Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund Turn Phoney War into Feisty Feud

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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund Turn Phoney War into Feisty Feud

Few had hoped to extract any sort of meaning from this meaningless game. But in the event, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich helpfully provided enough on-field clashes, off-field aggro and backroom intrigue on Saturday to keep us all going until 25 May. Billed as a gentle lap in safety car mode and a chance to try out a few spare parts on the road to Wembley, this occasion veered almost out of control and head-long into an advertising board. Head of state Franz Beckenbauer, the emperor himself, was gravely concerned about the possible damage to both teams and to German football's new-found, well-deserved status as the light unto all nations. "Stop these hostilities! Don't embarrass us!" he pleaded in Bild. "Let rationality prevail! The whole world is looking at Wembley. Bayern and Dortmund are there as representatives of Germany, too"...

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