2012 in review: April
Bundesliga kings: Defending champions Borussia Dortmund crowned a run of then 26 unbeaten encounters on Matchday 32
Celebration time at the Signal Iduna Park, but the presentation of the original
Things weren't so clear on Matchday 30 though, when Dortmund hosted record champions Bayern Munich, who would have topped the table on goal-difference with a win
Dortmund were widely dominant before the interval, while Bayern set the pace in an action-packed second half - but,
Bayern still had the chance to level matters and keep the race open, but Arjen Robben (front)
The next highlight came only a few days later when Dortmund travelled to Gelsenkirchen to meet their arch and local rivals Schalke 04.
On April 21st, Jürgen Klopp's men mastered their final test in the clash of the Borussias, where Croatian international
Bayern, though, also had their April success as they qualified for the UEFA Champions League final, thanks a win on penalties
Robben's penalty in regular time proved crucial in Madrid where the Spanish side won 2-1 to level matters on aggregate...
...after a goal from Franck Ribery (front) and Mario Gomez's last-gasp strike had given Bayern a slight advantage ahead of the return leg
Meanwhile, surprise package Gladbach secured fourth place just a year after narrowly avoiding relegation in the play-offs.
New brooms sweeping clean: Bayer Leverkusen's coaching duo Sami Hyypiä (pictured) and Sascha Lewandowski
VfB Stuttgart once more lived up to their reputation of coming stronger in the second half of the season.
Mixed feelings: 1. FC Kaiserslautern were relegated on Matchday 32, ironically just as the Red Devils snatched their first win after the winter break
After a sensational second half of the season, in which SC Freiburg collected 24 of 37 points, the Breisgau side's