelf (“The Foals’ Eleven”), a nickname displayed on their shirts. The official mascot of the club is the foal Jünter. In October 2016, they briefly adopted the nickname A German Team after a Scottish pub failed to spell the club’s full name on a board advertising a Champions League game against Celtic.

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