- FIFA World Cup winner Hummels captained Dortmund to second place.
- Elvedi played beyond his 19 years to help Gladbach into Europe.
- Mavraj was a rock at the back for Köln, who only shipped 42 goals.
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A team is sure to ship goals without the correct central defenders in place, and these three each combine steel and silk. Borussia Dortmund captain and Germany stalwart Mats Hummels inspired his side to second place behind future employers FC Bayern München; Borussia Mönchengladbach's Swiss defender Nico Elvedi made a mockery of the fact he is only 19 years old, helping the Foals into the UEFA Champions League; and Mergim Mavraj - a regular with Albania - was part of the fourth-most miserly defence of 2015/16 in the 1. FC Köln backline.