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Tracking Bayern Munich Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

Stefan BienkowskiFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2014

Tracking Bayern Munich Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

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    Bayern Munich's influence at this World Cup has been perfectly clear to see from Day 1, with no fewer than 14 players from the Bavarian champions initially taking part in the international tournament.

    A total of 10 now remain and are desperate for success. 

    We know all about the German contingent of Bayern's squad—Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jerome Boateng, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze—but there are others hoping for success with other countries. 

    Arjen Robben (Netherlands) has carried his outstanding domestic form onto the Oranje stage and pushed his nation in among the favourites to win it all, while Daniel van Buyten (Belgium) and Dante (Brazil) continue to fight off elimination with their respective countries. 

    B/R will continue to track the performances of each Bayern player throughout the knockout rounds—following on from the tracking carried out during the group stages—with player updates following each result.

    Be sure to check back for regular updates.

     

     —Last updated Saturday July 5— 

Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

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    Wednesday, July 9th

    Netherlands 0-0(2-4 penalties) Argentina

    In what was undoubtedly one of the most uneventful games of the competition thus far, Holland bowed out of the World Cup without even a mutter of dissatisfaction. After playing 120 minutes of football—amassing just fives shots on goals between both sides—Arjen Robben's side lost 4-2 on penalties. 

    Although Robben was the best out of this poor bunch, it wasn't a game or a performance that the Bayern forward will hope to remember. A dissapotining semi-final clash was the best this side could muster this time around. 

     

    Saturday, July 5th

    Netherlands 0-0(4-3 penalties) Costa Rica

    Although this game will forever be remembered for the heroic tactical skills of coach Louis Van Gaal, when he swapped Jasper Cillessen for Tim Krul before the penalty shout outs, Robben was once again Holland's best player in attack. 

    According to Whoscored.com, Robben completed more key passes than any other player in orange and was also joint top of the shots taken list too. However with eight fouls against him, the Bayern wide man also found Costa Rica's defence far from charming and as such failed to score or create a goal on the day. Another solid performance from Robben but not quite his usual match-winning standard. 

     

    Sunday, June 27

    Netherlands vs. Mexico

    Arjen Robben has had a fantastic World Cup so far for the Dutch national side and was unsurprisingly at the heart of his team's success against Mexico on Sunday. 

    As Whoscored.com showed, Robben has scored three goals and created an assist in just four games in this competition and was at his best when drawing the penalty in the 88th minute that ultimately won the game for Luis Van Gaal's side. 

    The number 11 was quite easily Holland's best player and will be the key man as the dark horses for the tournament go into their next game against Costa Rica on Thursday. 

Dante (Brazil)

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    Tuesday, July 8th

    Germany 7-1 Brazil

    Well, Dante finally got his start for Brazil. Unfortunately it was without the only dependable defender in his squad, Thiago Silva, and so the Bayern player was forced to chase shadows for 90 minutes as David Luiz continued his odd runs up the pitch. 

    Perhaps not exactly how Dante would have liked to have began and ended his tournament for Brazil, but the Bayern defender should be confident in the knowledge that very little of what happened on the night was actually his fault. 

    Friday, July 4th

    Brazil 2-1 Colombia

    Once again, Bayern's prevalent central defender played no part in Brazil's victory over Colombia in the Quarter-Finals of the World Cup. 

    However, first-choice defender Thiago Silva did pick up a silly yellow card in the game and will now miss the Semi-Final clash with Germany, freeing up a spot at the back for the German-based defender. As such, we should expect to see Dante up against his Bayern colleagues on the 8th. 

    Saturday, June 28

    Brazil 1-1 Chile

    Despite Brazil's tight win over Chile in their last 16 battle, the Bayern defender Dante didn't feature at all over the course of the game. 

    This follows a similar pattern throughout the competition as Luiz Felipe Scolari continues to stick with defensive pairing Thiago Silva and David Luiz in front of Julio Cesar's goal. 

Jerome Boateng(Germany)

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    Tuesday, July 8th

    Germany 7-1 Brazil

    Although Germany will be disappointed to have conceded a solitary goal in a match they dominated from start to finish, Jerome Boateng once again showed his worth by ensuring that Joachim Low's defence was strong and kept its shape. 

