As the Bundesliga finally wrapped up another wonderful campaign this weekend with Bayern Munich finally lifting their deserved trophy amongst the ultimate relegation of FC Nurnberg and Eintracht Braunschweig, the mood quickly turned to that of contemplation.
As the famous saying goes: "The league table never lies." Yet speculation over who truly accomplished what will echo throughout the summer months until each club can once again take arms and fight over another league campaign to settle old scores.
For now, we'll continue to look back over the season that was and consider just which clubs were the brightest and best, not on the pitch or on the training ground, but in the hostile world of the transfer market.
Who unearthed the next gem of German football? Who picked up the star striker? And who tightened their once-leaky defense?
Here is the best XI of the 2013/14 Bundesliga signings.