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Power Ranking Every Bayern Munich Player from the 2013/14 Bundesliga Season

Mark LovellFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Power Ranking Every Bayern Munich Player from the 2013/14 Bundesliga Season

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    Champions!
    Champions!Associated Press

    The all-time leading German champions wrapped up a 24th title in the quickest time ever with an away win in Berlin on 25 March, completing a record run of 19 consecutive league wins under new coach Pep Guardiola in the process.

    Saturday's last-gasp 1-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart was the Reds’ 29th win in 34 games—equalling their best-ever total from last season.

    Interaction is welcome via the comments section below, so read on as we rank every Bayern Munich player's impact—in reverse order— from the record-breaking 2013/14 Bundesliga season.

25. Ylli Sallahi

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    Sallahi suffered on debut
    Sallahi suffered on debutMatthias Schrader/Associated Press

    Twenty-year-old Austrian wing-back Ylli Sallahi made an ill-fated debut as Bayern relinquished their proud 53-game unbeaten run in the Bavarian derby away to Augsburg. He hasn't played since.

24. Jan Kirchhoff

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    Kirchhoff - a free transfer signing from Mainz
    Kirchhoff - a free transfer signing from MainzMatthias Schrader/Associated Press

    German U21 international Jan Kirchhoff made seven early season substitute appearances before being farmed out on loan to Schalke 04, where he suffered an unfortunate injury in the winter break. He hasn't been missed.

23. Lukas Rader

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    Raeder in reserve
    Raeder in reserveKerstin Joensson/Associated Press

    Third-choice 'keeper. Will be best remembered for an ill-fated substitute appearance as the Reds slipped to their only home league defeat of the season against bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund.

22. Tom Starke

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    No way past Neuer for Starke
    No way past Neuer for StarkePeter Kneffel/Associated Press

    Second-choice 'keeper. Conceded three goals against former side Hoffenheim before an untimely elbow injury in training ended his season prematurely.

21. Mitchell Weiser

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    More to come from Mitchell
    More to come from MitchellMatthias Schrader/Associated Press

    The 20-year-old made his first start of the season in the defeat to Augsburg. Weiser also suffered the ignominy of being substituted at home against Bremen with Bayern trailing at half-time.

20. Diego Contento

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    Far from Contento at Bayern
    Far from Contento at BayernMatthias Schrader/Associated Press

    A bit-part player once again under new coach Pep Guardiola with just six starts in the league. Having made just 49 appearances in the past few seasons, Contento needs to move away to further his stuttering career.

19. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

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    Sweet Pierre-Emile
    Sweet Pierre-EmileMatthias Schrader/Associated Press

    Nineteen-year-old Danish youngster—another who made a first Bundesliga start in the woeful defeat in Augsburg. The talented Hojbjerg has shown enough to hint that there is plenty more to come.

18. Daniel Van Buyten

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    The big Belgian brandishes the Bundesliga trophy
    The big Belgian brandishes the Bundesliga trophyMatthias Schrader/Associated Press

    Mr. Reliable. The Belgian defender has never let Bayern down in his eight years at the club.

    The 36-year-old’s outing in the final game of the season against Stuttgart is likely to be his last for the club.

17. Rafinha

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    Surprisingly favoured by Pep
    Surprisingly favoured by PepMatthias Schrader/Associated Press

    Rafinha is an experienced defender who blossomed initially under Pep. His hopes of making the Brazilian World Cup squad were dashed by Luiz Felipe Scolari last week.

    The right-back has let himself down on the pitch of late, with a particularly petulant sending off in the 0-3 home defeat against Dortmund.

16. Javi Martinez

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    A miserable Martinez contemplates his future
    A miserable Martinez contemplates his futureGabriel Pecot/Associated Press

    Bayern's record €40m signing has fallen down the pecking order under Pep, with only 17 league appearances in an injury-riddled campaign. Rumoured to want away, the Spaniard has been linked with Arsenal by The Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson.

15. Xherdan Shaqiri

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    Shaqiri the Swiss
    Shaqiri the SwissMatthias Schrader/Associated Press

    Swiss international midfielder Xhaqiri notched six goals in 17 appearances. Impressive at times—whether a player of his calibre is satisfied with a paltry ten Bundesliga starts is highly doubtful.

14. Jerome Boateng

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    Jury out on Jerome
    Jury out on JeromeMatthias Schrader/Associated Press

    Consistency of performance has undoubtedly improved under Pep Guardiola's tutelage. Critics continue to highlight the 25-year-old ex-Manchester City defender's odd stupid mistake and rash moment, his red card against Hamburg, for example.

