We look back at the 2015/16 season in the German Bundesliga as we continue our seasons Review.prostamerika.com
Some have looked at the Bundesliga as a two horse race others have looked at the league and saluted it as a major player in European football. What is certain however is that the quality in the league is there and there is most definitely no lack of excitement.
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The dominance of Bayern Munchen continues to be solidified each and every season. They have claimed the league title for a fourth successive year in a row and the signs of that being broken anytime soon look small. Bayern have won it this season by ten points and have only recorded 2 losses throughout. Their dominance should not be taken lightly as it has become the clubs goal to become the biggest German club, and there does not look anything will stand in their way.
The appointment of Pep Guardiola three seasons ago was a sign of intent, arguably the best coach at the time, the Spanish mastermind has changed the style and philosophy of German football. The experimenting of different formations and systems has been something has amazed football enthusiasts. We have seen this season, as in the last two a reinvented team as well as players. 67% average match possession, 88% average pass completion are just some stats that show and justify how Bayern managed to dismantle last season runners up Wolfsburg 5-1 as well as Dortmund en route to the title.
Individual brilliance needs to also be highlighted as this season the world was introduced to the sensational Douglas Costa. The Brazilian has filled the void that has been left by the injury plagued duo of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. Robert Lewandowski broke the 30 goals a season mark and his teammates such as Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller have not disappointed
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The gap between Dortmund and Bayern is significant, however the gap between Dortmund and the rest tells a sad story of the disparity between the quality and ability of the clubs in the Bundesliga. Dortmund managed to clock the most point’s tally for a second placed team ever in the Bundesliga. Dortmund’s season by many can be seen as a success when looking down the table as there was no other team that could rival them. However the gap between one and two shows that there is still a long way to go.
Bayer Leverkusen has experienced a purple patch and the team are well deserving of their 3rd place. Monchengladbach have broken into the top for teams for the second season and have a project that has a solid foundation going into the future.
The struggles of clubs such as Wolfsburg and Schalke 04 have given us a glimpse of how easy it is when for clubs not as big as Bayern & Dortmund who push in Europe or fail to properly reinvest in the team for one season can deeply affect domestic performance.
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Ingolstadt 04 FC have announced themselves to the Bundesliga by deifying the odds and managing to perform well and produce results on the pitch. The new boys managed to only record one home loss to Bayern Munchen throughout the season. Their style and team work drove them to record a 11 place finish way above their expectations of avoiding relegation. Mention should also be given to Darmstadt who avoided relegation and look to enjoy another season in the Bundesliga.
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This will be a season Stuttgart and Hannover will want to forget as soon as possible. These two clubs have been over the years floating mid table clubs with good history of top-flight football. However this season they have been caught out most notably Hannover, recoding only 25 points. Stuttgart recorded the most amount of goals conceded with a record high 75. There will be a lot of restructuring over the summer by these two clubs.
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This season overall, forwards throughout the Bundesliga stole the show and it has been a season ‘goal show’. As a result the players of the season have been forwards. Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang have stood out throughout the season. Lewandowski became the first Bayern player to break Gerd Muller’s record of over 30 goals a season and Aubameyang became the first player to score in 10 consecutive games over two seasons. Remarkable!
Standout Young Player of the Season
The Bundesliga is gifted with young talent, this has been one of the attractions that lure players all across the world. The focus that many clubs have on young talent has lead to the development of stars we are all too familiar with such as Mesut Ozil. This season there were many notably youngsters such as Kingsley Coman, Jonathan Tah, Timo Horn, Julian Weigl as well as Kimmich.
Julian Weigl and Jonathan Tah standout as they have become key cogs in their respective teams and solidified their positions as well as excelling in them. Tah managed to make the center back position his own and clocked up 45 appearances, including the Champion’s League and Europa League. At only the age of 20 the newly capped German International has big things ahead of him.
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Julian Weigl’s development has been extraordinary. This being his first full top-flight season the youngster managed to break the Bundesliga record of recording the most touches in a game. What makes him stand out is his composure and ability to distribute the ball in the middle of the park.