Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League
7.45pm BST, Saturday 25 May 2013
UEFA Champions League winner Dietmar Hamann expects Saturday’s Final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich at Wembley to be the best for over a decade.
Talking exclusively to TheFA.com ahead of the all-German encounter, the former Bayern midfielder believes the whole country is eagerly anticipating the contest.
He said: “They have been the best two teams in the competition all season, and I think probably the best two teams we’ve seen for the last ten years in the Final.
“It’s great obviously, and the whole country is buzzing because you don’t get something like that happening every year - and never in the past for German football.
“In fact we haven’t seen it for a number of years now, it’s a unique thing. It’s the first time it’s happened and I’m not sure when the next time will be.”
Saturday’s match-up will be the fourth between teams from the same country.
Real Madrid overcame Valencia in 2000, Milan defeated Juventus in 2003 and Manchester United beat Chelsea in 2008.
In what could be an ominous sign for Hamann’s former club, of the three winning teams only United had finished above their final opposition in their domestic championship.
However, Hamann is not looking at games gone by, and is instead focusing on the contest at hand.
He added: “Everyone will really enjoy the moment.
“It’s two outstanding teams so everybody is looking forward to the game, and as a football fan I do look forward.
“I think that makes the Final even more special – it’s a cup competition and it’s very rare that the best two teams end up together in the Final.”
Hamann spent five years at Bayern before moving to England in 1998. He said that despite his elegances to the German champions, the quality of the two teams involved means the game is too tight to call.
“You never know in these sorts of games, but obviously they are two very attacking teams who both like to go forward
“They both only know one way to play so it will be an entertaining game for sure.”
The 39-year-old made his name in England playing for Liverpool for seven years between 1999 and 2006, and lifted the famous trophy with The Reds after their dramatic victory over AC Milan in Istanbul in 2005.
Hamann scored a crucial penalty that night in the 3-2 shoot-out win to help Liverpool win their fifth European title.
Bayern are aiming to equal the English side’s haul in London this weekend, and the former midfielder had some advice for those involved in the showpiece Final.
“As for the players, it has to be the same as for every other game. You have to be as calm as you can be and just try to do your best on the day,” he said.
“Then obviously the team that makes the least mistakes on the day will be the team that wins the game – it’s really as simple as that.”
One potential omen that outgoing Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes may choose to ignore, however, is his first season of European competition as a coach.
That campaign ended with defeat in an all-German affair - his Borussia Monchengladbach side fell to Eintracht Frankfurt on away goals in the 1980 UEFA Cup Final.