13. Mario Goetze

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    Goetze the German Messi
    Goetze the German MessiAssociated Press

    Arguably, more was expected from the €37 million acquisition from bitter rivals Dortmund, but 10 goals in 27 appearances is a best-ever Bundesliga goal return for the supremely talented 21-year-old dubbed "the German Messi."

12. Claudio Pizarro

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    One more season at the top?
    One more season at the top?Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    ''Pizza'' always delivers. Ten goals were scored by Germany's all-time record foreign scorer176 goals in 370 Bundesliga appearances—despite a mere 684 minutes on the pitch. The 35-year-old Peruvian striker would arguably be a regular starter at most other clubs in the league.

11. Thomas Mueller

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    Mullered
    MulleredLaurence Griffiths/Getty Images

    Along with Neuer, the lanky attacker made the most league appearances (31) for the Reds. Mueller was in devastating form, particularly early on in the season, hitting a total of 13 goals in domestic competition.

    He played a lesser role towards the end of the season under Pep, which sparked transfer speculation. According to Express' Ben Jefferson, clubs of the calibre of Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester United are all rumoured to be taking an interest in the Bavarian.

10. Bastian Schweinsteiger

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    Don't you rate me Pep?
    Don't you rate me Pep?Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

    A "Football God" according to most of the Munich faithful, apart perhaps from the man that really matters: Pep Guardiola. Niggling injuries restricted the now seven-time Bundesliga winner to 23 appearances in the league. If Guardiola stays, "Schweini" may have to get used to not playing a lead role with the Reds in the future.

9. Mario Mandzukic

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    Make way for Lewandowski?
    Make way for Lewandowski?Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    The Croatian hit man enjoyed another solid season and finished the campaign second top scorer in the Bundesliga with 18 goals in 30 appearances. He has many admirers at the club, but with the league's leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski, joining in the summer Mandzukic's days could be numbered in Bavaria.

8. Toni Kroos

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    How much more Kroos control at Bayern?
    How much more Kroos control at Bayern?Alex Livesey/Getty Images

    Supremely talented German international midfielder with a stunning range of passing and a hefty shot. Kroos was an almost ever-present under Pep before rumoured interest from Manchester United led to a less-than-harmonious spell and a few patchy end-of-season performances. Nevertheless, his agent told Bild (h/t Telegraph) that he would play for Bayern "until at least 2015."

7. Franck Ribery

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    And breathe.......disappointing end to the season for Ribery
    And breathe.......disappointing end to the season for RiberyAssociated Press

    Ribery was in the running for World Footballer of the Year, but eventually finished third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

    The French winger was fantastic at the start of the season, but he suffered an alarming dip in form after a buttock operation.

6. Dante

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    Dante delight
    Dante delightPaul Gilham/Getty Images

    The charming Brazilian centre-half has not been as consistent as he was under Jupp Heynckes but the 30-year-old remains Bayern's rock at the back.

5. Thiago

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    Thiago never finished on the losing side in the Bundesliga
    Thiago never finished on the losing side in the BundesligaMarkus Schreiber/Associated Press

    The 23-year-old Spanish international's untimely injury was a cruel blow at the business end of the season and Bayern were never quite the same without their influential summer signing from Barcelona. Thiago is the crucial pivot in Bayern's build-up, often dropping deep to increase the options and spread the play.

4. David Alaba

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    Alaba's ability not in question
    Alaba's ability not in questionMike Hewitt/Getty Images

    A bright 21-year-old Austrian with a delightful left peg. Ran the roost with Ribery on Bayern's left-side earlier in the season but did not fade like the Frenchman. He is set to be one of the stars of European football over the next decade.

3. Philipp Lahm

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    Lahm the Legend lifts a fifth Bundesliga title
    Lahm the Legend lifts a fifth Bundesliga titleMatthias Schrader/Associated Press

    Captain of club and country, "Mr. Versatile" would probably play in goal too were he was a bit taller. Pep Guardiola waxed lyrical in an interview with Spiegel's Rafael Buschmann and Detlef Hacke, calling his 30-year-old skipper "the most intelligent player he had ever worked with." High praise indeed.

2. Arjen Robben

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    Robben hits the target
    Robben hits the targetKerstin Joensson/Associated Press

    The 30-year-old Dutchman has completely turned around his Bayern career since that 2012 Champions League catastrophe against Chelsea. The wing wizard starred with 11 goals in 28 games as the Reds once again romped to the Bundesliga title.

1. Manuel Neuer

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    Neuer happy with his work
    Neuer happy with his workWitters Sport-USA TODAY Sports

    The imposing ex-Schalke goalkeeper recorded 15 clean sheets in 31 league starts. Quite simply, the 28-year-old is best 'keeper in Germany and probably the world.

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