Having been used to getting their own way this season, FC Bayern Munich got a bit of a shock when a fearless Borussia Dortmund side attacked them from the off, but eventually the Bavarians emerged as continental champions.
With the dust still settling on one of the most memorable showdowns in recent years, bundesliga.com has all the latest from the camps of both the victors and the vanquished.
Sunday, 26 May
20:00 The fact that Bayern are the UEFA Champions League 2013 winners may not have fully sunk in for many just yet, but stay with us for all the reactions from an historic night in Wembley.
19:30 The Bayern bus has arrived at the club's training ground on Säbener Straße. Despite the weather the fans are out in force as the players are greeted by cheers of "Super Bayern, super Bayern, hey, hey!"
19:20 In other news confirmed that he was given the honour of holding onto the UEFA Champions League trophy overnight in London. "I was up until five or six in the morning," said the Frenchman in an interview with Sky Sports News HD. "I went to bed just before six and took the trophy with me. I had the trophy and my wife in bed with me last night."
19:10Holger Badstuber wasn't able to celebrate winning the UEFA Champions League with his teammates last night. However, the centre-back, out injured at the moment, was not forgotten as the Bayern players took pictures with the trophy, whilst holding a kit with Badstuber's name on it and the message was weel-received. "What a game! We fully-deserved to win. Thanks you lads and thank you for the kind gesture," said Badstuber on his official Twitter account.
18:30FC Bayern broke another record this season, but they needed Dortmund's help to do so. 21.61 million people tuned into to watch the Bavarians end three years of hurt with a 2-1 win in the UEFA Champions League final on German television channel ZDF. Meanwhile, pay-per-view channel Sky Germany saw their viewing figures increase from 590,000 to 880,000 compared to last year's 'Finale da hoam'. The encounter between Chelsea FC and the record titleholders had previously broken the record which saw 16.79 million viewers tune in to watch Bayern beaten on penalties.
TWEET: Mesut Ozil (Germany international and Real Madrid midfielder) "Congratulations to FC Bayern Munich. It was a super final. Greetings from San Sebastian."
17:45 The European Champions, FC Bayern Munich have landed in the wet and windy Bavarian capital. An FCB flag has been printed on the side of their chartered Airbus A380 with a message stating simply, "congratulations!". Fans have gathered to welcome their heroes home and erupt into cheers when Jupp Heynckes and Philipp Lahm lead the team off the plane.
17:15Dortmund have arrived to a rousing reception inside the Signal Iduna Park where roughly 15,000 BVB fans gathered to celebrate their team's achievement. Though the pain of losing the UEFA Champions League final will still be palpable in the Ruhr district, as Jürgen Klopp said, they "still have plenty to be proud of" and their fans are well aware of that as they belt out the historic football anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone".
TWEET: Dirk Nowitzski (Basketball players, Dallas Mavericks) "I feel for Dortmund. An incredible match, but this title and this season belong to FC Bayern. Well done. Congrtulations. Mia san mia."
16:30 Speaking to Sky Sports News HD, Roman Weidenfeller provided an insight into how the BVB players are feeling having just landed in Dortmund. "We’re all a bit disappointed with the result last night, but we can take a lot from this final and this season and be happy with ourselves," explained the Dortmund captain. "We’ve concentrated on the positive elements of what we’ve experienced. Holiday isn’t something we’re concerning ourselves with, right now we’re just letting it all sink in."
Serbian centre-back Neven Subotic also alluded to a strength of character within the Yellow Black camp. "We’re back in Dortmund now, but I find myself asking what it would've been like had we won? What would the reception have been like? How would I have felt?" said Subotic. "However, we're the type of team who like to take the positives out of a situation like this."
16:00: and co. are now on their way back to Munich, where they are due to land at 17:05 CET. None other than the world's largest passenger airline is carrying the team and trophy from London Gatwick to Munich.
15:55 has taken to Facebook to express his emotions. "It was a short night," he wrote. "My voice is a bit croaky so I'm just going to write a quick note from London! It was a fantastic feeling to have won the Champions League. The team's worked amazingly hard this season and deservedly won this title. We're bringing the trophy to Munich with us at last this afternoon."
