Champions League Final open thread

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2012 UEFA Champions League Final
Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea
Allianz Arena, Munich, Bavaria, Earth
Kickoff: 2:45 PM EDT
TV: Fox

For Chelsea perspective, visit We Ain't Got No History.

For Bayern perspective, visit Bavarian Football Works.

So it comes down to this. Bayern Munich, four-time winners and four-time runners-up in this competition, take on Chelsea, who are one-time runners-up. The match takes place in Bayern's stadium, so.

Both teams are pretty gutted by suspension and injury: Chelsea have fitness doubts over their non-suspended center halves David Luiz and Gary Cahill, while Ramires, John Terry, Raul Meireles, and Branislav Ivanovic will miss the match due to suspension. Bayern men Luis Gustavo, Holger Badstuber, and David Alaba will miss the match due to suspension. Ryan Bertrand, Chelsea youngster, may have a start in the biggest match of his life coming.

If Bayern win, Tottenham will be in next year's qualifying round for the Champions League. If Chelsea win, they will be in next year's Champions League, and Tottenham will be in the Europa League. If everyone turns into ice cream sandwiches, I will run to Munich and eat them all. I promise.

Please feel free to comment on all the action below. Remember: be kind, no illegal streams (it's on Fox, you sillies), picture height max 300, and always use a subject line.

Enjoy the match, folks.

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