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May 22, 2013

Ribery out to end final heartache

Franck Ribery is determined to avoid a third Champions League final failure when Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday.

Bayern lost on penalties to Chelsea in their own Allianz Arena 12 months ago, and also to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan, which Ribery missed through suspension, in 2010.

The club have won the European Cup four times, but only once since it became known as the Champions League. That was in 2001 when they defeated Valenica 5-4 on spot-kicks at the San Siro.

Bayern also finished as runners-up in 1982, 1987 and 1999, meaning they have lost in the final more times than they have won the trophy.

"I have won everything with Bayern, only this title is missing," the three-time Bundesliga winner said on the club's official website. "We have to win for this club, these fans, this team.

"We know what it feels like to be in the final. That is nothing new for us."

The match will be an emotional occasion for Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, who retires at the end of the season to make way for Pep Guardiola. And Ribery paid tribute to his boss.

"Jupp Heynckes was important for me, for my self-belief, my happiness, my enjoyment on the pitch," he said.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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