German Bundesliga Team of the Week

It was a weekend full of goals in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich hit seven past Freiburg, while Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim both scored four away from home.

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By Gabriel Tan

And on an eventful round of German football action, we take a look at the eleven players that made a difference this weekend.

GK: Thomas Kraft (Hertha Berlin)

Just five games since their return to the Bundesliga, Hertha are sitting comfortably in eighth place with two wins and two draws. However, it was Saturday's 2-1 victory over defending champions Borussia Dortmund that really raised eyebrows.

Key to that win was the heroics of former Bayern Munich keeper Kraft, who made a brilliant save from a Neven Subotic free-kick, as well as blocking a point-blank range effort from Kevin Grosskreutz.

RB: Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Werder Bremen)

Papastathopoulos, currently on loan from Genoa, showed why he was once on the books of Italian giants AC Milan, with an excellent all-round display in Bremen's 2-0 win over Hamburg on Saturday.

The Greek international did well to curtail the creative instincts of Marko Marin, and showed a talent for timing his tackles to perfection. Papastathopoulos could just prove to be the bargain Bundesliga summer signing of the summer.

CB: Serdar Tasci (Stuttgart)

The German international currently enjoys a growing reputation across the continent, and on the back of his display against Hannover, it's not hard to see why.

Physically imposing and comfortable on the ball, Tasci showed good attacking instincts to venture forward and convert Tamas Hajnal's centre for Stuttgart's third.

CB: Timmy Simons (Nuremberg)

The Belgian international is normally known for his assured displays in defence, and occasionally in a holding-midfield role.

However on Sunday, it was his attacking instincts that came to the fore as he showed great technique and composure to convert two penalties, which proved to be vital as Nuremberg claimed a 2-1 win over Cologne.

LB: Cristian Molinaro (Stuttgart)

One of three Stuttgart players to make the team this week after their comprehensive 3-0 win over Hannover, Molinaro showed why the club were so eager to make his loan move from Juventus permanent last summer.

Extremely hard to beat in defence, Molinaro also regularly ventured forward to support the attack. The 28-year-old could have had a number of assists to his name had his strikers been able to put their chances away.

RM: Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

After a couple of less-than-impressive performances, the French winger finally hit form in Bayern's 7-0 win over Freiburg with two brilliant strikes.

His first was a cheeky backheel after he initially struggled to bring the ball under control, before he finished clinically after going on a magical run.

CM: Juan Arango (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Gladbach have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, and currently lie third in the Bundesliga standings with ten points from five games.

Central to their impressive performances has been Arango, who has been a driving force from midfield so far this season. He put in another excellent shift against Kaiserslautern on Saturday, capped off by his 58th-minute winner.

CM: Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Stuttgart)

The Swiss-born Serbian midfielder arrived at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in 2009 as a relative unknown. Fast forward two years, and the 23-year-old has now firmly established himself as one of the stars of the Bundesliga.

In Stuttgart's 3-0 win over Hannover on Saturday, Kuzmanovic was again at his box-to-box best, shielding his defence when on the backfoot, before charging forward to support in attack.

He put his long-range shooting to good use by testing Ron-Robert Zieler on a number of occasions, before getting on the scoresheet with a well-placed left-footed effort from close range.

LM: Ryan Babel (Hoffenheim)

It has been a forgettable last couple of seasons for the Dutch international, but Babel could have just found a new lease of life at Hoffenheim.

Given a relatively free role between midfield and attack, Babel put his creativity to good use as he netted twice in Hoffenheim's 4-0 win over Mainz. His first came from the penalty spot, before he added another with a clever finish from inside the box.

ST: Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen)

It was a night to remember for Leverkusen as they hit four past newly-promoted Augsburg on Friday. Two of those came off the boot of Sam, who showed good poise and technique on both occasions.

Already an U-21 international for Germany, a call-up to the senior side could soon follow.

ST: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich)

And saving the best for the last, Gomez was the player of the weekend after his four goals in Bayern's 7-0 demolition of Freiburg. Now regarded as one of the most dangerous strikers in Europe, Gomez has already built a commanding lead at the top of the goalscoring charts with eight goals, four more than his nearest contenders Papiss Cisse and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.



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