vineri, 24 mai 2013

Champions League final countdown

..Wembley is the stage for an all-German occasion as Borussia Dortmund meet FC Bayern München in the UEFA Champions League final.

• Bayern will arrive in London determined to erase the pain of losing last season's final at their home stadium. Having also lost the 2010 showpiece, the Bavarian side will be hoping to get the better of a Dortmund team they have already beaten to this season's Bundesliga title.

• Bayern, seeking their fifth European crown, beat FC Barcelona convincingly in the semi-finals but Jürgen Klopp's enterprising Dortmund outfit overcame Real Madrid CF in the last four and are bidding to repeat their 1997 triumph in their only previous UEFA Champions League final appearance.

• The clubs have met in 100 competitive fixtures with 45 wins for Bayern, 26 for Dortmund and 29 draws.
• Bayern are unbeaten against Dortmund in four meetings in 2012/13, including 1-1 home and away draws in the Bundesliga. On 1 December in Munich, Mario Götze (74) cancelled out a Toni Kroos (67) goal, while in Dortmund on 4 May, Bayern's Mario Gomez (23) wiped out Kevin Grosskreutz's 11th-minute effort in a fixture where Rafinha was sent off.

• Bayern's biggest Bundesliga win was an 11-1 defeat of Dortmund in 1971/72 in which Uli Hoeness, now club president, scored twice.
• This is the fourth UEFA Champions League final between teams from the same country. Real Madrid beat Valencia CF in 2000, Milan overcame Juventus in 2003, and Manchester United FC beat Chelsea FC in 2008. Of the three winning teams only United had finished above their final victims in their domestic championship.

• Dortmund fans will hope history is about to repeat itself. In 1997 when they won the UEFA Champions League following two seasons as German champions, Bayern had just reclaimed the Bundesliga trophy and Stuttgart won the German Cup. Bayern have already won this season's German title and face Stuttgart in the Cup final on 1 June.
• Götze will join Bayern from Dortmund on 1 July. In 2009 Hummels made the opposite journey, signing for Dortmund after two seasons in Munich.
Even if Bayern are the big favourites,i hope Dortmund will score,and play a great bet for this game is a goal scored by Lewandowski one by T. Muller and the final score BVB 1-2  Bayern.

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