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Final Countdown: Borussia Dortmund’s Date With Destiny at Wembley 

Let’s zoom in on Die Schwarzgelben and examine just what makes the German underdogs so special as we prepare for this year’s Champions League final.

On June 1, 2024, the football world will turn its eyes to Wembley, the historic stadium located in London, where Europe’s biggest club competition, the Champions League, will host its final game.

In a clash of titans, Spanish royalty Real Madrid will face German underdogs Borussia Dortmund. 

While the team from the Spanish capital comes with a hefty resume, one thing is clear—nobody wants it more than Dortmund.

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Founded in 1909, Borussia Dortmund has a history marked by highs and lows. Known affectionately as “Die Schwarzgelben” (the Black and Yellows), the German team has always been a symbol of passion and resilience.

 Their golden era in the 1990s, crowned by a Champions League victory in 1997, established them as a household name in European football. 

Yet, despite their glory years, the club has faced many challenges, including financial struggles and near bankruptcy in the early 2000s.

You can’t talk about Borussia Dortmund without mentioning the fans. Dortmund’s fans are notorious for creating one of the most electrifying atmospheres in football, especially in their home ground’s Yellow Wall—the largest terrace in European football. 

The passionate support from the fans has been a driving force behind the team, pushing them through tough times and reflecting the club’s motto, “Echte Liebe” (True Love).

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In recent years, Dortmund has repeatedly come close to glory, only to fall short. From Bundesliga heartbreaks to even losing a Champions League final in 2013 to fellow German side Bayern Munich, these near misses have only fueled their hunger for success. 

The team’s resilience to keep trying even in the face of many setbacks speaks volumes about the character and devotion required to be a Borussia Dortmund supporter.

This year’s Champions League campaign has showcased Dortmund’s grit and hunger for glory. Starting off the tournament in the “group of death” and having many believe they wouldn’t even make it past the first round, they have overcome all odds and made it further than anyone could have imagined. 

Visionary coach Edin Terzić deploys a dynamic, flexible system that maximizes the young squad’s strengths. 

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With players like Karim Adeyemi, Jordan Sancho, and Julian Brandt, the German side has showcased a revolutionary play style that blends youthful energy with the experience of players like Mats Hummels and club legend Marco Reus.

As Dortmund steps onto the pitch at Wembley, they won’t be just fighting for a trophy but for validation of their hard-fought journey back to the top of European football.

For many of the Dortmund players, this will be the biggest game of their lives, offering a chance to write their names into the annals of the game. 

Unlike their counterparts at Real Madrid, many of whom have already tasted Champions League glory, for Dortmund, this is a rare and precious opportunity.

This final will be more than just a match for Dortmund; it will be a battle for glory, a collision of two giants that promises to captivate football fans around the world.

Tune in on June 1 to witness a game that represents the pinnacle of club football—a game where legends will be born and history made. 

Make sure not to miss what promises to be one of the greatest Champions League finals in history.

Here in California, Paramont+ and Fubo will offer live streaming of games.



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