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Season review: Germany

Published: Wednesday 2 June 2010, 15.19CET
FC Bayern München may have been denied a historic treble but they were untouchable domestically, claiming their eighth league and cup double in Louis van Gaal's first season in charge.
by Steffen Potter
Season review: Germany
Thomas Müller leads the party after Bayern clinched the title ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 2 June 2010, 15.19CET

Season review: Germany

FC Bayern München may have been denied a historic treble but they were untouchable domestically, claiming their eighth league and cup double in Louis van Gaal's first season in charge.

It was FC Bayern München's season in Germany, even though a historic treble eluded them when they were defeated by FC Internazionale Milano in the UEFA Champions League final. Domestically, though, nothing could stop them from claiming their eighth double and their sixth in the past 11 seasons. Unsurprisingly, it is Louis van Gaal's side which takes centre stage.

Champions: FC Bayern München
The season did not start well for Van Gaal; with 13 matches played, a team so accustomed to success lay seventh and question marks were raised over the Dutchman's suitability for the post.  Nine successive league victories, and a 4-1 qualification-clinching UEFA Champions League group stage win against Juventus, though, and Bayern's season was swiftly turned on its head. It was not until late February that they first took to the summit, relinquishing top spot only briefly to FC Schalke 04.

Cup final: FC Bayern München 4-0 Werder Bremen
Proof, if it were needed, of Bayern's supremacy in Germany. Werder Bremen were the cup holders and were in fine fettle heading into the final having mounted a late charge to finish third in the Bundesliga. Bayern, though, never looked back from Arjen Robben's 35th-minute penalty, with Ivica Olić, Franck Ribéry and Bastian Schweinsteiger all getting in on the act.

European places*
FC Bayern München – UEFA Champions League group stage
FC Schalke 04 – UEFA Champions League group stage
Werder Bremen – UEFA Champions League play-offs
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – UEFA Europa League play-offs
BV Borussia Dortmund – UEFA Europa League play-offs
VfB Stuttgart – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the year: Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München)
Robben struck twice on his Bundesliga debut following his arrival from Real Madrid CF and though injuries restricted his appearances in the first half of the campaign, once he had hit his stride he was head and shoulders above the rest. He scored crucial goals against both ACF Fiorentina and Manchester United FC to help take his new club to their first UEFA Champions League showpiece in nine years and finished the Bundesliga campaign with 16 goals from 24 appearances.

One to watch: Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München)
The 20-year-old Müller has been with Bayern since he was ten and, though he made his first four Bundesliga appearances in the 2008/09 campaign, it is Van Gaal who has given him his real breakthrough. He appeared in all 34 league games, scoring 13 times in the process, and, having won his first senior Germany cap against Argentina in March, is now heading for the FIFA World Cup.

Surprise package: 1. FSV Mainz 05
Mainz first drew attention to themselves when they parted company with coach Jørn Andersen following a 2-1 German Cup defeat by fourth-tier VfB Lübeck before the Bundesliga season had even started. Thomas Tuchel was Andersen's successor and he presided over a comfortable campaign in which Mainz were never in danger of relegation and even leapfrogged rivals Eintracht Frankfurt on the final day to finish ninth.

Leading scorer: Edin Džeko, VfL Wolfsburg (22)

Relegated: Hertha BSC Berlin, VfL Bochum 1848

Promoted: 1. FC Kaiserslautern, FC St. Pauli

Number: 13,004,717
For the second successive season the Bundesliga clocked up an aggregate attendance of more than 13 million people at an average of 42,499. BV Borussia Dortmund raised their mean gate from 74,380 to 77,247.

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"Robert, R.I.P."
A black banner displayed by Hannover 96's team to commemorate their deceased goalkeeper Robert Enke, having avoided relegation with a 3-0 win at VfL Bochum 1848 on the final day of the season. 

Last updated: 02/06/10 17.00CET

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