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


Jakub Blaszczkowski, or 'Kuba' as he is more affectionately, and conveniently known, grew up in the small Polish town of Truskolasy, kicking a ball around from an early age and taking things more seriously alongside his brother David from the age of eight. He spent three years with Rakow Czestochowa before tragedy struck: his mother died, an event which affected him so deeply that he gave up playing football altogether. It took a year before he would play again, his uncle Jerzy Brzeczek, himself a former Polish international, helping persuade him to give it another go with Rakow.

In 2002 Blaszczykowski signed for Gornik Zabrze, subsequently moving on to fourth-tier outfit KS Czestochowa. Two years later, he made the grade with Wisla Krakow, one of Poland's leading clubs, and helped them to the league title in 2005.

Borussia Dortmund came calling in 2007. "When I first arrived, I had to adapt to the quality of the league, and the team," he recalls. "Size and strength play a far greater role in the Bundesliga than they do in the Polish league." Adapt he did and, despite a few injury setbacks, "Kuba" soon carved out a niche for himself, both in the team and in the hearts of the BVB fans, for whom wholehearted commitment to the cause has always been of paramount importance

Whether up front, in midfield, or somewhere between the two, Blaszczykowski is a pivotal figure in Dortmund's game. His pace, vision and irresistible dribbling made him the 2008 Polish footballer of the year - not bad for a young man who at one point had given up the game for good.

Key facts


• In his nine appearances in the Champions League this season, Kuba has managed just nine shots, scoring once and providing one assist.

• He has won a respectable 47 per cent of his tackles, proving that he is as important defensively as he is going forwards - almost as many of those tackles took place in his side's own half of the field.

• 48 per cent of his attacking runs were successful, a better rate than Reus (42 per cent), Götze (32), Robben (40) and Ribery (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