The two best European football teams this year come from Germany: for the first time in the history of the Champions League two German teams, Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund, will be competing in the final at London’s Wembley Stadium. Both teams proved their world-class strength especially in the semi-finals, when they won against the top clubs from Spain, the country that has won the European and World Championships. Borussia Dortmund qualified with a better goal average against Real Madrid (4:1, 0:2). Bayern München notched up a clear win in both the home and away matches against the world’s reputedly best team, FC Barcelona (4:0, 3:0).
Without a doubt, FC Bayern München has been demonstrating unprecedented strength this season. The team won the German championship earlier and won more matches and points in the season 2012/13 than any other team before. There are many reasons. The engineer behind their success is unquestionably their coach Jupp Heynckes who transformed a very good squad into a world-class team. The team has excellent players in all areas (including reserves), from national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to the midfield strategist Bastian Schweinsteiger and the international top stars Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben.
An added incentive came from Borussia Dortmund. The team won the German championship twice running in the past two years, so that the routinely high-flying Bayern München had to make do with less. Since he became Dortmund’s coach in 2008, Jürgen Klopp has managed to create a world-class team from talented young players who deliver exciting offensive football. This has not escaped the attention of the national and international competitors. Last summer Shinji Kagawa transferred to Manchester United. And this year, super talent Mario Götze is leaving Dortmund Borussia. His gifts were developed in the club’s youth section, but now he’s leaving for FC Bayern – after the final, and with a price tag of 37 million euros.
Uefa Champions League Final on 25 May