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Champions League Final: Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea

May 19, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

2012 UEFA Champions League Final preview between Chelsea and FC Bayern

The most prestigious trophy in club soccer is up for grabs this afternoon as Chelsea face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final (2PM/Fox). The game will be played at Bayern’s home field, Allianz Arena, in Munich. Imagine the NFL awarded Super Bowl hosting rights to Philadelphia and the Eagles played for the Lombardi Trophy at the Linc. That’s what Bayern playing this game at home is like.

Been following the tournament since the group stages? Just hopping on the Champions League bandwagon today? No worries either way. We’ve got you covered with a roundup of links to get you primed for the game. 
Need to get caught up on how these two teams arrived at the final? Here’s a quick video detailing the road each side took to Allianz Arena.

Brooks Peck over at Yahoo’s Dirty Tackle has a fun look and viewing companion for the match.
Grant Wahl shares five thoughts on this battle for European glory. 
There are plenty of players to love and hate on each team. Jeffrey Marcus from The New York Times Soccer Blog examines the heroes and villains for each team.
Want some background on a couple of key offensive players from each team? Here’s a look at the riddle of Bayern’s Franck Ribery.
Simon Kuper, writing over at Mio Stadium, has a fantastic piece on Arjen Robben
Chelsea’s Didier Drogba could be playing his last game in Chelsea blue. The Ivorian will be out of contract following this match. The Mirror looks at Drogba’s hope to close out his career with a European title
Super Frank Lampard is the true heartbeat for Chelsea. The BBC says that Lampard relishes the chance to face Bayern.
Who am I rooting for? I can’t believe I am rooting for anything German, but I need Bayern to win so my team, Tottenham Hotspur, gets into the Champions League next year
Finally, because it’s the greatest music in all of sports, here is the Champions League anthem.

COME ON, BAYERN!