15:35 The Dortmund squad are a flight closer to returning to home comforts after the agony of falling just short in the Champions League final. BVB have landed at Dortmund airport and will soon be travelling to the Signal Iduna Park where they're planning to thank their fans for the unerring support they've shown this season.
14:45: The newsstands remain empty in Germany on a Sunday, yet the reaction to last night is not in short supply on the newspapers' websites. bundesliga.com rounds up the reaction 'Dahoam' to Bayern's 2-1 triumph.
Süddeutsche Zeitung: 'Winners at last' - For a long time referred to as the golden generation, now, after many defeats, they have won an international title. An FC Bayern side featuring and have relieved themselves of the burden of being a team of highly talented, yet incomplete footballers. And most are still young enough for more trophies to follow this one.
Frankfurter Allgemeine: his greatest victory. In the final against Dortmund, Bastian Schweinsteiger plugged the holes, urged his team on and pushed himself to the limit. FC Bayern's most important player worked hard for his title dream, and erased the trauma of last year's final.
14:30: Here's a rundown on what the local papers are saying in London after last night's all-Bundesliga final:
The Independent: 'Robben proves Mr Reliant for Bayern'
Daily Star: 'Ar-gem! Bayern hero Robben: Super Rob rocks 'em. Arjen is Heynckes' hero as Bayern beat brave Borussia'
The Sun: UnBAYlievable!
13:40: The FC Bayern players are homeward bound, but not without great difficulty. Throngs of fans and assorted media surrounded the entrance to their hotel in central London, eager for a snap of a European champion.
After squirming through the assembled masses, the Bavarians are travelling on their team bus with a police escort towards the airport...
13:36:Borussia Dortmund may be inconsolable right now, but there can be no doubt they've been gracious in defeat. Ever classy, Jürgen Klopp and his charges will head to their magnificent Signal Iduna Park today to thank their fans for their support this season. Here's the planned run-down of events:
14:00: Signal Iduna Park opens to fans
15:00: Anticipated arrival of BVB team at Dortmund airport
16:00: Anticipated arrival of Dotrmund team at the stadium.
45 mins - one hour: Planned duration of event.
13:30: So how do you think it would feel to provide an assist and score the winner in the Champions League final? We were curious, so we caught up with matchwinner Arjen Robben after the game and found out in an interview with the Dutch star.
13:00: Have you got your breath back yet? Last night's final was some spectacle, with two heavyweights trading blows until the knockout punch came in the closing minutes. You can view all the best match pictures here and check out some delightful snaps of Jupp Heynckes getting his groove on at Bayern's post-match banquet here.
Saturday, 25 May18:55: Don't forget, we'll be bringing you all the live text commentary you can shake a stick at right here.
18:43: Both sides have set off on the road to Wembley. Excited? You should be!
17:47: With just under three hours to go until kick-off, there is already a small but significant number of Dortmund fans in the stadium!
17:17: The Borussia Dortmund players have appeared from their rooms to go for a pre-match walk in the grounds of their hotel. Injured superstar Mario Götze is also with them, having flown in on a private jet from Germany this morning.
The team hotel is approximately 45 minutes away from Wembley, but Dortmund are set to head there shortly due to the heavy volume of traffic expected.
16:42: The Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern fans have taken to the squares of London in their tens of thousands. Be it in black and yellow or red and white, the streets are decked out from head to toe in fan paraphernalia.
16:22: Don't forget Bayern are chasing an historic treble this season. After tonight's UEFA Champions League final, they face VfB Stuttgart in the German Cup on June 1. The last team to win the domestic league, the domestic cup and European Cup was Internazionale Milano in 2010. Barcelona (2009), Manchester United (1999), PSV Eindhoven (1988), Ajax (1972) and Glasgow Celtic (1967) are the only other sides to have completed the set in a single season.
15:00:FC Bayern fans look away now, but there are some incredible parallels between Dortmund's last Champions League triumph in 1997 and this season's happenings. Believe it or not, but...
