2013 UEFA Champions League Final

2013 UEFA Champions League Final

Match programme cover
Event 2012–13 UEFA Champions League
Date 25 May 2013[1]
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
UEFA Man of the Match Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)[2]
Fans' Man of the Match Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)[3]
Referee Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)[4]
Attendance 86,298[5]
Weather Sunny
14 °C (57 °F)
40% humidity[6]

The 2013 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, the 58th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 21st season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

The match took place on Saturday, 25 May 2013, at Wembley Stadium in London, England, between German Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. In the first all-German Champions League final, Bayern won the match 2–1 with goals from Mario Mandžukić and man of the match Arjen Robben coming either side of an İlkay Gündoğan penalty for Dortmund.

One week later, Bayern won the 2013 DFB-Pokal and, having already won the 2013 Bundesliga, completed the Continental Treble. As a result of their Champions League win, Bayern qualified to play against Chelsea, the winners of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup, and also earned the right to enter the semi-finals of the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup as the UEFA representative. They would eventually go on to win both competitions.


Wembley Stadium has hosted the European Cup final seven times, including twice in the past three seasons.

Wembley Stadium, England's national stadium and home of the England national football team, was announced as the venue of the 2013 final on 16 June 2011.[7] Having hosted the 2011 final, Wembley made history for being the first stadium in the tournament's history to host the final twice in three years.[8] Discussing the short time between the two finals, UEFA President Michel Platini explained that the final would be in celebration of 150 years of the Football Association's existence.[9] It was the seventh occasion that Wembley hosted the final after hosting the 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1992 and the 2011 finals of Europe's premier club competition.[10]

The original Wembley Stadium hosted five European Cup finals. The 1968 and 1978 finals were both won by English sides: Manchester United beat Benfica 4–1 in 1968 and Liverpool defeated Club Brugge 1–0 in 1978. Benfica also lost in the 1963 final, beaten 2–1 by Milan, while Ajax won the first of three consecutive European Cups at Wembley in 1971, beating Panathinaikos 2–0. In the 1992 final, Spanish club Barcelona defeated Italian side Sampdoria 1–0 in the final match played as the European Cup prior to the following season's introduction of the current Champions League format.

First opened for the British Empire Exhibition in 1923, the stadium was originally known as the Empire Stadium. That year, it hosted its first FA Cup Final, when almost 200,000 spectators attempted to watch the match between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United. Wembley played host to all of England's matches at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, including the 4–2 victory over West Germany in the final, and at UEFA Euro 1996. The original stadium was closed in 2000 and demolished three years later, to be replaced by a 90,000-capacity arena, which opened in 2007.[11] The new stadium hosted the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, which pitted Barcelona against Manchester United in a re-match of the final played two years previously. Barcelona claimed their fourth European title as they ran out 3–1 winners.


This was the first time in the history of the Champions League (and European Cup) that the final was contested between two German sides. There were three previous Champions League finals between two clubs from the same country: 2000 (Spain), 2003 (Italy), and 2008 (England).[12]

It was Bayern Munich's 10th European Cup/Champions League final, third all-time behind Real Madrid (12) and Milan (11). They won four of those finals: in 1974, 1975, 1976, and most recently in 2001.[13] The 2013 final was Bayern's third final in four years; they lost in both 2010 and 2012 (as the first team since 1984 to reach the Final held in their home stadium), adding to previous final losses in 1982, 1987, and 1999.[14]

For Dortmund, this was their second Champions League final, with them winning their first title in 1997. The next season as defending champions, they defeated Bayern in their only previous meetings in European competitions, winning 1–0 on aggregate in the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, before being eliminated 2–0 on aggregate in the semi-finals by Real Madrid, managed by Jupp Heynckes, who took over as Bayern coach in 2011.[15]

In 2003, Bayern provided a €2 million loan without collateral to the nearly bankrupt Dortmund which has since been repaid.[16][17][18] Domestically there has been a heated rivalry between Bayern and Dortmund in recent years. In 2011–12, Dortmund won the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal with Bayern finishing runners-up in both competitions. In 2012–13, Bayern bested Dortmund for both trophies, as well as the DFL-Supercup. Just before Dortmund's Champions League semi-final, it was announced that one of their homegrown stars, Mario Götze, would make a €37 million transfer to Bayern for the upcoming 2013–14 season,[19] a move that some felt would have put more distance between wealthy Bayern and the rest of the Bundesliga.[20][21] The final 2012–13 Bundesliga game between the two clubs was a 1–1 draw marked by acrimony as Bayern's Rafinha was sent off for elbowing Dortmund's Jakub Blaszczykowski, sparking an argument on the touchline between Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp and Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer.[22] The press has used terms like 'power shift' and 'changing of the guard' after Dortmund and Bayern eliminated Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, in the Champions League semi-finals.[23][24]

Road to the final

For more details on this topic, see 2012–13 UEFA Champions League.

