Borussia Dortmund may have come up short against Bayern Munich in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League final, but BVB’s thrilling run to the Wembley Stadium showpiece - which included victories over Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax - will remain etched in the memories of Schwarzgelben supporters for many years to come.
Some of today’s biggest stars turned out for BVB in the English capital on 25 May 2013, but where are they now? bundesliga.com investigates…
It’s a testament to Weidenfeller’s longevity and great talent that at 37, he’s still on the books at Dortmund, where the former Kaiserslautern custodian retains the No.1 shirt, despite playing back-up to Roman Bürki. A two-time Bundesliga winner with BVB prior to helping his team reach the 2013 Champions League final, Weidenfeller played every minute of Die Schwarzgelben’s run to the Wembley showpiece, even keeping four clean sheets along the way. The ex-German international has racked up almost 500 appearances with Dortmund since signing on a free transfer in 2002.
Serbia international Subotic started alongside central defensive partner Mats Hummels in the 2013 Champions League final and even produced a stunning last-ditch sliding clearance to deny Robben what looked an easy tap in with the game locked at 1-1. Now plying his trade for Saint Etienne in Ligue 1, the 29-year-old was a firm crowd favourite at the Signal Iduna Park, scoring 18 goals in 262 games across all competitions for the Bundesliga giants and winning five titles.
The Polish dynamo gave Bayern left-back David Alaba a torrid time in London but did not shirk his defensive responsibilities in the slightest, often tracking back to help compatriot Piszczek deal with the effervescent Ribery. After joining the club from Wisla Krakow in 2007, ’Kuba’ wasted little time in establishing himself as a firm favourite at the Signal Iduna Park, playing a key role in the club’s double-winning 2011/12 campaign. Blaszczykowski’s displays for BVB that season even earned him a place on UEFA’s 32-man shortlist for the Best Player in Europe Award. Now at Wolfsburg, the diminutive winger netted 32 and assisted a further 52 goals in 253 appearances for the North Rhine-Westphalian giants.
After joining from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012, Reus hit the ground running in his first season at the Signal Iduna Park, scoring four goals and setting up as many in Dortmund’s run to the final. Calm and composed in possession at Wembley - particularly in the first half - Reus seldom allowed Bayern’s central defenders any time on the ball and won the penalty from which BVB drew level in the 68th minute. Named Germany’s Footballer of the Year in 2012, his performances in 2012/13 also earned him a place in the 2013 UEFA Team of the Year. Having recently returned to action following a severe knee injury, Reus has plundered three goals in just six league appearances for Borussia and has his sights firmly set on a place in Joachim Löw’s squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Criticised in some quarters for his semi-final second-leg display against Madrid, Dortmund-born utility man Großkreutz was a bundle of energy in the first half at Wembley Stadium but tired in the second as Bayern’s attacking midfield trio of Robben, Müller and Ribery began to turn the screw. A diehard BVB supporter, Großkreutz clocked up 236 appearances for his boyhood club before joining Turkish side Galatasaray in 2016. A 14-month spell at Stuttgart was followed by a move to Darmstadt, with whom Großkreutz is currently battling relegation from Bundesliga 2.
Having masterminded BVB’s Bundesliga and DFB Cup double the year before, Klopp went into the 2012/13 campaign determined to re-establish Dortmund as a European force. Despite being drawn alongside Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax in the so-called “group of death”, the Stuttgart-born coach not only guided Borussia to the top of Group D but also led the club to a first Champions League final since 1997, establishing himself as one of the world’s brightest tactical minds in the process. The 50-year-old is currently in his second full season in charge of Liverpool, who have already plundered over 100 goals in all competitions in 2017/18. He has also guided the Reds into the Champions League quarter-finals, where they will face Gündogan’s Man City.