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Bayern Munich captain and two-time FIFA FIFPro World XI award winner Philipp Lahm kicked off voting in Germany for the World XI. Hundreds of players around the country followed his example. 

With World Cup winner Germany as the country to beat in next year’s European championship and four Bundesliga teams competing in this season’s Champions League, it is clear why footballers from and in Germany find themselves among the favorites to make the 2015 World XI.

In 2014, Lahm, Toni Kroos and Manuel Neuer were voted in the World XI after winning the World Cup, while Bayern’s Dutch winger Arjen Robben was another German based player in this team.

On Wednesday, Bayern once again demonstrated its power, crushing Arsenal 5-1 with goals from Robben, and three other players having an outstanding year, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller and David Alaba.

Taking all this into consideration, the question seems not if German (based) players will make the 2015 World XI, but how many and who?

Up to 1,000 players from the professional leagues in Germany, from Eintracht Braunschweig to Borussia Dortmund, from Erzgebirge Aue to Bayer Leverkusen, and from Sankt Pauli to Bayern Munich, have composed their personal World XI, as part of the expected 25,000 votes worldwide.


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Philipp Lahm (Bayern), Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen), Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Ömer Toprak (Bayer),
Timo Horn (FC Köln), Kevin Kampl (Bayer), Simon Terodde and Andreas Luthe (Vfl Bochum) and Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia)