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These are the teams, managers and players who have captured the spotlight after their success in the European Champions.
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Ahead of the 2012/13 Champions League, Borussia Dortmund were considered outsiders. How little we know, eh! The German side were the only team in the competition to reach the semi-finals without losing. But their greatest feat came with a defeat - one that saw them to an aggregate victory over Real Madrid and a place in the Wembley final.
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Bayern Munich were not outsiders like Dortmund after reaching the 2012 final. But what a disaster that was! On home turf the favourites lost in a penalty shoot-out to Chelsea. But this year they enter the final with a crushing 7-0 semi-final win over Barca. 

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There aren't many football managers as charismatic as Dortmund's Juergen Klopp. He could barely contain his excitement after Dortmund scored twice in injury time to steal a semi-final spot from Malaga. But who could blame him? Is the best yet to come...

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And the manager Klopp will klopp up against in the final is Bayern Munich's Jupp Heynckes. He has masterminded a near-perfect campaign but is to hand over the reigns to Pep Guardiola at the turn of the season.

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Right now one of the most sought after players in the world is Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski. He scored all four of Dortmund's goals in their first-leg semi-final against Real Madrid. There are already rumours Man United and Bayern are interested... 

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Bayern's top goalscorer in the Champions League is Thomas Muller (R) with eight goals. A special mention should go to Arjen Robben (L) who drove Barca to distraction during their semi-final. Not many people can drive Barca to distraction! 

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From the front to the back. Sometimes it's nice to remember the men in the net. Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller (L) is solid between the sticks and has kept his cool when it mattered. What else would you expect from a man who has been with the club since 2002.
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The goalkeeper who has to keep Lewandowski under control is Munich's Manuel Neuer. Neuer is newer (...sorry!) to Bayern, joining the German outfit in 2011 following five years with Schalke 04. He took and scored the third penalty for Bayern against Chelsea in the 2012 final - but couldn't be his team's saviour in the shoot-out. Will he be this year?
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So who are the captains hoping to lead their teams to European glory? Will captain Kehl be cool enough (sorry... again!) to keep Dortmund united against the German champions? Defensive midfielder Sebastian Kehl has been with Dortmund since 2001 and has 31 caps for Germany. 
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Last but not least there's Bayern captain Philipp Lahm - one of the world's best fullbacks. Lahm was in Bayern's second team when the firsts won the 2001 title - so there will be plenty of fire in his belly. The victors remain unclear but Germany has already won.

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Ahead of the 2012/13 Champions League, Borussia Dortmund were considered outsiders. How little we know, eh! The German side were the only team in the competition to reach the semi-finals without losing. But their greatest feat came with a defeat - one that saw them to an aggregate victory over Real Madrid and a place in the Wembley final.;*;

Bayern Munich were not outsiders like Dortmund after reaching the 2012 final. But what a disaster that was! On home turf the favourites lost in a penalty shoot-out to Chelsea. But this year they enter the final with a crushing 7-0 semi-final win over Barca. 

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There aren(***)t many football managers as charismatic as Dortmund(***)s Juergen Klopp. He could barely contain his excitement after Dortmund scored twice in injury time to steal a semi-final spot from Malaga. But who could blame him? Is the best yet to come...

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And the manager Klopp will klopp up against in the final is Bayern Munich(***)s Jupp Heynckes. He has masterminded a near-perfect campaign but is to hand over the reigns to Pep Guardiola at the turn of the season.

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Right now one of the most sought after players in the world is Dortmund\(***)s Robert Lewandowski. He scored all four of Dortmund(***)s goals in their first-leg semi-final against Real Madrid. There are already rumours Man United and Bayern are interested... 

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Bayern(***)s top goalscorer in the Champions League is Thomas Muller (R) with eight goals. A special mention should go to Arjen Robben (L) who drove Barca to distraction during their semi-final. Not many people can drive Barca to distraction! 

