For the first time in 12 years, the most prestigious international soccer trophy, the Champions League, is coming home to Germany. It’s only a question of where in Germany. On 25 May, 2013 the decision will be made on the field…. at Wembley Stadium…. in England!
Already, history was made in German Soccer on its 50th anniversary season, when FC Bayern Munich, with its key players like Franck Ribery, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger, outran everybody enroute to its 23rd German season title at the earliest possible time possible- with seven games left in the regular season. It faces VfB Stuttgart for the German Cup (the DFB Pokal) on 1st June, and after destroying FC Barcelona in the semifinals in two games, 7-0, including a 3-0 victory on Barcelona soil yesterday, the team in red-white-blue is seeking the triple crown when facing its second place archrival, Borussa Dortmund.
As for Dortmund and its head coach Jürgen Klopp and many key players like Mario Götze, the team has had its own share of success, as the team had won back-to-back league titles in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons respectively, racking up a total of eight regular season titles. It had won the German Cup last year, as well. And while the team has been sitting at a distant second place in the standings, one should not underestimate them, as they toppled Real Madrid, another Spanish casualty in the semi-finals of the Champions League by a score of 4-3 in two games, including a 4-1 victory in the first game. The 2-0 victory by Madrid was not enough to eliminate Dortmund. That team had won nine Champions League titles and 32 regular season titles in the Spanish League.
While the Spaniards are roiling in rage, waiting for the World Cup (and the next regular season in the Champions League) to take revenge on Germany, as it had dominated the soccer scene for most of the last 12 years since Bayern Munich won the 2001 title, the 2013 title solely belongs to Germany, and in its rightful way, as the two teams have all the cards, all the players, and all the excitement that will keep soccer fans on their feet, even those like the author who has been residing in Germany for more than a decade and has been following the soccer soap opera since the beginning. And it is clear that every city in Germany will be armed with jerseys, soccer balls, and lots of singers, as Dortmund and Bayern Munich will lock horns in over three weeks time.
This leads to the Flensburg Files’ Frage for the Forum (you can comment here or under the facebook or Twitter pages):
Which German Soccer Team will win the 2013 Champions League Title? FC Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund?
Reasons for your decision are also welcome. The Flensburg Files will reveal the results shortly before the main event on 25 May. Stay tuned.
Richard Halliburton Question:
How many US towns carry the name Munich, and where are they located?
You can comment on that as well between now and 20 May. The answer will be revealed in an article on a German-named town with the name Munich in it.