Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Bundesliga Team of the Season - 2012/13

Here's my second Team of the season this time looking at the German division. Bayern Munich won the treble so bare that in mind it influenced my decision on numerous positions. I love the Bundesliga it's probably my join second favourite league with La-Liga so here's my team of the season and comment underneath with your views. It's only my opinion remember. Everyone's views are welcomed.

Bayern Munich - Champions League triumph

GK - Rene Adler

- It would have been easy to go for Bayern's Manuel Neuer, especially with his eye catching performances in Europe but when basing it on the size of the side and how good he's been in Germany I've gone with Adler. After being rejected by Bayern Leverkusen he really found his feet at Hamburg and not only put together a string of successful performances but also pushed his way back into the German set up. 31 appearances and 7 clean sheets that's essentially 1 in 4 games which in the free scoring Bundesliga is impressive. A summer move is perhaps on the card with Arsenal linked.

RB - Dani Carvajal

- I've put Phillip Lahm on the other side of defence to compensate for this unbelievable great season for Dani. Once stuck in Real Madrid's B team and not making the grade there he made a switch to Leverkusen and his performances haven't gone unnoticed most notable by the team that he left from with Real Madrid having a clause in place when he did leave, this week they have announced they will be signing him permanently for £6.5 million pounds which is a bargain especially when you consider he's only 21 years old could be a firm favourite at Madrid for years. Created 9 goals in 31 appearances, it's his solid nature which attracts fans but his ability to cross the ball is similar to Leighton Baines of Everton, he uses a variety of crosses in his arsenal.

CB - Mats Hummels - Dortmund

- Borussia Dortmund's rise to prominence has had much to do with attacking philosophy and also ball retention but what people overlook is the defensive stability Hummels and co maintain. With Wiedenfaller in goals it's the perfect base to build a defence upon. Everyone notices Lukasz Piszczek bombing down the right and rightly so but without the defensive muscle of Hummels and Subotic then it wouldn't happen it's as simple as that.Hummels made 37 appearances this season altogether which isn't exactly stalwart material but his importance is understated. He missed 13 games altogether in the league and perhaps that might have something to do with Bayern's dominance in the Bundesliga. Tall, compact but the ultimate ball playing defender. Also only 24

CB - Dante - Bayern Munich

- Fans may forget that Dante was signed from rival German side Borussia Munchengladbach. Often seen as the weakness in the Bayern defence, has proved many critics wrong this season and has been a star in their rise to the final. most notably his performances in the semi final against Barcelona. We know the Brazilian is cultured as most Brazilians are but it's his composure and his intelligence which partners him up with Hummels. He clears plenty of balls which are put into the box and has the sheer desire to keep on doing it game after game. Missed 10 games of the league season but with Daniel Van Buyten in reserve he has an experienced deputy. 

LB - Phillip Lahm - Bayern Munich

- As I've mentioned I've put Lahm on this side to compensate for Dani Carvajal. We all know all about Lahm by now, it seems like he's been here for years and yet perhaps his best is still to come. His consistency stands him apart from other defenders particularly in Europe this season. Whether it be bombing down the wing alongside Robben/Ribery and co he offers the defensive structure and rigorous discipline which we associate with the Germans in any facet of life. 10 assists in 28 games also shows that he not only can defend but also attack as well which most wing backs need to do these days. I like to think Lahm does the simple things well, he's not going to catch the eye but if you wanted to bet your money on the most consistent player then here he is.

RM - Marco Reus - Dortmund

- Mr Versatile in essence here, can play a variety of positions so I've stuck him on the right here. His speed and technique makes him one of the rising stars of German football and Dortmund will be hoping to hang onto him as much as they can after the departures of Gotze and possibly Lewandowski. What Reus brings to the table is his pure close control and the fact he can do it with both feet. He rose to prominence with Borussia Monchengladbach. In 2012 before joining Dortmund he scored 18 goals and assisted 8 which single handedly drove Monchengladbach to the Champions League before leaving. 47 appearances in all competitions this season yielding 19 goals. Only missed 6 in the league, together with Gotze Marco Reus is unplayable at times. only 24.

