The Bundesliga flop XI of the season

Every season new stars are born, however, there are always a few players who disappoint the fans and the followers of German football by either being not good enough to play in the Bundesliga or by failing to reach the high expectations of the fans ahead of the season. Sometimes a moment can define an entire season of a player. Here’s a look at a starting line up only consisting of flops.

Goalkeeper – Raphael Wolf

The fact that Koen Casteels, who didn’t really strike most Bundesliga fans as a fantastic keeper during his time at Hoffenheim, could replace Wolf in between the sticks and stabilise the defence to a certain degree speaks volumes about Wolf’s performances this season. Only 54% of the shots coming towards Wolf’s goal were kept out by the goalie. On top of that were a few goalkeeping errors reminiscent of slapstick comedy.

Right back – Gotoku Sakai

Once considered to be a promising player, this season has been the worst Sakai has had during his time at VfB Stuttgart. The right back was often times caught on the wrong foot when he had to defend and contributed not an awful lot to the team’s attacking efforts.

Centre back – Georg Niedermeier

Maybe the way he and Sven Ulreich interacted before Schalke’s 1-0 goal on match day 31 is the best moment to describe the sort of season Niedermeier has had. The entire Stuttgart defence has been error prone for most of the season, and the former Bayern player was among the main culprits for Stuttgart’s defensive misery. Oh, and in front of goal things weren’t working better for the 29-year-old.

Centre back – Pavel Krmas

The experienced centre back was on the pitch for the Breisgau Brazilians 22 times this season in league play. 21 of those matches aren’t noteworthy in regards of this list, however, his last match for Christian Streich’s team is going to shape how Freiburg’s fans are going to remember him and this season. Krmas’s catastrophic own goal against Hannover is most certainly going to be a big part of what the fans are going to remember.

Left back – Matthias Ostrzolek

After two brilliant years at Augsburg the 24-year-old left back was considered to be in with an outside shot to get a nomination for German national team during their campaign to qualify for the EUROs in 2016. However, after an abysmal year in Hamburg hell has to freeze over before that is going to happen.

Holding midfield – Rafael van der Vaart

The once hailed crowd favourite has been in dreadful form all season, never really displaying any of the qualities that made him the object of HSV’s fans fantasies. His new role in holding midfield has never really looked like a good fit, as van der Vaart seems out of his depth too many times this season. The only thing the Dutchman has been good at this season is picking up yellow cards.

Holding midfield – Roman Neustädter

The entire Schalke team has pretty struggled for most of the season. How on earth the team managed to end up in 6th spot is still a mystery. Neustädter was one of the players in Di Matteo’s side struggling the most this season. The former German international lacked the passing precision and the spacial awareness that brought him into the national team on too many occasions this season.

Right wing – Roy Beerens

After a promising start with one assist against Werder on match day 1 Beerens struggled to find his form. Four goals and a load of poor performances never saw the Dutchman display any of the qualities he had shown prior coming to Hertha.

Left wing – Ivica Olic

It’s the terrible Rückrunde which puts the Croat on this list. After joining HSV from Wolfsburg the officials at the Volksparkstadion hoped they had secured a player who could support and liven up the attacking displays of the Red Shorts. However, two goals from 16 matches and a host of awful performances saw Olic struggle alongside his new teammates.

Attacking midfield – Mario Götze

The numbers may look good, and Bayern’s officials have defended Götze against the criticism that has been put forward, but there’s little of that the criticism isn’t valid. In his last 13 appearances in the Bundesliga Götze produced only one assist and didn’t score a single goal. Only one of his 9 goals this season has come against an opposition from the top half of the table. When it was time to shine in the Champions League during the knock out stages he went missing most of the times.

Striker – Nicklas Bendtner

Klaus Allofs took a gamble on the Danish striker who could leave Arsenal on a free transfer. Bendtner came with a certain reputation and lived up to it in the media. On the pitch, however, the Dane simply failed to turn up when needed all season. One goal from 18 matches is simply not good enough for a striker who plays for a Champions League side.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 30-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball and on the @AufstiegPod.