UEFA Champions League Final: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After weeks of anticipation, the biggest day in European club soccer is finally here.

Today, German powerhouses Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund square off at London’s Wembley Stadium for the right to be called Champions of Europe.

Bayern Munich can already call themselves Champions of Germany after one of the most dominating league campaigns in recent European history. After falling short of the Bundesliga title and the Champions League title last season, the Bavarians outscored their league opponents 98-18 and finished 25 points ahead of former champions. In addition to their outstanding domestic league performance, Bayern also found their way back to the German Cup Final, which they will play a week from today.

But more importantly, Bayern must get through their biggest rivals on the biggest stage of them all on Saturday. Although they fell to Bayern by one goal in their German Cup and Super Cup meetings, Dortmund drew with the league champions in both of their Bundesliga matches. Dortmund also had the upper hand on Bayern heading into this season—they won all three meetings in their 2011-12 domestic double campaign.

If you will be watching today’s action at Wembley, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

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97 Responses to UEFA Champions League Final: Your Running Commentary

  1. Mike R says:

    Go Bayern!!

    Hope Subotic is at fault for every Bayern goal.

    • MLSsnob says:

      +1 you rued the day you crossed me, Subotic!

    • Old School says:

      “Oh, he was definitely at fault….for preventing a certain goal.”

      -A.Robben

    • EspinDOHla says:

      You do realize Thomas Rongen is the reason Subotic isn’t playing for the US now, no???

      • Eurosnob says:

        Some folks have short memory.

      • Mike R says:

        No Subotic is the reason he is not playing for the US. You are going to hold it against “your” country and every coach in the US system because of what one U- whatever coach did?

        What did Bradley do to him?

        He just used it as an excuse to go play for Serbia

        • Increase says:

          Spent a few years in Yugoslavia… then a few years in Germany….
          Um, he moved to the US when he was 11…. I doubt he feels at home anywhere.

          Also.. Rossi left the US when he was 12, you are basically saying You want Subotic to do to Bosnia what Rossi did to the US.

          Don’t be spiteful Mike R.

  2. sdt says:

    Brad Friedel has good broadcasting presence

    • Old School says:

      For a Brit, he sure does have a hint of an American accent.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        ha! was going to say, he’s the perfect commentator: american for the usmnt crowd, british accent for the anglophiles.

      • Tony in Quakeland says:

        Finalist, Quip of the Year contest

      • Brett says:

        You try living somewhere for a decade or two and see if you don’t start to talk like the majority around you. I live in the south and it only takes people from Canada about three months before they start saying “y’all”.

  3. Steevens says:

    Should be interesting for BvB. So many of their players are transfer targets for other wealthy clubs. Goetze is already gone, Reus, Lewandowski, Hummels…

    Maybe they win the big one before the whole team gets split up?

    • Old School says:

      That should be a lot of funds to reinvest.

      In this match-up, I certainly consider them to be the underdog…so they have my support.

  4. Jason says:

    Pre game sword fight?

  5. Mike says:

    What channel is this on!?

  6. Greg says:

    And we are away!

  7. Steevens says:

    Let’s lay off Gus today. None of the other commentators in the pregame did well with German names either.

    • RB says:

      Nah — he’s open to criticism just like all of ‘em. Or he can back out of such important soccer broadcasts.

  8. Greg says:

    Where are these two teams sitting in the Bundesliga…is that the correct spelling?

  9. kelso says:

    wow this non-hd broadcast is atrocious.

  10. Greg says:

    BD trying to unsettle them…

  11. Steevens says:

    Bayern very measured in the opening 13 mins. Not taking too many risks. Carefully feeling out the game

  12. Steevens says:

    Lewandowski with a shot from distance. Comfortable for Neuer

  13. Steevens says:

    Jakub Blaszczykowski having an absolutely stunning start to the match. 18th min

  14. Greg says:

    Interesting opening…

  15. Steevens says:

    Neuer coming up HUGE. Another save! 22min

  16. Mike E. says:

    That’s a red card. End of story. Big controversy already.

    Bayern should be a man down.

    • biff says:

      Some refs would have given red, but this guy does not even give it a yellow. Riber’s elbow shows how frustrated he is by the great Dortmund defense.

  17. Steevens says:

    Two incredibly close chances for Bayern, just after Ribery elbows Lewandowski in midfield. Ribery could’ve been sent off by some refs. Now 28th min

  18. Nick4235 says:

    Drinking game my friends and I came up with…every time Gus screams “in the area!!!” Take a shot…

  19. Steevens says:

    Robben butchers the best chance in the game. In alone against Weidenfeller.

