Strengths and Weaknesses of Bayern Munich's Bundesliga Title Rivals

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Strengths and Weaknesses of Bayern Munich's Bundesliga Title Rivals
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The 2014-15 Bundesliga season is just weeks away from kicking off, and the question on everyone's mind is whether Bayern Munich can be stopped.

The Bundesliga record champions won the league by 19 points last season and by 25 the year before, their superior class and depth leaving the likes of Dortmund, Schalke and Leverkusen all distant specks in the rear-view mirror.

Hope springs eternal for Bayern's top competitors, though, all of which have have made significant upgrades in the form of depth and, in some cases, to their respective starting lineups.

And with the Bavarians having sent many more players to the World Cup than any other Bundesliga team, the 2014-15 season could be the closest title run-in Germany for several years.

With the new season approaching, B/R takes a close look at Bayern's top four title rivals, Dortmund, Schalke, Leverkusen and Wolfsburg, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each. Click Begin Slideshow for a full analysis.

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