Cologne - With the eyes of the world on Der Klassiker on Sunday, meet some of the fans we will be following around the globe as they go through the rollercoaster of emotions provoked by the Bundesliga's biggest game. You can also keep up-to-date with them on Twitter under #fcbbvbworldwide.

AUSTRALIA: Alex, Dortmund fan  

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  • Name: Alex Speirs
  • Nickname: Speirsy
  • Age: 30
  • Place of birth: Sydney, Australia
  • Place of residence: Sydney, Australia
  • Profession: Customer Service officer/Student paramedic

How long a Dortmund fan? Since the 1996/97 season.

Why Dortmund? It was the first moment I laid eyes on Signal Iduna Park and our fans in a highlight package in 1996. It blew my mind, and ever since my love for the club and our fans has only grown. We have the best fans on the planet, bar none.

First match seen? Would be a one-hour Bundesliga highlights package on SBS in 1996. I think it was the opening round of the 1996/97 season. I remember we were at home and won, but not much else.

Favourite moment? My first time watching a game in the Südtribune in 2013 is a personal highlight. Lars Ricken's goal in the 1996/97 Champions League final also sticks in the memory, as does the 5-2 DFB Cup final win over Bayern in 2012.

Favourite player? Mats Hummels

Where do you watch the Bundesliga?  Either at home by myself or with my friend, Dan, who founded Borussia Dortmund Australia. For big games, we can normally get a few more from the fan club together. Those are always great nights.

What is special about the Bundesliga? German fans are the best in the world, and the colour and atmosphere shine through. I am also a big fan of the attacking intent that teams in the Bundesliga show. I think it is the most entertaining league in the world.

Your prediction? BVB are always hard for Bayern - this will be no different. Auba and Mikky get the goals in a 2-1 win for BVB.

KENYA: Bilha, Bayern fan & Wonderful, Dortmund fan  


  • Name: Bilha Osong
  • Nickname: Billybabs
  • Age: 23
  • Place of birth: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Place of residence: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Profession: Footballer/Saleswoman

How long a Bayern fan? Since 2013

Why Bayern? They have talent and play with brains, not only physicality. They communicate while playing. They're not individuals, but team players.

Favourite moment? When we won the Champions League final in 2013

Favourite all-time player? Arjen Robben

Where do you watch the Bundesliga? At the video club, Mathare Nairobi, with my friend, Wonderful Nyaga.

What is special about the Bundesliga? They play high-quality football.

Your prediction? 4-1 for Bayern.

  • Name: Wonderful Nyaga
  • Nickname: Wonderboy
  • Age: 25
  • Place of birth: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Place of residence: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Profession: Truck driver

How long a Dortmund fan? Since 2012

Why Dortmund? They are a good team with young players.

Favourite moment? The 2012/13 DFB Cup quarter-final where Bayern beat Dortmund 1-0 thanks to a goal from Arjen Robben.

Favourite all-time player? Shinji Kagawa

Where do you watch the Bundesliga? At the video club, Mathare Nairobi.

What is special about the Bundesliga? The play really good football, and the league is keenly-contested.

Your prediction? 1-2 for Dortmund.

USA: Mike, Bayern fan  

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  • Name: Michael Fähnle-Hedge
  • Nickname: Mike
  • Age: 35
  • Place of birth: Wertheim, Germany
  • Place of residence: Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Profession: Insurance lobbyist

How long a Bayern fan? All my life.

Why Bayern? My family is from Spessart in Unterfranken, but we have always been more Bayern than 1. FC Nürnberg. I also lived in Bad Tölz in Oberbayern, and I have spent many an afternoon shopping in Munich with my mother!

First match seen? I remember Bayern losing to Bayer 05 Uerdingen in the 1985 DFB Cup final.

Favourite moment? Patrik Andersson scoring against Hamburger SV on the final day of the 2000/01 season.

Favourite all-time player? Gerd Müller

Favourite player of your generation? Oliver Kahn

Favourite current player? It was Bastian Schweinsteiger, now it's Thomas Müller.

Where do you watch the Bundesliga? With my fan club DC Bayern Capitol 11 at Summers Restaurant and Sports Bar in Arlington, just across the river from Washington, DC.

What is special about the Bundesliga? It's the league where the fans are still the kings, lower ticket costs, exciting matches, and the 50+1 rule.

Your Fan Club's Twitter? @DCBayern11

Your Fan Club’s Facebook?

Your prediction? 3-1 for Bayern.

BRAZIL: Josue, Dortmund fan  

  • Name: Josue Silva
  • Nickname: Ze
  • Age: 27
  • Place of birth: Canoas, Brazil
  • Place of residence: Gravatai, Brazil
  • Profession: Local transport authority safety engineer

How long a Dortmund fan? Since the end of 2010

Why Dortmund? My first contact with them came with the 1997 Club World Cup when they played the Brazilian team Cruzeiro. I always followed their games, because they had Brazilian players like Amoroso or Tinga. I became a real fan in the 2010/11 season, because I saw a crazy coach in Jürgen Klopp with a young team that played every match as if it were their last in front of 80,000 passionate fans. I knew then that they were the team for me.

First match seen? Dortmund 0-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen, season 2010/11

Favourite moment? The 3-1 win over Bayern in a sold-out Allianz Arena in 2010/11, the victory against Bayern with a Lewandowski goal when Robben missed a penalty, and the Revierderby when Reus and Aubameyang did Batman and Robin.

