Plotting Borussia Dortmund's Path to the Champions League Final

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Plotting Borussia Dortmund's Path to the Champions League Final
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After 12 matches showing their qualities and ambition, Borussia Dortmund are set to compete in the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League final on Sunday against rival German side Bayern Munich.

Having started their European campaign back in September and being drawn in the so-called "Group of Champions," Dortmund had a hard job on their hands (according to some) to even qualify for the knockout rounds. Not only did they do that, but they have beaten some of the continent's finest sides en route to making the final.

Brilliant individualism and collective tactical acumen have both been apparent as one team after another was swept aside, though they will perhaps face their biggest test of all in the final against the side who has just re-claimed the domestic title in record time.

Dortmund will also be without star playmaker Mario Gotze due to injury (via, but attacking full-back Lukasz Piszczek will be available, with his own surgery due to take place after the final itself (via

It has been an exhilarating and amazing European journey over the past 12 months at Dortmund. Here is a recap of their entire path to the final showdown at Wembley, from start to finish.

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