FRANKFURT: Assistant coach Sahin has stepped up to become Dortmund’s new boss on a three-year deal in succession to Edin Terzic.

Sahin won the Bundesliga and German Cup in 274 appearances as a midfielder for the club.

The Germany-born former Turkey international stepped into coaching with Antalyaspor after retiring as a player, before returning to Dortmund as an assistant to Terzic this year.

Sahin called his appointment a “great honour”, while Dortmund managing director Lars Ricken commended the 35-year-old’s qualities and stressed they meant he was ready for the high-pressure job.

Ricken, who was a player alongside Sahin, said: “We are very pleased to be able to hand over the responsibility of head coach to Nuri as a representative of the younger generation. He has been committed to preparing for a coaching career in recent years and will take on his new task with a lot of dedication and develop our team. As former team-mates, we will work together in a trusting and ambitious manner.

“Nuri knows the club, its staff and its DNA, both as a player and as an assistant coach. We are convinced that Nuri is the right coach for us.”

Terzic had asked the club “to terminate his contract with immediate effect” after the defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The 41-year-old said: “After the game at Wembley, I asked for a meeting with the club’s senior management team, because after nine years at BVB – including six on the coaching staff and two and a half as head coach – I feel that the club’s new era should begin with a new man on the touchline.

“Everyone close to me knows that this has been a very difficult decision for me to take over the last few weeks, but after intensive discussions my fundamental feeling has not changed. I wish Borussia Dortmund the very best, thank you and see you soon.”

Terzic began his coaching career with Dortmund’s academy between 2010 and 2013 before becoming Slaven Bilic’s assistant at Turkish club Besiktas.

He followed Bilic to Premier League side West Ham in 2015 but left following the Croatian’s sacking in November 2017, re-joining Dortmund as Lucien Favre’s assistant the following year.

Following Favre’s dismissal in December 2020, Terzic was named interim boss until the end of that season and led the club to German Cup final success with victory over RB Leipzig.

He then had a stint as the club’s technical director before becoming their manager in 2022.

Dortmund finished runners-up in the Bundesliga last season – missing out on the title after failing to beat Mainz on the final day of the campaign – and followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the 2023-24 campaign, which achieved qualification for next season’s Champions League.

Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “Edin Terzic has done an outstanding job in his time at BVB, and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”

Also leaving is veteran defender Mats Hummels after 13 years and 508 appearances across two spells.

The 35-year-old reached the Champions League final with Dortmund in 2012-13 and again this year.

Hummels told the club website:, external “It was a huge honour and joy for me to have played for BVB for so long and to have been part of the journey from 13th place in January 2008 to what Borussia Dortmund represents today. This club and its fans are something very special – and for me even more than that.”

Hummels joined Dortmund from Bayern on loan in 2008 before signing permanently the following year. He won two successive Bundesliga titles and the German Cup.

He rejoined Bayern in 2016, then won the German Cup again after returning to Dortmund in 2019.
Hummels also won the World Cup with Germany in 2014.