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One day to go

News and views from the rival camps

The Bundesliga title race is one of the closest-ever in league history, as three teams go into the last day with hopes of lifting the shield. Leaders VfL Wolfsburg are in a strong position, two points clear of Bayern and VfB Stuttgart and with a superior goal difference. Hertha BSC in fourth are just a point off Stuttgart and champions FCB, who can finish anywhere from first to fourth place.

In our daily build-up bulletin, brings you the latest news and developments concerning Munich’s title rivals.

Friday 22 May: One day to go

VfL Wolfsburg:
A place in the Champions League is secure, and the original championship shield will be in attendance on Saturday. Prolific VfL strike pair Edin Dzeko and Grafite are desperate to lay hands on the famous trophy, and the top scorer accolade accordingly comes a distant second to the dream of winning the title. “The team comes first. If someone else scores the goals to win us the league, that would be just as satisfying as scoring myself,” Dzeko commented ahead of the last-day clash with Werder Bremen.

Realistically, the leaders need only draw with the defeated UEFA Cup finalists to seal a sensational triumph. “But that can’t be our goal. We’re not capable of it anyway. We’ll play to win,” Felix Magath announced prior to his last match as VfL coach.

The city of Wolfsburg is gearing up for the biggest football party in its history. The last game will be broadcast on six giant screens in the city centre, accompanied by the usual Public Viewing catering services – and even a specially brewed champions’ beer. Even if VfL stumble at the final hurdle, the tens of thousands in attendance will be invited to party anyway. The team will arrive at the Town Hall in open-top VWs to accept their fans’ acclaim.