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Bundesliga Team of the Year: Robert Lewandowski, Henrikh Mkhitaryan lead the way

Bayern and Dortmund have the most players in the team.

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The Bundesliga team of the year is littered with players from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Ten of the eleven players in the team came from the two German giants. Of course, this is to be expected when the two teams put together the third and sixth best seasons in Bundesliga history.


Manuel Neuer: The man that was selected as the Goalkeeper of the Year made the team in a virtual landslide. Neuer has proven over the last several years that he is the world's best goalkeeper holding off the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Thibaut Courtois, and David De Gea. His role at Bayern changed over the last few years from consistently forced to being a Sweeper Keeper to a slightly more traditional role. While he wasn't called upon very often to make saves, he always came up big when needed.


David Alaba: How great has Alaba been in recent seasons that some out there actually think he had a poor season this year? Alaba was shuffled between left back and center back by Pep Guardiola depending on the club's injury situations on a given day. No, he wasn't perfect, but he was still good enough.

Mats Hummels: The man that won BFW's Defender of the Year award clearly makes the Team of the Year. Playing his final season with Borussia Dortmund, Hummels wore the captain's armband and anchored the club's defense as they played one of their best defensive sides in years. Hummels will be wearing the red of Bayern Munich next season, and the Bavarians will be expecting another great season from the big centerback.

Philipp Lahm: This will be arguably the most controversial pick of the entire team. Yes, Lahm is a living legend of the game and, on his best day, remains untouchable as the world's greatest fullback. However, the 2015-16 season began to show a few cracks in the elder statesman's game at the age of 32. There were more standout games from Lahm than poor ones. Still, he'll turn 33 years old next season, and Bayern need to strongly consider his eventual replacement.

Mitchell Weiser: Who would've thought this at the beginning of the season? When Bayern Munich let Weiser leave the club on a free transfer to Hertha Berlin, the general consensus was that this was a wonderful move for the young player to get regular playing time at the Bundesliga level. However, he's shown this season that he's among the best right backs in the Bundesliga and has earned his way into the Team of the Year.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Unanimous): The Borussia Dortmund midfielder was the only other player to receive votes in BFW's Player of the Year award. Mkhitaryan finished the season with 11 goals and 15 assists. This was truly his coming out party in the Bundesliga, as he showed that he's worth all of the money that the club spent on him to bring him to Germany from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Arturo Vidal: Vidal's time at Bayern Munich didn't start perfectly. The Chilean made a big money move from Juventus during the summer, and it just didn't seem like he "got" what Bayern wanted to do. There were games where Pep Guardiola was forced to remove Vidal from the field do to flat out poor play. Then, it clicked. Once it did that, Vidal showed that he was worth all the money and hype.

Julian Weigl: It's not often that a player in his first ever Bundesliga season makes the Team of the year, but those players aren't Julian Weigl. After making the move to Dortmund from 1860 Munich in the 2.Bundesliga, Weigl went about establishing himself as a permanent member of the squad and becoming one of the first names that Thomas Tuchel put on the team sheet. His play during the 2015-16 season was so instrumental to the success of Borussia Dortmund and will be for as long as he's at the club. His ability to boss the middle of the park has allowed the club to consider their future still extremely bright without İlkay Gündoğan.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Unanimous): Aubameyang was one of the truly exemplary players in the Bundesliga during the 2015-16 season. His 25 goals were the most by a Borussia Dortmund player since Lothar Emmerich's 28 during the 1966-67 season. If Dortmund can hold onto Aubameyang, it will likely because they turned down a huge transfer offer for his services.

Robert Lewandowski (Unanimous): Lewandowski put together the best goalscoring season by a forward in nearly 40 years. He scored 30 goals in the Bundesliga this season, becoming the first player to hit that mark since the 1976-77 season. While his production slowed a bit late in the campaign, Lewandowski proved that he is without a doubt the best pure forward in the world.

Thomas Müller: Of all the players that have improved under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, the most overlooked is often Müller. While he has been a great player for years, Müller's technical proficiency has increased in the last few seasons. This was his best season ever in a Bayern jersey, tallying 20 goals in the league. His previous career high was 13 goals. The rest of the league should beware. Müller is only getting better.

Others Receiving Votes

Xabi Alonso, Karim Bellarabi, Jerome Boateng, Julian Brandt, Douglas Costa, Mahmoud Dahoud, İlkay Gündoğan, Jonas Hector, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Loris Karius, Bernd Leno, Marvin Matip, Claudio Pizarro, Raffael, Marco Reus, Marcel Schmelzer, Aytaç Sulu, Jonathan Tah, Granit Xhaka

(The voters are the Bavarian Football Works staff including Phillip Quinn, Davis VanOrpdorp, Ryan Cowper, John Bushnell, Valentin King, Victor Coffie, George Rudnik, Mike Lynch, and Luke Zimmermann.)

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