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Champions League Final, Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund: Open Thread

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WHO: Borussia Dortmund versus Bayern Munich
WHAT: Champions League Final
WHEN: Kick-off is scheduled for 2:45pm ET
WHERE: Live from Wembley Stadium in London
HOW: Viewers in the USA can watch the game live on FOX (the free-to-air network) and FOX Soccer 2Go

Bayern Munich faces Borussia Dortmund in all-German match at this year’s Champions League final to find out who will be crowned the best team in Europe.

For viewers in the United States, pre-match coverage kicks off at 2pm ET featuring the FOX Sports team of Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride. Brad Friedel is also scheduled to be involved. The commentary team for the match itself will be Gus Johnson and Warren Barton, while FOX Soccer 2Go is offering a version with Martin Tyler as the lead voice.

Before, during and after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below.

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109 Responses to Champions League Final, Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund: Open Thread

  1. Pete Q says:

    Let the Gus bashing begin!!!

    Looking forward to it!!!

    • John Culea says:

      Gus Johnson did not disappoint.
      20 minutes in, Bayern Munich was overwhelmed by BD and he asks Warren Barton, “Do you think Bayern is pressing.”
      Barton’s tone of voice in his answer was, “No, you idiot. How can they press when they have no attack at the moment?”
      Then, referring to Wembley he said, “What electricity in this building.” A building?
      When one player banged into another with his shoulder, Johnson thought it was foul. Barton calmly informed him, “You can use your shoulder.”
      Johnson opened the second half by referring to “Legendary Wembley.”
      The new Wembley was opened just six years ago.
      When the score became 1-1, Johnson screamed, “We’ve got a ball game now.”
      Not long after that, Barton said correctly, “Game on.”
      On a play when Schweinsteiger reached out with his foot in front of the goal to score, Johnson said it was a “game of inches.” Schweinsteiger was two feet from the ball.
      Johnson confirms his place as the worst announcer in the history of football.

      • San Franciscan says:

        Not only that, when the referee awarded the penalty he said “FOUL!” the usual call is PENALTY!

  2. Pete Q says:

    The FoxSoccer2Go Pre-Match feed is pretty good. No commentary. Just the atmosphere at Wembley. The place is roaring!

  3. San Franciscan says:

    Here we go with this idiot.

    • Pete Q says:

      I have the sound down. I’m just listening to the FoxSoccer2Go feed.

      But I saw him and Warren Barton pop up and I cringed.

  4. Evan says:

    The only thing worse than listening to Gus Johnson is having to listen to Curt Menefee.

    • Pete Q says:

      Fox is bringing out all of their “big guns”.

      I assume we will see a tweet from Piers soon.

      • El Duce says:

        lol, spot on. How about a scantily-clad gal or a big animated robot to really get into the Fox Sports mood here?

  5. Matt says:

    already a good atmosphere…too bad both fans can’t get more seats, lots go to “corporate UEFA family”

  6. James says:

    What channel is showing it? I have FSC on my TV and they are shoing Europa League review and they will be showing EPL match after that?

  7. NashRambler says:

    Curt Menefee introduced Gus Johnson by saying that Johnson called the goal scored by Wigan in “extra time” in the FA Cup Final.

    This guy has been covering the Champions League Final for Fox for four years, how in the #?%!*& do you not know the difference between extra time and stoppage/injury/added time? Argggggggh!

    • Evan says:

      That would require him to actually put in some work to try to understand the sport. He’s probably as baffled that he’s still doing this as we are.

  8. San Franciscan says:

    Are they ust tying to make the final as american as possible? Calling Dortmund that they call them Hollywood FC, Calling Bayern like the Yankees.

  9. San Franciscan says:

    They forgot to mention that Bastian Schweinsteiger had a minor niggle while warming up, it looked like he will be replaced but hes fine now.

  10. BA14 says:

    I got Bayern 3-1.

  11. Pete Q says:

    FoxSoccer2Go once again is providing two feeds for the match. I wonder how many people actually click on the “Gus Johnson Commentary”?

  12. Guy says:

    Can we try to lay off the pronunciation errors today? Lots of others make them. Gus has much bigger problems than that.

  13. San Franciscan says:

    Oh did Gus just pronounced Muller’s name right? He said Muller no Mueller.

  14. BostonGunner says:

    This is not in HD in Boston. Flicked on in HD very briefly but it’s in SD in letterbox on my cable system.

  15. Cantona says:

    Aaaah Martin Tyler and Gary Neville

    I won’t waste my time with the amateur basketball celebrity pretender.

    Stream gentlemen stream


  16. Pete Q says:

    Ok…I’m watching online.