    The Bayern defender will undoubtedly be harder pressed against Argentina in the final on Sunday, but for now has  continued to impress throughout the competition at both right-back and centre-half. 

    Friday, July 4th

    Germany 1-0 France

    The Bayern defender was once again deployed at the centre of Low's defence against France on Friday night, as the German coach reverted back to a more balanced setup with Philipp Lahm at right back. 

    This allowed Boateng to sit in as the second central defender beside Dortmund's Mats Hummels and for the first time in the competition Germany looked rather sturdy at the back. 

    What many will note is how Per Mertesacker was dropped in favour of the Bayern player, suggesting that Boateng may have an integral role to play for the remainder of Germany's World Cup. 

    Monday, June 30th

    Germany 0-0(2-1 AET) Algeria

    Jerome Boateng was moved back to centre back against Algeria on Monday night, following the last minute exclusion of Mats Hummels due to illness. 

    Although the Bayern defender has actually had a relatively impressive World Cup for Germany as a fill-in full back on the right-hand side of Low's defence, he looked nervous and far from his best alongside Per Mertesacker in the centre of the Germany back line. 

    Whether the troubling nature of Germany's defensive performance can be put down to his inclusion at centre back, or rather the form of Arsenal's own defender, either way German fans will be praying for a speedy recovery for Hummels and the return of Baoteng at right-back. 

Toni Kroos(Germany)

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    Tuesday, July 8th

    Germany 7-1 Brazil

    Toni Kroos was at his best against Brazil in Germany's semi-final showdown, scoring two goals and helping to create a number of others. 

    Germany took the game to Brazil from the first minute and alongside Sami Khedira, Kroos pressed and harassed the Brazilian midfielder and defence until the final whistle. Another match-winning performance from the young, Bayern player.  

    Friday, July 4th

    Germany 1-0 France

    Toni Kroos was once again at the heart of Germany's success in this tricky Quarter-Final showdown with France, as it was in fact the Bayern playmaker who delivered the free-kick that let to Hummel's opening goal. 

    Although the victory over France was more industrious, than technical or even dominating in possession, Kroos excelled once again in the middle of the park despite teammate Lahm moving back to defence. Alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira, Kroos dictated the tempo of Germany's side and continued to create chances on the break. 

     

    Monday, June 30th

    Germany 0-0(2-1 AET) Algeria

    Toni Kroos continued his consistent and somewhat efficient World Cup campaign for Germany on Monday night with another performance that he should be proud of, despite the failures of those around him. 

    According to Whoscored.com, Kroos attempted more passes, more key passes and maintained a higher successful pass percentage than any other player on the pitch on Monday night. Perhaps not at his best, but certainly a level above almost any other midfielder in the game. 

    While the forward line struggle to come up with ideas and Low's defense looks even more precarious by the round, the midfield has continue to look solid against each opposition. A minor victory which has been in no small part through Kroos' efforts.  

Bastian Schweinsteiger(Germany)

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    Tuesday, July 8th

    Germany 7-1 Brazil

    Germany's growing momentum throughout this competition can quite easily be put down to the growing confidence in Bastian Schweinsteiger's play from one game to the next. Where he struggled to last a full 90 minutes earlier in the competition, the Bayern midfielder now dominates Germany's pace from the first to last kick in a game. 

    Against Brazil he was at his best as the midfielder general of this side, picking out the passes from defence to attack whilst also closing down waves of unprepared Brazilian attacks. An vital member of this German side.

    Friday, July 4th

    Germany 1-0 France

    Although we were led to believe that Schweinsteiger was still struggling to reach full match fitness, prior to this clash with France, the Bayern central midfielder was once again at his best to ensure Germany progressed to the next round of the World Cup.

    According to Whoscored.com, Lahm was the only player from both sides who completed more passes than Schweinsteiger on the night with an average accuracy of 85 percent. 

    With little cover in midfield as it is, Schweinsteiger's form and fitness are key to any hopes for Low's side. Fortunately against France he was able to confirm that this wasn't the case and will undoubtedly relish the prospect of taking on Brazil's midfield. 

