2012 is nearing its end and the bunting is being rolled out in preparation for end of year awards ceremonies, so GMF felt it was our duty to add to them, though not with an actual ceremony.
World footballers’ union FIFPro releases a World XI each year in conjunction with FIFA, voted on by players around the globe, and the nominees for 2012 have been released this week.
There are 55 total nominees in the goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward departments and the formation of the world XI will be a loose 4-3-3, so that means one ‘keeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards, obviously.
GMF have decided to name our own World XI from the nominees that were named in the shortlist after the vote count. <Click here to see the full list>
The categories were full to the brim with immense quality and the decision was particularly difficult, but GMF feels it is fair and the best possible team from there. So, without further ado, here if the GMF 2012 World XI:
GK – Iker Casillas – Real Madrid & Spain
Who else could it be? Well, a couple of others, but the 31-year old was the leading candidate. He captained Real Madrid to a La Liga title over rivals Barcelona and was also skipper of the Spain side that made history by winning Euro 2012.
RB – Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich & Germany
Lahm was fantastic leading Bayern Munich to the UEFA Champions League final, as well as for the Germany side that made it to the Euro 2012 semi-finals, though on the opposite side of defence.
LB – Jordi Alba – Barcelona & Spain
A graduate of Barça’s famed La Masia academy, Alba only recently made his name playing for Valencia and moved to Camp Nou in summer. He has settled in seamlessly, continuing the form that made one of the stars of the European Champions.
CB – Vincent Kompany – Manchester City & Belgium
While Belgium did not make it to this summer’s showpiece in Poland/Ukraine, the Citizens captain was magnificent leading Manchester City to their first league title 44 years. Proving himself to be one of the most cultured and solid defenders in the world along the way.
CB – Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid & Spain
A bit of a hot head in his younger days, Ramos has become a crucial part of both the Spain and Real defences. An all-action, swashbuckling centre-back, he has become a leader of Jose Mourinho’s dressing room and was outstanding becoming a Spanish and European Championship champions.
MF – Yaya Toure – Manchester City & Ivory Coast
Barcelona may well feel a little embarrassed for letting the statuesque midfielder go, but City fans will be grateful every day. His nearly unstoppable charges through midfield were a sight to behold as Roberto Mancini’s side won the Premier League. He was also crucial in Ivory Coast reaching the Africa Cup of Nations final.
MF – Xavi – Barcelona & Spain
What more can be said about the diminutive midfield magician? He seems able to reproduce excellence consistently each season and is the heartbeat of Barcelona and Spain’s dominance. This year he only won the Copa del Rey and Euro 2012 – something of a quiet year for him.
MF – Andres Iniesta – Barcelona & Spain
Xavi’s partner in crime for the Catalans, Iniesta finally broke the stranglehold Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had on major individual awards when he won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. He was also instrumental in Spain’s summer success, where he was also won the Euro 2012 Player of the Tournament award.
FW – Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid & Portugal
Not only was Ronaldo magnificent for the Santiago Bernabeu club in their La Liga win, he also came close to toppling Spain at Euro 2012 where only a penalty shoot-out could save them. His dominance of opponents seems only to grow and he turned an average Portugal side into genuine contenders.
FW – Robin van Persie – Manchester United & Holland
Most of the Dutchman’s year was spent with former club Arsenal, where his extraordinary scoring exploits propelled a struggling side to third in the Premier League, saving their season in the process. It was not only his goals, but also crucial assists that stood him out from his rivals. A move to United hasn’t changed much, he is still scoring regularly, as well as laying it on for team-mates.
FW – Lionel Messi – Barcelona & Argentina
The little magician is taking this game to levels as yet unheard of as he continues to break recrds left right and centre. Now almost certainly the best player in Barcelona history, Messi is on the verge of scoring more goals in a calendar year than any other player and looks set for a record fourth FIFA Ballon d’Or in a row. We should be grateful to witness the best of a player who is set to become a legend of the sport.
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