Tuesday, 8 January 2013


FIFA last night announced its best eleven for the year 2012, and not a single Premier League player was in the list.
The English Premier League has always paraded itself as the best league in the world, many wonder if this self acclaimed accolade is based on the talent in the league or the follower ship or based on the amount of Income generated.

But last night from the 11 man squad presented by Fifa and which was voted by more than 50,000 players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi make their record 6th appearance in the World XI with Xavi and Iker Casillas in for the fifth time, FIFA seems to be telling us a different Story from that of the English Media.
The list included:

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid and Spain)
Defender: Daniel Alves (Barcelona and Brazil)
Defender: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain)
Defender: Gerard Pique (Barcelona and Spain)
Defender: Marcelo (Real Madrid and Brazil)
Midfielder: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid and Spain)
Midfielder: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain)
Midfielder: Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona and Spain)
Forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
Forward: Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid and Colombia)

  If you look closely you will notice that all the players on the list are all based in Spain and play in the Spanish La Liga.
The big question is why was there no player from the English premier league?
The Premier League is the top domestic league in the world with some of the finest players on the planet and John Terry has appeared in the World XI five times.
Added to that, the Champions League was won by an English club but FIFA have overlooked Robin van Persie, who scored 36 goals for Arsenal and Manchester United in 2012 and co in favour of 11 players from the Spanish league.
Didier Drogba was also in contention as he took his glittering Chelsea career to new heights in 2012.
He scored the only goal in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Barcelona at Stamford Bridge before rescuing the Blues in the final with a late equaliser and the winning penalty in Munich.

FIFA didn't seem it good enough to squeeze in a space for Manchester City Skipper Vincent Kompany who is currently one of Premiership best defenders and who also lead City to their first Premiership trophy in 2012.
What of the Midfield maestro of Yaya Toure, Juan Mata, David Silva and Frank Lampard? These are players who has the ability to dismantle anyone who they meet in the middle of the park both in England and in Europe. FIFA and the rest of the voters didn't see them worthy enough to make the list.
For the second time running in which the FIFA Pro 11 is being Dominated by players from the Spanish League. The English FA and Club Managers should better step up their game if they don't want to see the most watched Soccer League in the world pushed to the corner by the Spanish La Liga in the nearest future.
What do you think is the reason for the omission of players from the English League in the FIFA Eleven?


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