The Bundesliga and EA SPORTS have teamed up once again to bring you the Official Team of the Season in 2020/21. Led by Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland, meet YOUR team!
Votes were cast on ea.com between 12am PDT on 30 April and 9am PDT on 6 May.
The final Bundesliga Team of the Season was determined by a combination of the 18 Bundesliga club captains, associates and community votes, with the winning players receiving an upgraded player card in FIFA 21.
Little needs to be added to the curriculum of one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, but Neuer's stunning stop to deny Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri in the UEFA Super Cup helped ensure he and Bayern celebrated a unique accolade of completing a sextuple of Bundesliga, DFB Cup, UEFA Champions League, Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and DFL Supercup in 2020/21. A month later, the dictionary definition of sweeper-keeper kept his 200th clean sheet with Bayern, in fewer than 400 games, taking him ahead of the legendary Sepp Maier, who fell just one clean sheet short of a double century.
His 197th clean sheet in the Bundesliga - breaking the previous league record held by Oliver Kahn, who needed 557 games for his 196 clean sheets as opposed to Neuer's 423 outings - came in January, after he had scooped the award of The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper. While Neuer may already have conceded his most goals in a single season since joining Bayern in 2011, that does not take any gloss off yet another stunning season from some of the safest hands - and feet - to have graced the planet.
The 2020/21 season will be remembered fondly by Ridle Baku, who made a move from Mainz to Wolfsburg and, just over a month later, made his senior debut for Germany. What both Wolfsburg coach Oliver Glasner and Germany head coach Joachim Löw had seen in him was an energetic right full-back who can do serious damage going forward, but has the defensive nous to hold things together when on the back foot.
Like the namesake Azerbaijan city, energy is what fuels Ridle's economy, with a league-leading 2583 intensive runs after 31 matchdays, including an also league-leading 993 sprints - over 150 more than the second name on that particular list. There is plenty of purpose to those runs too, with six goals and four assists to go with 82 crosses and 32 shots. His 305 tackles won vouch for his defensive ability, and Wolfsburg's promising challenge for a place in the Champions League is only further evidence of how Glasner got it right with Ridle.
Mats Hummels may have moved backwards and forwards between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, winning trophies for both clubs, but his career has only gone in one direction: upwards. The current season - his second back with the Black & Yellows - has been no exception, with the 32-year-old displaying all his experience in leading an otherwise youthful defence. With five goals, he has even matched his best single-season haul in a decade - since he scored five in Dortmund's 2010/11 title-winning campaign under Jürgen Klopp - but his importance to the Westphalians this season has once again been in his defending.
Age biologically slows one down, but Hummels has intelligently compensated by accelerating his thought process, anticipating where the ball will go and ensuring he is a step ahead of his opponent when it invariably arrives there. While Erling Haaland has been earning all the headlines, as is common practice for a striker, Hummels' importance to the Dortmund team can be summed up in the words of club advisor Matthias Sammer. "Hummels' departure would hurt the club more [than Haaland's]," he told the Bild newspaper. "Not only has he stabilised the team but also in difficult moments he showed up in Edin Terzic's defence in a way that commands respect. He is a type of character that we need looking ahead to the future."
You would expect a player with one of the highest numbers of crosses from open play to be a winger, but RB Leipzig's Angelino is one of the many mould-breakers in the Bundesliga who do as much for his team's attack as he does for their defence. With four goals and as many assists, and a total of 31 shots - averaging more than one a game - it is clear to see the size of the 24-year-old Spaniard's attacking contribution.
Indeed, over the first 20 games of the season in all competitions, his eight goals and seven assists meant he was Leipzig's leading scorer, with a hand in one goal every 127 minutes. While overtly keen to exploit the space in front of him left by the departure of Timo Werner to Chelsea last summer, Angelino's role as left full-back means he must also track back regularly, unsurprisingly covering 6.8 miles per match (10.93km), which includes a total of 560 sprints - a top 30 figure league-wide. All in all, Angelino's got it all.
The roadrunner needed a bit of a run up to hit top gear this season, but once he found it, Alphonso Davies was again doing what he does best: dominating the Bayern left field. The Canadian full-back - the North American country's footballer of the year for 2020 - has polished his reputation as one of the league's quickest players, second only to Erling Haaland in that particular statistic this season, though the electric Edmontonian still holds the record as the Bundesliga's fastest player (22.7mph/36.53 km/h) from his breakout 2019/20 campaign.
That was only one reason why Davies was voted onto the 2020 FIFA FifPro Best 11, and the Canadian continues to set the bar higher and higher. "If an attacking player goes past me, I take it personally - and do not want that to happen under any circumstances," he said. "There are a lot of little details, but I keep telling myself: 'nothing is going to stop be from being in the 2021 FIFA Best XI'. Once you're named in the team, you want to stay there!" A place on the Bundesliga TOTS for the second straight season would not go amiss either, and Davies is doing all he can to deserve that.
