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Bayern Munich World Cup XI Dream Team
In contrast to the other club dream teams, Bayern Munich is dominated by players from its home country, with all except Bixente Lizarazu being German. Indeed it would have been easy to construct an all-German side by moving Paul Breitner to left back and bringing in Michael Ballack to the midfield. But Lazarazu deserves his place and, of course, adds value as a World Cup winner.
The experience throughout the side is exceptional, with 7 players having played over 1,000 minutes and 5 captains in the lineup. Sepp Maier gets the nod in goal ahead of 2002 golden ball winner, Oliver Khan. Philipp Lahm joins Lizarazu at full back, and the back four is completed by the great Franz Beckenbauer and the classy Klaus Augenthaler. Beckenbauer contributes a stunning 5 goals, some from midfield.
All of the midfielders contribute over 1,000 minutes as well as crucial goals. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lothar Matthaus, and Paul Breitner may lack some creativity but present a strong backbone and steely determination.
The front three are proven goalscorers with 27 between them; Thomas Muller on the right, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on the left and Gerd Muller to patrol the six-year box. No other club dream team has a strike force that comes close to the record of this trio. Of all the club dream teams, this Bayern side is the clear leader on playing time, averaging over 1,000 minutes per player and with 42 goals scored.
A broader squad would certainly have had a more international flavour. At the back, Lucio, Martin Demichelis, and Willy Sagnol all have significant World Cup records. In midfield there is competition from Mark van Bommel, Arjen Robben, Owen Hargreaves and Franck Ribery with Paraguay’s Roque Santa Cruz adding to the striking options.
Overall, Bayern Munich players have represented 12 countries in the world cup, although 39 of the 57 players have been German. Only one Bayern player has ever missed in a world cup penalty shoot out, and that was our Frenchman, Lizarazu, whereas 8 have scored.