Tracking Bayern Munich Player Performance in World Cup Group Stage

Clark WhitneyFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2014

Tracking Bayern Munich Player Performance in World Cup Group Stage

0 of 14

    Associated Press

    Bayern Munich are tied with Manchester United as the most represented football club at the 2014 World Cup, with 14 players among the German champions' ranks taking part at the tournament in Brazil.

    The Bavarians are well-known for their strong influence in Joachim Low's Nationalmannschaft, with Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Jerome Boateng in their ranks.

    Dante (Brazil), Daniel van Buyten (Belgium), Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Javi Martinez (Spain), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) and Julian Green (USA) also ply their trade at Bayern and are competing for glory in Brazil.

    B/R will be tracking the performance of every Bayern player at the World Cup throughout the group stage, with individual updates and stats courtesy of FIFA after each match. Be sure to check back here for regular updates.

Daniel Van Buyten (Belgium)

1 of 14

    Ian Walton/Getty Images

    Thursday, June 26

    South Korea 0-1 Belgium

    Minutes Played: 90

    Recovered Balls: 7

    Tackles: 0

    Belgium had to play with 10 men for half of their final group stage match against South Korea, but that didn't stop them from keeping a clean sheet. Daniel van Buyten was at the center of defense throughout the match, his experience ensuring the result.

    Van Buyten occasionally struggled for pace when dealing with some of the quicker Korean attackers, but his performance overall was exemplary especially given his age. Having conceded just one goal in the group stage, the Belgians look as good in defense as any other World Cup team.

     

     

    Sunday, June 22

    Belgium 1-0 Russia

    Minutes Played: 90

    Fouls Committed: 0

    Clearances Attempted/Completed: 5/5

    Daniel van Buyten had a decent opening game against Algeria but was more convincing against Russia on Sunday. The veteran lacked pace to deal with Aleksandr Kokorin, but nonetheless seemed not to be bothered by the speedy forward. Van Buyten's anticipation and instincts seemed to make the difference, and he formed a strong partnership with Vincent Kompany.

     

    Tuesday, June 17

    Belgium 2-1 Algeria

    Minutes Played: 90

    Shots: 2

    Fouls Committed: 1

    Clearances Attempted/Completed: 5/5

    The eldest player on one of the youngest teams at the World Cup, 36-year-old Van Buyten was named to Belgium's starting lineup to face Algeria. He only made 12 Bundesliga appearances in 2013-14 but looked generally prepared for the task at hand despite some shaky moments.

    Van Buyten was by no means at fault for the goal Algeria scored, which came from a penalty conceded by Jan Vertonghen. And in general, the Bayern center-back did not come under very much pressure.

Thomas Muller (Germany)

2 of 14

    Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

    Thursday, June 26

    USA 0-1 Germany

    Minutes Played: 90

    Goals: 1

    Shots: 2

    Muller rounded off a strong overall showing in the group stage with a match-winning performance against the United States. The forward was denied by a couple excellent tackles by Omar Gonzalez and only had the chance to make two attempts on goal. But he scored with one of those, a precise strike from the edge of the penalty box that made the difference in the Germans' 1-0 victory.

    Muller's fourth goal of the tournament was his ninth overall in World Cup play, making him at the age of 24 already one of the most prolific scorers in the tournament's history.

     

    Saturday, June 21

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Minutes Played: 90

    Assists: 1

    Shots: 1

    Distance Covered: 12224m

    Sprints: 63

    After his brilliant opener against Portugal, Thomas Muller struggled against Ghana. Used as a center forward until Miroslav Klose's late introduction, the Bayern man struggled to break free of the Black Stars' defense. He did on one occasion, but a last-ditch tackle denied him just as he released his shot.

    Muller did, however, manage to have a lasting impression on the game in one instance. His assist to Mario Gotze for Germany's opener was an absolutely inch-perfect cross. And the forward gave everything he had to Germany's cause, covering more distance and sprinting more than any player on the pitch.