CM - Bastian Schweinsteiger - Bayern Munich

- Bastian is the epitomy of Germany resilience. He has won so many top honours at individual level but also at club level. 6 Bundesliga titles, A Champions League title and 6 German cups show how great a player he is. It's his ability like his clubmate Lahm to just keep improving and allowing his consistency to shine through. In 44 appearances this year he chipped in with 9 goals and 13 assists. He simply does his job better than everyone else, he retains the ball, makes the tackles and covers plenty of yards as you would expect but it's his ability to succeed at the highest level which makes him a born champion. The treble this year sums up how great a year it's been for him. At 28 there's still plenty more to come from him which is worrying for his opponents.

CM - Mario Gotze - Dortmund (Joining Bayern Munich before 2013/2014 season)

- As I mentioned before Gotze is a great double act with Reus for Dortmund this season those two act as a foil for Robert Lewandowski to score the goals. These three going forward are devastating at times, which is essentially why Bayern chose to buy Gotze and possible Lewandowski if reports are true.What people have to remember is Gotze is only 21 which is astounding considering the last few seasons he's had. He was the playmaker for Dortmund, his technical ability was matched with superb speed and control. Bayern triggered his £37 million pound close and will make him the most expensive German player ever and with good reason too. The great Franz Beckenbauer has labeled him and Reus "As a classic duo there is nobody better than the prolific Reus and Gotze".10 goals from midfield last season and 16 in all competitions.

LM - Frank Ribery - Bayern Munich

- Ribery has been in superb form this season and it's been his consistency and his ability to stay injury free for once. 8 goals and 12 assists make him the perfect winger for some. His speed and dribbling ability we've known for some time but he's added the ability to find his man on crosses and passing accuracy has improved completely. Remember Zinedine Zidane once labelled Ribery "The jewel of French football". With Ribery on one wing and Robben on the left for Bayern you have two out and out wingers who like to not only beat their man but score goals as well. Was crucial to Bayern's rise to the top this season and expect more to come from the little Frenchman.

ST - Robert Lewandowski

- This goes without saying that the prolific Polish marksman walks straight into the side, a successful season despite losing the Champions League final could be finished with a move to rivals Bayern Munich. If that happens then the rest of Europe has a major problem on their hands. 36 goals in 48 appearances this season is sheer confidence, elegance and composure at the right end of the field. 24 goals in 31 league appearances show how much Dortmund rely on this man for his goals. The highlight of his season will without doubt be his 4 goals he put past Real Madrid in the CL semi finals but it's his overall play and dilligence which stand him apart from other top strikers. A classic example of this was in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu he was given a unpleasurable night should we say by opposition defender Sergio Ramos. How did he respond? With a complete performance and even giving out a few digs along the way. The 6 foot striker at only 24 years of age will surely top the European market for the next few seasons. 

ST - Stefan Kiebling 

- It would have been simple for me to go for Mario Manzukic here but then the team of the season would have been essentially the top two clubs contributing the prolific players. I've gone for a striker despite not playing for a big club he has still got a superb goalscoring ratio this season compounded by the fact that he doesn't have the service of the top club's attacking forces. Kiebling has been at Bayer Leverkusen since 2005/06 and his performances have been slightly inconsistent in certain seasons. For instance in 2009/10 he notched up 21 goals in 35 games, whereas in the following season he scored only 9 in 29 that's a huge gap for a striker. This season however he followed up 17 last season with another 10 more at 27 in 43 which is a decent return for the striker. A tall striker at 6ft 3 but his composure and positioning is outstanding you can tell he's starting to hone his experience especially at the age of 29. It's been a prolific season so expect offers in the summer. 

Thanks for checking out my German team of the season, much appreciated. Only my opinion remember
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