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Spoiler readers! Pick your World XI of 2010!

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The throbbing craniums at FIFA have saved everyone a LOT of trouble by drawing up a 55-man shortlist of players, only eleven of which will make it into the FIFA/FIFPro World XI to be revealed in January.

Here’s The Spoiler’s XI (4-3-3):

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

Defence: Maicon, Lucio, Gerard Pique, Ashley Cole

Midfield: Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Wesley Sneijder

Attack: Lionel Messi, Diego Milito, Cristiano Ronaldo

Now find the rather long shortlist after the jump and compile your own in the comments section…

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus FC), Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid C.F.), Petr Cech (Czech Republic, Chelsea FC), Julio Cesar (Brazil, F.C. Internazionale), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands, Manchester United FC)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Brazil, FC Barcelona), Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur), Michel Bastos (Brazil, Olympique Lyonnais), Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea FC), Patrice Evra (France, Manchester United FC), Rio Ferdinand (England, Manchester United FC), Philipp Lahm (Germany, FC Bayern Munchen), Lucio (Brazil, F.C. Internazionale), Maicon (Brazil, F.C. Internazionale), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid C.F.), Alessandro Nesta (Italy, AC Milan), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid C.F.), Gerard Pique (Spain, FC Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Spain, FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid C.F.), Walter Samuel (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale), John Terry (England, Chelsea FC), Thiago Silva (Brazil, AC Milan), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia, Manchester United FC), Javier Zanetti (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale)

Midfielders: Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale), Michael Essien (Ghana, Chelsea FC), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Arsenal FC), Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool FC), Andres Iniesta (Spain, FC Barcelona), Ricardo Kaka (Brazil, Real Madrid C.F.), Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea FC), Javier Mascherano (Argentina, FC Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany, FC Bayern Munchen), Mesut Ozil (Germany, Real Madrid C.F.), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, AC Milan), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, FC Bayern Munchen), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands, F.C. Internazionale), Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid C.F.), Xavi (Spain, FC Barcelona)

Forwards: Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria, Manchester United FC), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, Chelsea FC), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon, F.C. Internazionale), Diego Forlán (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina, Real Madrid C.F.), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, AC Milan), Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona), Diego Milito (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale), Arjen Robben (Netherlands, FC Bayern München), Ronaldinho (Brazil, AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid C.F.), Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United FC), Carlos Tevez (Argentina, Manchester City FC), Fernando Torres (Spain, Liverpool FC), David Villa (Spain, FC Barcelona)

12 responses so far
  • Sam // November 25, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    GK – van der Sar
    Defenders – Daniel Alves, Carles Puyol, John Terry, Alessandro Nesta

    Midfielders – Xavi Hernández, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano

    Forwards – Diego Forlán, Leo Messi, Carles Tévez

  • Jimbob // November 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Just switch up Maicon for Sergio Ramos and I reckon you’ll be bang on. They could swap Milito for Forlan because he did well at the world cup, won the uefa cup and Milito struggled to get in Argie side. Agree?

  • Jimbob // November 25, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Sam, some sort of sick joke with Nesta? Mascherano part of a Lpool side who only made UEFA channel 5 Cup? and JT.. clearly a chelski fan

  • V // November 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Jimbob, taking out Maicon is also a bit of a sick joke, since no other full back was so important to a side as he was, concerning the UEFA Champion’s League.

    I agree with your team, Josh, except for Cristiano Ronaldo, since Forlan has to make it.

    I always bear in mind the team awards (it’s a fucking team sport) and since Real won nothing and Atletico won the Europa League (plus Uruguay being 4th in the WC), there you go.

  • Jimbizzle // November 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    V- seen as though its a team game Mr Ramos started every game of the World Cup on the winning team with 5 clean sheets in the process and topped the tournaments performance index with 9.79, qualified by winning all games. Nobody has taken the piss out of Ramos like Bale did to Maicon although that is only 2 games. Fair do’s its a close call but a sick joke, i think not!

  • Issa_Bay // November 26, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Alves Pique Lucio Lahm
    Iniesta Xavi Fabregas
    Messi Forlan Villa

  • Jonas // November 26, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Ramos Pique Puyol Lahm
    Iniesta Xavi Sneijder
    Messi Ronaldo Villa

    Forlan is very hard to keep out
    Maicon was put in his place by Bale
    Fabregas warrants no mention on current form with Arsenal and Spain
    Milito has been alright since CL
    Schweinsteiger was great in WC but I don’t watch enough Bundesliga to know

  • Shep // November 26, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Ramos Pique Puyol Lahm
    Xavi Sneijder Ozil
    Ronaldo Messi Forlan

  • Jamwise Mangee // November 26, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Sergio Ramos, Lucio. Pique
    Xavi, Iniesta, Sneijder, Robben
    David Villa, Forlan, Messi

    Not to discount club seasons or CL but WC has to count extra. Its once every four years. More people will remember Forlan and Villa’s years than Milito’s. Even better if you are one of a handful of players to do well in WC and club season. And did you see some of Robben’s goals in the CL knockout stages? He was incredible. Made Ribery look plain average, which he might be at this point.

  • rvp15 // November 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I can’t believe that Almunia, Clichy, Sagna, Koscielny or Squilachi didnt make the list.

    I thought we had the best squad in Europe

  • Sherif // December 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Cole, Ramos, JT, Bale
    Muller, Essien, Lampard, Ozil
    Forlan, Drogba

  • LARS // November 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    maicon, lucio, thiago silva, puyol
    fabregas, xavi, lampard
    eto’o, messi, villa

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