While dominating the domestic scene, Gladbach also impressed on the continent, lifting the Cup Winners’ Cup on two occasions in 1973 and 1975 before reaching the European Cup final in 1977 where they would lose 3-1 to Liverpool.
In that glorious eight-year spell, Berti Vogts and co. appeared in five European finals, winning two and losing three.
Leaner years would follow and it wasn’t until the arrival of recently departed coach Lucien Favre that the Foals began to reassert themselves as one of Germany’s key footballing powers.
Arriving at the turn of the year in 2011 with the club deep in the drop zone, Favre guided Gladbach to safety via a relegation play-off.
Building on his successful first campaign, the ex-Hertha Berlin boss propelled his side to fourth place in 2011/12 and then remarkably steered the Foals to the Champions League group stages for the first time last season.
Five defeats in as many games at the start of the new term though prompted the Swiss, considered as one of the finest managers in The Foals’ recent history, to resign, handing the reins to the club’s U23 coach Andre Schubert.