It’s An Honor Just To Be Nominated…

1 Dec

20141125-fifa-fifpro-world-xi…but let’s hope we get as many of these as possible, shall we? ::grabby hands:: Hey, our players deserve it because they’re awesome. The shortlists were announced today and 12 of our players are on there (and a few of our former players).

Here are all the shortlisted nominees:

IkerGoalkeepers:
Manuel Neuer (Germany / FC Bayern Munich)
Claudio Bravo (Chile / FC Barcelona)
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium / Chelsea FC)
Iker Casillas (Spain / Real Madrid CF)
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy / Juventus FC)

DefendersDefenders:
David Alaba (Austria / FC Bayern Munich)
Jordi Alba (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Dani Alves (Brazil / FC Barcelona)
Jerome Boateng (Germany / FC Bayern Munich)
Daniel Carvajal (Spain / Real Madrid CF)
David Luiz (Brazil / Paris St-Germain FC)
Filipe Luis (Brazil / Chelsea FC)
Diego Godin (Uruguay / Atlético Madrid)
Mats Hummels (Germany / Borussia Dortmund)
Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia / Chelsea FC)
Vincent Kompany (Belgium / Manchester City FC)
Philipp Lahm (Germany / FC Bayern MMunich)
Marcelo (Brazil / Real Madrid CF)
Javier Mascherano (Argentina / FC Barcelona)
Pepe (Portugal / Real Madrid CF)
Gerard Pique (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Spain / Real Madrid CF)
Thiago Silva (Brazil / Paris St-Germain FC)
Raphael Varane (France / Real Madrid CF)
Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina / Manchester City FC)

Midfielders
Midfielders:
Xabi Alonso (Spain / FC Bayern Munich)
Angel Di Maria (Argentina / Manchester United FC)
Cesc Fabregas (Spain / Chelsea FC)
Eden Hazard (Belgium / Chelsea FC)
Xavi Hernandez (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Andres Iniesta (Spain / FC Barcelona)
Toni Kroos (Germany / Real Madrid CF)
Luka Modric (Croatia / Real Madrid CF)
Mesut Oezil (Germany / Arsenal FC)
Andrea Pirlo (Italy / Juventus FC)
Paul Pogba (France / Juventus FC)
James Rodriguez (Colombia / Real Madrid CF)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany / FC Bayern Munich)
Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire / Manchester City FC)
Arturo Vidal (Chile / Juventus FC)

ForwardsForwards:
Sergio Aguero (Argentina / Manchester City FC)
Gareth Bale (Wales / Real Madrid CF)
Karim Benzema (France / Real Madrid CF)
Diego Costa (Spain / Chelsea FC)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Real Madrid CF)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden / Paris St-Germain FC)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland / FC Bayern München)
Lionel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona)
Thomas Müller (Germany / FC Bayern München)
Neymar (Brazil / FC Barcelona)
Marco Reus (Germany / Borussia Dortmund)
Franck Ribery (France / FC Bayern München)
Arjen Robben (Netherlands / FC Bayern Munich)
Wayne Rooney (England / Manchester United)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay / FC Barcelona)

And here are the shortlists for the other categories:

Men’s Ballon D’Or
Ballon DorCristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Women’s Ballon D’Or
Womens Ballon DorNadine Kessler (Germany)
Marta (Brazil)
Abby Wambach (USA)

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football
CoachCarlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid CF)

Joachim Loew (Germany/German national team)
Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico de Madrid)

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football
womens coachRalf Kellermann (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg)
Maren Meinert (Germany/Germany U-19 and U-20 national teams)
Norio Sasaki (Japan/Japan national team)

Puskas Award
PuskasStephanie Roche (Peamount United/Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team)
James Rodriguez (Real Madrid CF/Colombia National Team)
Robin Van Persie (Manchester United/Netherlands National Team)

Fun fact:
Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney are the only two forwards who have been mentioned on all ten shortlists since the introduction of the World XI in 2005. They join goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and midfielder Andrea Pirlo as the only players with ten nominations.

Four Four Two chose their best 100 football players in the world. Eleven of our current players were honored. Take a look through the whole article – a good read! Do you agree with their rankings?
1-ronaldo5-bale 14_kroos 18_modricb 28_ramos 32_rodriguez_james 35_benzema 63navas 71marcelo 76isco 85_varaneAnd some of our former players made the list as well. We’ve got good taste, us.
9-di_maria 10-robben 43_alonso 48_ozil2 59higuain_0 68garay 96_callejonCalleti made it! I’m so delighted for him. I miss him but he gets a chance to play and he’s loved & appreciated (same with Pipita).

There’s an infographic that goes over the breakdown of the 100 players along with features on Cristiano, Luka, James & Gareth.

And on that note, my eyes are crossing from staring at the computer so I’m off to bed. (Photos via FIFA, Four Four Two and MGEF)

– Lozil

2 Responses to “It’s An Honor Just To Be Nominated…”

  1. futbolfan December 2, 2014 at 1:14 am #

    Seeing pics of di Maria and Xabi in other uniforms still trips me out….
    Also, am I the only one who is wondering why Pique keeps on getting nominated? Lol

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