Being a longtime soccer player, a coach, and a fan, I felt this article deserves some recognition. Looking forward to watching this game!
“If we win, we will not be the best team in the world – we will have beaten the best team in the world.” So said Jurgen Klopp, manager of Borussia Dortmund, ahead of his squad’s Saturday showdown against rivals Bayern Munich in the final of the European Champions League, the world’s preeminent club soccer competition. The game’s global TV audience is bigger than the Super Bowl‘s. Klopp is being justifiably humble—his team are rank underdogs for the game, which will be played at London‘s Wembley Stadium. Bayern, who conspired to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the final last year against English side Chelsea, are the New York Yankees of German soccer, an evil empire buttressed by unmatched finances, a peerless pedigree and a superpower’s sense of entitlement; they dominated the German domestic league this year, finishing 25 points ahead of Klopp’s Dortmund.
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