    It’s 10 mins in…how many nonsensical screams has Gus let out?…and has there been a “In the Six”?

  17. cmasia says:

    My Tyler / Neville stream is a good 2 1/2 minutes delayed, but it is worth delaying my FOX feed to sync great commentary with great video.

    • Velocity_grl says:

      Hello lads (and ladies):

      I found out about TalkSport from you guys just in time for the great FA cup final coverage, but they don’t seem to be calling the match there now-they’re doing call-ins and general news.

      Can anyone point me towards something else that might drown Gus Johnson out? If he screams one more time I’m going to throw something at the television.

  18. Dan says:

    Disappointed that FOX Deportes is not offering an English feed.

  19. Leafsfan1967 says:

    The other audio option is that the match is on the BBC World Service. If you have the TUNEINRADIO app find one of the World Service feeds and you will get the Five Live team of Alan Green and Mike Ingham.

  20. Cantona says:

    Yes the stream is Excellent HD for me.. Audio is crisp..

    Good… Because this is my new reality for Champions League games if the American basketball commentator is on.


  21. San Franciscan says:

    The goalkeepers are having a go at it.

  22. Fulhamish says:

    I don’t think Gus is doing too bad of a job so far today.

    This isn’t a wind up, I swear.

  23. Guy says:

    Come on, Gus. Neuer had that covered all the way. Please stop the SCREAMING!!

  24. leafsfan1967 says:

    I was able to sync the World Service BBC Five Live broadcast perfectly. What a relief!

  25. Evan says:

    “Coming from Athletico Bilbao”

  26. BA14 says:

    Great match so far.

  27. Dust says:

    Great game so far…Gus and Barton are predictably horrid…. Back to online…

  28. Andrew says:

    Great game so far and Gus is clearly well prepared

  29. kingtut says:

    Besides an ignorance of the game and his storied inappropriate timing, the tone and timbre of Johnson’s voice has a chalk on a blackboard pitch. But most annoying is his fractured American sports cadence. It just does not suit football. Is this the missing link the Fox suits have determined will draw ambivalent Americans to the sport. Relay it in baseball meter with an upswing of wild screams at the sign of action.

    • Evan says:

      It’s like he’s come in with this American idea that soccer is boring, with only spurts of action. It’s reflected in his commentary.

    • El Duce says:

      It’s the ridiculously-lampooned highlighted hockey puck fox tried to pull with their NHL broadcasts years ago.

      Idiots haven’t learned one bit.

  30. Denverexpat says:

    Barton needs to take elocution lessons – the London accent is horrible for commentary – and you cannot pressurize anyone unless you use a hyperbaric chamber!

  31. kingtut says:

    So true, He could also do with prozac. What is it about these English ex players who struggle with the past tense of the verb to be.

  32. Aude says:

    What about Barton, he is useless also. and what about The studio hosts? You think Fox would do that to the super bowl? Why is the Champion league final different? I am paying good money for that crap.

  33. Denverexpat says:

    The ref has had a good game – let it flow and called what is necessary but not falling for all the acting….he has done well

  34. BA14 says:

    This is great stuff here. Barnburner is right.

  35. CH says:

    Sorry Gus haters but he hasnt been bad today, no he’s no martin tyler and he will never be. But today hes been ok.

    • BA14 says:

      Agree, he did good today.

    • Carter says:

      Was that good? I felt like I was watching professional wrestling with all of that yelling. I’m glad Fox lost the rights to soccer. All of this “dumbing down” of soccer for American audiences. It’s just ridiculous.

    • Scrumper says:

      Gormless Gus screaming in his TV voice is not OK. Good riddance to him and poxy Fox.

    • El Duce says:

      Give me a break. Ian Darke would have run circles around fumblin’ Gus and his TOUCHDOWN!! inflection.

  36. San Franciscan says:

    Can someone tell me how Madrid and Chelsea got rid of Robben?

  37. David says:

    Dortmund were vulnerable in the center of defense and they paid for it with that Robben goal. Good game and it was played in the right spirit. Kudos to the Bundesliga for producing two terrific teams. Too bad it didn’t get to extra time but Bayern just about deserved it.

  38. San Franciscan says:

    Pep Guardiola will have a very difficult job next season. On Saturday Bayern could make it a treble, There is no forward from there.

  39. Dust says:

    How Bayern had 10 men after that own is beyond me, Dante should’ve got a second yellow.

    Unlucky BVB…

    • Steven says:

      I agree that Dante probably should have seen his second yellow and Bayern should have gone down to 10 men. I think the referee saw it as incidental rather than blatant and because he was already on a yellow decided against a second yellow. He did the right thing though and gave the penalty. I thought the referee was quite good. Not what we’re used to in the EPL.

