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Lyon and Frankfurt vie for title

Published: Sunday 13 May 2012, 22.49CET
Holders Olympique Lyonnais aim to become only the second team to successfully defend the European title as they face sole three-time winners 1. FFC Frankfurt in Munich.
Lyon and Frankfurt vie for title
Lyon coach Patrice Lair met Frankfurt in his time at Montpellier ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 13 May 2012, 22.49CET

Lyon and Frankfurt vie for title

Holders Olympique Lyonnais aim to become only the second team to successfully defend the European title as they face sole three-time winners 1. FFC Frankfurt in Munich.

UEFA Women's Champions League holders Olympique Lyonnais aim to become only the second team to successfully defend the European title as they face sole three-time winners 1. FFC Frankfurt at Munich's Olympiastadion.

Previous meetings
• These sides' paths have never crossed in UEFA competition. In 2007/08, Lyon's debut European season, only a semi-final loss to Umeå IK cost them a two-legged decider against Frankfurt.

Match background
• Last year's win was a first title for both Lyon and France, turning the tables  on 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam after their defeat against the German side in the inaugural UEFA Women's Champions League final 12 months previously. Goals from Wendie Renard and Lara Dickenmann secured a 2-0 victory at Craven Cottage in London.

• Lyon are only the second team to reach three straight finals. Umeå IK played in the first three showpieces, in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In the first and last of those they played Frankfurt, who have now equalled the Swedish team's mark of five finals.

• Frankfurt's victories in 2002, 2006 and 2008 make them the only three-time champions, and in all Germany have produced six of the ten winners. Three different German clubs – Frankfurt, Potsdam and FCR 2001 Duisburg – have taken the title, with only one each from the other successful nations: Sweden's Umeå (2003, 2004), England's Arsenal LFC (2007) and last year France's Lyon.

• Lyon made the semi-finals for a record fifth year running this season – every single one of their entries – though Frankfurt have made the last four on a joint record six occasions.

• All 13 Lyon players who took part in last year's final remain at the club. Among the Potsdam side was Fatmire Bajramaj, now at Frankfurt, while goalkeeper Desirée Schumann was an unused substitute prior to her own move west.

• Seven Lyon players could take part in their third straight final: Sarah Bouhaddi, Wendie Renard, Laura Georges, Shirley Cruz Traña, Amandine Henry, Louisa Necib and Lara Dickenmann.

• None of Frankfurt's 2002 winners remain in the squad but Kerstin Garefrekes, Sandra Smisek, Meike Weber and Saskia Bartusiak all were involved in the 2006 and 2008 victories. They would equal the record of three wins achieved by former Frankfurt team-mates Katrin Kliehm, Tina Wunderlich and Birgit Prinz.

• Bajramaj could complete a unique treble having won with Duisburg in 2009 and Potsdam a year later; she would also be the first player to feature in four consecutive finals. Schumann was an unused Potsdam substitute in 2010 having featured on their road to the final.

• This is the seventh final to feature at least one match in Germany. Frankfurt staged the one-off 2002 decider at the old Waldstadion and German clubs were involved in the two-legged finals of 2004 (Frankfurt), 2005 (Potsdam), 2006 (Frankfurt and Potsdam), 2008 (Frankfurt) and 2009 (Duisburg). The last two of those games attracted the competition's two highest crowds, 28,112 watching Duisburg draw 1-1 with Zvezda-2005 to complete a 7-1 aggregate win in 2009 a year after 27,640 saw Frankfurt defeat Umeå 3-2 for a 4-3 overall success.

• Patrice Lair, appointed Lyon coach after the 2010 final, was in charge of Montpellier Hérault SC for their run to the 2005/06 semi-finals in which Sonia Bompastor, Camille Abily and Élodie Thomis all featured. Frankfurt knocked out Montpellier on away goals, losing 1-0 at home but winning 3-2 in France with Smisek scoring twice.

• Frankfurt also played French opposition in their first semi-final of 2002, beating Toulouse FC 2-1 away and drawing 0-0 at home. After the Montpellier game their third tie with a French club came in the round of 16 this season, beating Paris Saint-Germain FC 3-0 at home and losing 2-1 away.

• Prior to their two finals against Potsdam, Lyon's only experience against German opposition was their 2008/09 semi-final against Duisburg, drawing 1-1 at home and losing 3-1 away. Bajramaj played in both legs as well as Lyon's two finals with Potsdam.

• Lyon completed the first part of a potential treble on Sunday when they beat Montpellier Hérault SC 2-1 to win the French Cup for the first time since 2008, Lotta Schelin’s two first-half goals proving decisive. In the league they remain unbeaten after 19 matches and with three fixtures left are three points behind FCF Juvisy Essonne with a game in hand, in a competition where four points are awarded for a win. They face Juvisy in their last game on 2 June.

• On the other hand this competition is Frankfurt's last chance of silverware after they were defeated 2-0 by FC Bayern München in the German Cup final in Cologne on Saturday to lose their grip on the trophy, and to make matters worse Bajramaj suffered an ankle injury. A week earlier a 3-1 loss at Potsdam ended their Frauen Bundesliga title hopes but with two games left they are still within six points of VfL Wolfsburg in the second European qualifying slot.

• If the winners of this final finish outside the top two in their league, that nation will have three entrants in next season's UEFA Women’s Champions League, as Germany did in 2009/10.

Last updated: 14/05/12 16.35CET

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