Picking a Bundesliga Best XI Without Bayern Munich and Dortmund Players

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Picking a Bundesliga Best XI Without Bayern Munich and Dortmund Players
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With the true extent of Bundesliga strength still firmly in the mind after last season's Champions League Final showdown between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the German top league has never basked so comfortably in the limelight of World football. 

With goals, delightful youth prospects and some of the best coaches in the world, the Bundesliga can finally regard itself as one of the top dogs in European football. Yet, how far down does that success really go?

Amidst the praise that has justifiably fallen on the league, the one criticism that is often brought up surrounds just how much depth this division really has. Is it simply a two-horse race?

To tackle such accusations head on, we've put together a starting XI of formidable players throughout the German Bundesliga who don't ply their trade in the yellow of Dortmund or the dark red of Bayern. 

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