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The best leagues in the world - Part four

Germany's Bundesliga wins the race for fourth spot in Total Football's best leagues in the world rankings. France's Ligue 1 along with Holland's Eredivisie will be battling it out with America's MLS for fifth spot, before lesser known leagues are covered. Borussia Dortmund are hot favourites for the Bundesliga title with four games left and have a big advantage over Bayern Munich following their 1-0 victory, after Arjen Robben missed a late penalty.

NAME: Bundesliga

RANKING: #4

COUNTRY: Germany

NUMBER OF TEAMS: 18

BEST THREE PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE

1. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich – 17 goals – 7 assists

2. Mario Gomez – Bayern Munich – 38 goals – 4 assists

3. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich – 14 goals – 16 assists

CURRENT LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Borussia Dortmund – 4 time champions – Manager: Jurgen Klopp

LIKELY LEAGUE WINNERS THIS SEASON

Borussia Dortmund – 1st – 69 points

Bayern Munich – 2nd – 63 points

BEST THREE CLUBS IN THE LEAGUE

1. Bayern Munich – 2nd – Jupp Heynckes

2. Borussia Dortmund – 1st – Jurgen Klopp

3. Schalke – 3rd – Huub Stevens

MAIN STRENGTHS

• Surprise package teams

• Youth development

• Young players striving in first team squads

• High goal-scorers

• Exciting football

WEAKNESSES

• Managers sacked early

• Aggressive games

• Kaiserslautern no win in 20 games

MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYERS

1. Amoroso – Parma to Dortmund - €25,600,000

2. Roy Makaay – Deportivo to Bayern Munich - €17,800,000

3. Tomas Rosicky – Sparta Prague to Dortmund - €14,800,000

BEST HOME GROWN PLAYERS

1. Mario Gomez – Bayern Munich – 38 goals – 4 assists

2. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich – 4 goals – 5 assists

3. Michael Ballack – Bayer Leverkusen – 3 goals – 3 assists

BEST UP AND COMING PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE

1. Mario Gotze – Borussia Dortmund – 5 goals – 7 assists – 19 years old

2. Marco Reus – Borussia Mochengladbach – 19 goals – 7 assists – 22 years old

3. Julian Draxler – Schalke – 1 goals – 3 assists

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By Marcus Banks

Upon completion of the top five leagues, more lesser known leagues will be featured including the Australian, Welsh and Norwegian leagues and the MLS


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