bundesliga.com outlines the careers and key facts of the protagonists.
BVB keeper Roman Weidenfeller was born on 6 August 1980 in Diez (Rhineland-Palatinate) and started playing football as a five-year-old with Sportfreunden Eisbachtal. After 11 years, he moved into the youth academy of 1. FC Kaiserslautern, making his Bundesliga debut on 4 November 2000 under Andreas Brehme. In 2002, he moved to Borussia Dortmund after only six league appearances, starting off as their number two behind Jens Lehmann. Once Lehmann moved to Arsenal FC, Weidenfeller became number one. He held off the competition of Guillame Warmuz and is today BVB’s undisputed first-choice custodian. Overall, he has made 289 Bundesliga appearances. Despite numerous sensational seasons, Dortmund’s vice-captain has yet to be capped by his country.
- Weidenfeller has played an exceptional Champions League season, saving an impressive 76 percent of shots on his goal.
- Weidenfeller has foiled 12 of 19 big chances - no other goalkeeper this season has saved more than six big chances. In this respect, the Dortmund goalkeeper is in a league of his own
- Weidenfeller kept four clean sheets, the last one in the first leg of the quarter-final againt Malaga CF (0-0). In the last three games, Weidenfeller then conceded five goals.
The 22 heroes of Wembley:
Dortmund:Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Gündogan, S. Bender - Blaszczykowski, Reus, Großkreutz - Lewandowski
Bayern:Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba - Schweinsteiger, Martinez - Robben, Müller, Ribery - Mandzukic