German Bundesliga Team of the Week

ESPNSTAR.com selects the best players from the opening round of the Bundesliga in our first Team of the Week of the season.

Football News: Bayern Munich
Noah Tan

By Noah Tan

The start of the season saw main title contenders Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich get off to a perfect start with wins over Werder Bremen (2-1) and newcomers Greuther Furth (3-0) respectively.

Borussia Monchengladbach meanwhile showed they could cope with the loss of key player Marco Reus with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim, while Schalke suffered an early setback in their season, letting their lead slip in the closing stages of the game and allowing Hannover 96 to hit back to earn a 2-2 draw.


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Elsewhere, Freiburg and Mainz shared the spoils of the game with a 1-1 draw, Nuremberg edged Hamburg 1-0, Bayer Leverkusen suffered a shock defeat to newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt while Wolfsburg gave Felix Magath the start he wanted with a slender win over Stuttgart.

The formation for this week's Bundesliga Team of the Week is 4-4-2.

GK: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg)

The Wolfsburg custodian put in an assured display to deny his former club Stuttgart a sniff at goal and ensured a clean sheet for Magath's side.

It was his penalty save in the 87th minute, when the score was delicately poised at 0-0, which was arguably the crucial point of the game, as Wolfsburg proceeded to score the winner soon after.

LB: Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich)

Despite playing in the unfamiliar position of left-back, the Bayern man still put in a respectable shift and Greuther Furth attackers found little joy trying to attack down his flank.

Badstuber showed great awareness on several occasions to cut out Furth's sporadic attacks and had the necessary composure to use possession effectively from the back.

CB: Per Nilsson (Nuremberg)

The Nuremberg centre-back was a dominating presence for his side and kept Hamburg forwards Marcus Berg and Son Heung-Min at bay. Although both Berg and Son looked lively, Nilsson was more than equal to whatever tricks either could conjure up and his no-nonsense display helped his team to a clean sheet.

Nilsson was also the catalyst for his Nuremberg's winning goal; he rose highest to power a header from a corner onto the crossbar and the rebound fell kindly to Hanno Balitsch, who smashed the ball into the net.

CB: Felipe (Hannover 96)

Hannover's new defensive recruit made a huge impact for his side, but not at the expected end of the pitch. Although Felipe was brought in to add defensive steel to the Hannover team, the Brazilian showed he could also contribute in the attacking end and displayed his aerial prowess with a towering header to open the scoring for his team.

He was also defensively stable, doing well to nullify the threat of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, and could not be faulted for both the goals which Hannover conceded.

RB: Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich)

The Bayern Munich captain led by example in a virtuoso display for the Bavarian team. He provided a genuine outlet for Bayern down the right flank when he wasn't occupied with his defensive duties, and had the Furth defenders on the back foot throughout the game.

Although Lahm did not score or provide any assists, his committed display on the pitch served as an inspiration for his teammates and he could be seen urging the team on numerous occasions.

LM: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund)

The Dortmund winger was an energetic presence for his side and constantly threatened the Bremen defence. He was an integral cog for his side in the midfield, evidenced by the fact he provided the assists for both of Dortmund's goals.

Blaszczykowski often caused havoc in the Bremen defence when cutting in from the flanks and he created numerous other opportunities for his teammates.

CM: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

Reus marked his debut for Dortmund with a well-taken goal in the early stages of the game. He was one of the few bright sparks in a laboured looking Dortmund side and was involved in almost everything good his team did.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach player certainly ensured that the summer departure of Shinji Kagawa was not keenly missed and he slotted seamlessly into the vacant playmaker role.

CM: Juan Arango (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Last year's surprise package Borussia Monchengladbach had Juan Arango to thank for their win over Hoffenheim, as the attacking midfielder's deadly set-piece taking skills ensured Die Fohlen would start the season off with a win.

Arango's excellent delivery in the 33rd minute set up Mike Hanke to head the ball home but it was his second contribution, a superbly taken free-kick which curled past Tim Wiese, which really caught the eye.

RM: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

Robben endured a frustrating time last season and was criticised by fans for numerous substandard displays. However, Robben started this season with a bang, leading Bayern to victory with goal and an assist for Mario Mandzukic.

He tormented Furth's defence time and again, twisting, turning and tricking his way past the helpless defenders with ease. Although Robben was still guilty of being a tad selfish at times, there was an air of determination about the Dutch winger which was previously absent in the previous seasons.

ST: Dani Schahin (Fortuna Dusseldorf)

The 23-year-old showed his clinical touch in front of goal with both of Fortuna Dusseldorf's goals to grab a deserved victory for his team.

His first goal was a rasping shot from range which nestled into the bottom right-hand corner of the net while his second was a predatory effort as he timed his run into the box perfectly to turn home Robbie Kruse's cross.

ST: Jan Schlaudraff (Hannover 96)

The Hannover striker proved a real handful for Schalke's defence and looked menacing whenever he had the ball in his possession. It was no surprise that almost all of Hannover's attacks came through Schlaudraff and he was the architect of several good opportunities for his teammates.

The 29-year-old's most telling contribution however, was his fabulous assist in the 80th minute, when he powered his way to the goal line before whipping in a delicious cross for Nicki to tap in. 



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