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Up for the cup!

Germany's two best teams go to the mat

Saturday's eagerly awaited DFB Cup final is the dominant topic in German capital Berlin at the moment. The prestige clash features the nation's two best teams – and the first metaphorical crossing of swords even took place at Berlin Tegel airport on Friday lunchtime, as the Borussia Dortmund team bus and its Bayern counterpart faced each other across the taxiway, waiting to pick up the respective teams. The second meeting between the sides came just a half-hour later at the Olympic Stadium with the pre-match press conference. Saturday evening “is when the prizes are handed out," noted FCB captain Philipp Lahm. And in a cup final, there is only one prize.

“It's fantastic to have the two best teams in Germany contest the final," FCB president Uli Hoeneß beamed. Bayern, the most successful club of all time in the league and cup, this season's Bundesliga runners-up and Champions League finalists, take on freshly-crowned champions Borussia. “It's an exceptional constellation," said head coach Jupp Heynckes. BVB boss Juergen Klopp predicted “a truly enthralling game of football which no-one in Germany wants to miss."