Bundesliga: Under 23 XI

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After both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich comprehensively dismantled Real Madrid, and Barcelona respectively, it seems like the era of Spanish dominance may be coming to the end as a new era of German youngsters emerge.

Here we take a looks at the best Bundesliga team of players under the age of 23. 

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 20

The Borussia Mochengladbach stopper burst onto the scene as a teenager, as the club's back up keeper. However, he has been a shining light in a somewhat less than spectacular side and at twenty is one of the most coveted young 'keepers in the world.

Dani Carvajal, 21

The Leverkusen wing back has impressed, and has already established himself as a key player for his club since his move from Real Madrid last summer. He will struggle to break into the Spanish national side though, as he is vying for a place with the likes of Alvaro Arbeloa.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos, 21

It is hard to believe the Greek is still only 21, as he been a regular fixture in the national side, making 16 caps and scoring four times already. Absolutely key to his club Schalke, he was the subject of interest from both AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg last summer but opted to stay in Germany.

Joel Matip, 21

The second FC Schalke central defender, the Cameroonian possesses tremendous strength and pace, which help him to physically dominate his opponents. Moreover, he has such technical ability is one that one could be forgiven for not associating with his brutish figure, that he can even step up into midfield to play a central defensive midfield role.

David Alaba, 20

The young Austrian has really impressed this season and has certainly enjoyed what can be described as a breakthrough campaign. His pacey playing style is full of flair and he has captured the eye of many of Europe's top clubs, although there is no reason to justify leaving the Champions League Semi Finalists any time soon.

Julian Draxler,19

At just 19 Draxler has the potential to go to the very top of the game. Having made his full international debut last summer at Euro 2012, the German has enjoyed another successful year netting eight league goals in 26 games. Having been linked with a move to Real Madrid, he said it would be 'a dream' to play for the Spanish giants; watch this space!

Mario Gotze, 20

The tricky creative midfielder disappointed Dortmund fans earlier this week by agreeing to sign for League champions, Bayern Munich. However, this did not stop him and his team turning in a vintage performance to crush Real Madrid 4-1 on Wednesday night to all but book a place at Wembley, to face likely opponents, Bayern Munich, in a game which could represent a dilemma for Gotze.

Iker Gundogan, 22

Another Dortmund player, Gundogan's box to box playing style has impressed, and the German of Turkish descent has made no secret of his desire to play abroad. The list of potential suitors is a long one too, especially after his superb display against Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

Xherdan Shaqiri, 21

The Swiss international made his move to Germany from FC Basel to Bayern Munich last summer. Although not hitting the high heights he would have aimed for when he signed, he has chipped in with some important goals like his long range effort against Wolfsburg in the DFB Pokal semi-final.

Andre Schurrle, 22

To be capped 22 times by one of the best international sides in Europe, in Germany, is no mean feat, and the versatile attacking winger come striker, has done just that. He is absolutely crucial to his club and has 11 league goals to his name already this term which is maybe why Bayer Leverksun want as high a fee as £20m for him from long term admirers, Chelsea.

Heung Min Son, 20

The South Korean protégée has been tracked for some time now by some of Europe's biggest clubs including Tottenham Hotspur. He possesses many qualities which make him an attractive target for many teams this summer, including explosive pace, excellent dribbling, and a cool head in front of goal.

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