bundesliga.com outlines the careers and key facts of the protagonists.
Given that his father played for and managed local club LKS Goczalkowice Zdroj, Lukasz Piszczek's career in football was almost a foregone conclusion. The learned striker began his journey under his father's tutelage before joining the ambitious Gwarek Zabrze in 2001. Hertha BSC Berlin came calling three years later, but the Bundesliga outfit loaned the then 19-year-old Piszczek back to his homeland with Zaglebie Lubin. It was a crucial stage in the Pole's development as he gained three seasons' worth of valuable first team experience and even celebrated a national title prior to his return to Hertha in 2007. Appearances in the capital were sporadic to begin with, but Piszczek eventually made an impression on the right of defence and he missed just three league matches in his final season at the club. His performances had not gone unnoticed by Jürgen Klopp, who prized the Polish international away when Hertha were relegated in 2010. His development with Dortmund has since been remarkable. Piszczek won the title in each of his first two seasons, becoming one of the Bundesliga's best right-backs in the process. Now the 27-year-old has the chance to cap another fine campaign with the biggest club prize of them all - the UEFA Champions League.
Piszczek has also become an integral member of the Polish national side, his attacking interpretation of the full-back role winning him many admirers across the continent. So far he has won 34 caps for his country, appearing at both the 2008 and 2012 UEFA EUROs.
Champions League key facts:
• Lukasz Piszczek has won an impressive 64 per cent of his tackles this season. In the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid CF he won 11 of his 18 direct duels with Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
• Mario Götze is the only BVB player who has crossed more times (31) than Piszczek (25) this season.
• The right-back has played the full 90 minutes in all of Dortmund's 17 Champions League matches over the past two seasons bar one: The 4-1 home victory against Real in the semi-final first leg, in which he was brought off in the 82nd minute.
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