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FIFA announce FIFPro World XI ‘Team of the Year’

Jan 13, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

FIFA have revealed the FIFPro World XI ‘Team of the Year':

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich
Defender: Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich
Defender: Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
Defender: Thiago Silva – PSG
Defender: Dani Alves – FC Barcelona
Midfielder: Andres Iniesta – FC Barcelona
Midfielder: Xavi Hernandez – FC Barcelona
Midfielder: Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrd
Forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG
Forward: Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona

As noted in an earlier post whereby the World XI team was leaked by a photo, the ‘Team of the Year’ is made up of players from only four clubs: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The World XI features seven nationalities: Spain 3, Brazil 2, Germany 2, Argentina, France, Portugal, Sweden.

  1. herogoesallin - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    NO ONE….NO ONE from the english premiere league… I TOLD YOU GUYS THE LAST 2 YEARS. THE ENGLISH LEAGUE IS ONLY 2nd TIER IN THE SOCCER WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!

    • robotpandainspace - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      You’re honestly joking right? Its a pretty bold statement to make but I would go as far as to say that the Premiere League is the most competitive out of all of the other leagues just because a few teams aren’t insanely stacked like in other leagues. I believe that most teams in the premiere league would be able to compete in the other leagues.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      so what is the top league?
      and it’s the Barclays EPL

  2. nextmanup81 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    This is only 11 players. When evaluating the quality of a league, you have to look beyond 11 players. Look at performance in Champions League matches, look at the number of players in a league representing their National Team. Top to bottom, it’s tough to argue that the Premier League is 2nd tier in any category.

  3. herogoesallin - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    YOU didnt read my pther post about the premier league. THIS FIFA11 All Star Roster is just ANOTHER proof why the premier league is only 2nd tier.

    • bishopofblunder - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      A team from this “2nd tier” league took home the Champions League trophy two years ago. The year before that, 3 of the these 2nd tier teams made the quarterfinals with one of them going on to lose in the final. Yeah, the EPL sucks.

  4. worldsoccertalk - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    I still believe the prem is the strongest league in the world, I feel the depth of the league is far stronger than any in the world! world class players throughout the league, I would rank the Bundesliga second then LIGA BBVA in third.

  5. medic0nduty - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    I really don’t have any problems with any of these choices. Alves is the only one I have a slight issue about, but the rest of the picks are solid.

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