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Explained: How the FIFA FIFPro World XI is decided

Fifa-FIFPro-World-XI-2013On January 12, the Fifa FIFPro World XI will be announced at the star-studded Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich.

The team will include a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards and are the players who have been judged to be the best in their positions in 2014.

Unlike the Ballon d’Or prize itself, which is voted for by national team captains and coaches, as well as select journalists, the FIFPro XI is made up solely of names chosen by over 50,000 professional footballers from a total of 70 countries.

Each voter picked 11 players and after collating the votes from FIFPro members, a shortlist of 55 names was released in late November, consisting of five goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards. The returned ballots are counted, and the players with the highest number of votes are chosen for the final XI.

Despite the 4-3-3 formation, there is no distinction between specific positions within the lines of play. For example, a player may choose four centre-backs in their vote, rather than two central defenders, a right-back and a left-back.

All three of this year’s Ballon d’Or nominees – Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer – made the FIFPro XI for 2013, along with the likes of Franck Ribery, Xavi and Sergio Ramos.

Source: Goal

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