FIFPro, the World Players' Union, and FIFA today announced the twenty defenders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014 as part of the 55-man shortlist to be revealed on Monday 1 December 2014. All of last year's four winners are among the nominees, while three defenders make their debut on the shortlist.
The FIFA FIFPro World XI is decided by the players, for the players. It involves votes from tens of thousands of professional footballers worldwide. FIFPro asked these players to choose one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards who – in their opinion – were the best in their position in 2014.
The defenders shortlist
Player (home country, current club)
David Alaba (Austria, FC Bayern Munich)
Jordi Alba (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Daniel Alves (Brazil, FC Barcelona)
Jérôme Boateng (Germany, FC Bayern Munich)
Daniel Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid)
David Luiz (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)
Filipe Luis (Brazil, Chelsea)
Diego Godín (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid)
Mats Hummels (Germany, Borussia Dortmund)
Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia, Chelsea)
Vincent Kompany (Belgium, Manchester City)
Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Javier Mascherano (Argentina, FC Barcelona)
Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid)
Gerard Piqué (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)
Raphaël Varane (France, Real Madrid)
Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina, Manchester City)
- Dani Alves, Philipp Lahm, Sergio Ramos and Thiago Silva were last year's World XI defenders
- Alves and Ramos both have 4 World XI awards, Lahm and Silva both have 1.
- Marcelo (2012) and Gerard Piqué (2010, 2011, 2012) are the only other previous World XI winners.
- Daniel Carvajal, Filipe Luis and Diego Godin make their debut on the 55-men shortlist.
- Javier Mascherano returns to the shortlist after having been omitted from last year's.
- Leighton Baines, Ashley Cole, Dante and Nemanja Vidic have disappeared from the shortlist.
- Ashley Cole was nominated on all nine previous shortlists since the introduction of the World XI in 2005, but never managed to secure a spot on the World XI. That is a record...
The shortlists for midfielders and forwards will be announced and published on FIFPro.org and FIFA.com on 28 November and 1 December respectively.
- Published: 26 November 2014