The Bundesliga title was decided long ago, with Bayern Munich wrapping up another title, but the league was far from boring. New stars emerged this season, joining a host of already talented players throughout the Bundesliga. Who were the standouts on the year? Unsurprisingly, players from the team with five consecutive Bundesliga titles (and the most all time) appear up and down this list, but there are some up-and-comers worthy of attention, too.
We've gone ahead and lined the best XI up in a 4-4-2 formation, taking liberties with the outside midfielders to put out a more offensive-minded team ... because who doesn't love goals?
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Arguably the world's best goalkeeper, Neuer's showing no signs of slowing down at 31 years old. The Bayern netminder kept a clean sheet in more than half of his Bundesliga matches and, despite missing time with a broken foot, still easily retained his title among the best in the business.
Left back: David Alaba (Bayern Munich)
A key part of Bayern Munich's back line, Alaba's versatility and proficiency were on display again this season. The Austrian can play a number of positions, though is preferred on the left in the back line. Alaba can do it all for Ancelotti's team, scoring goals, contributing assists and delivering in defense. And at age 24, his best years may still be ahead of him.
Centerback: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
The rich got richer over the summer when Hummels left Borussia Dortmund to join Bayern. The German centerback missed just three league matches due to injury or illness, showing a toughness and determination that made him worth every cent Bayern paid for him.
Centerback: Willi Orban (RB Leipzig)
Leipzig gave Bayern a bit of a run in the league, but in the end couldn't keep pace with the Bavarian giants. Orban played a major role in the upstart side's challenge, unafraid to make his presence felt both aerially and on the ground. He also showed the ability to pick a pass and chip in with a goal here and there.
Right back: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Talk about going out on a high note. Lahm could easily still play at a high level, but the German has opted to hang up his cleats and that's that. As one of the world's best ever and most adaptable players, Lahm deserves every breath of praise directed his way.
Midfield: Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund)
OK, so Dembele is more of a forward by trade, but he deserves to be in the season's best XI. And given the way the 20-year-old starlet has handled everything thrown his way with Dortmund this season, what's to say he couldn't handle a bit more of a withdrawn role? Regardless, he's energetic and more than a handful on the offensive end, so he's in the team.
Midfield: Thiago (Bayern Munich)
Thiago dispelled any lingering concerns about the knee injury he suffered in the 2014/15 season. He was the Bundesliga's best midfielder this year, breaking up attack after attack and setting high-flying Bayern off on their own. The Spaniard was pinpoint with his passing all season long, setting his side up for success.
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Midfield: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig)
The definition of a playmaking attacking midfielder, Forsberg pulled the strings for RB Leipzig with aplomb. He's reportedly drawn the attention of some Premier League bigwigs and it's easy to see why. His goal-scoring record and double-digit assist totals speak for themselves.
Midfield: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Yes, he might be a bit of a liability defensively in this position but look at the defense behind him — they'll be fine. Robben's best days might be behind him, but the sight of him streaking down the right is nightmare fuel. Cutting in on his left is clockwork, but nobody can stop it, no matter how long in the tooth he might be.
Forward: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
If you need goals, Lewandowski is your guy. The Polish forward is a rampant force that can score in every way imaginable. He's able to hit penalties, shots from distance, headers, tap-ins, you name it. He and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are constantly locked in a race for the Bundesliga's Golden Boot, providing one of the league's more entertaining subplots year after year.
Though Lewy and PEA normally play as lone forwards, it's worth experimenting to see if they could coexist up top. Aubameyang's always a threat to score and with some of Europe's top clubs sniffing around this could be the last season we're treated to seeing him in a BVB uniform. If it is, he walks out with the Golden Boot in hand.