Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund. What a final this is going to be. These two teams have recently been dominating, not only the Bundesliga, but also European football.
Bayern have been in three Champions League finals in the last four years and have enjoyed arguably the finest season of football ever as they vie for the treble.
Dortmund have almost been untouchable in the Champions League this season, winning every home game, and only losing once away. Dortmund had consecutive Bundesliga titles in the past two seasons and the double last season.
But enough of this. Are they better than the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona?
Dortmund, perhaps inferior to its German counterparts, have beaten the 2011/12 champions of both and England and Spain this season recording aggregate scores of 2-1 and 4-3 against Manchester City and Real Madrid respectively. Surely this shows that they are capable of beating the very best.
Bayern Munich, this season, were the first of Europe to win their domestic league and the earliest ever in the Bundesliga. They stormed to a 7-0 aggregate win against Barcelona, widely considered the most successful team in the history of world football, and as I said earlier, could be the first German team to win a treble for 10 years.
Manchester United represent something of a different challenge as they are, financially and fan-wise, the biggest club in the world. But with Sir Alex leaving and next season being a transition season for them I would suggest this is a perfect time for German clubs, noticeably these two, to really cement themselves at the forefront of European football.
A club to have history is one thing but the present situation of the clubs is more important. But could this outstanding dominance of European football be a one-off thing?
I highly doubt it. The German league is quickly gaining the approval of the world and with this financial structure behind the two clubs I don't see them fading any time soon. Dortmund generated €189m last term with Bayern generating €368m.
As mentioned above, both clubs are in outstanding positions financially and the Bundesliga is enjoying a turnover of €1.7bn.
Whereas if we take a look at leagues across Europe we see just how far ahead the German league and these two clubs are.
The Premier League giants of Manchester United and Liverpool are accumulating ever-increasing debts as are top clubs in Spain where smaller clubs can't afford to pay their players' wages. Italy, as well as the match-fixing going on there, cannot fill their stadiums and in France clubs spend 71% of their income on players' wages, more than any other country.
Thus, this financial superiority means that German clubs have the spending power to attract the best players and staff to their clubs. In the case of Bayern they already have Guardiola, the most successful manager in the last five years, coming to guide them next season.
And in the signing of Götze from Dortmund, it is evident that Bayern are looking towards the future and being able to keep themselves at the very top of European football. Dortmund have a very good coach in Jürgen Klopp and, despite the loss of Götze, have a very strong team. And, if they win the final this Saturday, who knows what type of calibre of player they will be able to buy.
And so, I think that these two German clubs will continue to dominate modern football. I also think Bayern, with Pep at the helm of an incredible squad, will set the new standard of European football. And Dortmund, with the sixth lowest squad age of 24.3, can only get better and have the confidence to rival Bayern, both financially and on the pitch.
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