On Saturday, Bayern Munich will continue their overbearing battle for this season's Bundesliga title against German minnows Freiburg. The football on show will be of the highest magnitude as Christian Streich's small club do their best to compete with the might of their Bavarian foe in just one of the many spectacles that the Bundesliga will show that day.
Yet among the modern entertainment that is football, there will be some tradition and heart-felt sincerity to the game. Among the two sides on show that day, there will be a number of German players who started at each club and have developed into professional players at the teams they now battle so hard for.
For Bayern these players are all too obvious to most fans. The might of Bastian Schweinsteiger, the passion of Thomas Muller and even the savvy intelligence of Philipp Lahm—these players are all Bayern born and bred and play with plenty of honour for their club.
Yet these players aren't all the Munich side have to offer. Behind the surface of this great club, there are younger, hungrier players just waiting for their chance to shine.
Here are the top five who could break through and step up to the Bayern first team in 2014.