The first half of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season will go down in history. A whole host of records were smashed in one of the most spectacular Hinrunden of all time. But who were the standout players? You overwhelmingly voted for Jerome Boateng as one of your centre-backs.
FIFA World Cup winner Boateng is the unanimous choice as the first centre-back in your Team of the Hinrunde poll voted by Bundesliga fans on Twitter. The 27-year-old Berliner scooped a massive 73 per cent of the votes among @Bundesliga_EN users and as much as 74 per cent on @bundesliga_de. The cultured defender has truly been at the peak of his powers this season, helping Bayern establish an eight-point lead at the top of the table with just eight goals conceded in 17 matches.
Club: FC Bayern München
- A mainstay in both FC Bayern and Germany’s backline, Boateng has won an exceptional 74 per cent of his challenges, a league-leading statistic.
- In 990 minutes of top-flight action the 27-year-old has committed just four fouls.
- Has also impressed with his ability to find team-mates with his long balls from the back, of which 58 per cent have found their mark.
- Marvel at the Germany international's trademark long ball against Hertha Berlin.
Club: VfL Wolfsburg
- The towering Brazilian is the sole VfL Wolfsburg player yet to miss a minute of action.
- Leads his side in challenges won with a 60 per cent success rate.
- Remains without a goal in the current Bundesliga campaign despite having had more shots (22) than any other top-flight defender.
- Once scored the only Bundesliga hat-trick by a defender.
Club: Hertha Berlin
- Has scored once this season.
- Has registered a further assist.
- Remarkably for a centre-half, has yet to be booked this campaign.
- Click here to see why the USMNT international's Hertha are the talk of Berlin.
Club: 1. FSV Mainz 05
- Has completed over 82 per cent of his attempted passes so far this campaign.
- Featured 15 times as Mainz climbed to an impressive eighth at the winter break.
- Created six chances for his team-mates in the first half of the season.
- Captained his side to victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 12.