Italian champions: Juventus
Portuguese champions: Porto
English champions: Manchester United
Turkish champions: Galatasaray
DFB Cup winners: VfB Stuttgart
Promoted teams: Berlin, Kaiserslautern and a team from Lower Saxony (Wolfsburg)
Dortmund's last Bundesliga result before the Champions League final: A 2-1 defeat
Relegated: Fortuna Düsseldorf
Top goalscorer played for: Leverkusen (Ulf Kirsten)
Dortmund won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in the seasons prior to their final appearance (1995 and 1996)
Champions League winners: Borussia Dortmund
Bundesliga champions: Bayern
Italian champions: Juventus
Portuguese champions: Porto
English champions: Manchester United
Turkish champions: Galatasaray
DFB Cup winners: VfB Stuttgart?
Promoted teams: Berlin, a team from Lower Saxony (Braunschweig), Kaiserslautern?
Dortmund's last Bundesliga result before the Champions League final: A 2-1 defeat
Relegated: Fortuna Düsseldorf
Top goalscorer played for: Leverkusen (Stefan Kießling)
Dortmund won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in the seasons prior to their final appearance (2011,2012)
Champions League winners: ???
14:15: As a Champions League winner with FC Bayern the last time they hoised the trophy aloft, who better than former left-back Bixente Lizarazu to analyse the Bavarians' chances tonight? You can read our full interview with the Frenchman here.
13:30: Meanwhile, English tabloid The Sun has an article by former England manager Terry Venables titled "It's a worry that the Germans are showing us how to run and play the beautiful game".
13:00Süddeutsche Zeitung's reporter in London quotes the porter at his hotel asking him "Is there anyone left in Germany?" It seems the occupancy of his establishment has been taken over by football fans.
12:45: Here's how the German media are looking at tonight's showdown. BILD is focusing on FC Bayern's Thomas Müller: "He's only 23 but he's already about to play in his third Champions League final. And this time, he's determined to win it," the paper says, before quoting the midfielder: "I've got a good feeling this time."
10:00 The big day has finally arrived and it's just a matter of hours until the most anticipated match of the year kicks-off. Here's how the two finalists will be filling their time until the get-go...
10:30: Organisational meeting with UEFA officials
11:00: FC Bayern -light training
13:30: FC Bayern lunchtime
17:00: Team meeting FC Bayern
18:00: Bayern depart team hotel for stadium
19:00: Borussia Dortmund depart team hotel for stadium
Post-match: Dortmund banquet at the Natural History Museum, FC Bayern banquet at the Grosvenor House hotel (60 minutes after the award ceremony)
Friday, 24 May20:30 A dab hand at the old English language, Jürgen Klopp was in typically good form. "Munich's a nice play for a holiday, but Dortmund's a city full of heart," he told journalists, after earlier asking if anyone knew a policeman that could get him and his players to the game on time come Saturday, having already experienced the rush-hour chaos of central London en route to the stadium.
20:23 "I'm not quite 100 per cent, but I'm fit to play," said Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. "Both sides know each other well - how they play, their line-ups," added club captain Sebastian Kehl. "I don't think there'll be any surprises on that front."
19:45Borussia Dortmund duo Sebastian Kehl and Mats Hummels take to the stage for this evening's press conference...
19:22 In the meantime, why not take a look at what the Spanish press are saying about Saturday's final, here.
19:15Borussia Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp is next in line to face the press - rush-hour traffic permitting...
18:55FC Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes cut an equally cool figure, before heading pitch-side for a spot of training. "Maybe I'm a bit more relaxed about the final, having won it with Real Madrid [...] We were the better side in last season's final. Perhaps the football gods will be on our side tomorrow [...] We've played extraordinarily well all season. If we can do that tomorrow, we will win."
18:45"Of course it's great for German football to have two German teams in the final," explained Philipp Lahm. "Wembley's a special place with great tradition, but tomorrow's about winning the title; not the venue."
18:40 Journalists caught FC Bayern's right-sided duo in relaxed and confident mood. "After two finals, I'm no longer nervous," declared Thomas Müller. "You'll have to ask BVB what our weaknesses are. We're feeling really good ahead of the final."
18:00 After a 30-minute delay Thomas Müller and Philipp Lahm sit down to field journalists' questions...
17:15 The Bayern team bus has already arrived in London, with fans queuing up to take a peek at coach Jupp Heynckes' star-studded ensemble. The Dortmund camp have also pitched up. Bayern’s customary pre-match press conference starts in around 15 minutes' time...
