Summary

  • As many as 12 World Cup winners could be on parade in Der Klassiker.
  • Dortmund have five, Bayern seven world champions.
  • Der Klassiker proving to be a fixture with global appeal.

Fans all over the world are moving to the edge of their seats with anticipation of Der Klassiker between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München on Matchday 11, a game in which many of the players on display will need little introduction to a global audience.

That is because over half of the players potentially on parade at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on Saturday (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT) have a World Cup winner's medal in their closet.

Dortmund have five while Bayern boast seven World Cup winners, and bundesliga.com presents the world champions worthy of inclusion in one of the world's biggest fixtures this weekend.

Borussia Dortmund

Mario Götze (l.) and Roman Weidenfeller (r.) are two of Dortmund's five World Cup winners. © imago / DeFodi

Roman Weidenfeller: The experienced goalkeeper was Germany's number two at the 2014 World Cup and he is now in the same role at Dortmund. After a long spell in the spotlight, the 36-year-old feels good as Roman Bürki's back-up, and he never disappoints when he is called upon, like in the DFB Cup, where he remains first choice. He underlined his qualities in the last round with two penalty saves as Dortmund edged past 1. FC Union Berlin on a shoot-out.

Matthias Ginter: It took a while for the Freiburg-born midfielder to settle into his new surroundings but his versatility has meant he is an option for a range of roles. He is now a regular in his preferred position in the centre of the defence or on the right, where he has also been able to show another string from his bow with some impressive attacking play.

Erik Durm: The 24-year-old is just putting a difficult period behind him. His last appearance came in May's DFB Cup final against Bayern, before he needed an operation on his knee in the summer, which sidelined him until now. He is back in training and gunning for a return to the Dortmund team, perhaps in time for Der Klassiker.

Watch: Götze 2.0 - the midfielder sat down with bundesliga.com on completing his move from Bayern to Dortmund:

Mario Götze: The scorer of Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning goal is slowly finding his feet again back in Dortmund. He is a key player in the attacking midfield position, showing all of the qualities which have made him a fans' favourite. Götze can play the clever pass while his movement is second to none. He is still waiting for his first goal back in a Dortmund shirt, and who is to say that will not come on Saturday?

Andre Schürrle: He was the man who set Götze up for that historic strike in Rio de Janeiro. He hit the ground running in Dortmund, although that landing proved a little too hard as an injury then set him back. Schürrle is now back where he wants to be and proving why he was the player coach Thomas Tuchel really wanted to fill an important role in his Dortmund team.

FC Bayern München

Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels are the backbone of the Bayern and Germany teams, as well as World Cup winners. © imago

Manuel Neuer: Germany's number one is one of the best in the business. Both with Bayern and with Germany, he knows no rival. He has conceded just six goals this season and it is not going to be easy for BVB to make that seven.

Jerome Boateng: The boss at the centre of the Bayern and Germany defence, Boateng convinces with his outstanding tackling ability and with his clever, long balls which have proven to be the source of many goals or big chances. The 28-year-old can count himself among the very best defenders in the world.

Mats Hummels: The same can easily be said for his partner at the heart of the defence for both club and country, Mats Hummels. He is not only solid in his defensive duties, he is also an added threat from set pieces such as corners or free-kicks. Now he will be bidding for his first Bundesliga win against his former club.

Philipp Lahm: The man who lifted the World Cup into the Brazil night sky may now be 33, but he is as strong as ever. Perhaps his decision to bow out from international football at the very top has helped him maintain a peak condition and sharpness for his club duties, enabling him to deliver near flawless performances week in, week out. His wealth of experience will also come in useful as Bayern look to shut Dortmund out.

Watch: Philipp Lahm, the living Bundesliga legend:

Thomas Müller: After scoring 20 goals in 31 games last season, Müller is surprisingly still waiting for his first Bundesliga goal of the current campaign, although that does not make him any less menacing. His engaged, determined style of play is a boon for the team and anybody who starts to doubt him would be making a mistake, because he is at his most lethal when nothing is expected from him.

Xabi Alonso: Before Germany got their hands on the World Cup in 2014, Alonso had possession of the prized trophy for four years. The midfield general was the metronome of Spain's 2010 success, as he has been ever since joining Bayern. His experience from many appearances in Spain's El Clasico also stands him in good stead for such important fixtures.

Javi Martinez: Although only a substitute in South Africa, he learnt a lot from watching the world's best players from the bench and training with them daily that he is now putting into practice at Bayern, where – when fit – he is one of the first names Carlo Ancelotti puts on his team sheet.

Watch: the last Klassiker meeting in March 2016

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