It's been almost 11 years since the biggest prize in European soccer went to the country of beer, chocolate and sausages. But Bayern Munich is set to put these worries aside and is ready to win the UEFA Champions League trophy for a fifth time in the club's history, since 2001. Bayern also happens to be the last German team to win the Champions League.
With a promising roster, with stars like Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez and Franck Ribery, Bayern surely made themselves present, when they dismantled Switzerland's FC Basel by a 7-1 aggregate in the Round of 16. Before that, they finished the group stage in first place in Group A, which included Napoli (Italy), Manchester City (England) and Villarreal (Spain). And just this past Tuesday, they beat Olympique Marseille (France) 2-0 to win the quarterfinal round by a 4-0 aggregate, after they beat Marseille by the same score in southern France.
Bayern has always set their eyes on the bigger prize, probably hence their dominant performances year after year in the Bundesliga. And with superstars from around the world on their roster, they have developed well over the years, and have no intention of stopping. Good for them, I have to say. They're thirsty and show determination to reclaim Europe's throne.
Bayern is going to face Real Madrid in the semis, and that will be one giant soccer festival. It's one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer, and it always lives up to its expectations. Watch out, Ronaldo, Oezil and all the other "Whites". Bayern is ready. So is Germany.