With the 2016/17 Bundesliga season now at a close it’s time to put together my team of the season with all the best performers from the Bundesliga this season. So feast your eyes on this seasons team of the season and enjoy the read!
GK: Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim)
Oliver Baumann has been crucial to Hoffenheim’s season with 12 clean sheets and the second highest tally of clean sheets in the league and he’s helped Hoffenheim go from only just escaping relegation last season and finishing 1 point above the relegation playoff to now finishing in the champions league spots this season with many big saves winning points for Hoffenheim on his own and over the course of the season has been a solid number 1 and has shown in the mentality of the Hoffenheim back 4 as they know they can rely on Baumann if all else fails.
RB: Lukasz Piszczek (Dortmund)
Lukasz Piszczek has one of Dortmund’s most consistent players this season and being part of a side that has shown real resilience in the knocks that they’ve taken throughout the season such as an endless amount of Marco Reus injuries and elimination from the Champions League and even bomb attacks to the team bus. But through all this Piszczek has shined brightly amongst his team mates and has kept 10 clean sheets during the course of the season as well as maintaining an unbeaten home record in the league spanning over 2 years.
CB: Niklas Süle (Hoffenheim)
Niklas Süle may have earned his transfer to Bayern Munich at the end of the season but despite this, there can be no doubting the huge impact he’s had at Hoffenheim this season. At aged just 21 he’s already shown real maturity and potential in his consistently high level performances in even the biggest games as Hoffenheim look to finish off their unbeaten home record with a win against Augsburg on the final day. Along with Baumann, Süle has helped Hoffenheim to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history and this is also no small part down to the leadership undertaken from Niklas Süle at the back to help them to 11 clean sheets along the course of the season as well as contributing 2 goals and 2 assists to show his versatility on the pitch.
CB: Javi Martinez (Bayern)
Javi Martinez has definitely taken the opportunity to impress Carlo Ancelotti in his first season at Bayern Munich after filling in for the mostly injured Jerome Boateng in the centre half role. This is a role that Martinez has adapted very well during his time at Bayern and is a method first tested by Guardiola upon his arrival in Munich after playing most of his time at Athletic Bilbao as a central defensive midfielder.
Nevertheless Javi Martinez has helped Bayern Munich to their fifth consecutive Bundesliga title and aided Munich to a whopping 18 clean sheets out of 34 which is a tremendous record especially considering the absence of Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer for the last few months of the season with help from an Ancelotti philosophy based purely on solidarity at the back line of the pitch.
Contributing a goal and an assist during the campaign Javi Martinez definitely deserves a spot in this year’s team of the season as Bayern Munich go unbeaten at home.
LB: Jonas Hector (Köln)
Jonas Hector has yet again shown why he is the number 1 choice of left back under Joachim Low by delivering a number of high quality and consistent performances for FC Köln throughout the season as they sit firmly in the driving seat for a Europa League place at the end of the season which is a tremendous achievement for Peter Stöger’s men. Jonas Hector has been an integral part of Köln’s defence picking up a very respectable 9 clean sheets along the way in some very important games such as Borussia Dortmund away and also played a key role in their Rheinderby win over Borussia Mönchengladbach too. It’s believed that some of Europe’s biggest clubs have got their eyes on Jonas Hector and after a number of excellent seasons for Köln he’s proven he can perform at the highest level and they’d be right to watch him closely and maybe make a move for the Köln man.
RM: Ousmane Dembele(Dortmund)
Dortmund’s golden boy Ousmane Dembele has had a tremendous first season for Borussia Dortmund after breaking onto the scene only 12 months ago. Ousmane Dembele has consistently been a starting figure in the side in order to fill the void left by Henrikh Mkhitaryan following his departure to Manchester United last summer. Dembele has shown great creativity with his precision dribbling and pace which has left some defenders in stitches. Ousmane Dembele has made an incredible start to his Dortmund career with an excellent contribution to both goals and assists to help Aubameyang reach the heights of the top scoring charts including vital goals such as the winner in the DFB Pokal semi final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena to make it 3-2.
CM: Naby Keita (RB Leipzig)
Before this season no one had heard of Naby Keita as is the case with a lot of the RB Leipzig players but since he made his transfer from Red Bull Salzburg, Keita has been a consistently high level performer for Leipzig and now he’s started to turn heads across Europe with teams such as Liverpool and Bayern Munich interested in the Guinea international. First thing to be noted about Keita is his incredible workrate similar to N’Golo Kante of Chelsea in England he can run for hours on end to help break up the play from the opposition, this has been crucial as Leipzig like to play openly from the back so they rely on Naby Keita to pull all the strings and keep their defence solid.
CM: Thiago Alcántara (Bayern)
Thiago has been an all round monster for Bayern Munich this season and has definitely been one of their star players and one of the best players in the Bundesliga thus why he makes the list. His creativity has been second to none as he has the ability to create something out of nothing helping fellow teammates such as Robert Lewandowski score goal after goal to carry them to their fifth consecutive title.
