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German Press Hails 'Dream Final'

  • ESPN FC, Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:33 PM

For the German press, Bayern Munich’s 7-0 aggregate mauling of FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semfinal set up a “Traumfinale”, or dream final, between Germany’s top two teams: Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. Soccer magazine Kicker used the word as its headline, posting a picture of the UCL trophy on a German flag next to it. "Made in Germany," the sub-headline says.

Tabloid Bild, said: "Bayern demolishes Barca. German final - We are Champions League." Meanwhile, Die Welt was in a similar celebratory mood, saying: "Germany is 2013 Champions League winner." The paper singled out Dutch winger Arjen Robben for praise in its sub-headline: "The meeting of the German giants is reality. A super-cool FC Bayern, built round front-runner Arjen Robben, ended the FC Barcelona hegemony on Wednesday."

Abendzeitung, noting that Bayern lost two of the last three UCL finals (to Inter Milan in 2010 and Chelsea in 2012), opted to pile on the pressure: "It has to finally happen now ... It [defeat] would be a disaster beyond all expectations: a third failure in the final in only four years, and on top of that against league rivals whom they believed to have left behind."

Regarding Barcelona’s demise, German TV commentator Bela Rethy said: "Barcelona look like an ageing pop band, bored to death with playing their greatest hits over and over again." Even Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo talked about “a spent Barca.” It added: "The absence of Leo [Messi] cooled much of the excitement in a full Nou Camp, with a team in which it seemed nobody believed in the comeback.”

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