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F 27 18 28 14 20 15 13 17 23 16 14 10 12 13 10 6 4 4 A 8 13 14 10 14 11 11 19 16 11 15 14 17 16 18 21 14 22 GD 19 5 14 4 6 4 2 -2 7 5 -1 -4 -5 -3 -8 -15 -10 -18 Pts 26 22 20 20 19 18 18 18 16 16 14 13 12 11 10 8 5 2 WHILE THE Bun­desliga is renowned for giv­ing lo­cal play­ers the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ents, there can be no deny­ing the in­flu­ence of for­eign­ers on Germany’s top flight league.

Over the years, the clubs in Germany have sought the silky tal­ents of play­ers from dif­fer­ent parts of the world to spice up their line-ups.

In par­tic­u­lar, play­ers from Latin Amer­ica and Spain have been shap­ing the Bun­desliga for decades. Here are some of the greats as­sem­bled into our team – in a 3-4-3 for­ma­tion – of legends. Faryd Mo­dragon (Cologne) He was a mix of ge­nius and in­san­ity. The Colom­bian was pro­moted to the Bun­desliga with Cologne in 2008 and two years later was the old­est player in the league at 39. Javier Pi­nola (Nurn­berg) On the left side of de­fence is a club legend. Pi­nola suf­fered highs and lows with the Bavar­ian side, be­ing rel­e­gated twice. How­ever, his great­est suc­cess was the 2007 Ger­man Cup. Lu­cio (Bayer Lev­erkusen/Bay­ern Mu­nich) Along­side Pi­nola is Lu­cio. A phys­i­cal de­fender and a key per­former for Lev­erkusen and later Bay­ern. He was an im­pass­able ob­ject for strik­ers and al­ways a con­stant threat go­ing for­ward. Martin Demiche­lis (Bay­ern Mu­nich) Demiche­lis com­pletes the three-man back line. The Ar­gen­tine of­ten op­er­ated in the shad­ows. Dur­ing seven years with Bay­ern he lifted the Bun­desliga ti­tle four times. Ze Roberto (Lev­erkusen/Bay­ern) The mid­field is led by a Brazil­ian with more Bun­desliga ap­pear­ances than any other with a to­tal of 336 games in the league. Dur­ing six years in Mu­nich, he lifted the Bun­desliga ti­tle four times. Pavel Pardo (Stuttgart) Pardo starred in Stuttgart’s 2004 ti­tle tri­umph. The first Mex­i­can in the Bun­desliga went on to cap­tain Stuttgart and will al­ways be re­mem­bered as El Jefe – The Boss. Xabi Alonso (Bay­ern) World and Euro­pean cham­pion Xabi Alonso ar­rived at Bay­ern as a global star and im­me­di­ately be­came a leader on the pitch. Three Bun­desliga ti­tles in three years show he was a born win­ner. Juan Arango (Glad­bach) Less suc­cess- ful but just as spec­tac­u­lar – Venezuela’s Arango en­ter­tained Glad­bach fans with his left foot alone. Arango played his part in turn­ing Glad­bach from rel­e­ga­tion to Cham­pi­ons League can­di­dates. Gio­vane El­ber (Bay­ern) El­ber was al­ways fight­ing for ti­tles. A goalscorer who could do ev­ery­thing on the pitch, he was a Bun­desliga win­ner, the league’s top scorer and a joker both on and off the pitch. Raul (Schalke) Raul Gon­za­les Blanco ar­rived a Real Madrid legend and en­riched both Schalke and the Bun­desliga. His 2011 goal of the year will en­sure he’s al­ways re­mem­bered. Clau­dio Pizarro (Bre­men/Bay­ern) Our Latin XI is com­pleted, of course, by Pizarro, the high­est scor­ing non-Ger­man in Bun­desliga his­tory. A ti­tle win­ner at Bay­ern, a legend at Werder Bre­men.

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