Five FCB men in ESM team of the season
The reflected glory of Bayern's treble triumph, not to mention the pre-season Supercup, is currently playing out in a slew of rankings published in recent days. No fewer than five FCB stars – Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Dante – have been named in the team of the season selected by European Sports Media (ESM), a network of renowned pan-European newspapers and sports magazines. The Munich stars were joined in the prestige line-up by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale, Giorgio Chiellini and Ilkay Gündogan.
Schweinsteiger rated world class
In the third part of the post-season German football rankings published by authoritative magazine kicker, Bastian Schweinsteiger has been placed in the world-class category and named number one defensive midfielder in the Bundesliga. Team-mate Javi Martinez came third overall in his position with an international class rating.
Spain triumph in dress rehearsal
World and European champions Spain have successfully come through their final warm-up prior to the Confederations Cup, defeating Ireland 2-0 in New York. Roberto Soldado scored on 68 minutes and Juan Mata added the second two minutes from time to wrap it up for Spain, with Javi Martinez not coming off the bench on this occasion. The FCB midfielder and his team-mates open their Confederations Cup campaign against Uruguay next Monday.