FIFPro, the World Players’ Union, and FIFA on Monday announced the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014 (see list below) as part of the final 55-man shortlist to be revealed on 1 December 2014. The FIFA FIFPro World XI is decided by the players, for the players. It involves votes from tens of thousands professional footballers worldwide.
They select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards. The shortlists for defenders, midfielders and forwards will be announced and published on FIFA.com on 26 November, 28 November and 1 December respectively. FIFPro and its national affiliates are responsible for gathering votes from professional footballers worldwide. It is the only global award that truly represents the views of those who play the beautiful game. For more information on the voting procedure click here.
The goalkeeper shortlist is: (home country, club):
Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich)
Was last year’s FIFA FIFPro World XI goalkeeper.
Claudio Bravo (Chile/Barcelona)
First nomination on the 55-man shortlist.
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Chelsea)
He is making his debut on the 55-man shortlist.
Iker Casillas (Spain/Real Madrid)
Was the World XI goalkeeper for five straight years (2008-2012).
Gianluigi Buffon (pictured) (Italy/Juventus)
Was the World XI goalkeeper in 2006 and 2007. He is the only goalkeeper to appear on all ten World XI shortlists since the introduction of the award in 2005