Robben & Lewandowski lead Bundesliga Team of the Season

Bayern Munich lifted the Bundesliga title and are strongly featured in our best XI, but which other players made the cut from the German top flight?


Bayern Munich won their fifth successive Bundesliga title in 2016-17, comfortably finishing ahead of their rivals for the German league title.

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It was Bayern's 27th national championship victory, and one that surprised nobody with another convincing season at the top of the table. Despite the predictable nature of the team finishing in first place, the battle for the Champions League places provided plenty more variety, with both RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim qualifying for Europe for the first time in their histories.

Borussia Dortmund failed to really challenge Bayern Munich, having lost defender Mats Hummels to the Bavarian giants ahead of the season. There was a considerable gap between those four sides and the rest of the table, such was their dominance throughout. This is reflected in the Team of the Season, which contains a large Bayern Munich contingent but also consists of key performers from the rest of the Champions League challengers.

Schalke only finished in mid-table, but have one entrant in the best XI, while some notable names such as high scoring trio Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Anthony Modeste and Mario Gomez all miss the cut. Manuel Neuer was rarely beaten in the Bayern goal, but is also absent, with the goalkeeping position one of the most competitive throught the campaign. Players such as Timo Horn, Bernd Leno and Rune Jarstein all having impressive seasons.

But do you agree with our selection, overall? Let us know in the comment box. Let the debate begin!


OLIVER BAUMANN (Hoffenheim): The season in which the goalkeeper made his 100th Bundesliga appearance also saw 26-year-old Baumann finally show his worth to Hoffenheim. The former Germany Under-21 international was instrumental in earning points for Julian Nagelsmann's side, having saved more shots (113) than any other goalkeeper and having the second highest save percentage (75 per cent) after Neuer (80 per cent).

SEAD KOLASINAC (Schalke): In the NFL, American football players are often not offered extensions to their contracts, forcing them to prove themselves in their final year of their deals. When they shine during these periods, it is referred to as a career year. That is what Bosnia and Herzegovina international Kolasinac has done in his final season at Schalke, putting in an excellent campaign that has seen him linked with the likes of Manchester City and AC Milan, but Arsenal looks to be his likely destination. His contribution from left-back for Schalke meant he had a hand in eight goals this season (three goals and five assists) – in his first four Bundesliga seasons combined he was only involed in four goals.

NIKLAS SULE (Hoffenheim): Like Kolasinac, Sule will play at a different club next season, having already agreed to join Bayern Munich. The centre-back will move to the Allianz Arena alongside Hoffenheim team-mate Sebastian Rudy, and has earned the right to play at Germany's biggest team after a splendid season at centre-back for the top four newcomers. He was involved in everything for Hoffenheim as they finished in the top four, and led the league in touches for defenders with 2,586. Sule will battle it out with Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez for places in the XI, but has proven himself worthy thanks to his invaluable campaign at Hoffenheim.

MATS HUMMELS (Bayern Munich): Having signed from Borussia Dortmund ahead of the season, Hummels slotted seamlessly into Carlo Ancelotti's defence at the Allianz Arena. He was a calming influence at the back, especially in the absence of Jerome Boateng, who missed many games through injury. As he had shown at BVB, Hummels was a colossus in defence, and won 66 per cent of his duels - only four players finished with a better record across the league. Hummels left Bayern for Dortmund in 2009, and showed the club exactly what they were missing in a tremendous first season back in Munich.

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PHILIPP LAHM (Bayern Munich): Much will be said about Lahm when he retires at the end of the current campaign, having a glorious career which included the World Cup, Champions League, and eight Bundesliga titles. He was no less impressive in his final season in red, helping Bayern Munich to yet another league title as he led from the back. Lahm's ability all over the pitch was clearly evident as he completed 884 passes in the opponent’s half, more than any other defender in the German top flight. The 33-year-old will be difficult to replace for Ancelotti, and showed no signs of slowing down as he neared retirement.

NABY KEITA (RB Leipzig): Having moved from sister club RB Salzburg, Keita proved a revelation in the Bundesliga appearing at both right midfield and centre midfield before making the latter position his own. He has claimed he models himself on Deco and Yaya Toure, and put in performances worthy of his idols as Leipzig went from a Bundesliga 2 side to a Champions League qualifier in the course of two seasons. Keita's box-to-box displays under Ralph Hasenhuttl were crucial in their top four finish, and saw him score eight goals this season, the most of any central midfielder in the Bundesliga.

THIAGO ALCANTARA (Bayern Munich): Bought by Pep Guardiola from Barcelona in 2013, Thiago strangely put in his best season following the Spanish manager's departure for Manchester City. He picked up a fourth Bundesliga title after Carlo Ancelotti took the reins at the Allianz Arena, and enjoyed the freedom to dictate games from midfield. His six league goals were more than his previous three seasons combined, and his dominance in the centre of the park is indicated by the fact that he had the most touches (3,110) of any player in the division. His performances have seen him linked with a return to Barcelona, but they would probably have to pay three or four times the €25 million they sold him for if they wanted to get him back at Camp Nou.

EMIL FORSBERG (RB Leipzig): In a joking tweet during the season, the official Bundesliga account posted a photo of Emil Forsberg together with the caption "How may I assist you today?" At that stage, the Sweden international led Europe's top leagues in assists, and continued to provide goals for pacy forward Timo Werner as well as the rest of his Leipzig team-mates. Forsberg assisted 18 goals this season more than any other player in the Bundesliga, adding eight goals of his own in the process.

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OUSMANE DEMBELE (Borussia Dortmund): Borussia Dortmund have taken some time to adjust after the exit of Jurgen Klopp. They failed to properly challenge this season, but in the latter half they showed plenty of positives and qualified for the Champions League again. The new BVB is full of young talent, including Christian Pulisic, Julian Weigl, Emre Mor and Dembele. The French attacker has been a sensation since moving from Ligue 1, creating 16 big chances (only Forsberg had more with 17) and proving himself adept in front of goal by finding the net six times.

ARJEN ROBBEN (Bayern Munich): The model of consistency for Bayern Munich, Robben once again finished with double figures in the goals column, the sixth time in eight years he has reached that milestone. In total, the Dutch winger had a hand in 19 goals (12 goals and seven assists) as he continued to be one of Bayern's key players despite turning 33-years-old during the season. He still has not lost his trademark cut in and curled goal, a move that strikes fear into all opponents.

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (Bayern Munich): Having reached 100 goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich during the season, Lewandowski continued to be one of Europe's most clinical finishers. The Poland international was involved in 34 goals (30 goals and four assists), more than any other player and even more than three entire teams in the top flight. He has been linked with a move away from Bayern Munich, but the Bundesliga would be much poorer if he was not in it.

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But do you agree with our selection, overall? Let us know in the comment box. Let the debate begin!