     

    Monday, June 16

    Germany 4-0 Portugal

    Minutes Played: 84

    Goals: 3

    Shots: 4

    High Activity Time Spent: 13%

    Thomas Muller took a big step towards retaining the World Cup Golden Boot award he won in 2010 as he scored the 49th hat trick in the history of the tournament. His goals were the first, third and fourth in a rout of a Portugal side that had been seen as favorites to compete with the Mannschaft for first place in their group.

    Each of Muller's three goals (a perfectly-executed penalty, a quickly-taken shot after a blocked clearance and a tap-in at the goal mouth) had Muller's distinctive signature. A player who not only scored but did everything he could to bring his teammates into the game, the 24-year-old more than proved himself as the right man to lead the German attack line.

Philipp Lahm (Germany)

3 of 14

    Pool/Getty Images

    Thursday, June 26

    USA 0-1 Germany

    Minutes Played: 90

    Passes Completed: 110

    Recovered Balls: 4

    After two games in which his performance left some doubts among the Germany faithful, Philipp Lahm showed his best form against the United States. His pass completion rate was impressive, but it was the actions he made rather than his numbers that impressed most.

    Lahm was sharper in evading defenders while in possession and, critically, made a block at the death that saved Germany from behind held to a draw. Overall, it was much better from the captain.

     

    Saturday, June 21

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Minutes Played: 90

    Passes Completed/Attempted: 75/86

    Tackles Suffered Not Losing the Ball: 2

    After a decent but not sharp performance against Portugal, Philipp Lahm had a shocker against Ghana. He carelessly conceded possession in the play leading up to the Black Stars' go-ahead goal, a very rare but very costly error.

    Otherwise, Lahm looked generally overrun by a larger, stronger and faster Ghanaian midfield. He seems to still be some distance away from making a full recovery from a foot injury sustained in May.

     

    Monday, June 16

    Germany 4-0 Portugal

    Minutes Played: 90

    Shots: 1

    Passes: 67

    Captain Philipp Lahm put in a generally good performance in a rather quiet role as Germany's deepest midfielder. He organized play in midfield, playing behind Kroos and Sami Khedira, who respectively provided distribution going forward and piercing runs from deep areas.

    The one glaring error in Lahm's game was when he was dispossessed in his own half by Miguel Veloso in the first half. And there were times when his diminutive size looked to be a concern against the Portuguese counterattack. But the Seleccao couldn't capitalize and Lahm's lasting impression on the game was a positive one.

Toni Kroos (Germany)

4 of 14

    Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

    Thursday, June 26

    USA 0-1 Germany

    Minutes Played: 90

    Passes Completed: 105

    Shots: 2

    Toni Kroos played the full 90 minutes for a third consecutive game on Thursday, his omnipresence underlining just how valuable he is to Joachim Low and his Germany team.

    The 24-year-old was not the deliverer of any lethal passes as he has been in recent games, but put in a good chift as the conductor of the German midfield. Kroos dug himself in, played with unusual grit and was near-perfect with the ball at his feet.

     

    Saturday, June 21

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Minutes Played: 90

    Shots: 3

    Passes Completed/Attempted: 86/106

    Toni Kroos was probably Germany's best midfielder along with Mesut Ozil on Saturday, but the central conductor could not orchestrate a victory for the Mannschaft. He was always excellent from set pieces, one of which led to Miroslav Klose's equalizer.

    Kroos took more risks than usual, attempting more passes over long distance and trying to thread the ball through the Ghanaian defense. He nearly set up a winner for Thomas Muller, but was thwarted by a superb tackle.

     

    Monday, June 16

    Germany 4-0 Portugal

    Minutes Played: 94

    Assists: 2

    Passes: 69

    Distance Covered: 11701m

    Toni Kroos was one of Germany's best players against Portugal, along with Muller and Mats Hummels. Per FIFA, The central midfielder completed more passes (69) than any player on the pitch and more over a long distance than any non-defender.

    Kroos' delivery from set pieces was excellent and it was his cross that assisted Mats Hummels' goal to double Germany's lead in the first half. After riding the bench in the 2010 World Cup and at Euro 2012, he more than justified his inclusion as a starter in the Portugal match.