15:30 Süddeutsche Zeitung - Derby in Wembley The final between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern proves that German football has arrived in the here and now having learned to learn from the past. 90 minutes or 120, maybe even a penalty shootout could fundamentally change this period of history very quickly. Bayern could still be the best team at present to never win an international title.
15:00 Tageszeitung - Panicking about taking a penalty? Not me...” A test ahead of the real thing. The plan is actually to beat Dortmund in regulation time at Wembley. Should that not to work out, however, FC Bayern are fully prepared for the drama of another penalty shootout. Over the past few weeks, head coach Jupp Heynckes has given his players regular practice from the spot. The problem is: Everyone except for Thomas Müller, who scored almost every single time, missed a good few - Bastian Schweinsteiger included. The question posed: Will Bayern’s brain step up to take a penalty? “Of course,” said Schweinsteiger. “I took a lot of personal motivation out of the defeat [against Chelsea last season], especially if I look back on the faces I saw in the changing rooms afterwards.”
14:30 Tageszeitung - Reif: “2-1 - You choose for who...” Saturday Night Fever is growing. On Saturday evening at Wembley, FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund go head-to-head in the Champions League final. Chief football commentator for Sky Deutschland, Marcel Reif, will be behind the microphone at 20:45 CEST. Talking to the Tageszeitung Reif discusses why Bayern should be feared and why it will end 2-1. “Quite simply an incredible 25-point cushion at the top of the Bundesliga [speaks for Bayern] - the table never lies, but above all it's down to Bayern unbelievable hunger and determination. It will be a narrow 2-1 win. You choose for who!”
14:01 FC Bayern have arrived at their team hotel in London ahead of the UEFA Champions League final. The Bundesliga record titleholders will hold a press conference later today with head coach Jupp Heynckes at 17:30 CET.
14:00 BILD: Lattek: “My last big game” He won the European Cup with FC Bayern in 1974 and he saved Borussia Dortmund from relegation in 2000. Legendary head coach Udo Lattek has been invited to fly to London and take in the Champions League final by Bayern. “I’m going on my last football trip,” explained Lattek to BILD. “It will be my last big game. It will be nice to be in the stadium and I anticipate a fitting end. The game will end in a draw, Bayern will assert themselves in extra-time and will collect the trophy.”
13:30 BILD: Bayern send kit to Badstuber A wonderful gesture for Bayern's saddest star. The team have sent Holger Badstuber the Champions League kit he would have worn in the final, had he been able to feature, to Vail, Colorado. The centre-back is in the United States being treated after suffering a setback in his recovery from a torn cruciate ligament and will watch Saturday's showdown from there.
13:00 BILD: Point your hands to heavens, now let us be the champions and Champions League winner! FC Bayern want to continue to celebrate. However, that will only be possible if they clinch the Champions League title have already wrapped up the Bundesliga. On May 11 when Philipp Lahm was handed the Bundesliga plate it was the first time all the Bayern players had thrown their hands in the air together. The celebrations should continue with the Champions League tomorrow...
12:30 BILD: Big Bayern! The clock is striking the hour of heroicsBastian Schweinsteiger emerged as the tragic hero after losing the Champions League final in Munich against Chelsea. Schweinsteiger has won the Bundesliga title six times, the DFB Cup five times, but is yet to emerge victorious in Europe's premier club competition. However, the dream lives on and now has more life in it than ever before. All the Bayern fans are fully behind 'Schweini' and are encounraging him to "bring the Champions League trophy home at last".
12:00 There are just over 32 hours left until the all-German showdown in the UEFA Champions League final gets underway. FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund are both flying to London today to join the droves of fans flocking to England's capital. With 90,000 expected to pack out Wembley, the most highly-anticipated encounter of the season will certainly not be short of highlights, much like the German media's take on the build-up. Stay with us for all the highlights from what's being said in press circle this side of the channel.
Thursday, 23 May19:42:Bayern Munich's is the next player under the spotlight in our 'Heroes of Wembley' series. Find out more about the French winger, Bayern's resident magician, here
19:10: Find out what former VfB Stuttgart midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has to say about the Bundesliga wave and Saturday's showcase event at Wembley here.
18:48: Who do you think will open the scoring at Wembley on Saturday? Don't forget to vote.