After setting a new Bundesliga assist record with 21 last season, Müller seamlessly carried on where he left off this term and, with three matches remaining, once again leads the way with 17 - five more than his closest challenger Filip Kostic. Add in the 10 league goals he has scored and the 31-year-old has been directly involved in almost a third of Bayern strikes this term.
"He's had a sensational campaign," said Flick of the attacker after he teed up Leon Goretzka for the only goal of the game in what looks to have been the title decider with RB Leipzig on Matchday 27. "He's important for us and I'm happy that Thomas is playing the way he's playing for us."
As contradictory as it may sound, Joshua Kimmich's importance to Bayern became all the more apparent this season when he wasn't playing. After picking up an injury in the Matchday 7 win over Borussia Dortmund, the 26-year-old missed the team's next five league games, during which time they slipped down to second place after recording three draws and two wins.
Arguably the turning point in Bayern's campaign arrived on the midfielder's comeback from injury on Matchday 13, when he came off the bench and teed up Robert Lewandowski to score a last-gasp winner over Bayer Leverkusen. Hansi Flick's side have been top ever since. Famed for his win-at-all-costs mentality, Kimmich also contributes in more tangible ways too, chipping in with three goals and 10 assists, and is one of the league's most reliable, consistent performers.
Competition for places in the Bayern midfield is fiercer than at most clubs, but when Goretzka is fit, he starts alongside Joshua Kimmich in a central position. Arguably one of the unsung heroes in a team packed with superstars, the 6'2" midfielder is no less important. "He wins a lot of balls, can bridge the midfield with his dynamism and regularly makes runs behind the defence, creating chances for himself," enthused head coach Hansi Flick.
That is backed up by the statistics. A classic box-to-box player, the Germany international has five goals and five assists this term - earning himself the nickname "Scoretzka" from teammate Thomas Müller in the process - but his defensive contribution can also be measured by the 233 tackles he has won, along with 51 aerial duels. An imposing physical presence on the pitch, Goretzka has also added consistency to his top-level displays.
Player of the Season
After accumulating the most fan votes, Dortmund's No.9 has claimed the Bundesliga's Player of the Season prize.
While Lewandowski has been breaking all of the Bundesliga's longest standing records, Erling Haaland has taken up the duty of mopping up the rest in his first full Bundesliga season with Borussia Dortmund. The Norwegian striker has reached 25 Bundesliga goals after just 26 league appearances so far in 2020/21, while three scoring statistics stand out in particular. Haaland has scored 16 times away from home - the most by any BVB striker in a single season - and he is also the only 20-year-old in league history to register 38 goals, and those coming in just 41 outings. Then you add the fact that Haaland has scored two or more goals in a game on 10 occasions this season.
Haaland's goals are one thing, but then you add to the fact that Dortmund's No.9 has registered both the first and second-fastest speeds of this current campaign, with his 22.39 mph (36.04 km/h) sprint against VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 28 proving the fastest. "I've never seen anyone like Haaland at this club," said captain Marco Reus earlier this season. "He's unique. He's still very young. He's developed massively over the past six to nine months. He's become really good with the ball at his feet and with a defender at his back." It's fair to say that Haaland has only continued to get better through this season, and more is expected to come in the future.
Crowned as the FIFA Best Men's Player in the World at the end of last year, Lewandowski needs no introduction. The 32-year-old has made a habit of making the extraordinary look routine, and he is one of the few players in world football you expect to score every game. Indeed, his haul of 36 league goals after 31 rounds of matches – scored in just 26 appearances due to injury - is the highest total since 1972/73 when Gerd Müller hit the same tally - and Lewandowski could well break the single-season record of 40 set by Müller the previous year.
"All you can do is pray that it won't be his day," said VfB Stuttgart defender Borna Sosa of the Poland international earlier in 2020/21, speaking for defenders everywhere. "He also scores the half-chances. That's the difference between him and other strikers and why he's number one and others aren't." Averaging a goal every 61 minutes he’s on the pitch, there’s rarely a game that isn't Lewandowski's day.
"He can do everything, he's a complete striker," said Frankfurt veteran Makoto Hasebe of his teammate last year. "He's a fantastic footballer, is good in the air and has a good shot. He's a brilliant forward." He is not alone in his praise for the Portugal international, who has not only developed into Frankfurt's main goal threat this season, but also become one of the most feared players in the Bundesliga.
The 25-year-old plundered 25 league goals across the first 31 matchdays, averaging one for every 100 minutes on the pitch, thereby making a significant contribution to the Eagles' superb form and push for a top-four finish. Not only that, but he is the most unpredictable of all the Bundesliga's forwards, netting 56 percent of his goals with his right foot, 12 percent with his left and 32 percent with his head.