Manuel Neuer (Germany)

5 of 14

    Stu Forster/Getty Images

    Thursday, June 26

    USA 0-1 Germany

    Minutes Played: 90

    Saves: 0

    Manuel Neuer went almost completely untested by a USA side that lacked a recognized center forward. The most exciting moments of the game for the goalkeeper were those in which he came out of his box to play the ball. He took some risks but was not found guilty of being over-confident; whenever he showed the ball to an American attacker he managed to clear it to safety before conceding possession.

     

    Saturday, June 21

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Minutes Played: 90

    Saves: 5

    Manuel Neuer conceded his first two goals of the World Cup on Saturday, but neither was one for which he could be justifiably faulted.

    The goalkeeper was not flawless by any means; he actually flapped at a cross in the second half that nearly resulted in catastrophe for the Germans. He did, on the other hand, make several saves from long-ranged efforts that made it possible for the Mannschaft to nip a point.

     

    Monday, June 16

    Germany 4-0 Portugal

    Minutes Played: 90

    Saves: 4

    Sprints: 6

    On the whole, Manuel Neuer had a relatively easy day in goal for a Germany side that conceded precious few opportunities to Portugal. But the goalkeeper was not without responsibility.

    Neuer did well to deny Nani's low strike in the second half as well as a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick at the death. It's easy to write off Germany's win as a blow-out, but a lack of concentration from the Bayern man could have marred what was instead a comprehensive victory.

Jerome Boateng (Germany)

6 of 14

    Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

    Thursday, June 26

    USA 0-1 Germany

    Minutes Played: 90

    Passes Completed: 59

    Tackles: 2

    Jerome Boateng had perhaps his least convincing game of the group stage against a United States team that aimed to attack the German defense down the wings.

    The natural center-back got forward to cross several times early in the game, but at the back he showed a lack of agility in dealing with Graham Zusi and overlapping full-back DaMarcus Beasley, who got away from him a couple times.

     

    Saturday, June 21

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Minutes Played: 45

    Deliveries/Solo Runs Into the Final Third: 5

    Jerome Boateng had to be withdrawn at half-time of Germany's 2-2 draw with Ghana due to muscular problems. At the time of his substitution, the score was still 0-0.

    The match was a disappointment for Boateng due to his early replacement, but the fact that Germany went on to concede twice in his absence speaks well for the quality he provided on the right of defense.

     

    Monday, June 16

    Germany 4-0 Portugal

    Minutes Played: 94

    Tackles Won: 1

    Tackles Lost: 0

    Deliveries/Solo Runs Into the Penalty Area: 2

    Jerome Boateng may be most at home in the center of defense, but he played a great shift at right-back against Portugal, stifling Cristiano Ronaldo for 73 minutes before moving to a central role as Mats Hummels made way for Shkodran Mustafi.

    Ronaldo was never a direct threat on goal from free play and rarely found himself free of Boateng. The German defender actually managed to get forward on a few occasions, exploiting space behind the Portugal captain.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)

7 of 14

    Stu Forster/Getty Images

    Thursday, June 26

    USA 0-1 Germany

    Minutes Played: 14

    Passes Completed: 11

    Shots: 0

    Mario Gotze was exhausted after the Ghana match and accordingly was given a rest for most of Germany’s encounter with the USA. He came on for Bastian Schweinsteiger with 14 minutes left to play and added another option in the German attack, but didn’t quite manage to turn opportunity into end product.

     

    Thursday, June 26

    USA 0-1 Germany

    Minutes Played: 76

    Passes Completed: 76

    Shots: 1

    Tackles: 5

    Recovered Balls: 3

    Bastian Schweinsteiger earned his first start in Germany’s final match of the group stage, deputizing for Sami Khedira. The vice-captain was instrumental in keeping the play under control in the center of the park. He slowed the pace of the game and fought relentlessly for the ball, on numerous occasion being the victim of a nasty challenge.

    Schweinsteiger was only fit for 76 minutes and was withdrawn for the final quarter hour. Heading into the knockout stage, one of the biggest question marks concerning Joachim Low’s side is whether Schweinsteiger will retain his starting spot, and if so, who he will replace.

