The 201213 UEFA Champions League Final between German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund took place at Londons Wembley Stadium. I meet a couple of friends at a local watering hole to take in the festivities. In an ode to the great Bill Simmons, I decide to do a running diary of the events. Enjoy
12:18 pm - Arrival at Trinity Hall. Sparse crowd. I’m the first brotha here (!!!) I meet my man David (AKA Muscles AKA The Mexican German). Cider is the beverage of the day. I order an Angry Orchard (Sam Adams joint!!) or as the waiter called it "Apple Juice". (Side note Apple Juice? Underrated)
12:24 - 2nd brotha arrives!
12:25 - He leaves
12:27 - Nice guzzle of cider.....Yea buddy!
12:27 – Ewww! Mavs hat. By the looks of things, a large Bayern contingent. This Son of Bitch walks in with a Mavs Dirk jersey! (Your sports fans Dallas!) He also orders a fucking Sweet Tea!
12:38 - Fox flashes a graphic that says Bayern allowed only 18 Bundesliga goals. Tremendous
12:41 - Another a-hole shows up...IN A CHELSEA shirt! And this Bastard is here in a Roma Shirt! What’s this, a Europa final??
12:44 - The Dirk jersey guy explains "This is all I have that’s German" really?
1:09 - Another Chelsea shirt!
1:23 - FC Dallas shirt in the building.
1:24 - Another Dirk wearer in the building. They acknowledge their kinship and keep it moving.
1:30 - The greatness of the "These are the Champions!!" Ring throughout the pub!! It’s time boys and girls
1:38 - Head and shoulders commercial with CJ Wilson and Josh Hamilton shows on screen and a chorus of boos erupts
1:41 - After an hour of pestering all who walks in his path for a cigarette, the homey Mark finally procures one
1:49 - Gus Johnson and Warren Barton with the call
1:57 - A smatter of boos as Mario Goetze is shown on screen. Goetze headed to Bayern in the summer. Business
1:59 - Lewandowski shoots one straight from about 30 yards out. Parried by Neuer. Dortmund clearly the aggressor early
2:07 - Another nice chance for Dortmund by Manuel Neuer is there with the save
2:11 - Franck Ribery escapes a potential red card with an elbow to Lewandowskis’ head. Bayern misses two point blank chances. Action heating up in the 29th minute
2:17 - Arjen Robben misses a runaway but easily put away by the Dortmund keeper Weidenfeller
2:19 - A shot of Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp. He looks scary. I wished my name was Jürgen.
2:23 - Arjen Robben with another missed chance. Any day now Robben, which is Dutch for "Missed Champions League goals"
2:29 - PS4 signs. ....Me so horny
2:40 - Halftime. Scoreless. Both Goalkeepers have been exemplary
2:57 - Why does Gus announce Franck Ribery's name like "Rib Eye"?
3:01 - Goal Bayern Mario Mandzukic off a Robben pass. 61st minute 3:09 - Ilkay Gundogan with the equaliser off a PK. Dante just kicked Reus clearly in the nuts. A potential red card. Having already booked for a yellow, why didn’t Dante get a 2nd one and brought Bayern down to 10 men?
3:14 - Subotic saves the go ahead goal with a tremendous effort. Clearly an Oh shit moment for both clubs
(Writers note: I stepped out at the 80th minute so the rest you will read will be from a rewatch. Gotta love DVR)
The last couple of years havent been too kind to Arjen Robben. His Netherlands were embarrassed in world cup 2010, followed by another international disappointment in Euro 2012. Oh yea sandwiched between those two was another less than stellar effort in for Bayern in last years champions league final vs Chelsea. But in the 89th minute those memories were eradicated as his goal gave Bayern the win and erasing over 30 years of European frustration. His effort was stellar throughout as he (wait for it) seized the moment. Bayern dominated the 2nd half as they had more scoring chances and kept the ball in their zone. With Mario Goetze headed to Bayern with Lewandoski rumored to follow it looks as if Dortmunds ride has ended. But I dont think so. They, like Bayern have a good system rolling with replacements on the way and money. "Next man up" will be the plan. Bayern also has additions with Pep Guardiola ready to take the helm for a retiring Juup Heynckes. Im not ready to claim a German takeover in European soccer but both cubs look strong going forward. Never figured who the Dirk jersey wearers were rooting for. Germany wins no matter what.
Born in Dayton, Ohio but raised in Dallas. D.A. is no pushover