Andre Schürrle (l.) and Mats Hummels (r.) are two of potentially 12 World Cup winners in Der Klassiker this weekend.
Andre Schürrle (l.) and Mats Hummels (r.) are two of potentially 12 World Cup winners in Der Klassiker this weekend.

Der Klassiker: duel of the World champions

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.

Borussia Dortmund

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 presents the world champions worthy of inclusion in one of the world's biggest fixtures this weekend.

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FC Bayern München

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.

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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