  40. San Franciscan says:

    And now talknig about a team who won 4 superbowls. WHO CARES?!

  41. cmasia says:

    The trophy has been presented. The celebrations continue.

    And Sky Sports has still not had a commercial break since half time.

    FOX is deep into their 3rd break since full time.

  42. San Franciscan says:

    What was the speech at the end?! Horrible.

  43. Cantona says:

    Shocking refereeing .. Ribery should have been off and how did Dante stay on the pitch? That foul was 10x worse than Nani’s… He didn’t even get a yellow!?!? Sorry but Dortmund caught he short end of this one

    Not that I’m bitter :)

    Can’t wait to watch the comedy rerun with Johnson …saw he first 5mins Gotta laugh at his Robin calls … I just want to scream “where’s Batman”… Eye-in robin !!

    Too funny.. Great match by Tyler and Neville pure class.. Couple of friends caught the Al Jazeera feed with Peter Drury and Gary lineker at halftime/post… Tons of options to the Gus Johnson experiment .


  44. Matt says:

    too many commercials on FOX, they probably had 1-2 minutes of analysis at halftime

  45. Cantona says:

    Just watched the “soccer for dummies” broadcast from Fox… Curt Menefee?? Really, again.

    This broadcast shows again that Mr. Johnson does not know the rules of football.. 45 second delay on a response to Dante’s foul.. Tyler and Neville called it in 2 seconds… It like he got a note from Barton.. And again with the awkward silence.. Did you drop your fact sheets Gus?… Then the screaming at .. Well everything.. Still can’t figure out a football moment.. So he screams… I could care less about name pronunciations as opposed to his cluelessness as to what is going on.. On the pitch..

    How long will the Eric Shanks hard-on for his pet celebrity Gus Johnson continue.

    This is a failure of epic proportions… Time to swallow your Gus-Gasms and pick a tried and true announcer for your marquee Champions League Matches.. ie hit the switch into the control room over to he guy that really is the celebrity in the football world MARTIN TYLER


  46. El Duce says:

    Seriously, I have MLS Live and none of the local team broadcasters are as abject as Fox’s crew. Your American football-style bloviate-n-scream are not required, nor are they appreciated.

    • DiscoBallsDeep says:

      you make it sound like american soccer fans are enthusiastically behind this. we’re FING embarrassed.

  47. Smokey Bacon says:

    Fox are going to ruin the World Cup when they get it in 2018. It will be 2006 all over again if Gus is still around. There is absolutely no difference between him and the abomination that was Dave O’Brien. Espn learned from their mistake. Fox shows no sign of doing so with this idiot Shenks at the helm. The utter disrespect to the viewer is beyond belief. The only way we stop the madness is by not watching. It’s time to boycott the champions league until Fox comes to its senses. Only when we drive their ratings into the ground will they bin Gus.

  48. jtm371 says:

    BVB got screwed the marked one should have been sent off for the elbow and Dante should have seen a second yellow.BM got all the calls.did not think the Italian ref did well at all.oh well let me be the first to say GO HORNETS beat Palace.

    • kagawa23 says:

      JTM Ucl reffing has been a joke this season. Ribbery can hit guys in the face and then Dante can stud Reus in theballs while on a yelow and then not even get a card.

  49. Davesee says:

    The Buffalo Bills analogy was also fantastic when he led off with “In America” because it’s not like this was the broadcast for America or anything…

  50. Fulhamish says:

    Agree 100% with the criticism of both Gus and Fox Sports.

    That being said, if the coverage was enough to ruin what was truly an exceptional match for you, I think you have to ask yourself if you are actually a fan of the sport in the first place.

    Why continue to beat a dead horse? Can’t we focus on the game? There is no shortage of talking points and yet 90% of this thread was devoted to Gus. Again.

    At least Gus showed some interest in the match, unlike most of the comments here.

    • gillyrosh says:

      Sad isn’t it? So many talking point s in this match – Dante’s non-red card, Subotic’s clearance – yet the majority of posts in this thread slagging a commentator. *smh*

  51. Taimur says:

    What an entertaining match this was! Such a pulsating match that even Gus Johnson’s commentary didn’t bother me too much today!

  52. Transic says:

    I’m not sure if anyone noticed but there was an ad about NBC’s upcoming Premier League coverage (the one with the opera song) during halftime. When I saw that, I thought “Way to rub it in there!” :)

  53. gillyrosh says:

    Glad that for once a final lived up to the pre-match hype.

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