LM: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig)
One of Swedens biggest stars right now behind the king of Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic of course and many people were sceptical about whether he would be able to pull it off in the highest tier of German football but Forsberg has definitely delivered on that front. He was key for RB Leipzig in their promotion campaign last season and has been their star man this season along with the likes of Timo Werner and Naby Keita who also makes this list. Forsberg has contributed his fair share in helping the team to score goals with 19 assists which is only 1 behind Kevin De Bruyne’s record for most assists in a single season. Emil Forsberg has also found himself to be a target for clubs outside of Germany with Liverpool having a keen interest in the versatile Swedish playmaker but with both clubs having Champions League football next season then it will be exciting to see if Forsberg leaves RB Leipzig in order to pursue bigger things.
ST: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)
This wouldn’t really be a team of the season with Robert Lewandowski the Polish striker scored bags of goals this season and was only beaten to this season’s top goal scorer award by Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who overtook him on the final day with his 2 goals against Werder Bremen in a 4-3 victory. Lewandowski has once again been a pivotal part of the Bayern Munich after it was a very dry season for Thomas Müller who hasn’t been up to his usual goalscoring numbers this season, Lewandowski has definitely made up for that lost effort. Robert Lewandowski’s goals have played a huge part in their season and have won Bayern Munich so many points this season and many of them have been the difference between drawing and winning or losing and drawing which helped them to ease the pressure off themselves in the title race against nearest rivals RB Leipzig.
ST: Anthony Modeste (FC Köln)
Anthony Modeste will have shocked most of the punters this season with the impact he has had on the Bundesliga. Infamous for his failed loan spell at now League One Blackburn Rovers he failed to score a single goal in 8 goals for Blackburn and managed to pick up a red card along the way but this season could not be more different as his 25 goals mean that he finished 3rd in the goal scorer rankings only behind Lewandowski and Aubameyang and helped to fire Köln into the Europa League for the first time in 25 years. He has built up a deadly partnership with Yuya Osaka over the course of the season and Köln manager Peter Stöger will be very keen to keep the pair of them for next campaign in order for them to develop on their achievements this season. It’s truly been remarkable to see an underdog such as Anthony Modeste prove himself in the Bundesliga this season scoring goal after goal.
Manager: Julian Nagelsmann (Hoffenheim)
There is no doubt that Julian Nagelsmann has done an unbelievable job at Hoffenheim since his appointment last year at aged just 29 he’s already taken Hoffenheim from struggling relegation candidates to narrowly staying up last season and completely turning it around with his philosophy to make Hoffenheim’s home stadium a fortress where have not tasted defeat all season and helped them become Champions League qualifiers this season finishing 4th where they head into a play off in order to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League. Nagelsmann has already proved his integrity as a manager and I’m sure there is still more to see from such a talented and charismatic young manager.
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
The winner of this season’s golden glove with 14 clean sheets shows again why Manuel Neuer deserves to be a part of this team. I believe that Manuel Neuer has the easiest task of all the Bundesliga goalkeepers and that’s why I don’t feel he warrants a place in the starting 11 of this team of the season but whenever Bayern’s defensive duties have gone pear shaped Manuel Neuer has been on hand in order to make some crucial saves for the Bavarian boys and once again has been sturdy between the sticks.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha)
Hertha Berlin’s Captain America may have just sealed himself a move from Hertha to Wolfsburg but that doesn’t put any downer on the excellent season that he has had for Hertha. I have never seen a defensive partnership like Brooks and Stark collaborate together so well and look so well organised when playing at home. From defending set pieces to attacking set pieces John Anthony Brooks is always on hand to come to the rescue for Hertha with some huge goals across the course of the season. But for me this season both Süle and Martinez have been exemplary in the Bundesliga but there is plenty of promise shown from John Anthony Brooks so he closely misses out on a starting position in this team.
Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg)
Vincenzo Grifo has had an excellent campaign for Freiburg this season which saw not only Freiburg secure themselves European qualification but saw Grifo himself earn a move to Borussia Mönchengladbach for just €6.5 million which if he is able to replicate his form for Gladbach next season will look like a steal come this time next season. Grifo and fellow teammates like Niederlechner and Petersen have helped Freiburg in securing 7th spot on their first return season to the Bundesliga since their relegation which has not been talked about much in the media spotlight but I’m sure the Freiburg camp won’t be complaining at that but the team deserves a hell of a lot of plaudits for their achievement this season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund)
The Bundesliga’s top scorer this season misses out on a spot in the starting 11 because I feel that most of the goals have been fed on by rebounds and tap ins and Ousmane Dembele’s awesome assists so football hipsters come at me but he doesn’t get into the starting 11 for me. Although there is no doubt that Aubameyang has had a good season as 31 goals in just 32 games is an exceptional record and puts him amongst the elite in this season’s golden boot award but with a move away on the card for this summer after supposedly telling the board he wants to leave and following Thomas Tuchel’s departure we’re left wondering where Aubameyang’s career will take him next.
Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim)
The jack of all trades may have earned his move to Bayern Munich early on in the season but it has taken real discipline from Rudy to maintain such high performance levels throughout the season. Rudy has played a key role in holding the Hoffenheim midfielder together with his workhorse workrate so that the rest of the team can focus and scoring and taking the club to their first Champions League qualification in their history. With Xabi Alonso and Phillip Lahm retiring it was the time for Bayern Munich found a good backup to fill the holes of these two players and Sebastian Rudy can play in both a right back so as well as natural central midfielder position which makes him the perfect solution to the problem.