Premier League players dominate 2019 FIFPRO World 11 shortlist with Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City stars all nominated

5 Sep

For the first time since 2009 Premier League clubs have the most players on the FIFA FIFPRO World 11 shortlist.

English teams replace Spanish LaLiga clubs with the biggest representation on the list of 55 footballers announced today.

Raheem Sterling’s performances for Man City have earned him a place on the shortlist
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Premier League champions Manchester City have eight players on the list, including Joao Cancelo who played for Juventus last season, while European champions Liverpool have seven players selected.

Tottenham have three representatives – Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen – while Manchester United have two – David De Gea and Paul Pogba.

N’Golo Kante is the only Chelsea player selected, although Eden Hazard (now at Real Madrid) gets the nod for his performances for the Blues last season.

More than 23,000 professional footballers voted for the 2019 World 11, selecting one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards who were the best in their position during the 2018-2019 season.

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The 11 players who received most votes on their position earn a spot on the World 11.

FIFPRO and FIFA will reveal the World 11 on Monday, September 23 during The Best FIFA Football Awards in the Scala in Milan.

THE 55 MOST VOTED PLAYERS ARE:

GOALKEEPERS (5)

Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool FC)
David De Gea (Spain, Manchester United)
Ederson Moraes (Brazil, Manchester City)
Jan Oblak (Slovenia, Atletico Madrid)
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany, FC Barcelona)

DEFENDERS (20)

Jordi Alba (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (England, Liverpool FC)
Daniel Alves (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain/Sao Paulo)
Joao Cancelo (Portugal, Juventus/Manchester City)
Daniel Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid)
Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, Juventus)
Virgil van Dijk (The Netherlands, Liverpool FC)
Diego Godin (Uruguay, Atletico/Internazionale)
Joshua Kimmich (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal, SSC Napoli)
Aymeric Laporte (France, Manchester City)
Matthijs de Ligt (The Netherlands, Ajax/ Juventus)
Gerard Pique (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
Andrew Robertson (Scotland, Liverpool FC)
Alex Sandro (Brazil, Juventus)
Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)
Raphael Varane (France, Real Madrid)
Marcelo Vieira (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Kyle Walker (England, Manchester City)

MIDFIELDERS (15)

Sergio Busquets (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Casemiro (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City)
Christian Eriksen (Denmark, Tottenham Hotspur)
Frenkie de Jong (The Netherlands, Ajax/FC Barcelona)
Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea/Real Madrid)
N’Golo Kante (France, Chelsea)
Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)
Arthur Melo (Brazil, FC Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)
Paul Pogba (France, Manchester United)
Ivan Rakitic (Croatia, FC Barcelona)
Bernardo Silva (Portugal, Manchester City)
Dusan Tadic (Serbia, Ajax)
Arturo Vidal (Chile, FC Barcelona)

N’Golo Kante is the only current Chelsea player named on the shortlist
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FORWARDS (15)

Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City)
Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid)
Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool FC)
Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico/FC Barcelona)
Harry Kane (England, Tottenham Hotspur)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)
Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool FC)
Kylian Mbappe (France, Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona)
Neymar Junior (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool FC)
Heung-Min Son (South-Korea, Tottenham Hotspur)
Raheem Sterling (England, Manchester City)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay, FC Barcelona)

How Manchester City could line up against Liverpool for the Community Shield at Wembley, including Rodri and Angelino

5 Jul

Manchester City are the most dominant force in English football at this very moment in time.

Not content with winning the Premier League in 2018 by a record point margin and by beating more opponents than anyone else, Pep Guardiola went and did it the following season.

And the Spaniard also retained the Carabao Cup and added the FA Cup to the growing trophy collection at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola won a treble of domestic trophies last season
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The only side that were able to get close to City were Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp’s men pushing the champions all the way to the final day of the season.

The clubs will meet for the chance to lift the Community Shield on August 4 at Wembley stadium in the season’s traditional curtain-raiser.

Keen to carry on the Citizens’ dominance, Guardiola has already made signings in this transfer window and is looking to complete more.

Left-back Angelino has returned to Manchester after signing for PSV Eindhoven last summer, while Rodri has also completed his move from Atletico Madrid for £62.5million.

Rodri is officially a Man City player
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With Vincent Kompany returning to Anderlecht, there is a gaping hole at the heart of the defence alongside Aymeric Laporte for someone to fill.

John Stones has struggled for consistency in recent years, with his performances at the Nations League doing little to dispel suggestions he can be a liability on the ball.

Instead, Guardiola has reportedly turned to Stones’ England colleague Harry Maguire. Rivals United are also interested in the Leicester defender, who is valued at £80m.

Maguire could be joined in a new look backline by Joao Cancelo. The Juventus defender is reportedly wanted by City, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich interested. So how could City look for the start of the new season?

Guardiola has favoured a 4-3-3 formation with a central pivot in midfield around which to start his attacks. One thing fans began to notice at Man City was the way in which the inverted full-backs to almost act as playmakers.

By playing Maguire and Laporte on the ‘wrong side’ (i.e. with their weaker foot) the full-backs can tuck inside and condense the middle. This means City can afford to commit more bodies forward and be comfortable in the knowledge a counter-attack coming back the other way will not be as dangerous.

Aymeric Laporte in action for Man City
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Although Sergio Aguero is still one of the most lethal strikers in world football, the decision to hand Gabriel Jesus the number nine shirt, coupled with his incredible performances at the Copa America, suggest he could get more starting game time this season.

With Raheem Sterling and BernaRdo Silva supplemented by Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan (with David Silva from the bench) City could well dominate for years to come.

Could this be Manchester City’s XI to face Liverpool in the Community Shield?

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