London calling. It’s time for the Champions League final.
The whole world is watching Germany in London. There are a thousand plotlines, and 100 reasons to love Jurgen Klopp, but we’ve done the dirty work to find the best reads ahead of the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
- A tactical guide to BVB vs Bayern from Michael Cox.
- Anthony Lopopolo on why Dortmund has thrived by treating their fans like family
- Jonathan Wilson calling for Dortmund to stop Javi Martinez.
- Brian Phillips on the final’s five burning questions
- The best moments of lifting the Champions League trophy, in 30 seconds.
- How Jurgen Klopp has made Germany cool.
- A list of the greatest Bayern vs Borussia Dortmund matches.
- Miguel Delaney on whether Dortmund can spoil this season for Bayern.
- Brooks Peck’s Champions League companion
- Cristian Nyari on why history and redemption are on the line.
A history of the best feeling in the Champions League
With all eyes on London and the Champions League final, we’re taking a second to look back at *that* moment. Lifting the trophy: The best feeling in the world. KICKTV squeezed over 100 of those moments into 30 seconds, and the result is spectacular.
Business Time - AFR Voice, Ep 18.
It’s early May, which in footballing terms generally means one thing: it’s business time. And AFR Voice is punching in for this week’s audio shift with plenty to talk about. Whether it be a 33-man match in Norway, horror challenges on reporters in Denmark, or the hottest thing out of the Madrid branch of IKEA since someone burnt the meatballs, we’ve got it covered.
The Premier League title may be all wrapped up and tucked away safely in Manchester, but there’s still plenty to play for. We’ll be taking a look at the cross-London melee for the final Champions League places, whilst at the other end, any team not in the top half of the table will be nervously looking over their shoulders as Wigan make their customary late push for survival (if they’re not too busy winning the FA Cup).
Then we hop down into the lower leagues where there was a crazy final day in the Championship, and Paddy waxes lyrical about the play-offs as the league pyramid continues to shuffle itself for a couple more weeks yet.
Through Ryu’s Lens: Madrid a moment away from history
While there was only one club that looked fit for a Champions League final after 90 minutes in Dortmund, Real Madrid strung together an amazing final 10 minutes in their 180 minute battle with the German giant. The chances were there for the taking. Kaka and Benzema changed the game. Ronaldo faded, but ultimately Los Galacticos left their supporters knowing that every ounce of energy was left on the pitch. Ryu was at the Bernabéu to see Jurgen Klopp’s squad hold on until the dying seconds despite the surge of spirit that came from the Spaniards. [You can interact with Ryu on twitter @Toksuede and check his Flickr. Posted by Eric]
Fans as family, not customers, and the rise of Dortmund
They’re made of steely stuff, these people, and a few stories in the tabloids and the press didn’t do much to break their nerves. After all, Dortmund almost went bankrupt in 2005, and even when they lost so much – millions of dollars, sponsorships and players – the fans never died down. That’s not their way. No fewer than 70,000 attended the matches following that close encounter with the death penalty, and now, sometimes for as little as €11 per ticket, they can watch a team that’s looking destined for Wembley and has a chance to win a second Champions League title.
Dortmund’s Yellow Wall meets Real Madrid’s Dreams of La Décima
Some of the best fans in the world welcome Real Madrid & their dreams of a 10th Champions League title to Dortmund. As they did for Bayern vs Barça, KICKTV again called on our man Dan Leydon to show what happens when Galacticos face a wall of 70,000 screaming Germans.
Through Ryu’s Lens: Dortmund delivers a classic
Few gave Málaga a chance. And sure, they lost in the end, but what a fight they put up in Germany. The Andalusians climbed on top of the yellow wall, and silenced the 70,000 fans. The game was there for the taking, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side was absolutely defiant of any storylines that were supposedly set in stone. As they return to Iberia, they’ll be crushed. Dortmund rose to the occasion in the end, providing a comeback for the ages in the dying minutes, but it was a game that allowed us to see two teams competing at their very best. Ryu captured the full spectrum of emotions that both clubs experienced throughout the 90 minutes.