Bayern Munich has been dealt a blow with the news that Dante and Luiz Gustavo will miss the DFB Pokal final due to their involvement with Brazil in the FIFA Confederations Cup late in June. While the latter would have started from the bench, the former will be replaced by Daniel Van Buyten at the heart of defense.
Meanwhile, Toni Kroos is sidelined until the start of next season, and Holger Badstuber will miss the rest of 2013.
Stuttgart, however, has an almost full-strength squad to pick from. Daniel Didavi has a knee problem, but he was unlikely to play anyway.
Ibrahima Traore will replace Shinji Okazaki from the team that drew 2-2 with Mainz on the final day of the Bundesliga season, but the squad should be unchanged otherwise, with Alexandru Maxim keeping his place in the XI.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The DFB Pokal final will be Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes' final game in German football. He represented Borussia Monchengladbach and Hannover as a player before coaching the Foals, the Bavarians, Frankfurt, Schalke and Leverkusen.
- Bayern has won the cup 15 times, more than any other club.
- Captain Philipp Lahm (pictured, right) spent time on loan at Stuttgart as a youngster, while striker Mario Gomez started his career at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
- Stuttgart lost to Bavarian opposition last time it reached the DFB Pokal final, slipping to a 3-2 defeat to Nurnberg in extra time.
- The Swabians won two of the first six editions of the competition in its current incarnation, but have only won it once since 1997.
- Coach Bruno Labbadia spent three years at the Allianz Arena during his playing days.
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- Daniel Van Buyten
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- Holger Badstuber
- Daniel Didavi
- Toni Kroos