In two months, we will know what eleven players were selected by their peers for the 2014 FIFA World XI FIFPro. With the deadline for voting in sight -the Monday 17th November- with ballots arriving in droves, FIFPro sheds light on some countries today, Argentina and Brazil.
The two major countries in the soccer scene in South America, Argentina and Brazil, expect some of his players receive the much desired distinction. There seems to be some candidates, as Brazil reached the semifinals of the World Cup FIFA 2014 and Argentina came close to winning the world title.
Both countries could be superpowers of football, but in the last decade Brazil has received many awards over the World XI to Argentina. In all, nine players have raised the Brazilian (Ronaldinho, Dida, Cafu, Kaka, Dani Alves, Maicon, Lucio, Marcelo and Thiago Silva) prize, while only one player from neighboring Argentina has done it: Lionel Messi.
This year, Brazil has several candidates to reach the World XI, but had a disappointing 2014 World Cup winners last year, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves, still have many followers, while Marcelo, David Luiz, Miranda and of course Neymar often mentioned in the ballot. Two Brazilian league players are quite popular: Dede (Cruzeiro) and Paulo Henrique Ganso (São Paulo).
While Lionel Messi is the only Argentine player who has won a World XI Trophy, Argentina has several players with a good chance of reaching at least the list of the 55 shortlisted this year, and might even get to step on stage in Zurich Monday January 12: Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay and Marcos Rojo.
In Argentina and Brazil, the players unions collect votes. Argentine players' union received FAA footballers who voted at its headquarters in Buenos Aires; among others, Mauro Matos player San Lorenzo de Almagro, winning team of 2014 Copa Libertadores final against El Nacional of Paraguay, the 32-year-old scored in the away match (1-1), and one week after the San Lorenzo won the second leg (1-0) and the Cup.
With the help of its member unions, FIFPro includes photographs of the players involved in the voting for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014. All photographs may be published on the website of FIFPro Flickr.
The FIFA FIFPro World XI
Each year FIFPro, the worldwide players union invites all professional footballers in the world to vote for FIFA FIFPro World XI. The players can select the best eleven players to form their own team, which consists of a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. On Monday January 12, 2015, during the Golden Ball Gala FIFA, FIFA and FIFPro will reveal the names of the eleven players who received the most votes.