Bundesliga 2012 Awards: Best Player, Best Coach, Best Newcomer and More

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Bundesliga 2012 Awards: Best Player, Best Coach, Best Newcomer and More
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The 2012 calendar year was one for the record books in German football. In May, Dortmund won the Bundesliga with a record-setting 81 points. More recently, three German teams—Dortmund, Bayern and Schalke—qualified for the Champions League knockout rounds, a first in the history of the tournament's modern form.

Indeed, German football has been on the rise for several years, and it made great strides in 2012. Today we look back on the calendar year and honor the superlatives in the Bundesliga—the best coach, the best player, the best goal—and give recognition to the runners-up.

Note that all awards are given based on performance in the Bundesliga, not the Champions League, DFB-Pokal or international competition, and that honorable mentions will be made in alphabetical order by surname, not in order of merit.

Without further ado, click "next slide" for a rundown of the Bundesliga's best of 2012.

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