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Andrei Markovits: The Political and Cultural Subtext of the Bayern Munich - Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League Final

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This will be huge! Go Borussia Dortmund!

Well beyond soccer and sports, much of the world's attention will be fixated this Saturday on Wembley Stadium where -- for the very first time in the pedigreed history of this tournament -- Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will play for the title of Champion of Europe. 
This is a huge event by any measure: the most important game in arguably the best soccer tournament in the world in which the absolute very best professional clubs with the very best players play each other for nearly ten months to determine the eventual winner.
 Some -- us included -- regard the quality of soccer produced in this tournament -- and thus in its final game -- as the world's best bar none surpassing that of the World Cup; the latter is contested by hastily assembled all-star teams whose players share little in common other than passports, and lack the long-term coherence and familiarity with each other that collaborating in these clubs on a weekly basis in seasons with anywhere from forty to sixty games provides.

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