Milestone men Lahm and Alaba

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Philipp Lahm has made more Champions League appearances than any other German player. The 32-year-old played his 104th game in the semi-final first leg against Atlético, surpassing Oliver Kahn's previous best mark of 103. The match also marked a milestone for David Alaba: Wednesday's encounter was the Austrian's 50th Champions League match. No other FCB pro has achieved this feat so early. Alaba was 23 years, ten months and three days old, surpassing Thomas Müller's record of 24 years, one month and 23 days of age in his 50th CL appearance.

Tasci returns

FCB winter signing Serdar Tasci took a seat on the bench in Madrid, his personal Champions League comeback. He made a CL squad for the first time in six years. The last time he was in a squad for a match in Europe's premier club competition dates back to 23 February 2010 for VfB Stuttgart in a 1-1 draw against FC Barcelona, who were coached by none other than Pep Guardiola.

DFB Cup arrives in Berlin

Three and a half weeks before the DFB Cup final the trophy has arrived in the German capital. The former Bayern and Wolfsburg pro Tobias Rau brought the cup to the Town Hall on behalf of holders VfL Wolfsburg. Paul Breitner (FCB) and Hans-Joachim Watzke as well as Marcel Schmelzer (both Dortmund) represented the two sides facing off in the final at the official handover ceremony. Two-time Olympic luge champion Natalie Geisenberger will carry the cup onto the pitch for the final on 21 May.


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