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This year’s Champions League final at Wembley stadium in London is a showdown between the best of Germany on British soil. In what is known in Germany as Der Klassiker, Bayern Munich are facing long-standing rivals Borussia Dortmund.
In Saturday’s final much attention will be focused on Borussia’s talented midfielder Mario Goetze, who recently agreed to join Bayern in a deal worth 36.8 million euros.
The two rivals have met 75 times. Bayern Munich have defeated Borussia 34 times, while the club from the Ruhr valley has celebrated victory over the Bavarians on 17 occasions.
Bayern Munich is considered Germany most successful football club. The numbers speak for themselves: the club holds the record for most German Championships (23) and Cups (15) won by any of the country’s clubs.
In European competitions, Bayern has accomplished a great achievement by winning three consecutive European Cups – the competition later named Champions League – from 1974 to 1976 under the captaincy of football legend Franz Beckenbauer and helped by top-scorer Gerd Muller.
Bayern Munich is also Germany’s most successful club in international competitions, having won six trophies. Thus, Bayern is one of only four clubs to have won all three major European competitions.
In total, Bayern have played 382 games in European competitions winning 212, drawing 89 and losing 81.
The three consecutive champions league trophies won by FC Bayern Munich 1974–76. The one on the right is the real European Cup trophy, given to Bayern permanently. The two to its left are slightly smaller replicas.
Der Kaizer’s legacy
After the retirement of Franz Beckenbauer – nicknamed ‘Kaizer’ (in English: Emperor ) – Paul Breitner and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge became Bayern’s leaders with the team being nicknamed FC Breitnigge.
In the 1990s, Bayern did not win any major European goal despite having superstars like Lothar Mathaus and Stefan Effenberg on the books. Local media had given the team a new, more derogatory nickname due to the frequent appearance of Bayern’s players in gossip magazines and tabloids: from FC Breitnigge, the club became FC Hollywood.
Success did return to Munich in 2001. Two years after the devastating 2-1 defeat by Manchester United, in which Bayern conceded both goals in injury time, the club conquered Europe again. Under Ottmar Hitzfeld’s guidance, Bayern won its fourth Champions League, beating Valencia on penalties in the final.
Founded: 27 February, 1900
23 German Championships: 1931–32, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2012–13
15 German Cups: 1957, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
6 German Super Cups: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007
4 UEFA Champions Leagues: 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001
1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1967
1 UEFA Cup: 1996
2 Intercontinental Cups: 1976, 2001
Bayern Munich may be the most successful German club in terms of silverware but Borussia Dortmund was the first one to win a European title.
The North Rhine-Westphalia-based club celebrated winning the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1966, beating Liverpool 2-1 in extra time in the final.
Their biggest European triumph came more than 30 years later. On 28 May 1997, in the Champions League final held at Olympiastadion in Munich, Borussia, led by inspired forward’s Karl-Heinz Riedle, who scored twice, overcame Juventus with a 3-1 win and were crowned kings of European football.
The mid 1990s was probably the best period in club’s history. The team reached the UEFA Cup final in 1993 but lost 6-1 on aggregate to Italian giants Juventus.
From 1995 to 1996, Borussia won two consecutive German League titles and one year later took revenge on Juve for the UEFA Cup defeat. In the 1997 Champions League final, Alessandro Del Piero and Zinedine Zidane’s Juventus side bowed to Borussia’s superiority.
After that, Borussia went on to win the Intercontinental Cup as well, beating Brazilian club Cruzeiro 2-0.
Signal Iduna Park, Borussia’s stadium is the biggest in Germany and the sixth biggest in Europe with a capacity of 80,720 spectators.
Finding is ticket though is a serious task considering the fact that Borussia Dortmund fans literally adore their team. The clubs motto is quite indicative; “Echte Liebe”, translated “True Love” in English.
Founded: 19 December, 1909
8 German Championships: 1955–56, 1956–57, 1962–63, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2010–11, 2011–12
3 German Cups: 1964–65, 1988–89, 2011–12
4 German Super Cups: 1989, 1995, 1996, 2008
4 UEFA Champions Leagues: 1996-97
1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1965-66
2 Intercontinental Cups: 1997
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This year’s winner is in the words of the jury president a “global photojournalism energiser and one of the most respected photographers in Europe and America.”
American Annie Leibovitz is in the celebrity stratosphere and has been since her first gig at a startup called Rolling Stone magazine in 1970. Reporting from the music fashion and counter-culture frontline by 1983 she was snapping for Vanity Fair, and by 1986, the Atlanta Olympics. No mover or shaker of note could resist her charm, and she caught them all, beautifully.
It seemed that astonishingly quickly she had cornered the market in persuading absolute solid-gold a-listers to reveal themselves in new ways, sometimes boosting careers on the back of just one image. She became the photographer who sold herself, susceptible to royal summons, and prized as fine art.
Commercially the rewards have been rich for one of the artists of her generation, yet Leibovitz has recently been in the news for her financial turmoils, so the prize will be some timely recognition of the trail she has blazed and the quality of the body of her work.
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International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde has arrived at a court in Paris to be grilled over her role in a legal battle between the state and high-profile French businessman Bernard Tapie.
As French finance minister in 2007, under Nicolas Sarkozy, she decided to use arbitration to settle the dispute. It resulted in Tapie being awarded just over 400 million euros, including interest.
The case centres on a stake in sports company Adidas, which the businessman sold to Credit Lyonnais.
Tapie, a Sarkozy supporter, claimed the bank defrauded him after it later sold the stake for a much higher sum.
Lagarde, who has denied any wrongdoing, risks being placed under formal investigation.
“Any indictment would undermine the role of Christine Lagarde as Director General of the International Monetary Fund,” said euronews reporter Giovanni Magi, in Paris.
“It would be further trauma for the institution, two years after the scandal of Dominique Strauss Khan.”
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Eighty-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura scaled Mount Everest on Thursday morning, becoming the oldest person to achieve the feat.
Gyanedra Shrestha, an official from Nepal’s mountaineering department stated that Miura reached the peak at 08:45 am Nepali time. Shrestha added that all 10 members of Miura’s team – including his son, Gota – conquered the peak without any serious problems and are now on their way back down.
Miura had already scaled Mount Everest five years ago aged 75. However, he was pipped to the post by Nepalese Min Bahadur Sherchan who reached the peak a day earlier at the age of 76 to become the oldest person to climb the mountain.
The rivalry between the two is not over yet. Sherchan, now aged 81, is currently at the Everest Base Camp preparing for another daring attempt at the world’s highest peak, hoping to win back his record.
A team of climbers, including 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura, stand on the summit of Mount Everest, on May 23, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo
Miura’s climbing history
Yuichiro Miura first scaled Everest in 2003 at the age of 70. He repeated the feat five years later.
It seemed as if his dream to be the oldest person to reach the peak had been shattered when he fractured his pelvis during a skiing accident in 2009. But against all odds and contrary to doctors’ expectations, he started training just six months after the incident.
Considering the fact that he suffers from metabolic syndrome, an irregular heartbeat and irregular shaking of the atrium, Miura’s achievement seems rather superhuman.
Miura’s first acquaintance with Mount Everest dates back to 1970, when he became the first person to ski down the mountain from an elevation of 8,000 metres.
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