The new European season is closing in. In roughly a month, depending on the nation, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and the rest of the continent's powerhouses will be restarting domestic competition as they seek even better results than in 2012-13.
Every top side, moreover, will have one eye on the jewel in the European crown; glory in the Champions League, which was lifted by Jupp Heynckes' all-conquering outfit in May of this year.
But who is looking strong for the coming 12 months? Who has improved on a winning formula, and who has taken a few steps backwards so far in the preseason period?
Starting with Die Roten of Bavaria, here are the 10 best teams hoping for success in 2013-14.