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first.

Germany Borussia Dortmund Round Germany Bayern Munich
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Netherlands Ajax 1–0 (H) Matchday 1 Spain Valencia 2–1 (H)
England Manchester City 1–1 (A) Matchday 2 Belarus BATE Borisov 1–3 (A)
Spain Real Madrid 2–1 (H) Matchday 3 France Lille 1–0 (A)
Spain Real Madrid 2–2 (A) Matchday 4 France Lille 6–1 (H)
Netherlands Ajax 4–1 (A) Matchday 5 Spain Valencia 1–1 (A)
England Manchester City 1–0 (H) Matchday 6 Belarus BATE Borisov 4–1 (H)
Group D winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Borussia Dortmund 6420115+614
Spain Real Madrid 6321159+611
Netherlands Ajax 6114816−84
England Manchester City 6033711−43
Final standings Group F winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Bayern Munich 6411157+813
Spain Valencia 6411125+713
Belarus BATE Borisov 6204915−66
France Lille 6105413−93
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout phase Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 5–2 2–2 (A) 3–0 (H) Round of 16 England Arsenal 3–3 (a) 3–1 (A) 0–2 (H)
Spain Málaga 3–2 0–0 (A) 3–2 (H) Quarter-finals Italy Juventus 4–0 2–0 (H) 2–0 (A)
Spain Real Madrid 4–3 4–1 (H) 0–2 (A) Semi-finals Spain Barcelona 7–0 4–0 (H) 3–0 (A)


Borussia Dortmund fans in Wembley before kick-off


The two-time Champions League winner and ex-England international Steve McManaman was appointed as the official ambassador for the final.[25]

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was directed by Kevin Spacey's executive assistant and The Prince's Trust ambassador Hamish Jenkinson and his business partner Jonny Grant, who had previously directed the 2011 opening ceremony, also at Wembley. The ceremony, also titled "Battle of Kings", was produced by Films United. It was directed and produced by Grigorij Richters and his producing partner Alex Souabni. Both were the former filmmakers-in-residence of Kevin Spacey and Jenkinson at The Old Vic Theatre in London. The film focused around the story of activist and fundraiser Stephen Sutton, who was part of the group of performers.[26][27]

Match ball

The match ball for the final was the Adidas Finale Wembley, which featured the same "Starball" panel configuration as the last three finals. The ball was predominantly white, with each star in blue with yellow patterning and a purple border. Six of the 12 stars featured designs recalling the six previous times that the European Cup final had been held at Wembley Stadium. The ball was unveiled on 30 January 2013 and was used for all knockout stage matches in the 2012–13 competition.[28]


The international ticket sales phase for the general public ran from 11 February to 15 March 2013.[29] Tickets were available in four price categories: £330, £230, £140, and £60. Due to the high demand for tickets, allocation was determined by a lottery.[30]

The two finalist clubs were allocated 25,000 tickets each. Borussia Dortmund received 502,567 requests for tickets,[31] while there were approximately 250,000 orders for tickets from members of Bayern Munich.[32] Both clubs used draws as a means of awarding tickets.[31][32]

Related events

As is the annual custom, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women's Champions League trophies were presented to the host city at a special ceremony at Banqueting House, Whitehall, on 19 April 2013. Receiving the trophies from UEFA President Michel Platini were the Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson and the Mayor of London's commissioner for sport, Kate Hoey. Representing the previous season's competition winners were John Terry, Frank Lampard, Petr Čech, Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanović of Chelsea, and Lotta Schelin of the Lyon ladies' team. Also in attendance were final ambassadors Graeme Le Saux and Faye White, who had escorted the trophies from Stamford Bridge to Banqueting House via London's public transport system, and David Bernstein, the chairman of The Football Association.[33]

The UEFA Champions Festival was held at the International Quarter, Stratford City, next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from 23 to 26 May 2013.[34]

The 2013 UEFA Women's Champions League Final was held at Stamford Bridge on 23 May 2013 between Wolfsburg and Lyon. Wolfsburg won the game, with Martina Müller scoring the only goal. This ensured that for the first time ever the same nation won both the men's and women's European club titles in the same year.[35]


