For years England have wanted to replicate Germany's World Cup successes and now it seems they even want to copy their kit.
Retiring midfielder David Beckham declared tonight's match at the Parc des Princes "couldn't have been any more perfect".
With professional football now behind him and money not an issue, what could David Beckham turn his hand to now?
Borussia Dortmund's @BVB Twitter account has made humorous reference to a German stereotype ahead of the side's Champions League final at London's Wembley Stadium this weekend.
A series of tweeted pictures shows Dortmund towels on deckchairs in front of famous London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch and Big Ben.
Dortmund are narrow outsiders to win Saturday's final against countrymen Bayern Munich.
Prince William has said Wembley's staging of the Champions League final would inspire through its "excellence".
Addressing delegates at UEFA's 37th annual congress, the Duke of Cambridge declared himself "first and foremost" a football fan and expressed his pride that the country was hosting the Champions League final during the year of the 150th anniversary of the FA.
"It is a great honour for us, the English FA, to host not just this prestigious congress, but of course - the real excitement - tomorrow's Champions League final.
"Events like tomorrow's match are hugely important because they inspire through their excellence.
Prince William has backed Bayern Munich to win this Saturday's Champions League Final against Borussia Dortmund 2-0.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is at the UEFA congress where he will address senior football figures, said: "My money is on Bayern Munich 2-0".
Before making his address to the UEFA congress Prince William will have a private meeting with president Michel Platini , Fifa president Sepp Blatter and FA chairman David Bernstein.
It is likely to be the first time the Duke has met Blatter since the royal played a role in England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, joining a delegation in Switzerland in 2010 which included David Cameron and David Beckham, but ultimately failed.
William is likely to make reference to the 150th anniversary of the formation of the FA, celebrated this year, in his speech.
Prince William will welcome football officials from across Europe to the UEFA Congress in London today, where anti-racism measures are expected on the agenda.
UEFA is also likely to confirm the Europa League winner will be in the Champions League from 2015.
Tony Pulis has left Stoke City after seven years in charge at the Britannia Stadium, the club has confirmed.
A short statement on the club's website said: "Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm that they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the Club with immediate effect."
Tony Pulis is set to leave Stoke City after seven years in charge, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Welshman guided Stoke to Europe and an FA Cup final during his second spell at the club, having been in charge previously from 2002 to 2005.
Newcastle United has announced that the Sports Direct logo on the St James' Park stadium roof will be painted over from next season.
The club said on Twitter: "New club sponsors wonga.com have chosen to return the Gallowgate roof to its former state, painting over the Sports Direct logo.
"The roof will return to its original grey colour in time for the start of the 2013/14 season."
The thick black collar and clean design of the newly-unveiled England football shirt has seen it quickly likened to the vintage West Germany strip from the 1970s.