FIFA name World team – Do you agree with the selection?

by Dave Redden

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Whether you love or loath FIFA you have to admit that they are always at the centre of talking points within the sport. Russia, Qatar, Sepp Blatter and his thoughts on gays – there’s always something interesting going on in Zurich.

The latest round of backpatting was the recent announcement of Lionel Messi as the recepient of the Ballon d’Or. In addition to that award, FIFA also announced their choice of the current world eleven.

Here is the team, playing a 4-3-3 formation and presumably coached by Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho who was named Coach of the Year:

Casillas (Spain)
Maicon (Brazil)
Lucio (Brazil)
Pique (Spain)
Puyol (Spain)
Sneijder (Holland)
Xavi (Spain)
Iniesta (Spain)
Messi (Argentina)
Ronaldo (Portugal)
Villa (Spain)

As a breakdown by country Spain has no less than six representatives, maybe no real surprise considering they won the World Cup, Brazil has two representatives while Holland, Argentina and Portugal round out the eleven. The biggest surprise for me is the fact that all eleven players are drawn from just three clubs, all European, namely Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan. Is it a reality that the best eleven players in the world play for just three clubs, all on the same continent? Two of those teams did not participate in Europe’s premier club final last season while Bayern Munich have no players named.

While we are talking about finalists being snubbed how can Holland only have the one player named after their exciting World Cup which culminated in a runners-up spot? This is hot on the heels of UEFA’s choices of Julio Cesar (GK), Maicon (DEF), Wesley Sneijder (MID) and Diego Milito (FOR) as respective players of the season (2009-10) for their positions. For those not fully in the know, all four players ply their trade at Inter Milan.

My question is this: Are these choices fair choices and well deserved or are FIFA and UEFA leaning heavily towards the glamour clubs and possibly snubbing the English teams?

I’m hoping that it’s the former, especially for the good of the game, and that our English representatives can start earning some hardware in the international arena again pretty soon.

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  • Howie the Webbster

    Wot – no man u players… how ridiculous, Did I get ref of the year? Where’s Wayne, Rio, and Nemongja? This list is rubbish.

    That Blatter, what a joker!

  • footballbettingtips

    we football follower don’t have the right to say or select the name of the whatever it is.we must agree…

  • dexylongshot

    3 centre backs and one right back in defence, clueless.
    Can’t disagree with the front 6 though.

    The biggest cock-up was goal of the year for Altintops standard volley from a corner, i’ve seen plenty of goals like that over the years, the overlooked Paddys mid air roundhouse looping backheel though, that was a goal you will probably never see again, Ronaldo, Jose et all believed it was the best and the hardest to pull off. Again..clueless.

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