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 Stats


Sven Bender, twin brother of fellow Germany international and Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder Lars, began his career with SpVgg Unterhaching and 1860 Munich before the two Rosenheim-born siblings' paths divided. The Dortmund half of a pairing Germany's assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick can only tell apart "by the length of their hair" has had more to celebrate on the field so far, though.

He moved to BVB in 2009, pre-empting his brother's transfer to Leverkusen by a matter of months as the inseparable twins were reunited in North-Rhine Westphalia. There may not have been enough room for both in Joachim Löw's Euro 2012 squad, and Sven may have drawn the short straw, but he has more than made up for it with back-to-back Bundesliga titles with BVB. His first season in the top flight of German football ended with a total of 19 appearances and he went on to play 31 times as Dortmund clinched the title in 2011. Injuries notwithstanding, he also went on to play a major role in the Westphalians' league and cup double success last year.

Known for his ability to consistenly cover upwards of twelve kilometres during most matches, the hard-running holding midfielder has once again played his part in BVB's successful second-place finish in 2012/13, and not much of the hallowed turf will not have been trodden by the 24-year-old on Saturday.

Key facts


• Sven Bender has made a total of 14 Champions League appearances (ten this season), yet he has not been involved in any goal so far.

• During the 2012/13 campaign, he has made 15 fouls - more than any other Dortmund defensive player.

• He has only had four shots on goal, creating only five chances. Clearly his strength is in his defensive work: He has won 54 per cent of his tackles compared to only 40 per cent last season, when Dortmund crashed out in the group stage.

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