Wednesday, August 10, 2005

FIFPro World XI Player Awards shortlist

Before I start this, can you think of a more goof-ball name than ‘FIFAPro’? There is a marketing guy somewhere, sitting at a desk.

FIFA’s first ever such award includes a ceremony in September. Never one to ignore a list of big names, here is the shortlist that was released:

Gianluigi Buffon (Ita/ Juventus)Iker Casillas (Spa/ Real Madrid)
Petr Cech (Czech Rep/ Chelsea)Nelson Dida (Bra/ AC Milan)
Oliver Kahn (Ger/ Bayern Munich)
Alex (Bra/ PSV)Roberto Ayala (Arge/ Valencia)
Cafu (Bra/ AC Milan)Sol Campbell (Eng/ Arsenal)
Fabio Cannavaro (Ita/ Juventus)Roberto Carlos (Bra/ Real Madrid)
Ricardo Carvalho (Por/ Chelsea)Ashley Cole (Eng/ Arsenal)
Rio Ferdinand (Eng/ Man Utd)Gabriel Heinze (Arg/ Man Utd)
Lucio (Bra/ Bayern Munich)Paolo Maldini (Ita/ AC Milan)
Alessandro Nesta (Ita/ AC Milan)Carlos Puyol (Spa/ Barcelona)
Walter Samuel (Arg/ Inter Milan)Jaap Stam (Hol/ AC Milan)
John Terry (Eng/ Chelsea)Lilian Thuram (Fra/ Juventus)
Gianluca Zambrotta (Ita/ Juventus)Javier Zanetti (Arg/ Inter Milan)
Michael Ballack (Ger/ Bayern Munich)David Beckham (Eng/ Real Madrid)
Joe Cole (Eng/ Chelsea)Deco (Por/ Barcelona)
Luis Figo (Por/ Inter Milan)Gennaro Gattuso (Ita/ AC Milan)
Steven Gerrard (Eng/ Liverpool)Kaka (Bra/ AC Milan)
Frank Lampard (Eng/ Chelsea)Claude Makelele (Fra/ Chelsea)
Pavel Nedved (Czech Rep/ Juventus)Andrea Pirlo (Ita/ AC Milan)
Arjen Robben (Hol/ Chelsea)Ronaldinho (Bra/ Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Por/ Man Utd)Paul Scholes (Eng/ Man Utd)
Mark van Bommel (Hol/ Barcelona)Patrick Vieira (Fra/ Juventus)
Xavi (Spa/ Barcelona)Zinedine Zidane (Fra/ Real Madrid)
Adriano (Bra/ Inter Milan)Hernan Crespo (Arg/ Chelsea)
Didier Drogba (Iv Coast/ Chelsea)Samuel Eto'o (Cam/ Barcelona)
Thierry Henry (Fra/ Arsenal)Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Swe/ Juventus)
Ronaldo (Bra/ Real Madrid)Wayne Rooney (Eng/ Man Utd)
Andriy Shevchenko (Ukr/ AC Milan)Ruud van Nistelrooy (Hol/ Man Utd)

How Xabi Alonso was left off and Walter Samuel made it on that list is beyond me.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ruud Made it ? He didn't score half The Goals Andy Johnson Scored.That list is Stupid.

Come on fifa,these guys hardly played three good games last season.

8/11/2005 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Frikki said...

SCHOLES, anyone?!

8/12/2005 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you idiots have to think of the bigger picture. over the last 5 to ten years the players on that list including ruud beckam ronaldo figo cafu and the rest have been lighting up the pitch with their magic. some youngster like alonso has done nothing special yetin his career at all really. i thinkits a good list and reflects the respect and awe people hold for these players worldwide. id be much more worried about facing a team with ruud or scholes in it than a team with alonso playing. think about it guys...

9/18/2005 5:22 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

erm helooo! its world players of the YEAR not of the yearS, its who has been good through the year and alonso should be on it, and caragher for that matter, its just being on a popularity contest, im suprised the whole off chelsea's team isnt in there!

9/20/2005 7:15 PM  

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