Continuation of “kicker’s” player rankings for the first half…
The real rise has been Bayern’s Brazilian defender Dante, coming over from Gladbach, making a huge impact. He managed to edge out Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, one of Germany’s bright young stars.
Bayern’s international Holger Badstuber was often played out of position, and then went down with an injury, so he’s disappeared from the list.
Philip Lahm still remains the premier defender, but the Germany captain had a so-so Euro, and isn’t World Class like he might have been a couple of years ago.
Leverkusen has done very well, rebuilding their defense and getting value for their money. Wollscheid, Toprak and Carvajal have started to make names for themselves.
INSIDE DEFENDERS World Class (none) International Class: 1. Dante (Bayern München) 2. Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) In wider circle: 3. Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke) 4. Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) 5. Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen) 6. Timm Klose (1. FC Nürnberg) 7. Ömer Toprak (Bayer Leverkusen) 8. Martin Stranzl (Borussia M'gladbach) 9. Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Schalke) 10. Jerome Boateng (Bayern München) OUTSIDE DEFENDERS World Class (none) International Class: 1. Philip Lahm (Bayern München) In wider circle: 2. Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) 3. Daniel Carvajal (Bayer Leverkusen) 4. Sebastian Jung (Eintracht Frankfurt) 5. Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund) 6. David Alaba (Bayern München) 7. Bastian Oczipka (Eintracht Frankfurt)