  20. Steevens says:

    39th min. Bayern very menacing over the last 5-10 min

  21. Matt says:

    Loved Gus describing robben’s left as his weaker foot.

  22. Greg says:

    What do you think?

  23. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Terrific first half.

  24. biff says:

    Great game so far. Robben has missed three golden opportunities. You could see it was starting to eat at him. And Dortmund have had their chances. Second half could be epic.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      I like to smack Robben around, but he has worked his butt off and that last chance was pure guile muscle and smarts to get that shot off. Too bad the chin was in the way…

  25. Greg says:

    Evenly poised and there should have been 2 or 3 slotted in already…just shows what a knife edge the game can be played on. Really enjoying it down here in Wollongong.

  26. Greg says:

    Goal!

  27. Greg says:

    Now it gets interesting…..

  28. RB says:

    Well that was stupid

  29. Spectra says:

    Dante. You’re an idiot.

  30. Greg says:

    Who is the guy on the sideline with cap perched sideways?

  31. Mike E. says:

    What a joke this ref is.

    That’s a second yellow every day of the week. Bayern should be two men down.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      It’s even – Ribery should be gone too. He kept the game cooking along

      • Tony in Quakeland says:

        I meant to say “Even Ribery…” but I’d rather 9within reason) keep the game at full strength. More entertaining.

  32. Greg says:

    It’s that I don’t want to burn my career sending someone off during a big game thing….

  33. RB says:

    Wow…

  34. Ben says:

    Cue the lament of losing Neven Subotic…

  35. petedx says:

    Well that was some kind of play by Subotic there

  36. Greg says:

    Where is the ref from?

  37. Tony in Quakeland says:

    This game is a blast

  38. Old School says:

    Ribery is such a scumbag.

    First half, elbows Lewandoski in the face, intentionally. Flops when Subotic and he collide on a 50/50. Blatant theatrics as if he were pulled down in the box, when he intentionally locks arms with Gündoğan and then has the nerve to get in the Gündoğan’s face after.

    Absolutely scumbag.

  39. Mike E. says:

    Lewabdoski stomps om Boateng. Not sure the official saw that, but that’s three clear cut reds.

    I get that he doesn’t want the scrutiny of sending someone off in a big game, but warren Barton said it best, how is Dante still on the pitch?

    • Old School says:

      Stomp is a bit much.

      Did he step on his foot after their feet were tangled? Yes. Did he use his whole body weight? No.

      While he could have avoided Boeteng’s ankle, perhaps, Boateng chose to go 100% into his body and lose his footing, rendering him on the ground, tangled with Lewandoski’s feet.

      I personally didn’t see malice after seeing people truly being “stomped” on worthy of red cards

  40. Greg says:

    Scarface!

  41. Greg says:

    Faces of the supporters say it all…

  42. Betrem says:

    I doubt Lewandowski will see any punishment for his obvious stomp on Boateng or Ribery for his elbow in the first half. At least we have a mechanism for review in MLS, even if the consistency could be improved.

  43. Greg says:

    That was close!

  44. Old School says:

    Ok, is Weidenfeller American? Because this is some of the best GK’ing I’ve seen in my soccer viewing life.

  45. Greg says:

    And that is why Robben is such a valuable player….

  46. RB says:

    Robben redeems himself in a very big way in the big match.

  47. Greg says:

    Eat up time…

  48. Greg says:

    Monkey off the back!

  49. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Flat out fantastic game.

  50. Greg says:

    Very very good!

  51. Mike R says:

    Bayern!!!!

    How do you like them apples Nevan?
    You looked good as Robben blew right by you and you fell down !!

    Thankfully still a chance for ye first US citizens to win a CL to actually be an American and not un-American !

    Great game got to hand it to both teams

  52. Greg says:

    It’s tough when you lose a big game like that.

  53. Bac says:

    POLL:
    Who irks you the most:

    Bill Walton
    Joe “snap” Theisman
    Tim McCarver

    Or that Ribery soccer guy…. dude just irks me
    congrats to the other 10

    • M says:

      Tim McCarver and it’s not even close unless you include Marv Albert, Hubie Bwon or any other NBA announcer. Oh you mentioned Walton so I guess it is close

  54. Tony in Quakeland says:

    The most relieved man on the planet? Dante Bonfim Costa Santos

  55. beachbum says:

    excellent final, up and down and back and forth, each team with the high pressure to push the game at differesnt times of the game, Dortmund in the first half but especially Bayern to start the second half and get after it
    to winning effect