The date is set. The teams are ready. The time to crown the new European champion is near. Current and last year’s German champions will meet on Saturday to see who will be crowned European champions.
The Champions League final will be one of the most anticipated matches of the year, especially with its two contestants being heated rivals. Bayern might have already won the trophy on paper, but trophies are not won on paper, are they?
Last year's German champions Borussia Dortmund held on in Spain to beat Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate, whilst Bayern Munich outdid the now former Bundesliga champions by defeating a Messi-less Barcelona 3-0 in the Camp Nou. The aggregate result stood at 7-0.
Both Bayern and BVB have already faced off four times with each game proving to be a tight affair. Here is a recap of those four matches.
The first time these German giants met was on 12 August 2012 for the German Super Cup. The Bavarians won the game 2-1 in which Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Müller scored for Munich, while Robert Lewandowski scored one in return in favour of Dortmund. The importance of this win will be highlighted when we realise that Bayern snatched the win after five straight defeats to Dortmund.
The second clash between the German giants happened for their Bundesliga game on 1 December 2012. A fight of equal powers ended at 1-1 with Toni Kroos scoring one for Bayern and Mario Gotze scoring for Borussia.
Bayern and BVB met for the 3rd time on 27 February 2013. It was the DFB Pokal quarter-final, another important trophy in German football. The Munich side won thanks to a goal from Arjen Robben, who did a pretty good job throughout the game. Dortmund were eliminated from the competition while Munich will play in the final on 1 June.
The last time these two teams met was on 4 May 2013 for their league fixture. Borussia Dortmund ended Bayern Munich's 14-game winning streak in the Bundesliga, but the dress rehearsal for the Champions League final ended all square at the Westfalenstadion. The full-time result read 1-1 with Kevin Grosskreutz and Mario Gomez scoring for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively.
Wembley is going to witness yet another beautiful masterclass of German football on 25 May - may the best team win.
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