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Bavarian Football Works Squad Ranking | October 7, 2013

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Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, and Franck Ribéry headline the first Bavarian Football Works squad ranking.

Christof Koepsel

Welcome to the first ever BFW squad ranking! This is a weekly column that is designed to determine the squad ranking of the players in the FC Bayern München organization, with BFW writers ranking the top 20 players in the squad.

The criteria is subjective for every ranker. Factors range from football intelligence, on-field fluidity, leadership, recent form, or just plain overall skill. Injured and reserve players can be included, determining how crucial their return/promotion is, and how it affects players that play different positions.

Hypothetically, the top 11 players would be in the starting XI if FC Bayern played in the Champions League Final tomorrow, with the next six being the rest of the team sheet. Of course, positional limitations would make it the real one different, but that means the bottom of the list are players we deem replacement level.

Being the ranking, BFW needed a reference point, but in the future, we'll add and for players who have moved up and down the pecking order. Also, we'll add more analysis on players moving up and down the ranking.

Here's the first crack! Be sure to submit your thoughts, your disagreements, and your own squad ranking.

Key:
"-" = not ranked
Cruciate Ligament Rupture: End of June 2014 = injured

Player Ryan Scott Davis Average
Philipp Lahm (c)
2 1 2 1.7
Manuel Neuer 1 5 1 2.3
Franck Ribéry 3 3 4 3.3
Bastian Schweinsteiger 6 2 3 3.7
Toni Kroos 5 7 8 6.7
Thomas Müller 4 9 10 7.7
David Alaba 7 11 6 8.0
Arjen Robben 9 8 7 8.0
Mario Mandžukić 10 6 9 8.3
Dante 12 12 5 9.7
Javi Martinez Cruciate Ligament Rupture: End of June 2014 14 4 15 10.7
Jérôme Boateng 13 10 11 11.3
Xherdan Shaqiri 11 13 12 12
Mario Götze 8 17 14 13
Rafinha 17 14 13 14.7
Thiago Alcantara Cruciate Ligament Rupture: End of June 2014 16 15 17 16
Daniel van Buyten 15 - 16 17.3
Jan Kirchhoff 18 16 - 18.3
Diego Contento 20 18 18 18.7
Tom Starke 19 20 20 19.7
Claudio Pizarro - 19 19 19.7