     

    Saturday, June 21

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Minutes Played: 20

    Shots: 2

    Passes Completed/Attempted: 26/28

    After spending 90 minutes on the bench against Portugal, Bastian Schweinsteiger came on as a substitute against Ghana. The vice-captain has been injured as of late and perhaps had lost the faith of Joachim Low, but the trainer may think again after the 29-year-olds positive display in his 20-minute appearance off the bench.

    Schweinsteiger replaced the ineffective Sami Khedira, who seemed to struggle with the hot and humid conditions on the pitch. His substitute was much more assured on the ball and at least equally fit to handle a physical Ghanaian side. Schweinsteiger could see himself play an increased role for Germany in the games to come.

     

    Monday, June 16

    Germany 4-0 Portugal

    Minutes Played: 0

    The Bayern player who probably had the least joy among his club teammates in Germany's win on Tuesday was Bastian Schweinsteiger. The midfielder, who has been struggling with a knee injury as of late, sat on the bench for the full 90 minutes as Low preferred to start Lahm, Kroos and Sami Khedira in what amounted to a very functional midfield. Schweinsteiger may indeed find it difficult to make his way back into the Germany XI after Monday's performance.

Mario Gotze (Germany)

8 of 14

    Felice Calabro'/Associated Press

    Saturday, June 21

    Germany 2-2 Ghana

    Minutes Played: 70

    Goals: 1

    Shots: 2

    High Activity Time Spent: 15%

    Mario Gotze gave every bit of effort he could muster against Ghana, but it wasn't enough for Germany to claim three points. Despite his not-quite-forward-like stature, he managed to slip between the Black Stars' center-backs to nod a cross off his knee and into the net for Germany's opener. But he was later substituted, exhausted, on 70 minutes.

    Gotze fought hard, spending more (15 percent) of the game in "high intensity" activity than any of his teammates. But in the end, he was only able to slip through the opposing defense on one occasion, his modest stature proving to be a liability.

     

    Monday, June 16

    Germany 4-0 Portugal

    Minutes Played: 94

    Shots: 4

    Distance Covered: 11601m

    Mario Gotze was somewhat of a surprise starter but played his best game for Germany in quite some time. The versatile attacker won the penalty that put the Mannschaft in full control and was unlucky to be denied on two occasions by last-ditch tackles.

    Gotze drifted into and out of the game periodically, but he showed up when it mattered most. At this stage, Mesut Ozil looks the more likely player among the front three to be dropped should Low decide to make a change.

Julian Green (USA)

9 of 14

    Julio Cortez/Associated Press

    Thursday, June 26

    USA 0-1 Germany

    Minutes Played: 0

    Julian Green ended the group stage without making even a single appearance on the pitch. He will be disappointed, but perhaps opportunity will beckon in the knockout rounds.

     

    Sunday, June 22

    USA 2-2 Portugal

    Minutes Played: 0

    Julian Green missed out on the action for a second consecutive game on Sunday, watching from the bench as the USA nearly edged Portugal to three points before ultimately being held to a draw.

     

    Monday, June 16

    Ghana 1-2 USA

    Minutes Played: 0

    Green was forced to settle for a cheerleading role in Monday's 2-1 win for the United States over Ghana. The Bayern reserve spent 90 minutes on the bench. His fortunes could soon reverse, however, given that Jozy Altidore was forced off early in the match with a hamstring injury that could see him miss the rest of the tournament.

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

10 of 14

    Martin Mejia/Associated Press

    Wednesday, June 25

    Honduras 0-3 Switzerland

    Minutes Played: 87

    Goals: 3

    Shots: 7

    Passes Completed: 30

    Shaqiri netted a magnificent hat-trick for Switzerland, lifting them to victory over Honduras and into the World Cup round of 16. The 22-year-old's opener was a stunning left-footed strike from about 26 meters. His second and third were good finishes from a central position, each set up by Josip Drmic playing the ball from the left wing.

    Shaqiri was rarely used for Bayern Munich last season, but Pep Guardiola may reconsider the winger's role after his heroic performance on the big stage.