     

    Monday, June 30th

    Germany 0-0(2-1 AET) Algeria

    Although Bastian Schweinsteiger won't have felt as though he had the most productive match against Algeria, he did manage to maintain a passing accuracy of 91 percent amongst a regular barrage of dangerous challenges from the opponent's midfield. 

    The Bayern central midfielder had clearly been singled out as Germany's key player by Vahid Halilhodzic's side and was therefore unable to command the middle of the pitch like he usually does for his national side. 

    However, the 29-year-old did manage to hit two shots on goal and create three key passes, according to Whoscored.com, before being substituted in added time. 

Philipp Lahm(Germany)

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    Tuesday, July 8th

    Germany 7-1 Brazil

    Philipp Lahm was once against asked by coach Low to play as a right-back throughout their semi-final against Brazil and as you would expect the Bayern defender did so with absolute ease. 

    Up against the young, talented forward Bernard in Neymar's absence, Lahm completely dominated the duel throughout the match. A world class defender who showed nothing but sheer composure on the biggest of stages. 

     

    Friday, July 4th

    Germany 1-0 France

    One of the big surprises of Friday's Quarter-Final matches was Low's decision to move captain Lahm back to full-back, despite playing him as a defensive midfield throughout the competition and in previous qualifying games. 

    However, it turned out to be a wise move as Lahm not only solidified a shaky defensive line but was also on hand to deal with French striker Karim Benzema as the forward continued to naturally float out to the left-hand side of attack. 

    As one of the best right-backs in the world, Lahm showed his consistent qualities once again in helping Germany collect their fourth clean sheet in normal time in five games at this competition. 

     

    Monday, June 30th

    Germany 0-0(2-1 AET) Algeria

    Although Germany looked far from their best against Algeria, Monday's game was another example of just how important Philipp Lahm is to Joachim Low's side. 

    Starting off in his usual defensive midfield role for this team, Lahm continued his consistent form where others simply faltered and came to an abrupt halt against the African opponents. Schweinsteiger and Kroos didn't look their best, as we've already stated, but Lahm ensured some form of order and structure in the middle of Germany's midfield. 

    Then, as if to show off, he moved on to right back when Shkodran Mustafi went off injured in the 70th minute and tightened up a defensive line that had looked incredibly porous throughout the match. 70 minutes at defensive midfield and then another 40 at right back. A leading performance from Germany's captain. 

Thomas Mueller(Germany)

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    Tuesday, July 8th

    Germany 7-1 Brazil

    In a match that saw Germany score seven goals against Brazil, Thomas Mueller was of course at the heart of further success for his side with a goal and an assist throughout the 90 minutes. 

    Although most of Germany's goals actually came from midfield, Mueller again terrorized the Brazilian left flank by exploiting the space left by Marcelo and getting in behind the defensive line time and time again. 

    His opening goal—a simple tap in from Toni Kroos' corner—perfectly summed up the German forward's game. A rummage around the six-yard-box only to find the space and time to calmly knock the ball into the net. Germany's top goalscorer just cannot stop scoring. 

    Friday, July 4th

    Germany 1-0 France

    Thomas Mueller was also another player who found his role changed by Low against France on Friday night, as the reverted back to his old position of right winger, allowing Miroslav Klose to play as the lone striker on the day. 

    According to Whoscored.com, no German player was fouled by French opposition quite as often as this Bayern forward. Nor did any of Low's players create as many turnovers as the lanky striker. Perhaps not a day that Mueller will be remembered for his ability in the box, but the industrial ethos that he showed throughout the game was absolutely invaluable to Germany's success. 

    Monday, June 30th

    Germany 0-0(2-1 AET) Algeria

    Like some of his Bayern teammates for Germany, Thomas Mueller continued to show a level head and incredibly degree of commitment against Algeria where others from elsewhere across the world of football simply gave up or struggled for incentive. 

    Mesut Ozil was a particular disappointment on Monday and so it was up to Mueller to drag his side into the lead with an assist for Andre Schurrle in the 92nd minute. 

    Although a lack of goals over the course of 90 minutes would seem like a troubling stat for the goalscoring Bavarian forward, Mueller actually completed more dribbles than any other German on the night as well as six shots and three key passes, as stated by Whoscored.com.

