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Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: Preview Of Champions League Final | Keeping Score | TIME.com -
May 19, 2012
"Soccer Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: Pass the Playstation, and Just Don’t Talk About the War, Eh? Previewing the Champions League Final By Tony Karon | @tonykaron | May 18, 2012 | 2 inShare2 Log In with Facebook Sharing TIME stories with friends is easier than ever. Add TIME to your Timeline. Learn More Ian Kington / AFP / Getty Images Ian Kington / AFP / Getty Images Chelsea striker Didier Drogba celebrates scoring their second goal during the FA Cup final football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, England on May 5, 2012. There were ten German bombers in the air. Ten German bombers in the air. There were ten German bombers, ten German bombers, ten German bombers in the air. But the RAF from England shot one down. The RAF from England shot one down. But the RAF from England, the RAF from England, the RAF from England shot one down. There were nine German bombers in the air… English soccer fans still sing that song whenever their national team plays Germany, the match always somehow rendered a tableau of forgotten wars. (Hey, it’s marginally better than the predecessor chant of “Two world wars and one world cup, England, England…”) And you can expect that at least some Chelsea fans will deem it necessary to give voice to the inspiration they take from their grandparents’ enduring the Blitz as their team faces the firestorm of Bayern Munich playing on home ground for the title of champions of Europe. That’s pretty silly, of course, not least because Chelsea’s starting lineup is likely to include just three Englishmen, whereas Bayern’s main attacking threat comes from the Dutchman Arjen Robben and France’s Franck Ribery. The men in blue don’t embody England as much as they represent the ambitions of their Russian oligarch owner, Roman Abramovich, to win the one title that has eluded Chelsea despite the $1.5 billion he has invested in its pursuit. And, of course, for the aging spine of the squad that has won so much glory in England —...
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