     

    Friday, June 20

    Switzerland 2-5 France

    Minutes Played: 90

    Shots: 4

    Deliveries/Solo Runs Into the Attacking Third: 4

    Deliveries/Solo Runs Into the Penalty Area: 2

    Switzerland suffered a catastrophic meltdown in their second group stage game, against France. Ottmar Hitzfeld's side went 5-0 down before claiming two late consolation goals, but the match never really was a contest after Les Bleus went 2-0 ahead early on.

    Shaqiri had a generally good game and was often able to slip into space between the French defenders. The problem was, he lacked end product. When he got the ball in a dangerous area he was either too hesitant to pass or shoot, and when he did shoot, he was either off target or denied by Hugo Lloris. Switzerland's final group stage match will be key for Shaqiri if he is to increase his stock ahead of a possible departure from Bayern this summer.

     

    Sunday, June 15

    Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador

    Minutes Played: 90

    Shots: 6

    Deliveries/Solo Runs Into the Attacking Third: 8

    Deliveries/Solo Runs Into the Penalty Area: 3

    Shaqiri played the full 90 minutes for Switzerland on Sunday in a match the European side won at the death over Ecuador. The Bayern man did not play a part in either of his team's two goals and was not exactly at his sharpest, his set-piece delivery in particular leaving something to be desired.

    Shaqiri forced a good save in the early stages of the match and later punctuated a counterattack with a strong shot into the side-netting. He'll need to pick up his game a bit in the coming days, but his performance on Sunday was a decent start.

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia)

11 of 14

    Christopher Lee/Getty Images

    Monday, June 23

    Croatia 1-3 Mexico

    Minutes Played: 90

    Shots: 0

    Passes Completed: 12

    Top Speed: 30.2 km/h

    Mandzukic ended the group stage on a low note, failing to have any impact on proceedings as Croatia were beaten handily by Mexico and eliminated from the tournament.

    The towering striker was an isolated figure at the focal point of the Croatian attack; he didn't even make an attempt on goal over the course of the 90 minutes and rarely received the ball. Croatia sorely missed his influence, which was a real difference-maker in their one win of the World Cup, against Cameroon.

     

    Wednesday, June 18

    Cameroon 0-4 Croatia

    Minutes Played: 90

    Goals: 2

    Shots: 4

    Offside: 2

    Mandzukic showed fans exactly what they were missing out on in Croatia's opener as he played an outstanding game against Cameroon. The striker, who came to international prominence for his heroics at Euro 2012, further bolstered his reputation as a huge factor for Croatia's success, scoring twice in the comfortable win.

    Mandzukic was at the center of most every significant play for Croatia. He fielded the cross that set up the assist for Ivica Olic's opener, then was at the receiving end of a bad off-ball foul by Alex Song that saw the midfielder dismissed. After Croatia went 2-0 up he added a brace, nodding in from a corner before tapping home a rebound.

     

    Thursday, June 12

    Brazil 3-1 Croatia

    Minutes Played: 0

    Mario Mandzukic missed Croatia's 3-1 loss to Brazil on Thursday due to suspension for a red card earned in the World Cup playoff against Iceland last fall. The center forward's presence in the box and as a pressing factor was sorely missed. He'll be back in action against Cameroon next Thursday.

Dante (Brazil)

12 of 14

    Buda Mendes/Getty Images

    Monday, June 23

    Cameroon 1-4 Brazil

    Minutes Played: 0

    Dante ended the group stage campaign having played precisely 0 minutes; against Cameroon he was once again on the bench. Brazil conceded once, leaving their tally at a formidable two goals allowed in three games. It appears that if Dante will play at all at the World Cup, he'll need at least one of David Luiz and Thiago Silva to be unavailable to play.

     

    Tuesday, June 17

    Brazil 0-0 Mexico

    Minutes Played: 0

    On Tuesday, for a second consecutive game, Dante played precisely 0 minutes for Brazil. Luiz Felipe Scolari continued to keep faith with his pairing of Thiago Silva and David Luiz in central defense, leaving no room for the Bayern man in his lineup. And given that the hosts still have only conceded one goal in two matches, it may be very difficult for Dante to find his way into the lineup.