;*;From the front to the back. Sometimes it\(***)s nice to remember the men in the net. Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller (L) is solid between the sticks and has kept his cool when it mattered. What else would you expect from a man who has been with the club since 2002.;*;The goalkeeper who has to keep Lewandowski under control is Munich\(***)s Manuel Neuer. Neuer is newer (...sorry!) to Bayern, joining the German outfit in 2011 following five years with Schalke 04. He took and scored the third penalty for Bayern against Chelsea in the 2012 final - but couldn\(***)t be his team\(***)s saviour in the shoot-out. Will he be this year?;*;So who are the captains hoping to lead their teams to European glory? Will captain Kehl be cool enough (sorry... again!) to keep Dortmund united against the German champions? Defensive midfielder Sebastian Kehl has been with Dortmund since 2001 and has 31 caps for Germany. ;*;

Last but not least there(***)s Bayern captain Philipp Lahm - one of the world(***)s best fullbacks. Lahm was in Bayern(***)s second team when the firsts won the 2001 title - so there will be plenty of fire in his belly. The victors remain unclear but Germany has already won.

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Ahead of the 2012/13 Champions League, Borussia Dortmund were considered outsiders. How little we know, eh! The German side were the only team in the competition to reach the semi-finals without losing. But their greatest feat came with a defeat - one that saw them to an aggregate victory over Real Madrid and a place in the Wembley final.

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:35:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=07079ubcEi1cyMike HewittGetty ImagesGetty Images

Ahead of the 2012/13 Champions League, Borussia Dortmund were considered outsiders. How little we know, eh! The German side were the only team in the competition to reach the semi-finals without losing. But their greatest feat came with a defeat - one that saw them to an aggregate victory over Real Madrid and a place in the Wembley final.

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg
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Bayern Munich were not outsiders like Dortmund after reaching the 2011/2012 final. But what a disaster that turned out to be! At their home stadium, the favourites lost to Chelsea to the shock of their fans and many others. But this year they have looked spot on. And victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals means an all-German final beckons. But who are these super Germans? 

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:57:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=00FQ1FtcBI6ycKerstin JoenssonAPAP Photo

Bayern Munich were not outsiders like Dortmund after reaching the 2011/2012 final. But what a disaster that turned out to be! At their home stadium, the favourites lost to Chelsea to the shock of their fans and many others. But this year they have looked spot on. And victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals means an all-German final beckons. But who are these super Germans? 

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There aren't many football managers as charismatic as Dortmund's Juergen Klopp. He could barely contain his excitement after his team scored twice in injury time to steal a semi-final place from Malaga. But who could blame him? Now that Dortmund have made the final, a lot of pressure is off his shoulders - although he's proven he can handle it! 

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:49:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=0ekm4dzfN8aHrDANI POZOAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

There aren't many football managers as charismatic as Dortmund's Juergen Klopp. He could barely contain his excitement after his team scored twice in injury time to steal a semi-final place from Malaga. But who could blame him? Now that Dortmund have made the final, a lot of pressure is off his shoulders - although he's proven he can handle it! 

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Bayern Munich's coach Heynckes points to players from sideslines during Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Barcelona in Munichhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=08je6yr6TS4Fh

And the manager Klopp will come up against in the final is Bayern Munich's Jupp Heynckes. The former Real Madrid and Benfica manager has been in charge since 2011 so witnessed the 2012 Chelsea defeat and can use this as ammunition to destroy his German opposition - who he should know well by now.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=08je6yr6TS4FhKAI PFAFFENBACHREUTERSReuters Pictures

And the manager Klopp will come up against in the final is Bayern Munich's Jupp Heynckes. The former Real Madrid and Benfica manager has been in charge since 2011 so witnessed the 2012 Chelsea defeat and can use this as ammunition to destroy his German opposition - who he should know well by now.

Bayern Munich's coach Heynckes points to players from sideslines during Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Barcelona in Munich
Borussia Dortmund's Lewandowski celebrates after Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match against Real Madrid in Madridhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=06K3dLa1lO1z4

One of the most sought after players in the world is now Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski. He scored all four of Dortmund's goals in their first-leg semi-final against Real Madrid. There are already rumours Man United and Bayern Munich are interested. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals in this year's tournament - Lewandowski needs two in the final to match him.

