Munich - One final, two Bundesliga clubs, 22 gladiators: These players will determine the outcome of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League decider between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium on 25 May.

bundesliga.com outlines the careers and key facts of the protagonists.

Career details


Born on 10 December 1988 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, was destined to be a footballer right from the start given that his father Zelijko also made it as a professional. Despite, or perhaps because of, several changes of scenery during his youth - the defender's family moved to the Black Forest in 1990, to Salt Lake City in 1999 before a return to Germany in 2005, Subotic was always obsessed with football. Following two seasons in the reserves at 1. FSV Mainz 05, Jürgen Klopp promoted him to the senior side. The pair's destinies have been intertwined ever since, with the centre-back following his coach to Borussia Dortmund in 2008. The towering defender quickly established himself with the Yellow-Blacks and even scored on his debut for the club. The 24-year-old is now a cornerstone of the side alongside Mats Hummels in the centre of defence.

Despite making 12 appearances at junior level for the USA, in 2009 Subotic, who holds both Bosnian and Serbian citizenship, opted to represent the latter on the international scene. He made his debut in a World Cup qualifier against Romania and has since earned a further 32 caps for his country.

Key facts


  • On average, Subotic has won a modest 57 per cent of all challenges this season, although his aerial ability (a 64 per cent winning quota) outstrips his effectiveness on the ground (53 per cent).

  • The Serbian only contests an average of 14 challenges per game - the lowest return at the club (Hummels makes 20 tackles). However, his positional play is superb and he has intercepted 160 this term - only Hummels has done better with 163.

  • Subotic's misplaced pass ratio of 20 per cent does leave room for improvement though. By comparison, Sebastian Kehl only fails to find a team-mate 11 per cent of the time.

  • Subotic is one of the game's nice guys: In 14 Champions League outings he has only committed three fouls and has yet to see a card of any colour in the competition.

  • This season the 24-year-old has only taken two shots at the opposition goal in Europe. He's far more attack-minded in the Bundesliga, having scored three goals in the 2012/13 season (prior to Matchday 34).

    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