18:25: English tabloid The Sun today ran a feature on FC Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who's vowed to write the wrongs of last season's UEFA Champions final defeat to Chelsea against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
18:10: Little surprise to see former Bayern Munich striker Roy Makaay rooting for his old Bavarian flame ahead of Saturday's final. Take a look at what the Dutchman had to say on his former club's chances here.
BREAKING NEWSThe 2015 UEFA Champions League final will be held in Berlin's Olympiastadion.
The capital becomes the third German city to host the Champions League final since Europe's premier club competition came into effect in 1992/93. Munich has previously been chosen as the venue on three occasion (1993, 1997 and 2012), while Gelsenkirchen hosted the prestigious event in 2004.
“I previously talked with UEFA President Michel Platini in 2012 in the context of the UEFA Champions League final in Munich and intimated our desire to host such an illustrious world event again as soon as possible," explained DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach. "That it has come to fruition so quickly is an acknowledgement of our qualities as an organisation and host. I thank UEFA for the faith they've shown in us and am really looking forward to a hosting a true football festival in Berlin."
13:30 Abendzeitung: No party on Sunday Even if they win the UEFA Champions League final FC Bayern are still not planning to host a title-winning party in Munich the day after. As was announced by the club, the team will arrive at the Munich airport at 17:00 CET the day after the final. The players and coaching staff will be picked up directly from the airplane and will be driven straight home. Fans will therefore not have a chance to see their beloved stars upon their arrival. This decision was made in light of the upcoming DFB Cup final against VfB Stuttgart in Berlin which will be just six days later.
13:00 Abendzeitung: Everything is possible! Wet and cold at the Champions League final. These are the days where a raincoat or umbrellas become an essential part of our day-to-day lives. It will the same during the football festival we’re set to see on Saturday, but fortunately the final won’t be a complete washout. The sun will be no football fan on Saturday. Temperatures of 8°C and a 70 per cent chance of rain have been forecast. It’s far from a summer fairytale.
12:20 BILD: Oops! Schweini messes up his first practice penalty - Bad memories were brought to the surface. Bastian Schweinsteiger missed a penalty in FC Bayern’s behind-closed-doors trainings session. It was almost exactly like the agonising miss from the 2012 Champions League final, except for the fact that Tom Starke saved the spot kick. However, the vice-captain made no mistake against the reserve keeper with his second attempt as he opted for power over placement.
11:40BILD: Ribery: 'I can do 100 pushups' - In the case of a FC Bayern triumph in London, Franck Ribery's pushups contest with sporting director Matthias Sammer, who offered to throw down the gauntlet as a Sky expert last season providing FCB beat Chelsea, is still on. Ribery is definitely ready. "I can manage 100," said the chuckling Frenchman. "However, I know Matthias [Sammer] is in training as well!"
11:20BILD: Götze Out! - The Champions League final was meant to be his final appearance for Borussia Dortmund - and his hardest. Dortmund without Götze! Does that even work? Kevin Großkreutz will come into the team on the left wing, while Marco Reus will assume the 'Götze-position'. BVB beat FC Bayern 5-2 in last season's DFB Cup final. Without Götze. However, the statistics this season show that Dortmund have collected 2.14 points on average when Götze has played and a disappointing 1.00 on average without him. That's a marked difference, but one thing's for sure, his last appearance for Dortmund will be as a fan.
11:00 With just under 58 hours left until the 2013 UEFA Champions League final between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund the German media are understandably fully focused on the 'Road to Wembley'. Unsurprisingly, this morning's front pages are dominated by news of 's injury ruling ruling him out of the all-German showdown. Stay with us for an overview of what the papers are saying.
Wednesday, 22 May
19:45: Want to know more about Thomas Müller from the man himself? Check this out.
19:40:Bayern Munich's Thomas Müller is the latest player to fall under the spotlight in our 'Heroes of Wembley' special. The Germany international has been in sensational form this season - arguably his best to date. Find out more about Bayern's attacking allrounder here.
18:05: Who do you think will open the scoring at Wembley on Saturday? Have your say here.
17:20: Focus now turns to just who might fill Götze's wonderfully gifted boots. German newspaper Die Welt has mooted the idea of Ilkay Gündogan vacating the holding role and instead starting in behind Robert Lewandowski. As an alternative, Marco Reus may take on no10 duties, with Kevin Großkreutz coming in on the left-hand side.
