Season review: Germany

Another stellar season for FC Bayern München, a farewell to the inimitable Jürgen Klopp and a special campaign for Kevin De Bruyne feature in our review of 2014/15 in Germany.

Bayern were crowned Bundesliga champions for the third year running
Bayern were crowned Bundesliga champions for the third year running ©Getty Images

Champions: FC Bayern München
To say it was no surprise to see Bayern win the Bundesliga for the third year running would be an understatement. The Bavarians have the best – and deepest – squad and led the way from the moment they hit the front on matchday five. Manuel Neuer's new record of 20 league clean sheets speaks for itself. "Just because we have dominated the league in recent years, it should not be taken for granted," said captain Philipp Lahm. "There is hard work behind it; the team deserves this."

Cup final: Borussia Dortmund 1-3 VfL Wolfsburg
It could have been the perfect farewell for Jürgen Klopp in his last game in charge of Dortmund. It looked to be on the cards too when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring, but Luiz Gustavo, Kevin De Bruyne and Bas Dost turned the tables before the break. The Bundesliga runners-up stood firm to earn coach Dieter Hecking his maiden major trophy. "At the start, we were lacking Dortmund's experience in finals," he said. "But in the end, Dortmund were beaten by a slightly better team."

European places*
FC Bayern München – UEFA Champions League group stage
VfL Wolfsburg – UEFA Champions League group stage
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach – UEFA Champions League group stage
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – UEFA Champions League play-offs
FC Augsburg – UEFA Europa League group stage
FC Schalke 04 – UEFA Europa League group stage
Borussia Dortmund – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round

*subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne
Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne©AFP/Getty Images

Player of the year: Kevin De Bruyne (VfL Wolfsburg)
The young Belgium playmaker returned to the Bundesliga last summer from Chelsea FC, where he had struggled for first-team opportunities. The reported fee of €25m has certainly been justified, his market value now markedly higher. With 16 goals and 28 assists in all competitions to his name, it was no surprise he got more than 50% of the votes in the players' player of the season awards.

One to watch: Johannes Geis (1. FSV Mainz 05)
In his second season at Mainz, the 21-year-old central midfielder was once more a key player for his side. Besides his outstanding vision, he has also added more of a goal threat to his game. Geis, on Germany coach Joachim Löw's radar, is being linked with a number of clubs including BVB, who next season will be coached by former Mainz trainer Thomas Tuchel.

Leading scorer: Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt) – 19 goals

Relegated: SC Freiburg, SC Paderborn 07

Promoted: FC Ingolstadt 04, SV Darmstadt 98