Favourite player? Shinji Kagawa and Sven Bender

Where do you watch the Bundesliga? I normally watch games at home, but I'm always in touch with other Borussia fans via social networks. I always go when our fan club in Rio Grande do Sul meets up to watch games, which is usually in the 'Brechó do Futebol' bar in central Porto Alegre or in the indoor football hall 'Mundo dos Esportes' where we have a barbecue.

What is special about the Bundesliga? The stadia and the incredible atmosphere. Every game is sold out, and fans stand and sing. The Bundesliga has managed to modernise without losing its soul. Games are always of a high quality with a lot of goals.

Your prediction? Aubameyang to get the only goal of the game in a Dortmund win.

CHINA: Liang, Bayern fan  

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  • Name: Xiaodong Liang
  • Nickname: Vonzeus/Old V
  • Age: 38
  • Place of birth: Shanghai, China
  • Place of residence: Shanghai, China
  • Profession: TV post-production

How long a Bayern fan? 25 years

Why Bayern? Because of the great players they have had: Müller, Lahm, Ballack, Rummenigge, Kahn, Klinsmann etc. 

First match seen? 1995, Bayern vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

Favourite moment? Patrik Andersson's late goal against Hamburger SV in the final game of the 2000/01 season.

Favourite player? Philipp Lahm

Where do you watch the Bundesliga? At the Windows Bar and Restaurant with a good German beer.

Your prediction? It will be a Bayern win, of course.

POLAND: Jakub, Dortmund fan  


  • Name: Jakub Wolski
  • Nickname: Wolu
  • Age: 10
  • Place of birth: Warsaw, Poland
  • Place of residence: Warsaw, Poland
  • Profession: Pupil

How long a Dortmund fan? Since 2012

Why a Dortmund fan? Because they had Lukasz Piszczek, 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski all in one team.

Favourite moment? Lewandowski scoring five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg.

Favourite player? Lewandowski

Where do you watch the Bundesliga? At home on TV with my dad.

What is special about the Bundesliga? The high quality of the football, and the famous players, such as Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Mario Götze and Manuel Neuer.

Your prediction? 2-1 to Bayern

JAPAN: Souichiro, Dortmund fan  


  • Name: Souichiro Tsukimine
  • Age: 28
  • Place of birth: Miyagi, Sendai Prefecture
  • Place of residence: Hasuda, Saitama Prefecture
  • Profession: Media designer

How long a Dortmund fan? Since 2010

Why Dortmund? I started supporting them when Shinji Kagawa joined, and stayed with them during his spell at Manchester United.

Favourite moment? During the 2011/12 season, Dortmund played Mönchengladbach, and Jürgen Klopp ran to hug Kagawa after he had scored a goal.

Favourite player? The whole of the Dortmund squad, but particularly Kagawa and Jonas Hofmann.

Where do you watch the Bundesliga? Normally, at home, but sometimes I go to a sportsbar for special occasions.

What is special about the Bundesliga? It's fantastic blow-for-blow action with super players. There is also a wonderful atmosphere created by the fans in the stadium.

Your Twitter? @bvb_magazine

Your prediction? 2-1 to Dortmund.

MEXICO: Carlos, Bayern fan  


  • Name: Carlos Mercado Rivera
  • Nickname: Karl
  • Age: 31
  • Place of birth: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Place of residence: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Profession: Degree in science communication but currently a beer sommelier and Spanish teacher.

How long a Bayern fan? Nine years.

First match seen? I've got hazy memories of a Bayern game years ago, which, for some reason, was broadcast on terrestrial TV in Mexico. Lothar Matthäus was playing and Bayern lifted a trophy afterwards. The first game I was really aware of was the defeat to Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final.

Why Bayern? In 1990 I became a huge fan of the German national team, with Lothar Matthäus my first real idol. Growing up I realised that most of the great German players had, at one point or another, played for Bayern and so my love for the club began to grow. As well as that, on the Sunday sport shows, whenever the Bundesliga came on Bayern were at, or near, the top. For me Bayern became synonymous with German football and so I adopted them as my team.

Favourite moment? When Patrick Andersson scored the winner for the league in the 2000/01 season while Schalke were celebrating. It's still hard to believe!

Favourite player? That's Philipp Lahm, easy. I've followed him throughout his career and I can't think of any player who's like him. He gives everything on the field and particularly in moments of real pressure. He's a real captain and a born winner. He can do everything: dribble, pass, shoot, score, assist, his technique is impeccable and his vision unsurpassed. He's also my age. If I could choose a football alter-ego, it would be him.

Where do you watch the Bundesliga? Because the games are on early in Mexico, I usually watch them at home with breakfast and coffee, and then read all about them on the Internet.

What is special about the Bundesliga? It's the purest professional league in the world. The general style of play is open and teams try to win ahead of being content with draws. I like the competitive nature and the excitement of seeing a different team at the top or the bottom, regardless of the club in question's size or history. It's the only league where I could watch any game involving any team, the other leagues bore me too easily.

Your Twitter? @karlmarknad

Your prediction? I'm usually a pessimist when it comes to predicting football results... I don't think Dortmund will want to be on the receiving end of a hammering: 2-1 to Bayern.

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