By Patrick Omorodion with Agency report
London’s Wembley Stadium will today make history as it stages the first all-German final in the UEFA Champions League with FC Bayern Munich seeking to make up for last year’s disappointment at the expense of Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern inspired by French international, Franck Ribery lost in the final of the same competition last year to Ivory Coast international, Didier Drogba and his Chelsea gang after a grueling penalty shoot-out on their home turf.
They will be determined to erase the pain of that loss, having also lost the 2010 showpiece, by hoping to get the better of a Dortmund team they have already beaten to this season’s Bundesliga title.
With Borussia Dortmund’s playmaker Mario Gotze ruled out of the match because of a hamstring injury, Bayern who have remained unbeaten against Dortmund in four meetings this season may just ride to victory.
Bayern and their coach, Jupp Heynckes are seeking to etch their names in history books. While Bayern are seeking to join Liverpool FC on five European Cup wins and become the joint-third most successful club in the competition’s history behind Real Madrid CF and AC Milan, coach Heynckes, if his side wins, would become the 19th coach to have won the European Cup twice, after his success with Real Madrid in 1998.
He would also become only the fourth to have triumphed with two different clubs after Ernst Happel (Feyenoord 1970, Hamburger SV 1983), Hitzfeld (Dortmund 1997, Bayern 2001) and José Mourinho (FC Porto 2004, FC Inter Milan in 2010).
Heynckes’ counterpart, Jurgen Klopp however, cannot boast of very rich records in the UEFA Champions League and therefore may not find the answer to breakdown a Bayern side that is fired up for victory after a consecutive final appearance.
Klopp has faced a Bayern side 20 times as coach of first FSV Mainz 05 and now Dortmund. He fell 11 times to Bayern with only four draws and five wins.
However, in Robert Lewandowski, Klopp has a destroyer who single-handedly eclipsed Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid in the semi final to depend on to unsettle Bayern and probably turn the table.
Today’s match is the seventh European Cup final at Wembley, and the second since the stadium was rebuilt.
In 1963 AC Milan beat Benfica 2-1 there, in 1968 Benfica was again at the receiving end, this time in the hands of Manchester United FC who beat them 4-1 after extra time.
Ajax FC took their turn in 1971, beating Panathinaikos FC 2-0 while Liverpool pipped Club Brugge 1-0 in 1978, the same scoreline with which FC Barcelona stopped Sampdoria in 1992. Barcelona were again at Wembley in 2011, beating home side, Manchester United 3-1.
Germany which is making history by presenting the two finalists were preceded by three other countries. They are Spain when Real Madrid beat Valencia in 2000, Italy after AC Milan triumphed against Juventus in 2003 and England when Manchester United were the better side against Chelsea in 2008. ,