2013 was an historic year for German football. For the first time, the Champions League final featured two German contestants: Borussia Dortmund and winners Bayern Munich. Later in the year and also for the first time, four Bundesliga teams were represented in the Champions League group stage: All four (the previous finalists as well as Schalke and Leverkusen) advanced.
On the domestic stage, Bayern set record after record, going undefeated and taking an unprecedented 93 points. But although the Bavarians can boast having many of the league's brightest stars in their ranks, there are many others who stood out—even from smaller clubs.
Click "Begin Slideshow" for a countdown of the top 25 Bundesliga players of 2013, beginning with No. 25. Criteria are performance in all competitions for club and country with an emphasis on the matches that matter most, taking into account the significance of a player's performance for the team's overall success.