Borussia Dortmund confirm that has failed to recover from the thigh strain he picked up in the semi-final second leg against Real Madrid and will therefore not be available for selection in the Champions League final against FC Bayern, who he has already agreed to join in the summer. Read the full story here.
16:00:Borussia Dortmund continue to concern themselves with injury issues ahead of their date with destiny in the English capital on May 25. With and both fighting to be fit in time for the final, BVB have confirmed that Lukasz Piszczek will undergo an operation on a long-term hip problem after the match against Bayern. The 27-year-old, who has made 29 Bundesliga apperances this season, has been playing through the pain for several months now and will use the summer to recover.
15:00: There will be an element of royal glamour missing from proceedings inside Wembley on May 25. Despite the Champions League final being in the countries' capital Queen Elisabeth II is not likely to be in attendance to see FC Bayern take on Borussia Dortmund. "The Queen is not planning to watch the match," was the official response from the Buckingham Pacae press spokesperson.
14:15:Bayern's No 1 keeper went on to speak about the rivalry between the two Champions League finalists. "My FC Schalke 04 past plays a tiny part in the rivalry with Dortmund, but first and foremost it's as a FC Bayern player. The rivalry has stemmed from both of us playing to the highest level in recent years. It's a completely different rivalry because it isn't a local derby," explained Neuer, who believes the all-German final has been the perfect example of how far the Bundesliga has come in recent years. "It speaks volumes for German football that there are two Bundesliga teams in the final. Stars aren't always leaving to join teams in La Liga or the Premier League, but instead they're moving to Germany. These are all signs that German football has overhauled other leagues and nations."
14:00: A relaxed Manuel Neuer believes the record titleholders have plenty more to do this season, despite wrapping up the Bundesliga title in record time. "FC Bayern are in their third final in four years, but Dortmund have improved greatly in recent years," said the German international. We've put in a lot of hard work and we've broken records in the Bundesliga, but it's not over for us yet. We've still got two finals to compete in and we're ready to give everything we have to make sure we win them both."
12:45:Ribery, who spoke exclusively with bundesliga.com earlier this week went on to discuss his own personal performances and the changes in his game since joining the Bavarians. "I have to defend and then attack. It's not easy, but if I'm fully fit, I'm fully capable of doing it," said the Frenchman, who went on to lend words of praise to his left-sided team mate David Alaba when asked whether he could feel the youngster's nerves ahead of Saturday. "[Alaba's] young, but he's learned a lot. I talk with him a lot and have complete faith in him on the pitch."
12:30: Talking at the FC Bayern press conference French international Franck Ribery was in good spirits, regularly cracking jokes as he answered questions from the assembled press. "All the players are well aware of what's required of them," explained the 30-year-old winger. "We've got a great chance. It's not nice not to win. It's a catastrophe. Then you can't celebrate with the fans in the stadium. Everyone's expecting Bayern to win, but Dortmund have played incredibly well in the Champions League. We've got a lot of very talented individuals, but I feel we've played really well as a team."
11:00: Following in the illustrious footsteps of Paul the Octopus, who demonstrated his knack for predicting football matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Orang-utan Walter was charged with picking the winner of the UEFA Champions League final at the Dortmund Zoo on Wednesday. The event, organised by local news source Ruhr Nachrichten, was set-up in the Orang-utan enclosure giving Walter the choice of two burlap sacks, one containing a Borussia Dortmund shirt and the other an FC Bayern kit. Though the Bavarians' kit was the first to emerge from the bag, it was the BVB shirt that Walter most desperately wanted to put on, albeit unsuccessfully, which singled the Yellow-Blacks out as his favourite for the title. Only time will tell now, whether he has the same magic touch as that of his sea-dwelling predecessor.
Tuesday, 21 May
21:52: The latest star to come under our Heroes of Wembley spotlight is Bayern's Flying Dutchman Arjen Robben, who has had more shots than any other FCB player in the Champions League this season.
21:35: There's no doubting that Franck Ribery's form has been essential to Bayern's achievements this term, making the Frenchman, who will no doubt be key to the Bavarians' hopes of success at Wembley too, the ideal candidate for an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com.
