With another Champions League final looming so soon after the 2020 final, at Bavarian Football Works we wonder who to support. As a result, we have decided to compose our own Champions League final.
Take a look at which teams we would have loved to have spoken in the 2020-2021 final in Istanbul.
FC Bayern Munich vs real Madrid
I don’t feel the need to introduce these two teams. The best and most historic teams in Spain and Germany, with almost 20 Champions League titles between them, are the Champions League experts in modern play. They’ve faced each other more times than fans remember, but never in a final before.
A final between these two heavyweights would be the battle of the century – a clash of two titans that would rock the football world; a conflict between two distinct football identities from two different leagues, each with rich roots in European football; an explosion of elegant and offensive play directed and directed by some of the best players and coaches in the world.
It would be – red and white, night of combat; the greatest gladiatorial match in the history of the world; Kaisers vs. Reyes; blood against light; Gods of Germany against the saviors of Spain! Now it’s a match that will guarantee viewers around the world. And yes, he’s so big that he even makes a quote from a horrible movie (Batman v Superman) shine.
Rapid Vienna vs Celtic
In the year that fans have spoken out to remind the forces of multinational corporations that football is still their sport, I have put together what I call the ‘All Fans’ Final.
First of all, we have Rapid Vienna. Founded in 1897 as the first Viennese workers’ football club, this club embodies fan involvement while having a long history of international success. The club remains owned by its members, embraces its traditions and produces entertaining products on the pitch. It would also be a chance for the world to see some handsome, promising young players who will likely leave Rapid in the next few years including Demir, Arase, Kara and Fountas who seem to be heading for bigger and better things. Finally, Rapid fans could take advantage of their first Champions League final to deliver a legendary ‘Rapid-Viertelstunde’ as an expulsion for beloved captain Dejan Ljubicic as he travels to FC Köln of the year next.
Their opponents will be another historic team, Glasgow Celtic, founded in 1887. This will give us the two dominant teams of the two longest played, and two of the most heated rivalries in football history, the Old Firm in Glasgow and the Wiener. Derby. There will be silverware galore with the mighty Celtic having over 100 trophies to his name, while the Rapid arrive without delivering over 50 titles and cups to their loyal followers.
But the real reason Celtic gets the nod is their fans. Emerging from a sad history of sectarian violence, Celtic fans have recently redeemed themselves and become a model fan base. They have won numerous media and official awards as the best fan base and never fail to create an unforgettable gaming atmosphere. They’ll even sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to make BFW editor-in-chief Tom Adams feel at home for the finale:
Perhaps more importantly, the teams are equal. With Rapid’s current 538 rating at 61.6 and Celtic at 59.1, this should be a cracker of a game! Since both teams have strong Catholic roots, we will be inviting Pope Francis to lead the launch ceremony.
My prediction: 3-2 to Die Grün-Weißen.
Ajax vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
When the Super League was announced, Ajax, the beloved Ajax of four European Cup winners Johan Cruyff, did not even receive an invitation while Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and PSG (a combined Champions League) were invited. If the Super League was truly based on a historical context and teams with glorious histories were invited, Ajax would be one of them. Only five teams (Real, AC Milan, Bayern, Liverpool and Barcelona) have won more European Cups than Ajax.
Ajax’s style of play is often eye-catching; while they weren’t up to par this season in Europe, they blew everyone away in the 2018/2019 season playing football and qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals. They narrowly lost to Tottenham, leaving me, a neutral, in tears.
Their style of play and history would be welcome in a Champions League final by me. I would like his opponent to be Borussia Mönchengladbach. Gladbach, during their dominance of the Bundesliga in the 1970s, played only one European Cup final, which they lost. They also form a team with a rich history, introducing players like Günter Netzer, Jupp Heynckes, Stefan Effenberg, Lothar Matthäus to the world of football.
Under Marco Rose, they’ve been inconsistent, but when Gladbach plays their game, they’re absolutely glorious to watch. I hope Adi Hütter can carry on this legacy.
Gladbach and Ajax would make a fascinating Champions League final. I’m afraid Gladbach won’t win his first goal, with Ajax only winning the goal by a strange five-goal.
Freiburg vs Rangers
Two clubs steeped in history and culture. Two clubs with two of the best and most loyal fan bases in the world. Two clubs with beautiful locations. It’s as beautiful and as wild as football, so it’s my choice for the UCL final.
It’s no secret that Freiburg is one of the most serious, hard-working and passionate teams in the Bundesliga. They also happen to be one of my favorite teams outside of Bayern Munich, and for good reason – they never give up and fight to the death. It certainly helps that they have Christian Streich at the helm … it will take a long way to find a coach as committed, as stubborn and as willing to go to war for his players as Streich. He made a club that had 2. The regulars at BuLi barely 4-5 years ago, in BuLi’s constant top 10.
Freiburg will face a club that is just as equal in the passion department as anything else … Scottish Premiership champions with a (currently) massive 20-point lead, the club based in Glasgow’s Govan district knows how to ride in style. The club was literally founded by four teenagers who decided their district needed a great and illustrious club. They are currently the second most successful club in the world in terms of trophies won. And with players like Morelos, Tavernier and Kent, they are not lacking in talent or pedigree.
The atmosphere at the stadium would undoubtedly be deafening, and should therefore stand after COVID-19, once restrictions are relaxed. You just can’t have the same experience in a “Geisterspiele“. I would definitely be the first to buy match tickets if that ever happened, as I want to test the limits of my eardrums. Jokes aside, it’s one hell of a game, and while I find it super difficult to pick a winner, I see Freiburg pulling this one out.
My prediction: Freiburg 4-3 Rangers
Who would you like to see in the Champions League final? Let us know your comments below and, as always, thanks for reading!