Manuel Neuer(Germany)

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    Tuesday, July 8th

    Germany 7-1 Brazil

    The anger shown by Manuel Neuer after Germany conceded a late consolation goal to Brazil on Tuesday night was enough to sum up what he thought of the game that he had just taken part in. 

    Although Germany had kept Brazil busy down their end of the pitch Neuer had very little to do throughout the ninety minutes, having no notable saves thrust upon him by the expertise of Brazil's front line. 

     

    Friday, July 4th

    Germany 1-0 France

    The Manuel Neuer that we saw against France was that of an entirely different player who helped overcome the unexpected might of Algeria in the previous round. 

    Where the keeper had been called upon to play as something of a makeshift sweeper against the African opponents, Neuer was very much back to his conventional goalkeeping habits against France in this Quarter-Final clash. 

    Although he was never truly tested, despite France's determined quest to score, Neuer did make a number of strong saves against Benzema which could have perhaps overcame a lesser goalkeeper. Once again proving that few stand above the Bayern shot-stopper in this department. 

     

    Monday, June 30th

    Germany 0-0(2-1 AET) Algeria

    Although Whoscored.com recorded Manuel Neuer's heroic sweeping throughout this match as no more than four 'effective clearances', the goalkeeper's tackles and perfectly timed interceptions proved vital to Germany's defensive performance on the night. 

    If Neuer has been progressing into something more than your normal, brilliant goalkeeper over the past few years at Bayern, this was the game that he chose to showcase his new talents.

    From inch-perfect long balls to rushing tackles that Franz Beckenbauer would have been proud of; Germany's number one shot-stopper proved just why so many in the Bundesliga and across Europe consider him the best in such a position across the world.  

Mario Goetze(Germany)

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    Tuesday, July 8th

    Germany 7-1 Brazil

    Mario Goetze did not take part in this game.

    Friday, July 4th

    Germany 1-0 France

    Following a poor performance against Algeria and a reshuffled formation against the French, Mario Goetze was forced to put up with another game on the bench in the Quarter-Finals. 

    The Bayern midfielder did come on for Mesut Ozil in the 83rd minute, but wasn't able to really offer anything during his time on the pitch. 

     

    Monday, June 30th

    Germany 0-0(2-1 AET) Algeria

    Mario Goetze continued his indifferent approach to the World Cup on Monday night with a rather dismissive 45 minutes against Algeria, before being substituted at half time for Andre Schurrle. 

    Although Germany as a whole played rather poorly on the night, the young Bayern prodigy had a particularly poor match with just one shot on target in an opening half, according to Whoscored.com, that he'll be looking forward to forgetting before too long. 

    What will trouble him more is the fact that his replacement went on to score the opening goal of the game and assist the second as Germany eventually overcame their African opponents. Low may stick with Goetze for now, but Schurrle is making a very strong case for his starting position. 

Daniel Van Buyten(Belgium)

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    Saturday, July 5th

    Argentina 1-0 Belgium

     

    In a tight game that offered very little incentive for brilliance from either side, Daniel Van Buyten's Belgian side finally bowed out of the World Cup to the might of Lionel Messi's Argentina by a single goal. 

    Despite conceding to Argentina early on in the game, Van Buyten actually put in another solid performance for the Red Devils with more interceptions than any other defensive player in the side on the day. According to Whoscored.com, the central defender also blocked more shots than anyone else too. 

    Not enough from Belgium on the day, but this Bayern defender can hold his head high in the knowledge that he did his country proud throughout the competition. A solid central defender with more than enough left in him for the top level. 

    Tuesday, July 1st

    Belgium 2-1 USA

    Despite being Bayern's sole representative for Belgium at the World Cup, Daniel Van Buyten has proven himself to be a key member of his nation's fortunes so far in the competition.  

    His first appearance in the knockout stages of the tournament came against the USA on Tuesday night, as his side made hard work of a US side that should have stood little chance against their Belgium equivalents. 

    Despite conceding a late goal to fellow Bayern player Julian Green, Belgium looked solid at the back and alongside Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, Van Buyten has continued to prove his worth for these competition dark horses. 

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