The Bundesliga is one of the best and most exciting domestic leagues in Europe, and the 2013-14 campaign proved to be scintillating.
Bayern Munich eased to their second successive title, while Borussia Dortmund finished runners-up yet again. Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen ended up third and fourth respectively.
A number of players performed to the best of their abilities, while many stepped up their game. Below is our Bundesliga Team of the Season.
GK - Ralf Fahrmann (Schalke)
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Roman Weidenfeller of Borussia Dormund and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen all were brilliant between the posts, but it is the Schalke man who gets the nod. The 25-year-old had to wait until late November to get regular playing time, but once he had made the breakthrough, there was no stopping him.
RB - Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund)
With Lukasz Piszczek out with injury, Kevin Grosskreutz was deployed at right-back and he seemed as if he was a veteran in that department. The 25-year-old was great at going on attacking forays and also was strong defensively. The Germany international’s consistency was marvellous.
CB - Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich)
The 25-year-old Germany international enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career, having been well supported by Pep Guardiola. The former Manchester City defender has demonstrated that he has all the qualities that his coach wants and is only going to get better.
CB - Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund)
The 25-year-old Greece international stepped up his game with Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels out with injuries, and had a brilliant season. The centre-back endured a rather mixed time in Italy, but he seems very settled in the Bundesliga.
LB - David Alaba (Bayern Munich)
As far the ‘best young player in Europe’ tag goes, the 21-year-old could well deserve it. The Austria international has been absolutely superb at left-back and has shown his quality both in defence and in attack.
CM - Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Philipp Lahm had already established himself as one of the top-three right-backs in the world, and this campaign he has turned himself into one of the best central midfielders on the planet. The Germany international has been played in midfield by Guardiola this season, and his displays give the impression that he is a veteran in that position.
CM - Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund)
After two seasons in the doldrums, the Turkey international is back to his best. The 25-year-old midfielder, who failed to make a big impact during his loan spell at Liverpool in the first half of last season, has had more touches than any of his teammates and is the only Dortmund player to have featured in every match. Interestingly, he is still on loan at his former club from Real Madrid.
RAM - Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Just last summer, there were doubts on the Netherlands international’s future at the German champions because of his apparent selfish style of play and the appointment of Guardiola as the coach. However, the 30-year-old has been one of the best and most consistent players for the Bavarian giants. Franck Ribery also had a great season, but Robben, who scored 11 goals and provided six assists in only 20 league starts, just edges him out.
Despite featuring for unfancied Hoffenheim, the 22-year-old Brazilian caught the eye of everyone who followed one of Europe’s most exciting domestic league. 16 goals, 11 assists and strong displays in attacking midfield have flared up reports that Firmino could be on his way to Chelsea.
LAM - Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
The 24-year-old Germany international was in world-class form in 2013-14, and that is reflected in his 16 goals and 13 assists in just 30 league appearances. Reus, who has been strongly linked with a summer move to Manchester United, has been backed by his coach Jurgen Klopp to become the league’s top scorer next season.
ST - Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund)
The Poland international striker continued to be the best in his position in the Bundesliga and was the top scorer in the league with 20 goals. Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin striker Adrian Ramos both had very productive seasons, but it is Lewandowski who stole the show up front.