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FIFPro, the world wide professional footballers association, has announced the 55 players shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2011. The final team will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich on Monday January 9th 2012.

 

Recently, FIFPro has sent out voting forms to 50,000 professional footballers across the world who are members of the players’ unions. They were requested to participate in this secret ballot and to nominate their peers for inclusion in their World XI. Each player was asked to choose his team, picking the goal keeper, the four defenders, the three midfielders and the three forwards who, in his opinion, were the best at their position during 2011.

 

Fourteen players make their debut on the shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World XI: Sergio Agüero, Sergio Busquets, Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao, Mario Gómez, Vincent Kompany, David Luiz, Nani, Manuel Neuer, Neymar, Robin van Persie, David Silva, Luis Suárez and Victor Valdes.

 

Barcelona is the team with the most players on this year’s World XI shortlist. The reigning European and Spanish champions have eleven players nominated, one more than arch rivals Real Madrid. Manchester United is third with 6 players.

 

For the first time in the seven-year history of the World XI a player from a non European club has made the shortlist: Neymar, the Brazilian attacker of South American champions Santos.

 

Just like last year, Spain is leading all nations with twelve players on the shortlist. Brazil is second with 8 men.

 

 

 

FIFPro challenges all football fans throughout the world to predict the 2011 World XI. First prize in this Facebook competition is an all-inclusive trip for eleven people to the FIFA Ballon d’Or. On http://www.facebook.com/FIFPro, participants can predict the World XI and invite their friends to earn a chance of winning the trip.

 

 

  

 

Goalkeepers:
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain), Manuel Neuer (Bayern München, Germany), Edwin van der Sar (Retired, former Manchester United, The Netherlands), Victor Valdes (Barcelona, Spain)

 

Defenders:
Eric Abidal (Barcelona, France), Daniel Alves (Barcelona, Brazil), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid, Portugal), Ashley Cole (Chelsea, England), Patrice Evra (Manchester United, France), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United, England), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City, Belgium), Philipp Lahm (Bayern München, Germany), Lúcio (Inter, Brazil), David Luiz (Chelsea, Brazil), Maicon (Inter, Brazil), Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan, Italy), Pepe (Real Madrid, Portugal), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona, Spain), Carles Puyol (Barcelona, Spain), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain), Thiago Silva (AC Milan, Brazil), John Terry (Chelsea, England), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United, Serbia)

 

Midfielders:
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid, Spain), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur, Wales), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona, Spain), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona, Spain), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain), Kaka (Real Madrid, Brazil), Frank Lampard (Chelsea, England), Nani (Manchester United, Portugal), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid, Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus, Italy), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern München, Germany), David Silva (Manchester City, Spain), Wesley Sneijder (Inter, The Netherlands), Yaya Touré (Manchester City, Ivory Coast), Xavi (Barcelona, Spain)

 

Forwards:
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City, Argentina), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France), Edinson Cavani (Napoli, Uruguay), Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast), Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi Makhachkala, Cameroon), Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid, Colombia), Mario Gómez (Bayern München, Germany), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan, Sweden), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina), Neymar (Santos, Brazil), Robin van Persie (Arsenal, The Netherlands), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, England), Luis Suárez (Liverpool, Uruguay), David Villa (Barcelona, Spain)