Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


Give me five: Borussia Dortmund's team captain Sebastian Kehl lifts the <i>Meisterschale</i> as the defending champions for the fifth time Polish trio Robert Lewandowski (l.), Lukasz Piszczek (2nd r.) and Jakub Blaszczykowski (r.) were essential in the Yellow Blacks' triumphant 2011/12 campaign, which Dortmund won by a stunning eight points over second-placed Bayern Munich Only a week later, Dortmund got the better of the record champions again, this time in the DFB Cup final, where Lewandowski (m.) scored a hat-trick The Poland international's late header sealed the 5-2 victory and Dortmund's outstanding performance, as well as a miserable end to the domestic season for Bayern It was Dortmund's first ever league and Cup double win, a truly outstanding season for the Signa Iduna Park outfit <i>Finale dahoam</i>: Domestically they were second best,  but Bayern Munich still had the chance to be the first ever club to win the UEFA Champions League on their own ground as they hosted Chelsea FC in the final Bayern were utterly dominant against the London side and looked very much on course seven minutes from time when Thomas Müller's (r.) header broke the deadlock Bayern's players euphorically celebrated their lead, but it was short-lived, as Didier Drogba levelled matters for Chelsea, sending the game into extra time The drama continued when Arjen Robben (r.) saw his penalty saved by Chelsea's goalkeeper Petr Cech, and the 2012 Champions League final was about to be decided by a penalty shootout... Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger (r.) crucially missed their spot-kicks, while Drogba converted the final effort to see Chelsea as winners and destroy Bayern's dreams of winning a fourth European crown There were sad times also in Cologne, where Lukas Podolski (l.) and Co. lost to Bayern Munich on the final Bundesliga Matchday which sealed 1. FC Köln's relegation. Crowd favourite "Prinz Poldi" then left the club he had spent 13 years with to join Arsenal FC for the new campaign Michael Ballack was another star player to leave the Bundesliga at the end of the season as Bayer Leverkusen's 98-time Germany international retired after having scored 77 goals in 267 league games Leverkusen secured fifth place on Matchday 34 thanks to a 4-1 at 1. FC Nuremberg where Stefan Kießling (2nd l.) struck three against his former club Further down the table, Hertha BSC Berlin benefited from Köln's Matchday 34-defeat courtesy to their 3-1 win over 1899 Hoffenheim to move up one place and secure a place in the play-offs against Bundesliga 2 side Fortuna Düsseldorf The capital club took the lead through Roman Hubnik (l.) early on in the first leg, but the visitors responded well, as Thomas Bröker (c.) levelled matters just after the hour mark before Adrian Ramos' own goal sealed Fortuna's win In the return leg, 2-2 was the result in a dramatic game where Ranisav Jovanovic (r.)... ...and Maximilian Beister hit the net for Fortuna to guarantee Norbert Meier's men return to Germany's top flight after 15 years in the lower leagues
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