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Bundesliga 2013/14: Team of the Season

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Givemesport.com takes a look at Germany’s team of the season (©GettyImages)
Givemesport.com takes a look at Germany’s team of the season (©GettyImages).

With the Bundesliga now at an end for another season, givemesport.com looks back on the year that was to bring you the team of the season from Germany’s top flight including some familiar faces and some surprise inclusions.

Rankings are based on the squawka.com player rankings and players must have made a minimum of 20 appearances to qualify for consideration.

Goalkeeper:

Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich
Age:28 Apps:31 Clean Sheets:15

German number one Neuer takes the gloves following another impressive season in the Bayern goal keeping 15 clean sheets in 31 appearances and conceding just 18 goals on route to the Bundesliga.

Defence:

Phillip Lahm – Bayern Munich
Age: 28 Apps: 28 Goals: 1

Captaining our side is immovable object Phillip Lahm. The Bayern and Germany captain has operated largely in midfield this term but still retains his place as one of the best right backs that the world has to offer.

Ricardo Rodriguez – VFL Wolfsburg
Age: 22 Apps: 34 Goals: 5

In at left-back 22-year-old Rodriguez has taken the Bundesliga by storm and was the best defender in the league last term largely thanks to his marauding runs forward which helped the Swiss international to five goals and nine assists in 34 appearances.

Dante – Bayern Munich
Age: 30 Apps: 29 Goals: 2

30-year-old Dante takes the first of our centre back roles and the Brazilian has been the rock at the heart of the Bayern defence, especially given the absence of regular central defensive partner Holger Badstuber.

Joel Matip – FC Schalke
Age: 30 Apps: 31 Goals: 3

Partnering Dante is fellow 30-year-old Joel Matip. The German born Cameroon international helped his Schalke team to Champions League qualification with his assured displays, winning 68% of his aerial battles over the season.

Midfield:

Toni Kroos – Bayern Munich
Age: 24 Apps: 29 Goals: 2

Anchoring our midfield is pass master Kroos is being courted by clubs all over Europe and with an average of 73.59 passes a game at a success rate of 92% it’s easy to see why. Four assists were accompanied by just the two goals for the 24-year-old who would back himself to do better given his excellent strike from range.

Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich
Age: 21 Apps: 27 Goals: 10

Partnering Kroos and providing some forward runs from the middle of the park is fellow Bayern teammate Mario Gotze who’s first season with Bayern saw him equal his record goal tally for Borussia Dortmund of ten strikes, despite often playing a bit part role. The 21-year-olds excellent goal tally was helped in no small part by a staggering 74% shot accuracy.

Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich
Age: 30 Apps: 28 Goals: 11

Down the right flank is Dutch winger Arjen Robben who will be looking to cut inside on to his deadly left foot that yielded nine of his 11 goals last season; the 30-year-old also contributed six assists over the course of the season.

Marco Reus - Borussia Dortmund
Age: 24 Apps: 30 Goals: 16

On the opposite wing is the Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga player of the season Marco Reus. The 24-year-old struck an astonishing 16 times over the campaign as well as providing assist 13 assists for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Forwards:

Max Kruse - Borussia Monchengladbach
Age: 26 Apps: 34 Goals: 12

Providing the ammunition for our main striker is Borussia Monchengladbach’s Max Kruse. The 26-year-old averaged 2.59 key passes per game last season aiding his teams cause with nine assists to add to his 12 goals.

Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund
Age: 25 Apps: 33 Goals: 20

Leading the line is none other than the Bundesliga’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski who showed no signs of taking it easy ahead of his impending transfer to rivals Bayern Munich; The Pole found the target with an impressive 67% of his efforts on goal.

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