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


A Münchner through and through, Philipp Lahm actually made his breakthrough with VfB Stuttgart, where he went on loan as a 19-year-old for two seasons. Prior to that, the current Bayern captain's career began virtually on his doorstep with local side FT Gern München, where his mother remains in charge of the youth department to this day. In 1995 the mighty FCB came calling and signed up the 11-year-old Lahm, who worked his way through the ranks before his well-advised switch to Stuttgart. There, the diminutive defender honed his craft as a left-back and was selected for Germany's UEFA EURO 2004 campaign after just one season at the top level. The following year two serious injuries - a stress fracture of the foot and a cruciate ligament tear - slowed his progress, but after returning to Bayern in 2005, he soon picked up where he left off. A consistent performer ever since he came into the side, Lahm was a fixture on the left of defence until the emergence of David Alaba, who facilitated his move to his preferred position on the right. Lahm has celebrated three domestic doubles with the Bavarians, lifting the Bundesliga shield for the first time as skipper this campaign.

The 29-year-old has also been a key figure for the national team since his debut in 2004, taking over the captaincy from Michael Ballack in 2010. So far he has won 98 caps for die Nationalmannschaft.

Champions League key facts:


• Philipp Lahm has created five goals this season (level with Bastian Schweinsteiger) in the UEFA Champions League - only Dortmund's Mario Götze (eight) and Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (seven) boast more assists. In eight previous Champions League campaigns, Lahm only managed seven in total - and never more than two in a single season.

• The 29-year-old has won an impressive 62 per cent of his tackles, committing just nine fouls in nine matches so far.

• Only Barcelona's Daniel Alves has delivered more crosses (55) than Lahm (39) in this season's competition. Four of Lahm's have resulted in goals - a stat only Götze can match.

• Of all FCB's outfield players, Lahm has racked up more minutes in the Champions League this season than any other.

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