bundesliga.com outlines the careers and key facts of the protagonists.
Even in FC Bayern Munich's star-studded ensemble, Franck Ribery has arguably shone brighter than anyone else in this season of Bundesliga superlatives. Just recently turned 30, the French close-control master is in the form of his life.
Now coming to the end of his sixth season in the Bavarian capital which has become his and his family's home-from home, Ribery's road to the top of the world game was far from conventional. For starters, it was only at 21 that he penned his first professional contract with FC Metz, having done the rounds at a number of lower-league outfits in France. From there, though, Ribery swiftly made up for lost time and while a move to Galatasaray proved short-lived, his performances after joining Olympique Marseille in the summer of 2005 propelled him into the national team, and onto the international stage, in double-quick time. Two years later, FC Bayern fetched him over to the Bundesliga, where he enjoyed a tremendous debut season as the club stormed to a league and DFB Cup double. Ribery picked up a personal double of his own that term, being voted Player of the Year in both Germany and France. Not every subsequent season ran anything quite as smoothly, with a succession of injury woes playing their part. This time around, however, a tally of ten goals and 14 assists in just 24 Bundesliga starting appearances, plus three off the bench, tells its own tale.
Ribery made his full international debut for France just ahead of the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. There, he helped the national team on their surprise run through to the final, playing the first 100 minutes of the eventual penalty shoot-out loss to Italy. He has since gone on to rack up more than 70 international appearances.
Champions League key facts
• Franck Ribery has started ten of FC Bayern's twelve Champions League matches, missing the 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal in the Round of 16 and coming off the bench in the 4-1 group stage home victory over BATE Borisov.
• His only goal in this season's tournament came in the 3-1 away loss to BATE.
• Ribery has provided the direct assist for four goals, two of them against Barcelona in the semi-finals.
• He has made more attacking runs with the ball than any other player in the tournament (116; Lionel Messi 92).
• Ribery has been on the wrong end of 23 fouls - only Bastian Schwerinsteiger (24) has taken more punishment for Bayern.
• An 86-percent pass-completion rate is a top-class return for an attack-oriented, risk-taking player such as Ribery.
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