Team news

Borussia Dortmund's Mario Götze, who would join Bayern Munich in the summer, missed the match with a hamstring injury that had kept him out since the semi-final second leg against Real Madrid. Right-back Łukasz Piszczek did play, however, despite being due for hip surgery, while centre-back Mats Hummels recovered from a sprained ankle in time to play.[36] Bayern Munich were without defender Holger Badstuber, who was expected to be out for 10 months with a knee injury,[37] and Toni Kroos, who had yet to recover from an injury sustained in the quarter-final.[38]


Dortmund were the dominant team in the first half-hour of the match, with intense pressing towards Bayern. Neuer made five important saves in the first 35 minutes, including two off shots from Lewandowski and one from Reus. Bayern later took the initiative, and scored the first goal in the 60th minute, when Mandžukić finished left footed the combination of passes by Robben and Ribéry, the ball going past Schmelzer on the goal line from three yards out.[39] Shortly after, Dante raised his foot in the penalty area and caught Reus in the stomach; Gündoğan scored the resulting penalty shooting low into the right corner and sending Neuer the wrong way. Robben scored the winning goal with a weak low shot pushing the ball past the onrushing Weidenfeller with his left foot from eight yards out, after a back-heeled pass from Ribéry with a minute left in normal time.[40]


Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich
GK 1 Germany Roman Weidenfeller (c)
RB 26Poland Łukasz Piszczek
CB 4 Serbia Neven Subotić
CB 15Germany Mats Hummels
LB 29Germany Marcel Schmelzer
CM 6 Germany Sven Bender  90+2'
CM 8 Germany İlkay Gündoğan
RW 16Poland Jakub Błaszczykowski  90'
AM 11Germany Marco Reus
LW 19Germany Kevin Großkreutz  73'
CF 9 Poland Robert Lewandowski
GK 20Australia Mitchell Langerak
DF 27Brazil Felipe Santana
MF 5 Germany Sebastian Kehl
MF 7 Germany Moritz Leitner
MF 18Turkey Nuri Şahin  90+2'
MF 21Germany Oliver Kirch
FW 23Germany Julian Schieber  90'
Germany Jürgen Klopp
GK 1 Germany Manuel Neuer
RB 21Germany Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 17Germany Jérôme Boateng
CB 4 Brazil Dante  29'
LB 27Austria David Alaba
CM 8 Spain Javi Martínez
CM 31Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 10Netherlands Arjen Robben
AM 25Germany Thomas Müller
LW 7 France Franck Ribéry  73'  90+1'
CF 9 Croatia Mario Mandžukić  90+4'
GK 22Germany Tom Starke
DF 5 Belgium Daniel Van Buyten
MF 11Switzerland Xherdan Shaqiri
MF 30Brazil Luiz Gustavo  90+1'
MF 44Ukraine Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
FW 14Peru Claudio Pizarro
FW 33Germany Mario Gómez  90+4'
Germany Jupp Heynckes

UEFA Man of the Match:
Netherlands Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)[2]
Fans' Man of the Match:
Germany Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)[3]

Assistant referees:
Renato Faverani (Italy)[4]
Andrea Stefani (Italy)[4]
Fourth official:
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)[4]
Additional assistant referees:
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)[4]
Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)[4]

Match rules[41]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


First half[42]
Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich
Goals scored 00
Total shots 75
Shots on target 53
Saves 35
Ball possession 40%60%
Corner kicks 53
Fouls committed 52
Offsides 02
Yellow cards 01
Red cards 00

Second half[42]
Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich
Goals scored 12
Total shots 59
Shots on target 36
Saves 41
Ball possession 44%56%
Corner kicks 15
Fouls committed 65
Offsides 12
Yellow cards 11
Red cards 00

Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich
Goals scored 12
Total shots 1214
Shots on target 89
Saves 76
Ball possession 42%58%
Corner kicks 68
Fouls committed 117
Offsides 14
Yellow cards 12
Red cards 00

Post-match reactions

Borussia Dortmund's manager Jürgen Klopp commented that the long season caught up with Dortmund. "It was late in the game and from the 75th minute it was very hard for us after a tough season, but we deserved to be in the final and we showed that tonight" he said.[43] Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels said the game was really close and very disappointing, and that they were the better team in the first 25 minutes but missed the goal that was needed.[44] Bayern Munich's manager Jupp Heynckes said that "We have achieved something unique".[45]


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