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This is SPOX’s top eleven for the 2022/23 season



Frederik Roennow

Excitement, emotions and a lot of drama: The 2022/23 Bundesliga season had a lot to offer – and apart from the secondary war scenes, that was mainly due to the players. As a fitting finale, SPOX created a top eleven.

First of all: Unfortunately, only eleven players per team are allowed to be on the pitch at the same time. To please everyone is an impossibility.

If you have a completely different opinion, please justify it in the comments!

Bundesliga, top eleven – goal: Frederik Rönnow

  • Union Berlin, goalkeeper
  • 29 games, 27 goals conceded (11 clean sheets)

The Dane played a major role in the fact that the Irons were allowed to play in the Champions League for the first time next season. Therefore, Rönnow is slightly ahead of Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel.

Especially since the keeper parried 92 of 119 shots that flew to his box. No other player in the Bundesliga had a better rate (81.5 percent).

Bundesliga, top eleven – defense: Jeremie Frimpong

  • Bayer Leverkusen, right-back
  • 34 games, 15 points (8 goals)

The most prolific outside defender this season. Frimpong really blossomed in his role on the right flank in front of a back three.

The breakthrough of the Dutchman did not go unnoticed in Europe either. Numerous top clubs are said to be vying for his services. How important is the Champions League to him?

Matthew Ginter

  • SC Freiburg, central defender
  • 34 games, 5 scorer points (4 goals)

It was a close race between the Freiburg defense chief and Union Berlin’s Danilho Doekhi. Ginter prevailed in the end due to an impressive statistic.

He was the only outfield player to play every minute of the past season. There is no greater proof of its importance. This return campaign was more than worth it!

Matthijs de Ligt

  • Bayern Munich, central defender
  • 31 games, 4 points (3 goals)

After a short adjustment period, the Dutchman rose to become Bayern’s defensive boss over the course of the season. It was undoubtedly the transfer that paid the most.

De Ligt’s big advantage: At 23, he still has plenty of time to get even better.

Josko Gvardiol

  • RB Leipzig, left-back
  • 30 games, 1 scorer point (1 goal)

Admittedly, Gvardiol is not a classic left-back. He often acted as the left part in a back three. With his qualities, however, the man from Leipzig has more than earned a place in this team.

The 21-year-old has improved significantly in terms of passing and tackling. Above all, he has become more consistent. The step to an absolute top club is probably only a matter of time.

Bundesliga, top eleven – midfield: Ellyes Skhiri

  • 1. FC Köln, defensive midfielder
  • 32 games, 8 points (7 goals)

Although Köln only finished 11th in the end, Skhiri excelled. The six was the heart of Steffen Baumgart’s team.

He has long since made a name for himself in Europe as a ball conqueror, passing machine and tackle monster. It is unlikely that he will still wear the FC shirt for the new season.

Jew Bellingham

  • BVB, central midfielder
  • 31 games, 13 points (8 goals)

Of course, the “Bundesliga player of the 2022/23 season” shouldn’t be in the top eleven either SPOX miss. Bellingham undoubtedly played a large part in BVB’s near-championship.

Probably no one else in the Bundesliga came close to his skills between defensive and offensive. The Englishman has made the famous next step. Now Real Madrid is expected to call.

Julian Brandt

  • BVB, attacking midfielder,
  • 32 games, 17 points (9 goals)

He was already up for grabs in the summer transfer window before Brandt finally exploded and played what was by far his best season in a BVB jersey.

Only towards the end of the season did the international lose something. Others provided for that. Like Donyell Malen, who almost made it in here too. However, Brandt was convincing over a longer period of time.

Jamal Musiala

  • FC Bayern Munich, attacking midfielder
  • 33 games, 25 points (12 goals)

In the second half of the season, Musiala also didn’t show the level that he brought to the pitch week after week in the first half of the season. His golden goal for the championship was not necessarily to be expected, but it makes up for his small slump.

Musiala has finally become the undisputed regular player in Munich. Thomas Müller also knows that, which is why he will probably have to sit on the bench a little more often in the coming season.

Christopher Nkunku

  • RB Leipzig, attacking midfielder
  • 25 games, 22 points (16 goals)

The majority of German football fans cannot imagine what would have happened if Nkunku had been fit for the entire season.

In the decisive phase of the season, the Frenchman gave the impression that he was letting the opposing defense despair on his own with almost every touch of the ball – and he succeeded in a few moments. If he said goodbye, the Bundesliga would lose one of its – if not its – best attackers.

Bundesliga, top eleven – attack: Niclas Füllkrug

  • Werder Bremen, striker
  • 28 games, 21 points (16 goals)

Perhaps the biggest climb of the season. Füllkrug not only shot his way to Germany’s number one striker and went to the World Cup, but also to the top scorer.

Because the 30-year-old was injured in the season finale, he has to share the award with Nkunku. That in no way detracts from his achievements. Nor that he is the top scorer with the weakest yield in history.

Bundesliga, Top XI – Honorable Mentions

  • Gregor Kobel (goalkeeper, Borussia Dortmund), Danilho Doekhi (defender, Union Berlin), Benjamin Pavard (defender, Bayern Munich), Dominik Szoboszlai (midfielder, RB Leipzig), Donyell Malen (attacker, Borussia Dortmund), Moussa Diaby (attacker Bayer Leverkusen, Randal Kolo Muani (attacker, Eintracht Frankfurt)

They all provided good arguments for being in the best eleven of the season. Because a roster usually consists of 18 players, there are only seven players on our bench. That’s why there wasn’t even room for Mitchell Weiser (Werder Bremen), Niklas Süle, Raphaël Guerreiro (both BVB) or Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (FC Bayern).