     

    Thursday, June 12

    Brazil 3-1 Croatia

    Minutes Played: 0

    Brazil won their group stage opener 3-1 against Croatia on Thursday, but the celebration was somewhat dampened for Dante. The veteran spent 90 minutes on the bench as Thiago Silva and David Luiz were preferred by Luiz Felipe Scolari in central defense.

Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

13 of 14

    Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    Monday, June 23

    Netherlands 2-0 Chile

    Minutes Played: 90

    Assists: 1

    Shots: 3

    Tackles Suffered Losing/Not Losing the Ball: 1/4

     

    Robben captained the Netherlands to a first place finish in Group B on Monday; the Dutch pipped Chile to top spot in their group with a convincing win.

    Individually, Robben had a very good game. Although he was unable to get on the score sheet himself, he played a role in the opener and set up the second with an excellent run and unselfish cross. At this point, the mercurial winger is perhaps the top candidate for the tournament's Golden Ball award.

     

    Wednesday, June 18

    Australia 2-3 Netherlands

    Minutes Played: 90

    Goals: 1

    Shots: 5

    Sprints: 54

    Robben took the Australia game by the horns on Wednesday and netted a fantastic goal on 20 minutes to put the Dutch ahead. They would later go behind before ultimately winning 3-2.

    Robben looked dangerous after his goal but would need help from his teammates for the Dutch to secure their victory. It was an excellent performance from the Bayern man, just not quite as brilliant as his showing against Spain. However, he is now the tournament's joint-top scorer and well known to be capable of anything. After two group stage matches, Robben is absolutely an early contender for the Golden Ball.

     

    Friday, June 13

    Spain 1-5 Netherlands

    Minutes Played: 90

    Goals: 2

    Shots:
    3

    Sprints:
    64

    Robben was the first Bayern man to actually play at the World Cup, and the Dutchman gave a huge performance in Friday's 5-1 rout of Spain.

    The 30-year-old winger, who famously failed to capitalize on his chances to score against the title holders in the 2010 World Cup final, made up for previous mistakes as he clinically scored the go-ahead goal to make it 2-1 and added a late fifth to complete Spain's humiliation.

    Thanks to his brace, Robben ended his first match as the tournament's joint-top scorer alongside Neymar and teammate Robin van Persie.

Javi Martinez (Spain)

14 of 14

    Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    Monday, June 23

    Australia 0-3 Spain

    Minutes Played: 0

    Javi Martinez sat out of Spain's final group stage game against Australia as Vicente del Bosque rotated his squad and played a large number of reserves in a fixture that was for nothing more than pride. Spain won, but the result was dampened by the fact that La Furia Roja had been eliminated from the tournament after two games.

     

    Wednesday, June 18

    Spain 0-2 Chile

    Minutes Played: 90

    Tackles: 1

    Passes Completed: 45

    Martinez replaced Gerard Pique and played his first 90 minutes of the World Cup against Chile, but the result for Spain was no different from in the opener. A 2-0 loss saw La Furia Roja become the first defending team in World Cup history to be eliminated after losing their first two matches.

     The decision to bring in Martinez was an emergency measure and looked just that. The Bayern man never appeared to have much of a partnership with Sergio Ramos and appeared to struggle with the movement of the dynamic and lightning-quick Chilean counterattacking forwards.

     

    Friday, June 13

    Spain 1-5 Netherlands

    Minutes Played: 0

    Martinez had to endure the worst of starts to his World Cup campaign, watching from the bench as his Spain side lost 5-1 to the Netherlands in their opener.

    La Furia Roja had previously been known for their rock-solid defensive record, stemming from a strong presence in defensive midfield. The defending World and two-time defending European champions had conceded three goals in their last 16 games at major international tournaments but completely fell apart on Friday.

    If there is any silver lining for Martinez, it is that the magnitude of defeat should make Vicente del Bosque consider giving the Bayern man the opportunity to play in the coming games.