bundesliga.com outlines the careers and key facts of the protagonists.
Born on October 18, 1983 in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, started out on the path to stardom at EC Juventude in Caxias do Sul. He made the move to Europe as a 20-year-old and, following stints at Lille, Charleroi and Standard Liege (with whom he won the Belgian league in 2007/08), switched to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in January 2009. Returning to fitness following an ankle injury, Dante quickly became a household name at Borussia Park, with the Foals staving off relegation one year and notching a fourth-place finish the next. That was enough to convince Bayern, who made their move for the unmistakable Samba star in the summer of 2012. Dante has featured 28 times in the Bundesliga this season and made his long-awaited international debut against England on Feburary 6, 2013.
- In Dante’s first season of Champions League football, the 29-year-old has featured in eleven of Bayern’s twelve fixtures (ten starts). He sat out the semi-final second leg with a cold.
- The Brazilian has come out on top in 67 per cent of his man-on-man tussles in the Champions League, compared to 62 per cent in the Bundesliga.
- Dante has one Champions League assist to his name, laying on the opening goal for Thomas Müller in the 4-0 first leg win over Barcelona.
- He won 86 per cent of his tackles in the first leg against Barcelona, with Lionel Messi not once getting the better of the Brazil international.
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