Since the successes of Nuri Sahin, Mario Goetze and Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund have increased investment in their youth academy. The "Footbonaut" training machine is just one example, but overall the club has increased its commitment to training young talent. And the performance of their youth teams shows just that.
Although fourth in the West region, BVB's under-19 team is just two points behind second-placed Monchengladbach. The under-17s are doing much better and are first, a point clear of Leverkusen. It appears that Dortmund will within the next few years have a very enviable crop of young talents on the rise. But it will take these players some time to mature to the point of being playable at senior level.
In the meantime, however, there are some burgeoning prospects at BVB who are closing in on making a breakthrough. Click "Begin Slideshow" to take a look at the young Dortmund players to watch this spring.