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UK: Football fans gather in anticipation of all-German Champions League final01:23

UK: Football fans gather in anticipation of all-German Champions League final

United Kingdom, London
May 25, 2013 at 14:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

UK: Football fans gather in anticipation of all-German Champions League final

Around 50,000 Germans have gathered in London to witness rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund play for the Champions League cup, on English soil at Wembley Stadium. Some of the fans gathered in Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon, drinking, singing and soaking up some London sun. A further 100,000 fans are estimated to have travelled from Germany, with little prospect of actually getting into Wembley.

Before 1990, there was little bad blood between the two finalists, while Bayern were clearly the dominant and Dortmund too feeble. This changed in 1995 when Ottmar Hitzfeld led Dortmund to their first ever Bundesliga title. A clear message was sent to Munich: Dortmund had arrived.

In 1997, the Champions League title was taken by Dortmund in Bayern's own backyard, the Munich Olympic Stadium. This was Dortmund's first European title. In 1998, just one year after leading BVB to their biggest title to date, Hitzfeld decided to take over at Bayern Munich, where he continued to sweep up championships for his old rivals.

Dortmund broke Bayern's championship streak in 2002 with their first Bundesliga title since 1996, but after going public on the German stock market in 2000, poor financial management led to heavy debt, causing the selling of their stadium, and near bankruptcy in 2005.

Now, the derby is brought to England, and with it comes the largest influx of Germans since the fifth-century Adventus Saxonum (the arrival of the Saxons). Yellow Dortmund shirts were dominating the north London streets around Wembley, and football fans were drinking beer during a low-key security operation.

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UK: Football fans gather in anticipation of all-German Champions League final

Around 50,000 Germans have gathered in London to witness rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund play for the Champions League cup, on English soil at Wembley Stadium. Some of the fans gathered in Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon, drinking, singing and soaking up some London sun. A further 100,000 fans are estimated to have travelled from Germany, with little prospect of actually getting into Wembley.

Before 1990, there was little bad blood between the two finalists, while Bayern were clearly the dominant and Dortmund too feeble. This changed in 1995 when Ottmar Hitzfeld led Dortmund to their first ever Bundesliga title. A clear message was sent to Munich: Dortmund had arrived.

In 1997, the Champions League title was taken by Dortmund in Bayern's own backyard, the Munich Olympic Stadium. This was Dortmund's first European title. In 1998, just one year after leading BVB to their biggest title to date, Hitzfeld decided to take over at Bayern Munich, where he continued to sweep up championships for his old rivals.

Dortmund broke Bayern's championship streak in 2002 with their first Bundesliga title since 1996, but after going public on the German stock market in 2000, poor financial management led to heavy debt, causing the selling of their stadium, and near bankruptcy in 2005.

Now, the derby is brought to England, and with it comes the largest influx of Germans since the fifth-century Adventus Saxonum (the arrival of the Saxons). Yellow Dortmund shirts were dominating the north London streets around Wembley, and football fans were drinking beer during a low-key security operation.

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