17:55:Dortmund's rollercoaster ride on the injury front is showing no signs of pulling into the final station as of yet. Sky Sports News HD in Germany are reporting that Robert Lewandowski, suffered a knock to his ankle during training today, but was able to continue and close out the session.
However, the news was not as good for superstar midfielder , who was seen shaking his head and holding his thigh before being promptly escorted off the training pitch. The 20-year-old did return to complete a light warm down before the end of the day, but it's clear that BVB will be treating the youngster with the utmost care on his road to recovery.
16:15: fronted FC Bayern's Tuesday afternoon press conference alongside director of sport Matthias Sammer and the Flying Dutchman was in relaxed form ahead of "the best game of the season." Robben stressed that the experience of losing two Champions League finals in the past three years was something "we're carrying into this one - you learn from these things."
14:15:The other key Dortmund player battling to get match-fit for the weekend is , who suffered an ankle ligament injury in Saturday's dramatic 2-1 home loss to 1899 Hoffenheim. The defensive coordinator likewise had to pass on Tuesday's early squad practice session, but the club's medical department say his chances of making the final are "absolutely realistic."
13:45: The biggest story on the personnel front, of course, is whether will recover from the thigh strain he picked up in the semi-final second leg at Real Madrid in time to play a part in Saturday's final against his future employers. The Germany international this morning took part in an individual training session with fitness coach Andreas Schlumberger and the Yellow-Blacks remain hopeful of having him ready to weave his magic on the Wembley turf.
12:10: This season's UEFA Champions League final has propelled the Bundesliga firmly centre-stage in consciousness of Europe's football-loving masses. The German top flight has long had more than its share of high-profile fans, though. Multiple heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko is one such and, as he explained to bundesliga.com, he'll be taking a particularly close interest in Saturday's final.
07:40: Coming later today, we will be taking a look at another two 'Heroes of Wembley', and , and bringing LIVE updates with five days to go until the eagerly-anticipated final.
Monday, 20 May
22:31: Speaking to bundesliga.com, Bayer 04 Leverkusen's gave his verdict on Saturday's finalists. "Bayern and Dortmund have played fantastic seasons," he said. "It shows clearly that the level of the Bundesliga is increasing by the year - you could see that in the games against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid."
20:00: Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes could go down in history on Saturday by joining Ottmar Hitzfeld, Ernst Happel and Jose Mourinho as the only coaches to have won the Champions League with two different clubs. Heynckes is assured of his place in history anyway as his career, spanning 1,011 games as a player and a coach in the Bundesliga, came to an end on Saturday.
19:35:Bayern Munich'sJavi Martinez is the next player under the spotlight in our 'Heroes of Wembley' series. Find out more about the Spanish midfielder, who has celebrated an amazing first season in the Bundesliga, here.
18:35:bundesliga.com is bringing you the lowdown on all of the stars set to appear in Wembley on Saturday. Check out the latest offerings, the midfielders Ilkay Gündogan and Bastian Schweinsteiger
14:23: Speaking to the Bundesliga's TV partner Sky Sport News HD, former FC Bayern Munich midfielder and 2005 Champions League winner with Liverpool FCDietmar Hamann said that "English fans are looking at Germany with envy" at the moment and, unsurprisingly as a former player, that his "heart is beating for Bayern" in the final.
12:53: UEFA, the Champions League organisers and European football's governing body, have revealed that Italian official Nicola Rizzoli will referee the final, assisted by Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani.
Sunday, 19 May
13:22:Borussia Dortmund breathed a huge sigh of relief with news that key defender Mats Hummels' injury, sustained on a dramatic final day of Bundesliga action against 1899 Hoffenheim, is not as bad as first feared. The 24-year-old went over on his ankle when challenging 1899's Kevin Volland on Saturday, but assured fans: "Nothing is torn so it's not as bad as first thought. I'm confident I'll be fit for the final."
12:00: Precisely one year on from the date FC Bayern Munich lost out in the cruellest of circumstances to Chelsea FC in last season's UEFA Champions League final, we kick off our coverage of the very same showpiece, to be held at London's iconic Wembley Stadium this year. Stick with us for all the latest news, stats, features and videos...