May 25 2013 is a date that would make any football fan shiver with anticipation.
It's the date that two of the biggest teams in football, two crushing forces that have ripped through all the competition so far this year, finally meet at Wembley Stadium.
It's a chance to compete for glory - for the most ultimate prize in European club football: Champions League glory. Glory that Bayern Munich had within their reach this time last year ago, only for it to be snatched away by one man named Didier Drogba. Glory that both of these teams fully deserve, not only for their brilliant showings in the Champions League, but also for their annihilating performances in the Bundesliga.
May 25th; it all comes down to this.
For Bayern, it's a chance to redeem themselves, to finally rid themselves of the bitter taste of last year’s loss and to prove to the world that they are number one material.
For Borussia Dortmund, it's a chance to beat the team that is arguably the best in the world right now, and a chance to win the biggest trophy in club football.
With their respective first and second positions already sealed in the Bundesliga, it could be said that neither of these teams have anything to lose. But that just raises the stakes and makes it all the more important.
Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are overflowing with young talent, with new stars emerging every game. Their potential on the bench is of a magnitude that many other clubs would pay millions for.
The fact that both teams are jam-packed with match-winners simply makes for a more exciting encounter. Bayern has the firm and unshakeable experience of some of players such as Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben - while also possessing other stars including Thomas Müller, Mario Gomez, or Mario Mandzukic.
Bayern’s defence is iron strong, with Manuel Neuer finishing up as easily being one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Dortmund, too, are simply bursting with players of massive potential - some of whom have already exploded and are now regularly in the headlines, the most recent of whom is a very familiar name: Robert Lewandowski.
Marco Reus, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Ilkay Gundogan, and Mario Gotze complete the party-players who, on any day, can rip the opposition apart.
But for Gotze, this match will be oddly significant, for his opponents on this occasion are his soon-to-be teammates.
The match promises to be a thriller - the clash of the titans - the final frontier for Bayern and Dortmund.
Regardless of the outcome, both teams have plenty to take from their Champions League campaigns this season but, of course, neither will settle for anything less than what they deserve from this game.
Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund, the Champions League final - it’s all in the name.
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