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Season review: Germany

Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 13.02CET
Records tumbled in a Bundesliga campaign dominated by FC Bayern München as Jupp Heynckes' men swept the board domestically and on the continent.
by Steffen Potter
Season review: Germany
Bayern celebrate in Berlin after completing their historic treble ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 13.02CET

Season review: Germany

Records tumbled in a Bundesliga campaign dominated by FC Bayern München as Jupp Heynckes' men swept the board domestically and on the continent.

It was a season in which FC Bayern München won it all – not only in Germany, but also in Europe. By claiming the UEFA Champions League in London against Borussia Dortmund, Bayern became the first German team to complete the treble.

Moreover, not only did Bayern hoover up everything, they did so in style. In Europe's premier club competition they humbled FC Barcelona 7-0 in the semi-finals and won the league by a massive 25 points from Dortmund.

In the Bundesliga's 50th season it was fitting that Bayern, the most dominant club throughout its history, should break numerous records, while SC Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt provided colour by earning European places.

Champions: FC Bayern München
The Bavarians' eight wins at the beginning of the season set a new standard, while the one defeat they suffered matched their own 1986/87 record. Dortmund's titles over the previous two terms encouraged an almighty reaction, and coach Jupp Heynckes was able to mould the players into the ultimate team, personified by the selfless work of Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben, who added a hitherto unseen defensive dimension to their play.

Cup final: FC Bayern München 3-2 VfB Stuttgart
Bruno Labbadia had said his side could cause Bayern problems if they were at their best, but for a long time it did not look like one of those days. The league champions established a healthy lead through Thomas Müller and a Mario Gomez double, but two late goals from Martin Harnik rocked Heynckes's men, who ultimately pulled through to end a remarkable campaign on another high.

European places*
FC Bayern München – UEFA Champions League group stage
Borussia Dortmund – UEFA Champions League group stage
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – UEFA Champions League group stage
FC Schalke 04 – UEFA Champions League play-offs
SC Freiburg – UEFA Europa League group stage
Eintracht Frankfurt – UEFA Europa League play-offs
VfB Stuttgart – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round

*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the year: Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München)
The French international played what many deemed his best season ever. Typically strong when scoring and supplying goals, the winger added an extra dimension to his game in the shape of defensive awareness. He proved his worth not only in the league but on the biggest stage of all, helping fashion both goals in the UEFA Champions League final.

One to watch: Julian Draxler (FC Schalke 04)
While it was clear last season that Draxler was a raw diamond, playing 30 times in the Bundesliga, it was this term that he really announced himself. With ten goals and four assists to his name in the top flight, the 19-year-old also opened his UEFA Champions League account and rounded off a great year by scoring his first senior Germany goal in the 4-3 friendly defeat by the United States.

Surprise package: Eintracht Frankfurt
Freiburg will feel hard done by not to take this title after almost beating FC Schalke 04 to a UEFA Champions League slot with a team based on youth products. However, Frankfurt proved the bigger surprise. The promoted outfit finished in a UEFA Europa League place, having occupied a top-six position all campaign. Armin Veh created a team from the best talent in the second tier and they more than held their own with their brand of pressing, attacking football.

Leading scorer: Stefan Kiessling, Bayer 04 Leverkusen (25)

Relegated: Fortuna Düsseldorf, SpVgg Greuther Fürth

Promoted: Hertha BSC Berlin, TSV Eintracht Braunschweig

Number: 91
Bayern smashed a lot of records in 2012/13, but one number stands out – they amassed 91 out of a possible 102 points, a feat that may never be bested.

Quote
"It is a very emotional moment. You could see that we have a great collective and a super team. They have given themselves and myself a great present. This treble is unique."
Bayern coach Heynckes after his side secured their third trophy of the season.

Last updated: 07/06/13 13.15CET

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