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 04:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=06K3dLa1lO1z4JUAN MEDINAREUTERSReuters Pictures

One of the most sought after players in the world is now Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski. He scored all four of Dortmund's goals in their first-leg semi-final against Real Madrid. There are already rumours Man United and Bayern Munich are interested. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals in this year's tournament - Lewandowski needs two in the final to match him.

Borussia Dortmund's Lewandowski celebrates after Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match against Real Madrid in Madrid
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Bayern Munich's top goalscorer in the Champions League is Thomas Muller (R) - he has seven, three less than Lewandowski. But the whole Bayern team deserve credit, especially Arjen Robben (L) who drove Barcelona to distraction during their semi-final. And not many people can drive Barcelona to distraction. 

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:31:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=014W9YaaoQ0vbMatthias SchraderAPAP Photo

Bayern Munich's top goalscorer in the Champions League is Thomas Muller (R) - he has seven, three less than Lewandowski. But the whole Bayern team deserve credit, especially Arjen Robben (L) who drove Barcelona to distraction during their semi-final. And not many people can drive Barcelona to distraction. 

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Borussia Dortmund's Lewandowski celebrates with Weidenfeller after Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match against Real Madrid in Madridhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=00RugR27BGguU

From the front to the back. Sometimes it's nice to remember the men in the net. Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller (L) is solid between the sticks and has kept his cool when it mattered. What else would you expect from a man who has been with the club since 2002.

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 04:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=00RugR27BGguUJUAN MEDINAREUTERSReuters Pictures

From the front to the back. Sometimes it's nice to remember the men in the net. Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller (L) is solid between the sticks and has kept his cool when it mattered. What else would you expect from a man who has been with the club since 2002.

Borussia Dortmund's Lewandowski celebrates with Weidenfeller after Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match against Real Madrid in Madrid
Bayern Munich vs FC Barcelonahttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=0bHf05GfZlbVt

The goalkeeper who has to keep Lewandowski under control is Munich's Manuel Neuer. Neuer is newer (...sorry!) to Bayern, joining the German outfit in 2011 following five years with Schalke 04. He took and scored the third penalty for Bayern against Chelsea in the 2012 final - but couldn't be his team's saviour in the shoot-out. Will he be this year?

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:20:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=0bHf05GfZlbVtANDREAS GEBERTEPAEPA Images

The goalkeeper who has to keep Lewandowski under control is Munich's Manuel Neuer. Neuer is newer (...sorry!) to Bayern, joining the German outfit in 2011 following five years with Schalke 04. He took and scored the third penalty for Bayern against Chelsea in the 2012 final - but couldn't be his team's saviour in the shoot-out. Will he be this year?

Bayern Munich vs FC Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund's Kehl celebrates after Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match against Real Madrid in Madridhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=08my8sT6As9or

So who are the captains hoping to lead their teams to European glory? Will captain Kehl be cool enough (sorry... again!) to keep Dortmund united against the German champions? Defensive midfielder Sebastian Kehl has been with Dortmund since 2001 and has 31 caps for Germany. 

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 04:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=08my8sT6As9orINA FASSBENDERREUTERSReuters Pictures

So who are the captains hoping to lead their teams to European glory? Will captain Kehl be cool enough (sorry... again!) to keep Dortmund united against the German champions? Defensive midfielder Sebastian Kehl has been with Dortmund since 2001 and has 31 caps for Germany. 

Borussia Dortmund's Kehl celebrates after Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match against Real Madrid in Madrid
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And last but not least there's the Bayern captain - who is defender Philipp Lahm, of course! Anyone who knows football knows Lahm - one of the best fullbacks in the world. Bayern and Lahm go back far with the player part of the youth side. However, he was in Bayern's second team when the firsts won the 2001 title - so there will be plenty of fire in his belly against German rivals Dortmund. The victors remain unclear, but Germany has already won.

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:45:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-best-of-Germany?image_id=0a2w0fSa1X7MfGABRIEL BOUYSAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

And last but not least there's the Bayern captain - who is defender Philipp Lahm, of course! Anyone who knows football knows Lahm - one of the best fullbacks in the world. Bayern and Lahm go back far with the player part of the youth side. However, he was in Bayern's second team when the firsts won the 2001 title - so there will be plenty of fire in his belly against German rivals Dortmund. The victors remain unclear, but Germany has already won.

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