Munich - With the average Bundesliga player becoming consistently younger in recent years, mid-30 somethings such as Claudio Pizarro and have become a real rarity in the German top flight.

Still churning out high quality performances on a regular basis, however, the FC Bayern München and VfL Wolfsburg striker respectively offered prime examples in the recently-ended season that competing at the top in one of the most physically demanding leagues remains possible at an - in footballing terms - advanced age.

Pizarro, 35 years young, continued to add to the Bundesliga's history books this term, adding ten goals in 17 appearances - seven of which came after Matchday 28 - to take his all-time tally to 176 and help Bayern to a 23rd Bundesliga title and 17th DFB Cup triumph.


Olic, meanwhile, confirmed his status as Wolfsburg's undisputed first-choice striker in 2013/14, the 34-year-old repaying the Wolves' trust placed in him by finding 14 times and providing six assists to boot. His overall form further helped the Lower Saxony side's successful push for a place in Europe and earned him a in Croatia's provisional 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.

2013/14 End-of-Season Awards:

Player | Newcomer | Coach | Returning Hero | Breakthrough |
Sharpshooter | Saviour | Fairest Player | Dangerman | Penalty Killer | Speed Demon | Signing | Most Improved Player | Wing Wizards |
Unsung Hero | Mr. Indispensable | Jinx | Mr. Reliable | Rising Stars