Bundesliga Team of the Year 2010/2011

Posted on May 16, 2011

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After a thrilling season of Bundesliga football, Borussia Dortmund were crowned champions for the first time in nine years and will be joined in the UEFA Champions League next season by Bayer Leverkusen and FC Bayern Munich.

Unfortunately, we’ll be saying our goodbye’s to St Pauli and Eintracht Frankfurt who will play in Bundesliga.2 next season. We will welcome back Hertha Berlin and Augsburg to the top-flight for the new season.

Here is my Bundesliga team of the year for 2010/2011:

1. Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund)

Schalke’s Manuel Neuer has received deserved plaudits throughout the season and is rightly the German number one. However, domestically he has been outshone by 31-year-old Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller. In a league with provides sack-loads of goals every matchday, it is worth nothing Weidenfeller has conceded just 21 goals this season in  33 appearances.

2. Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund)

The Polish right-back, like Schmelzer, has been an unsung hero in Dortmund’s team this season. Piszczek has contributed heavily to Dortmund’s solid back-line and to an extent, has the harder role than Schmelzer with teenage winger Mario Gotze ahead of him.

Piszczek joined Dortmund last summer following Hertha Berlin’s relegation to the Second division and he signed a three-year-deal with Jurgen Klopp’s side. His 33 appearances for Dortmund have helped him cement a place in the Polish national team.

3. Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund)

As I wrote here, Schmelzer has been by far the best full-back in the Bundesliga this season. He’s created a solid partnership with Kevin Großkreutz on the left-hand side and Schmelzer has been something of an unsung hero in Jurgen Klopp’s title-winning team.

The 23-year-old was promoted from Dortmund’s second team to replace the Brazilian Dede who will finally leave the club this summer. Schmelzer has surprisingly made just the one appearance for the German national team, although, should be in-line to play in the upcoming qualifiers with Jerome Boateng injured at Manchester City.

4. Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)

Hummels has been a rock at the heart of the Dortmund defence this season. The 22-year-old played 32 times this season and has built a glowing reputation for himself in German football. His performances have attracted the interest of Spurs so far this season who might make a bid in the summer.

Hummels has been booked just once all season and has formed a formidable partnership with Neven Subotic.

5. Dante (Gladbach)

Yes, I am including a defender from a team that ended up in the relegation play-offs. Dante has made 17 appearances this season, the majority in the second half of the season under Lucien Favre, where Gladbach saw an almighty improvement and they ended up being one of the in-form teams in the Bundesliga.

The Brazilian has attracted interest from FC Bayern Munich and in the last ten games of the 17 where he played, Gladbach conceded just nine goals. I’ve ruled out the previous seven matches because some of Gladbach’s results in the opening-half of the season were criminal: 7-0 Stuttgart, 4-0 Koln, 4-0 Frankfurt.

Neven Subotic looked a shoe-in for this position, but I think we get the picture about Dortmund’s back-four given the goalkeeper, and three from four defenders in my Bundesliga team of the season are from BvB.

6. Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen)

After an excellent world cup, Vidal has continued his progress and development as a player by putting in a superb Bundesliga season with Bayer Leverkusen. The 23-year-old joined Leverkusen in 2007 and helped his side secure an automatic Champions League position next year.

Vidal plays in the holding role and is now a regular feature in the Chilean national team. He has featured 33 times in the Bundesliga, scoring 10 goals, and assisting a further 10.

7. Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund)

Gotze is just another youngster bursting on to the scene in the Bundesliga and the 18-year-old winger has enjoyed a remarkable season for Dortmund.

He’s even attracted interest from Manchester United and Arsenal, but Jurgen Klopp has maintained that he wants to keep Gotze for the forseeable future. Gotze has made 33 appearances for Dortmund, scoring six goals. The teenager has already made four appearances for the national team, which is incredible considering Gotze is up against competition like Ozil, Marin, Schurrle and Podolski.

8. Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund)

Sahin has been rewarded for stunning season at Dortmund with a £10m move to Real Madrid this summer.

The German-born Turkish international was the heartbeat of the BvB side that went on to win the league championship and made 30 starts for Klopp’s side. Incredibly, for a 22-year-old, he’s already made over 130 Bundesliga appearances and enjoyed a loan-spell with Feyenoord in between.

Sahin has built a strong partnership with Sven Bender in midfield, and Bender allows the Turkish international to keep possession and start attacks from midfield. It will be interesting to see Sahin develop a partnership with Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid, and even another German-Turk in Mesut Ozil in the three midfield.

9. Mario Gomez (FC Bayern)

Despite finishing third, FC Bayern haven’t lost a match since March when they lost 3-2 to Inter Milan and the goals of Mario Gomez have helped Andries Jonker’s side finish the campaign on a positive note.

This season, Gomez has 28 goals in 32 games, and overall has 101 Bundesliga goals in 182 games. Eyebrows were certainly raised over his £32m move to FC Bayern from Stuttgart but it is hard to argue with that return.

Gomez has, perhaps, struggled a bit this season with the injuries to Ribery and Robben at different points of the season and who knows what Bayern would have done if both had been available like season 09/10.

10. Papiss Demba Cisse (Freiburg)

Cisse will be an unfamiliar name to those who don’t regularly watch the Bundesliga but he has scored 22 goals in 32 games in his second season at Freiburg.

Robin Dutt signed the Senegalese striker from Metz in 2009 for £1.5m and in his first campaign, Cisse netted just six goals in 16 matches. With Dutt heading to Leverkusen, there is a possibility Freiburg’s star man could make the move to the BayArena next season.

11. Thomas Muller (FC Bayern)

Muller had an incredible 2010 season, from sneaking in to the FC Bayern first-team as an unknown, to winning the championship and being a Champions League finalist, to starring in the World Cup in South Africa.

The 21-year-old has played in every Bundesliga match this season and scored 12 goals this campaign. Louis Van Gaal, before being sacked, helped build a formidable attacking line of Robben, Muller, Ribery and Gomez.

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