bundesliga.com outlines the careers and key facts of the protagonists.
Dortmund centre-back was born in Bergisch Gladbach on 16 December 1988. With his father Hermann working for FC Bayern Munich’s youth set-up, Hummels junior spent much of his childhood and youth living in the Bavarian capital. He joined FC Bayern at the age of seven with FC Bayern and by 2006/07 was playing for the reserves under Hermann Gerland, going on to make his Bundesliga debut on 19 May 2007 in a 5-2 home win against 1. FSV Mainz 05. There were no more senior appearances the following season however, at the end of which the record titleholders sent Hummels out on loan to Borussia Dortmund. There, he made enough of an early impact for BVB to reach an agreement with Bayern on a permanent move in February 2009 - the start of Hummels' rapid rise to the top. With close-on 150 Bundesliga appearances under his belt now, Hummels, at 24, has established himself among the front rank of creative central defenders in the European game and has been one of the integral figures in the club's own rise to the highest echelon over the past three years.
On the international front Hummels has won 23 caps for the German national team. He featured three times under head coach Joachim Löw at UEFA EURO 2012 and can now be considered as one of the first names of the team sheet.
- In last season’s competition Dortmund conceded twelve goals during six games in the Champions League group stages and Hummels didn’t miss a match. This season they’ve conceded the same amount of goals, but in twelve games.
- Interestingly though, Hummels won more of his challenges last year (67 per cent), compared to this season (65 per cent).
- Dortmund’s first-choice centre-back has demonstrated several different sides to his style of play this season, not least in the semi-final victory over Real Madrid.
- In the first leg 4-1 win against the Spanish champions he made a fatal error that led to Madrid equalizing before half-time. However, he made up for it in the Spanish capital by winning 20 his 24 challenges (83 per cent).
- His only goal in Europe’s premier club competition was an important one. Hummels rose highest to head home an 87th minute equaliser in the 2-2 first-leg draw against Round of 16 opponents Shakhtar Donetsk, having previously looked at fault for the Ukrainian’s second goal.
- In the “legendary” 3-2 quarter final second leg victory over Malaga CF, Hummels came off the bench in the 86th minute with the Spaniards leading 2-1 and played a huge part in BVB turning the game on its head with his long balls from the back.
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