The big game: both 2013 Champions League finalists meet on Saturday when Nuri Sahin (l., against Toni Kroos) and Borussia Dortmund host European Champions FC Bayern München
The big game: both 2013 Champions League finalists meet on Saturday when Nuri Sahin (l., against Toni Kroos) and Borussia Dortmund host European Champions FC Bayern München
Bundesliga

Der Klassiker - LIVE!

Dortmund - The day is upon us, the one millions of Bundesliga fans here in Germany and all around the world have been eagerly anticipating for weeks: Der Klassiker, Borussia Dortmund against FC Bayern München.

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Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park is the venue for the first league meeting of the season between the current top two in the table, both now indisputably members of Europe's crème de la crème as well on the back of their respective UEFA Champions League exploits over the course of the year.

bundesliga.com will keep you posted with all the latest in the run-up to the game of the season so far, which will be broadcast live in a record 207 FIFA member states worldwide. (Here's a list of international television broadcasters for the match.)


Saturday

17:35 The confirmed line-ups for tonight's Klassiker:

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Großkreutz, Sokratis, M. Friedrich, Durm - S. Bender, Sahin - Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus -Lewandowski

FC Bayern München: Neuer - Rafinha, J. Boateng, Dante, Alaba - Martinez- Robben, Lahm, T. Kroos, T. Müller - Mandzukic

17:30

Bayern Munich have just confirmed their line-up for the Dortmund encounter on Twitter:

17:11

Quite a number of BVB fans are already waiting to be allowed to access Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park.

16:47

"Top clash, the table-toppers against the second-placed side, [Bundesliga] champions against runners-up, Champions League winners against the beaten finalists" says this Bayern tweet. And it basically says it all in terms of the quality of football we can expect tonight.

16:34

Tension rises at Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park with less than two hours until kick-off...

14:40 Despite, or indeed because of the intense rivalry between the sides, Jürgen Klopp is a huge admirer of FC Bayern's football. But, as he explains on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel, the Dortmund head coach knows too that the men from Munich have a certain basic system not so very different from that of his own side, or virtually any other in the Bundesliga come to that.

13:00

The visitors warming up on Saturday ahead of the game: "Light training just outside Dortmund. A really good vibe."

21:00

The countdown is on! Less than 24 hours remain until

Borussia Dortmund

face-off with

FC Bayern München

in a re-run of last season's UEFA Champions League final. For now we'll leave you with

bundesliga.com

's

exclusive preview

of Saturday's showdown and some of the best predictions sent in to

Bundesliga_GOAL

on Twitter. We still want to hear from you so be sure to tweet in with an answer to the following question:

What are your predictions for the Klassiker between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München?

Make sure to included #Klassiker in your Tweet and the best answers will feature right here on our LIVE updates!

20:00

Set to be broadcast in 207 countries worldwide,

Borussia Dortmund

's encounter with league leaders

FC Bayern München

has garnered interest from far and wide. "It’s clear that if you want to watch football at the highest level, you can’t miss this match," claims renowned Spanish journalist Marcos Lopez, while the Daily Mirror's London football correspondant John Cross believes "the Bundesliga has never been more popular among English football fans".

bundesliga.com

rounds up all the opinions surrounding the meeting of Germany's two giants of football from home and abroad right

here

.

18:00

The weekend's Bundesliga showdown has set a record before a ball has even been kicked.

Borussia Dortmund

hosting

FC Bayern München

has taken on an added level of significance after the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga announced that the encounter between last year's UEFA Champions League finalists would be broadcast in 207 of the 209 FIFA-affiliate nations. The two sides were both involved in the previous best mark with the Bavarians Matchday 8 match-up with Bayer 04 Leverkusen and the Matchday 10 Revierderby between BVB and FC Schalke 04 both shown live in 204 countries.

16:47

It's the biggest game of the weekend and

bundesliga.com

wants to hear from you! Tweet us at

Bundesliga_GOAL

on Twitter with an answer to the following question:

What are your predictions for the Klassiker between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München?

Make sure to included #Klassiker in your Tweet and the best answers will feature right here on our LIVE updates!

16:05

Ever wondered what it's like to play under Klopp, who took over the reins at Borussia Dortmund in 2008 and has since led

die Schwarz-Gelben

to success both domestically and in Europe? Let the club's summer signings

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang run you through their impressions

.

15:18

Both

FC Bayern München

and

Borussia Dortmund

may be battling injuries, but here's what FIFA 14 had to say about Saturday's

Klassiker

. All this and much more on the

official Bundesliga YouTube channel

!


14:45 Injury woes: European Footballer of the Year Franck Ribery has been ruled out of Bayern's trip to Dortmund after picking up an injury on international duty, but BVB have suffered a number of setbacks of their own own this week.

14:03 Ottmar Hitzfeld had the honour, and pleasure, of coaching both sides, taking them both to glory in the Champions League. Who does he think will win this one? He tells us in this video.

13:30 The clash between the 2013 UEFA Champions League finalists FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund has been a Klassiker for many years, not only recently. We have put together a pictorial history of possibly the most fascinating encounter in German football.